Past directors general

Below, you'll find links to information about past directors general of the International Baccalaureate® (IB).

Jeffrey R. Beard

2006 to 2013


Jeffrey joined the organization in September 2005, before becoming Director General in 2006.

He brought extensive management experience to the IB.

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George Walker

1999 to 2005


In post until his retirement, George had a long career in education. He was headteacher of state comprehensive schools in the UK, and Director General of the International School of Geneva.

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Derek Blackman

1998 to 1999


Before taking the role of Director General, Derek held posts as Chair of the IB Board of Examiners and Chief Examiner in Psychology.

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Roger M. Peel

1983 to 1998


During Roger’s time as Director General, the IB launched both the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

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Gérard Renaud

1977 to 1983


As a teacher at the International School of Geneva, Gérard played an important role in the founding of the IB.

He helped shape both the Diploma Programme (DP) and the MYP.

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Alec Peterson

1968 to 1977


The IB’s first Director General, Alec shaped the educational philosophy of the IB.

A pioneer in international education and was a recognised expert in the field of comparative education.

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