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Michael Modiano, Director of G.Modiano Ltd

BSc Businesss Studies (1989)

Michael has been responsible for growing his father's wool tading company into to a global business that operates across 10 locations worldwide.


Madam Wang Yuan, Chief Economist of China Development Bank

MSc National Development and Project Planning (1988)

Madam Wang is the first Chief Economist of the China Development Bank, and was formerly the Economic Officer at the World Bank.


Bernard Mariette, President & CEO of Coalision

MBA (1987)

Formerly the President of Quicksilver. Bernard set up Pelican investment funds LP, a Canadian private equity fund in 2011 which focuses on sports and lifestyle apparels industry.


Kate Swann, CEO of SPP, Former CEO of WHSmith

BSC Business Studies (1986)

Kate is one of the UK’s most successful businesswomen. Kate was appointed CEO of the SSP group in September 2013 and its Executive Director since June 2014, following ten years as CEO of WH Smith. Prior to this she was Managing Director of Argos and also served as Managing Director at Homebase. Kate began her career at Tesco in 1989 as a graduate trainee and throughout her career has held a number of senior marketing roles within retail at Homepride Foods, Coca Cola and Dixons Group. She was awarded an honorary degree from Bradford in 2007. In 2006 she was listed in the top 50 most powerful women in business.


Dr Mohamed Ibrahim, Mobile Communications Entrepreneur and Billionaire

MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering (1977)

Mohamed founded Celtel in 1998 which operated in 14 African countries with over 24 million users. Upon selling Celtel Mohamed founded the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to encourage better governance in Africa, as well as creating the Mo Ibrahim Index, to evaluate nations' performance.


Kevin Gaskell, Former CEO of

BEng (Hons) Civil & Structural Engineering (1981) and MBA (1982)

After qualifying as an engineer, then as an accountant, Kevin completed his MBA before pursuing a career that took him through the construction industry, the chemical industry and then into the automotive sector, where he was appointed UK Managing Director of Porsche at the age of 32 and BMW GB at the age of 37. in 1998 he was recognised as ‘One of the top 40 leaders under 40 in the UK’. Kevin is now an international speaker on corporate leadership, brand development, improving company performance and achieving success in a hostile environment. Kevin was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University in July 2016.


Alan Keir, Former Chief Executive of HSBC Bank plc

BSc Economic & Politics (1981)

Alan joined HSBC upon graduation and has remained with the company ever since, working through the ranks to attain his current leadership position. He is currently Non-Executive Director for HSBC and also on the boards of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe and Majid Al Futtaim, a leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.


Tony O’Reilly, Former CEO H.J.Heinz Company

Ph.D. Management & Administration (1980)

Tony is a former Irish businessman and international rugby union player. He  became CEO and Chairman of the H.J.Heinz Company in 1979 and held an interest in the Independent News & Meida Group, from 1973 to 2009.


Keith Harris, Investment Banker and Financier, Chairman at Seymour Pierce Holdings Ltd, Former Chairman of the Football League and Director of Wembley National Stadium Ltd

BSc Business and Economics (1974)

Keith has advised on hundreds of debt and equity issues and complex cross border transactions as a senior executive at leading global banks, as well as acting for noteworthy clients and high profile transactions. His clients include Roman Abramovich of Russia, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand, American billionaires, Shahid Khan and Randy Lerner, and Mohamed Fayed.


Alex Brummer, City Editor of the Daily Mail

MBA (1972)

Alex is a  economics commentator, working as a journalist, editor, and author.  He also writes "The Money" article for the New Statesman and is a member of the editorial advisory board of Jewish Renaissance magazine.


Paula Vennells, Chief Executive of Post Office Limited

BA Modern Languages (French and Russian 1981)

Since joining Post Office Limited in 2007 Paula has worked in a number of senior roles, including Managing Director, becoming Chief Executive on 1 April 2012. Prior to Post Office, Paula spent five years with Whitbread plc, latterly as Group Commercial Director. She began her career with Unilever and L’Oreal and has held directorships in sales and marketing with a number of major retailers, including Dixons Stores Group and Argos.


Paul Donovan, Chief Executive of Odeon UCI Cinemas Group

MBA (1989)

Paul Donovan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Odeon UCI Cinemas Group, Europe's largest cinema operator, in 2014. Previously he was CEO of Eircom Group, Ireland's largest telecommunications company. Paul was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University in July 2016.


Dr Bernd Van Linder, Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Bank Dubai (CBD)

MBA (2001)

Bernd has a wealth of experience in retail, commercial and corporate banking and an excellent track-record in treasury, risk management and in leading strategic change processes. He built his career at ABN AMRO in the Netherlands before moving to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region where he was General Manager Treasury of Saudi Hollandi Bank before becoming CEO of the same bank in 2009. In 2016 he was appointed as CEO of Commercial Bank Dubai (CBD) taking up the position in early 2017.


Bas Burger, Chief Executive Officer of BT Global Services

MBA (1995)

Bas is an internationally recognised business executive known for his work in the global telecom industry. He is currently CEO, Global Services for BT and is a contributor to the World Economic Forum and is on the Committee for Economic Development


John Platt, Chief Executive of Air BP

BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering (1989)

John Platt was appointed as chief executive of Air BP, the oil company’s global aviation business, in September 2016. He has been with BP for over 27 years and has held a number of different roles including CEO of BP’s global Liquid Petroleum Gas business and CFO for the global Petrochemicals business. John joined BP in 1989 starting as a graduate Chemical Engineer in Refinery & Petrochemicals operations followed by roles in commercial, corporate head office, finance, strategy and business leadership in Europe, US and Asia.