Unilever, ArcelorMittal, Santander and McKinsey & Company among founding members

1 July 2014: The Financial Times is today launching a new global learning forum for senior executives to stimulate fresh thinking about the biggest financial, business, economic and political issues of the day. The 125, an exclusive members-only group named after the FT’s 125th anniversary in 2013, will help prepare the next generation of business leaders.

The eleven founding members of The 125 are Unilever, ArcelorMittal, BT, Santander, Newton Investment Management, Pearson, Channel 4, Man Group, Clifford Chance, Nissan and McKinsey & Company. Access to The 125 is invitation only and corporate members are granted six places for top management. Participants benefit from access to exclusive events and learning forums, a dedicated member website with recommended reading and post-event briefings, and networking opportunities with senior executives and FT experts across a wide range of sectors. exclusive members-only group named after the FT’s 125th anniversary in 2013, will help prepare the next generation of business leaders.

Financial Times CEO John Ridding said: “Business leaders tell us that running a large organisation is harder and more complex today than it has ever been. The speed of globalisation, combined with upheaval in areas such as information technology, education and energy, has created new managerial challenges.”

“Drawing on our global network of influential leaders and decision-makers and the expertise of FT journalists, The 125 offers a distinct advantage in addressing the knowledge gap of aspiring business leaders. The speed of change has created new business challenges and members of this forum will gain valuable insight from some of the world’s most influential minds,” he added.

The launch follows a series of 125 events featuring speakers such as Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England; Stephanie Flanders, Chief Market Strategist for EMEA at JP Morgan; Sir Gerry Grimstone, Chairman of Standard Life; Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive of BT; and Sir Howard Stringer, former Chairman of Sony, in conversation with FT journalists. In November 2014 Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and CEO of Square, will be interviewed by FT editor Lionel Barber at Clothworkers’ Hall in London.

To learn more about The 125 and view a calendar of upcoming events, please visit the125.ft.com or follow the conversation at @FT125.

 

For more information, please contact:
Kristina Eriksson
T: +44 (0)207 873 4961
E: kristina.eriksson@ft.com

 

For membership enquiries, please contact:
Adrian Clarke, Managing Director
T: +44 (0)20 7873 3939
E: adrian.clarke@ft.com

 

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