Meet the leaders of industry at UWE Bristol

Issue date: 19 March 2012


Thursday 22 March 2012, 18:00-20:30, Frenchay Campus

Christine Hodgson, CEO of Capgemini will explain how businesses can benefit from embracing technology at the next Distinguished Executive Address at UWE Bristol.

'Embracing Technology for Success' will address: Digital Transformation – how technology is moving from the 'engine room' to helping businesses connect with their customers. Christine will explain how successful organisations are using technology to drive efficient business and better customer experiences.

The Distinguished Executive Address (DEA) series is one of the highlights of the University calendar and is a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership, directly from the leaders of organisations driving UK business performance.

Christine Hodgson was appointed to the position of Executive Chairman at Capgemini UK Plc after 14 years with the Capgemini Group, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services employing 120,000 people in 40 countries. Capgemini clients include Burberry, Royal Mail and Environment Agency and HMRC.

Christine sits on the boards of Ladbrokes Plc and two charities, Business in the Community, and MacIntyre Care. Christine is committed to improving the supply of candidates entering the IT industry. She sponsors the Capgemini apprentice programme and encourages other organisations to do the same through her work with Business in the Community.

There will also be an opportunity for the audience to put forward their issues and questions at this event.

The series of talks will continue at UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus until Wednesday 18 April and will feature Chairmen, CEOs and institutional leaders representing a variety of sectors.

Speakers include:

Tuesday 27 March, 18:00-20:30, Sir Ian Gibson, Chairman of Morrisons plc will give a talk 'Boards, Management Teams and Big Teams'

Wednesday 18 April, 18:00-20:30, Dame Liz Forgan, Chair of the Arts Council will give a talk 'The arts: a serious business'

Series organiser, Professor Nicholas O'Regan says, “We are delighted by the calibre of this year's speakers, the series is an excellent opportunity for members of the business community in Bristol, as well as our own students, alumni and staff to hear directly from inspirational figures in industry with a wealth of strategic experience and leadership skills at the highest level.”

The Distinguished Executive Address Series is free to attend and open to UWE Bristol students, staff, alumni and members of the business community. To register for forthcoming talks visit: www.uwe.ac.uk/dea

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