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Leadership Profile: Kenny Wilson leads the home of modern vintage as CEO of Cath Kidston

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‘You have a long working life, you need to enjoy it.’

When I meet Kenny Wilson, the affable yet determined powerhouse heading up Cath Kidston as its CEO, he certainly seems to be enjoying his job. The news that the company has been bought out by private equity group Barings Asia has just gone public. Wilson describes the transaction as representing a continuity of ownership and indeed, a simplification of the stakeholder structure, leaving just one investor and giving access to more funding to drive their next phase of growth. A smooth deal then, but even if the takeover waters had been choppy, Wilson strikes me as a man who can cope with pretty much any difficulty thrown at him, not least because he is open-minded enough to be on an ongoing journey of learning and self-development and has both the courage and humility to surround himself with capable people. But more of that later. (more…)

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Richard Foley, Senior Partner, Pinsent Masons

foley_richard TO USEElected to the position of Senior Partner in 2014 following a hotly contested election process, Richard Foley has ultimate responsibility for the leadership of City law firm Pinsent Masons for at least a four year term. It is a mantle Foley seems to have taken on gladly, and he is ‘loving it’ so far. His ‘can do’ attitude (except perhaps in his quest to learn to play the guitar, which he asserts is ‘almost impossible’!) and his relentless (and refreshing) enthusiasm should serve him well given the plans he has to drive change and innovation in a sector that is notoriously conservative and primed to anticipate problems and risk. (more…)

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