Carolyn Fairbairn to become next CBI director general

Carolyn Fairbairn has been appointed as the first female director general of the Confederation of British Industry, the UK’s main business lobby group.

Fairbairn, a former head of strategy at the BBC and ITV, will replace John Cridland who has led the CBI since January 2011.

Fairbairn began her career as an economist at the World Bank and then worked as a journalist at the Economist and a management consultant at McKinsey & CO

The CBI said she was chosen from an initial list of 46 candidates that was whittled down to a shortlist of six.

John Cridland was a CBI veteran when he became director general but the organisation has opted for an outsider in Fairbairn.

Commenting on her appointment, Carolyn Fairbairn said: “I am delighted to be joining the CBI as director general. The CBI has an outstanding track record of championing the conditions that enable British businesses to flourish.

“The debate around Britain’s relationship with the European Union and the productivity challenge facing our economy will be two of the defining issues of the next few years, and I greatly look forward to representing the voice of British businesses of all sizes on these questions and many others.”

Sir Mike Rake, president of CBI, said: “Carolyn is a remarkable business leader with an impressive background as an economist, journalist, management consultant and policy strategist. This includes being a member of the Prime Minister’s Downing Street Policy Unit and holding senior roles at the BBC and ITV.

“Carolyn’s CV speaks for itself. Her wealth and breadth of experience will be critical in steering the CBI through choppy political and economic waters, including an EU referendum.”

Carolyn Fairbairn will take over from John Cridland in November.

DTG Staff  |  29.06.2015

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