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Chris Kirk to leave GEMS Education

Chris Kirk, chief executive of GEMS Education’s solutions division, is to step down. 
The news comes a week after the international schools group sold a minority stake of its business to a group led by Fajr Capital. As part of the deal, the Dubai-based firm will be split into two parts, with the investor group acquiring a stake in the side of the business focussed on the Mena region.
The other part of the business will hold onto Gems' assets in Europe and North America.
Kirk, a former PWC partner, has worked for GEMS for three years. According to the company, he is leaving “to pursue other opportunities”. 
“Chris joined GEMS to create Education Solutions. [He] has played a significant role as part of our executive team, and has helped to promote our values," said a spokesperson.
Since its inception in July 2011, GEMS Education Solutions taken on consultancy jobs in the UK, Africa and Asia. It was part of the The Oxford Partnership, a UK consortium set up to deliver three technical colleges for women in Saudi Arabia, as part of the Colleges of Excellence programme.
Kirk’s responsibilities as chief executive of Education Solutions will be taken over by Saeed al Muntafiq, group chief executive. Kirk's role as head of GEMS’ UK schools, an interim position, will be taken over by Juan Romero, chief executive of schools at GEMS Global, who joined from Pearson in September.
Kirk said: "GEMS is a fantastic organisation and I have had the privilege of leading a truly excellent team of education professionals. After three years I felt the time was right to explore new opportunities, and I am looking forward to a new challenge."

Posted on: 22/10/2014

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