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First School for CEOs programme concludes today

20 September 2012

Today marks the completion of the first programme run by the School for CEOs, a new concept in senior executive leadership development. 10 delegates have gathered in a central London venue to take part in the two-day residential Vital Few programme. The delegates have come from a range of businesses – quoted multinationals, privately held companies, family businesses and partnerships – in a variety of sectors: manufacturing, utilities, business services, consumer and financial services. They currently hold positions ranging from CEO, COO and FD to divisional MD, functional head and entrepreneur.  In addition, The School for CEOs Foundation has awarded a scholarship to the CEO of a leading health charity.

This first programme has been taught by a strong roster of accomplished businesspeople including Carol Leonard, Head of the Board Practice at Inzito LLP; Peter Norris, Chairman of Virgin Group; Francis Salway, former CEO of Land Securities plc; and Anita Scott, Partner at Brunswick Group LLP. Other Faculty members delivering the programme have included Mary Spillane, an experienced consultant in Leadership Development; John Tiner, CEO of Resolution LLP; and Sir Adrian Montague, Chairman of 3i Group plc.

In addition, Olympic gold medal-winning rower Katherine Grainger – a School for CEOs Faculty member – joined the delegate dinner last night and shared her experiences at the very pinnacle of competitive sport.

Co-Founder David Sole, business coach and former international rugby captain, said “We’re all really excited to have kicked off our first programme with such an inspiring group of delegates and Faculty.”

Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy, former CEO of John Menzies plc and a co-Founder of the School, said “I’m delighted with the progress we’ve made. It’s a huge privilege to be helping the next generation of business leaders prepare for the top job.”

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Notes for editors: The School for CEOs is a new concept in senior executive education. It was founded by Patrick Macdonald, Chairman of Reconomy and former CEO of John Menzies plc, and David Sole, business coach and former international rugby captain, in 2011. The next programme will take place in central London on 1/2 May 2013. The 2-day residential programme will be taught by practitioners: current and former business leaders. It aims to provide senior businessmen and women with the tools they need to become and remain successful CEOs.

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