Helen Anne Alexander CBE

President, CBI

Thursday 15 April 2010, 18.00-20.30

alexanderHelen Anne Alexander CBE, was born on 10 February 1957. She was educated at St Paul’s Girls' School, where she is now deputy chair of the Governors and chair of the Education Committee. She obtained an MA from Hertford College, Oxford and became an Honorary Fellow in 2002. She obtained an MBA from INSEAD in 1984 and is currently chair of the Business Advisory Council of the Said Business School, Oxford University.

Helen began her publishing career at Gerald Duckworth and Faber & Faber. She moved to The Economist in 1985 as marketing manager. She became managing director of The Economist Intelligence Unit in 1993 and in 1997 became chief executive of The Economist Group.

Helen was chief executive for 11 years until she stepped down in June 2008. She was awarded a CBE for services to publishing in 2004.

In addition to her experience at the helm of an international business, Helen also has extensive board experience across a range of sectors. She was a non-executive director at Northern Foods plc (1994-2002) and at BT plc (1998-2002). She is currently non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee at Centrica plc (2003) and Rolls-Royce Group plc (2007).

In 2008, Helen became vice-president of the CBI and senior adviser to Bain Capital. Helen is also senior Trustee of the Tate Gallery. In 2009 she became president of the CBI and joined the Board of the Port of London Authority.

She is married with three children.

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