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Global Leadership Summit 2009

03 Aug 2009


In June, London Business School hosted its sixth annual Global Leadership Summit, featuring the most prestigious group of leaders gathered on one stage in London this year

In a forum for the School's corporate guests and alumni to reflect and debate with leaders on the global downturn, the Summit  consisted of keynote sessions and interactive panels which discussed how businesses can emerge stronger once the recession is over.  The day concluded with a cocktail reception in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

Highlights from the day include:

  • Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of one of the world's most admired and successful companies, General Electric speaking about resetting the economy and warned Obama on the dangers of protectionism
  • Lord Davies of Abersoch giving his thoughts on whether the global market economy is broken. Lord Davies said he believed that ‘people should be more focused on what they do rather than what they earn'
  • Stephen Hester and Anshu Jain on a panel debating the future of the financial system with CNN presenter Charles Hodson
  • New Unilever CEO Paul Polman and Sunil Bharti Mittal, leader of India's largest mobile phone company discussing how to seize the upside of a downturn with Don Sull, Professor of Management Practice in Strategic and International Business at London Business School
  • Diageo CEO Paul Walsh setting out his thoughts on world trade

The Summit showcased the combined brainpower of leaders from global corporations together with London Business School faculty and senior editors from the Financial TimesThe Economist and CNN.

In a series of 'Big Ideas' sessions, London Business School faculty Dan GoldsteinLynda Gratton, Michael G Jacobides and Nirmalya Kumarshared their latest insights on topics ranging from innovation in the workplace to winning in a shifting landscape.