Sandy MacKenzie | Director, Copenhagen International School

CIS is delighted to announce that Sandy MacKenzie will be joining Copenhagen International School as their new Director, after an extensive worldwide search.

Mr. Sandy Mackenzie will become the new Director of Copenhagen International School as of August 2019.

Sandy is from Edinburgh, Scotland and has held senior leadership posts for the last 12 years, in Scotland, in Shanghai, and presently as Head of Secondary School at Atlanta International School in Georgia, USA.  

Sandy is a strategic planner with in-depth knowledge of the IB curriculum and with excellent interpersonal skills, which he strongly demonstrated during the application process.  As an additional bonus, Sandy already knows Copenhagen International School and speaks Danish, having worked as a Math teacher and IB coordinator at the Hellerup campus in 2002-4.

Copenhagen International School selected CIS Leadership Searches, represented by Pauline O’Brien, Director of Career & Recruitment Services, to lead the search for a new Director, in a process involving members across the school community, all of whom played a vital role in the important and thorough selection process for a new Director. 

In consultation with the Board members, CIS carefully evaluated all applicants, matching the skills, experiences and philosophies of the candidates against the needs of the school. Contending candidates were personally video-interviewed by CIS and reviewed before being invited to Copenhagen for final interview. 

During the many interviews with stakeholder groups at Copenhagen International School and at a town hall meeting with staff, Sandy Mackenzie stood out as a singularly good candidate for the school. Copenhagen International School are now looking forward to welcoming Sandy to Copenhagen next year and working with the whole school community to develop and grow Copenhagen International School to the benefit of all their students.

Susanne Rumohr Hækkerup, Chair of the Board commented, "The board at Copenhagen International School is really pleased to welcome Sandy Mackenzie as our new Director in August 2019. We have appreciated working with CIS and Pauline O'Brien, who had a keen eye for our school's needs and was able to identify an outstanding candidate."

On his appointment, Sandy MacKenzie said, "I am delighted to be given this opportunity to lead Copenhagen International School. It is a school with an impressive history, a warm and welcoming community, a dedicated and talented staff and a beautiful new campus. I feel privileged to be the next Director of a school with such a reputation - like all CIS accredited schools, it has high standards and a commitment to intercultural understanding. I would like to thank Pauline O'Brien for helping make this happen, providing excellent advice to schools and applicants alike."

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