New CEO for Cambridge International

26 June 2018

Cambridge Assessment today announced the appointment of Christine Özden as the new Chief Executive of its international exam board and education services provider, Cambridge Assessment International Education.

Christine joins from Oxford International AQA Examinations, where she is Managing Director. She has a wealth of experience in international education, having worked for more than 20 years in senior roles at companies including Pearson, Apollo English and Oxford University Press. She began her career in international education at Cambridge University Press, where she worked for seven years as an Area Sales Manager in the English Language Teaching Division. In her most recent role, she led Oxford International AQA Examinations as it launched a brand new portfolio of international GCSE, AS and A Level qualifications for international curriculum schools across the Middle East and Asia.

She will be taking over from Michael O’Sullivan, who leaves in December after more than five successful years during which time he has grown the range of services Cambridge International offers schools and ministries of education worldwide and substantially built up its teacher support network.

Saul Nassé, Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment, said he was delighted to welcome Christine to the organisation.

“Christine has an unwavering belief in education’s ability to change lives and support families. Couple that with her deep international experience – she’s lived in four countries and worked across four continents – and she’s a perfect fit for Cambridge International. 

“Michael O’Sullivan has grown a top team, and I look forward to Christine taking the work they do to the next level. Together we have a fantastic opportunity to extend our global reach and transform the organisation for this mobile, machine-learning driven age.” 

Christine said: “I am delighted to be joining Cambridge International at such an exciting time in worldwide education. 

“Its programmes and qualifications set the global standard for international education and it is an honour to be chosen to work with the Cambridge team, whose commitment to educators, students and their communities I share. 

“I am looking forward to finding new prospects and perspectives as well as building upon existing successes.” 

Christine, who has an MA in Arabic and Turkish from the University of Edinburgh and a Master’s in Business Administration from Warwick University, will join Cambridge International in January 2019.

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