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Dame Helen Alexander is known for her unusually wide and varied experience in international business, which has made her a very sought-after business consultant and leader.
Chairman of UBM plc, non-executive director of Rolls-Royce and of Huawei UK, senior adviser to Bain Capital. Chancellor of the University of Southampton and involved with other not-for-profit organisations as a director of the Thomson-Reuters Founder’s Share Company, the Grand Palais (Paris) and the Said Business School (Oxford) and an honorary fellow of Hertford College, Oxford.
Helen was president of the CBI 2009-2011 and was chief executive of the Economist Group until 2008, having joined the company in 1985 and being managing director of the Economist Intelligence Unit from 1993 to 1997. She has also served on the boards of Northern Foods plc, BT plc, Centrica plc, as deputy chairman of esure Group Holdings plc and chairman of the Port of London Authority. Dame Helen has an MA from Oxford, an MBA from INSEAD and was recently awarded the Legion d'Honneur.
“I was delighted to be invited and even more honoured to be elected by the University Court as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Southampton. I share in the pride of this institution as it has grown and prospered over its first six decades. When speaking to both staff and students, I am struck by a real sense of pride in shared success and history. It is a pride that reflects an inspiring environment – a place where ideas are formed and nurtured and where great things have been, are and will be achieved. I have every confidence in the long term success of the University of Southampton and in taking up the post of Chancellor I shall do my very best to contribute to its development in the coming years.”
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