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New Financial Times and IE Business School venture to provide custom education for executives

Update April 2019: FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance has recently rebranded as Headspring Executive Development. The company remains a joint venture between the Financial Times and IE Business School. Read the new press release here

December 8, 2014: The Financial Times and IE Business School today announce the launch of the FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance (FT | IE CLA), a new joint venture providing premium custom learning for business leaders. The partnership connects the academic excellence of prominent business schools with the FT’s award-winning journalism and insight into real world business challenges.

The FT | IE CLA partners with the world’s leading business schools from Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, to design and deliver tailored programmes that meet the learning needs of today’s executives. Schools partnering for the launch include Yale School of Management (United States), Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil), Antai Business School (Jiatong University, China), Renmin Business School (China), Singapore Management University, and EGADE Business School (Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico), among others. Together they make one of the largest pools of local and international expertise and content. The unique programmes combine face-to-face modules with innovative online and offline learning methods. Programs can be delivered in multiple languages including Arabic, English, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish.

The program includes a measurement framework developed by FT parent company Pearson, that uses the latest research from statisticians and experts in pedagogy to ensure clients’ broader business goals are met.

FT CEO John Ridding said: “The FT | IE CLA combines insight from renowned FT journalists and columnists with IE’s expertise and academic theory in the classroom. The program will equip leaders with valuable context and a deeper understanding of real-time challenges and opportunities.”

Dean of IE Business School Santiago Iñiguez added: “We believe this innovative collaboration will deliver the next era of executive education, combining the FT’s world-class, real time business news and analysis with the very best that business schools have to offer. As corporate customers are demanding more tangible results from their learning programs, we will design and deliver tailored programmes that meet the changing needs of executives, drawing on extensive local and international expertise and content provided by our School and our academic partners.”

The FT | IE CLA will be led by VanDyck Silveira, who has extensive experience in executive education and corporate development and was previously IE Executive Education CEO. Prior to joining IE Business School and the FT|IE CLA, Silveira served as CEO and President of Grupo Ibmec, which focused on high-end for‐profit education and ranked among the top universities in Brazil.

To read more about the CLA please visit www.ftiecla.com

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For more information, please contact:

Emily Gibbs
T: +44 (0) 207 873 3184
E: emily.gibbs@ft.com

Felix Valdivieso
T: +34 915 689 642
E: felix.valdivieso@ie.edu

About the Financial Times:

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 700,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving 60 per cent of subscriber consumption, almost 50 per cent of total traffic and 20 per cent of new digital subscriptions. FT education products now serve two thirds of the world’s top 50 business schools. For news about the FT follow @FTPressOffice.

About IE Business School


IE Business School shapes leaders that promote innovation and change in organizations, equipping managers with an entrepreneurial mindset that generates employment, wealth, and social wellbeing. Recognized as one of the world’s leading business schools, IE Business School has an urban campus in Madrid and a faculty of more than 400 professors who teach students from approximately 90 countries in its master, PhD, and executive education programs. IE Business School students use innovative online and presential learning formats, including the IE Communities platform where they exchange knowledge and experiences with the plus 40,000 IE graduates that currently hold management positions in more than 100 countries.

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