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QS Quacquarelli Symonds, Leading Source of Data on University Performance, Appoints New Chief Executive

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the world’s most popular source of data on university performance, has appointed Jessica Turner as its new chief executive officer. She replaces the company’s founder Nunzio Quacquarelli, who will remain as president and chairman of the board.

Turner joined QS three years ago from the British-American company Clarivate Analytics, where she led the scientific and academic research business. Before that she worked for the media business and international news company Thomson Reuters and McKinsey, the global management consulting firm. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in the United States and a mathematics degree from the University of Sydney, in Australia.

Nunzio Quacquarelli said: “Jessica has been the cornerstone of the incredible resilience and adaptability we have brought to bear over the past couple of years. She has systematically strengthened the leadership team, which is now perfectly poised, under her leadership, to steer QS to its next exciting destination.”

Turner said QS has “an ambitious strategy and (we) are investing substantially in our people, data and technology, to empower international students to select, apply to and enrol at the right university.”

Next month QS will publish its first World University Rankings in Sustainability, a new framework to evaluate how universities are tackling the world’s most pressing environmental and social issues. QS started its World University Rankings in 2004. The company also provides services, analytics and insight to the global higher education sector.

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