The Dean

Peter Todd is a Professor at HEC Paris and currently serves as the Director General / Dean of the School.  He is an expert in the organization, management and use of information technology to deliver business value.


Professor Todd has over 40 published works on information technology and innovation management which have received more than 15,000 citations. He has taught and led degree programs, executive education and applied research programs in management, innovation and information technology for over 25 years.

He also has over 20 years of increasingly senior leadership experience as a Dean, Associate Dean, Program and Centre Director at prominent Canadian and US universities. From 2005 to 2014 he was Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. At McGill he oversaw management of 200 faculty and staff delivering degree programs and executive education to over 3000 students each year.  He led a transformation doubling the faculty’s annual budget to over $40 million by developing a suite of self-funded masters programs, which were all firsts in Quebec, including the full-time MBA, Professional MBA and bilingual executive MBA, and launched McGill’s first degree program in China.  He also completed a $75 million fundraising effort as part of Campaign McGill.

Immediately prior to joining McGill, Todd was the Chesapeake and Potomac Professor of Commerce at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce where he also served as Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.  At Virginia he spearheaded a novel off-campus executive Master of Science degree in the Management of Information Technology.  Before that he was Professor and Associate Dean at the University of Houston where he played a key role in securing a $40 million naming gift to establish the Bauer College of Business.  At the University of Houston Professor Todd also led the Information Systems Research Centre delivering applied research and executive education programs while doubling the Centre’s membership to include 30 prominent Texas-based companies.

Professor Todd was also a Professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where he served as Director of the Research and Ph.D. programs in the Queen’s School of Business.

Professor Todd holds an undergraduate degree in Commerce from McGill University and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.  

He speaks English and French.