New Chief Executive for Cambridge International Examinations

02 April 2013

Cambridge Assessment has appointed Michael O’Sullivan as the new Chief Executive of its international awarding body Cambridge International Examinations.

Michael, who was previously Director of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and Cambridge Overseas Trust, took over the role 2 April 2013 from Ann Puntis who stepped down after eight years at the helm.

Prior to his work with the Trusts, Michael was Secretary General of the EU Chamber of Commerce in China. Most of his earlier career was spent with the British Council; most recently as Director, British Council, China. Other roles have included Head of Corporate Planning, and East Asia and Pacific Policy Director. 

Commenting on the announcement, Simon Lebus, Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment, said: "We are delighted to appoint Michael, with his wealth of experience in international relations. We are sure he will continue the strong leadership tradition of Cambridge International Examinations as he implements its next phase of development.” 

Michael has a BA in French and German from Brasenose College, Oxford, an MPhil in Linguistics from Wolfson College, Cambridge, and is a fluent Mandarin speaker. In 2008, he was created a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George for his services to the British Council. He is a fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. 

Michael O’Sullivan said: “It is an enormous privilege to be joining one of the world’s leading international awarding bodies at such an exciting time in education and assessment. I am looking forward to working with an outstanding team to build upon Cambridge’s impressive work helping education reform worldwide and to expanding the Cambridge schools network.” 

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