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New Global Leadership Council will advise School on strategy and initiatives

As it embarks on its third decade, the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School (Oxford Saïd) has announced the formation of a new council of senior global leaders to provide independent advice and guidance to the School.    

The Oxford Saïd Global Leadership Council will be chaired by Sam Laidlaw, Executive Chairman of Neptune Oil and Gas Limited and former CEO of Centrica. The inaugural group consists of a global network of 28 current or former Chairs, CEOs and C-level Executives of leading organisations from both the private and public sectors. These include Apple, BlackRock, L’Oréal, McKinsey, UBS, Santander, CreditEase and other leading organisations.

The Council will help advance the School’s unique business education model as an integral part of the wider University of Oxford. The Council will advise on strategy and initiatives that promote the school’s global profile, including its relations with the corporate sector, programme development, and research.

The School’s stated objective is to work with the broader University to address the most pressing challenges in business and society. Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean, Saïd Business School explains: ‘The Council will help ensure that our activities remain forward thinking and relevant, to meet our mission of developing leaders with a thorough understanding of business and importantly, its broader role in society. We are very grateful to the leaders who have joined the Council - their advice and insights will be invaluable.’

Sam Laidlaw, Chair of the Saïd Business School Global Leadership Council concludes: ‘Oxford Saïd celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and it has achieved a great deal in a relatively short time. The new Council will help the School build on this success and focus on the trends that will define the future, and the organisations and leaders that will shape it.’

Global Leadership Council

  • Chair: Sam Laidlaw, Chairman, Neptune Oil and Gas; former CEO, Centrica
  • Bill Ackman, CEO, Pershing Square Capital
  • Angela Ahrendts, Senior Vice President of Retail, Apple; former CEO Burberry
  • Helen Alexander, Chairman, UBM plc
  • Mohamed Amersi, CEO, Emergent Telecom Ventures
  • Alvaro Rodriguez Arregui, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Ignia Partners
  • Vindi Banga, Partner Clayton, Dubilier & Rice; former Chairman Hindustan Unilever Ltd
  • Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Wendy Becker, Non-Executive Director, NHS England; former Chief Executive, Jack Wills
  • Vivienne Cox, Chairman Supervisory Board, Vallourec; former Executive Vice President of BP Gas, Power and Renewables business
  • Sergio Ermotti, Group Chief Executive Officer, UBS
  • Moya Greene, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Mail
  • Jamal bin Huwaireb, Cultural Advisor to the Government of Dubai and Managing Director, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation
  • Tina Ju, Founding and Managing Partner, KPCB China and TDF Capital
  • Robert Kapito, President, BlackRock
  • Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, Chairperson of the Supervisory Board of Louis Dreyfus Holdings
  • Scott Malkin, Founder and Chairman, Value Retail
  • John Manzoni, Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office and Chief Executive, Civil Service
  • Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen
  • Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford
  • Catherine Roe, Director, CRM Consulting and former Director, Said Foundation
  • Khaled Said, Managing Partner, Capital Generation Partners LLP
  • Wafic Saïd, Said Holdings
  • Geoff Skingsley, Chairman, L’Oréal UK & Ireland
  • Howard Stringer, Non-Executive Chairman, Atrium TV; former Chairman and CEO, Sony Corporation
  • Ning Tang, Founder and CEO, CreditEase
  • Shriti Vadera, Chair, Santander UK
  • Michael Warren, Managing Principal and CEO, Albright Stonebridge Group
  • Miles Young, Warden, New College, University of Oxford; former Chairman and CEO, Ogilvy and Mathe