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Management team

Paul Coombes

Chairman, Centre for Corporate Governance


Paul Coombes is a former Director of McKinsey & Company, the international management consultants where he worked with global corporations and financial institutions for 27 years and was one of the leaders of the Firm’s organisation practice.


Paul’s work has focused particularly on exploring why some companies are successful and resilient to challenges, while others fail to adapt.  He has served many different types of organisations – public companies, state-owned enterprises, family businesses, mutual firms and professional partnerships. Much of his professional consulting has involved working with boards and management teams to help them translate the values and goals of their organisations into practical ways in which they can develop successful strategies and enhance the effectiveness of their operating decisions.


Paul's most recent commitment involved leading the review team that worked with Paul Myners on developing reform proposals for the governance of The Co-Operative Group.

Alex Edmans

Academic Director, Centre for Corporate Governance

Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School. Alex has a BA from Oxford and a PhD from MIT, and was previously a tenured professor at Wharton and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley.

Alex specialises in corporate governance, executive compensation, and corporate social responsibility. Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, and given TEDx talks on The Social Responsibility of Business and From Post-Truth to Pro-Truth. He has appeared on Bloomberg, BBC, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, ITV, Reuters, Sky News, and Sky Sports, and written for the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Alex serves on the Steering Group of The Purposeful Company, which proposes policy reforms to encourage companies to pursue long-run purpose over short-run profit, and on Royal London Asset Management’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee. He was named a Rising Star of Corporate Governance by Yale University and is a Research Associate at the European Corporate Governance Institute.