Dear Colleagues,
I am sorry to inform you that our colleague, John Stopford, passed away this weekend at his home in London.   John has been ill with cancer over the last several years.  Despite this he has been active in communications with us; indeed he participated in a seminar here at Henley Business School in May 2009. 
As you all know John was one of the founders of the field of International Business and probably the most influential institution builder in the UK and Europe, where he was a leader in establishing the International Business and Strategy department at the London Business School over forty years ago.  John had the remarkable ability to be simultaneously a first rate academic, an expert teacher (especially of executives and MBAs) and a guru able to connect with top management teams and practitioners at large.  His academic work will be remembered for his pioneering articles and book (with Lou Wells) on the strategy and structure of MNEs: his unique ability to combine economic and political analysis in his work on government policy and strategies of MNEs; and his career interest and publications on the strategies of mature MNEs.  Due to his abundant commitments, John was unable to take up the invitation to serve as president of AIB some years ago.  But his contributions to the development of AIB, EIBA and the field of international business in general will be long remembered.
His life and career in international business is an inspiration to all of us.

Alan M. Rugman, Professor of International Business
Head of International Business and Strategy
Henley Business School, University of Reading
Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 3AU
( +44 (0)1491 418801
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Rajneesh Narula
Professor of International Business Regulation
Director, John H. Dunning Centre for International Business
Henley Business School
University of Reading, UK

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