QS Quacquarelli Symonds Appoints Jessica Turner as New CEO

QS Quacquarelli Symonds Appoints Jessica Turner as New CEO

By H. Young

Updated April 2, 2024 Updated April 02

London, 27th September 2022: QS Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) announced today that Jessica Turner has been appointed the company’s new CEO. She succeeds the founder of QS, Nunzio Quacquarelli, who will step back to the role of President and Chair of the Board.

With a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BSc Hons. (Mathematics) from the University of Sydney, Jessica Turner has built a global career.
Prior to joining QS in 2019, she led the Scientific and Academic Research business of Clarivate Analytics, with previous roles at Thomson Reuters and McKinsey.

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.”

In recent years, QS has made a number of targeted acquisitions and accelerated its digital transformation. Now employing over 700 people in 23 countries, the company serves over 50M students and over 1500 higher education institutions

QS partners with universities to inform, develop, and deliver strategies to accomplish their goals and aspirations. Unrivalled insights and expertise empower these partners to take a data-driven approach, underpinning their decision making with millions of data points gathered through the unparalleled reach QS has with institutions, academics, employers, and prospective students.

Under Turner’s leadership and building on its 32-year legacy, QS will continue to innovate in the student recruitment and enrolment space, capitalising on impressive recent growth and strides taken in technology and data science. Furthermore, it will build on its position as the most trusted and widely viewed source of global institutional performance metrics to provide distinctive insights on sustainability and skills needed for the future.

Jessica Turner commented: “I am proud to lead QS, which is, above all, a people-focused organisation. There is magic in being part of a team that can have an impact on the world, doing inspiring work and building a career in a diverse, inclusive, flexible, and collaborative culture.”

She added: “We have an ambitious strategy and are investing substantially in our people, data, and technology to empower international students to select, apply to and enrol at the right university; and to provide mission-critical analytics, consulting, and solutions to universities seeking to elevate their profile, communicate their differentiators and recruit the right students. QS is a company to watch as we make further strategic moves in the industry.”




For further information, please contact:

Simona Bizzozero

Communications Director
QS Quacquarelli Symonds




Note to Editors  

QS Quacquarelli Symonds

QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the world’s leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector, whose mission is to empower motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development.             

The QS World University Rankings portfolio, inaugurated in 2004, is the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance.             
Their flagship website, www.TopUniversities.com – the home of their rankings – was viewed 147 million times in 2021, and over 96,000 media clippings pertaining to, or mentioning, QS were published by media outlets across the world in 2021.      

This article was originally published in October 2022 . It was last updated in April 2024

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