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


‘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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The Bottom Line: Lonely at the Top?

by Ann Orton We were pleased to see Executive Coaching profiled in Evan Davis’ R4 programme The Bottom Line: Lonely at the Top? with Evan and his three guests:  two very senior clients Melanie Richards, vice-Chair KPMG, and Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT Group, along with a coach or self-described ‘trusted leadership advisor’, Jonathan Bowman […]

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Andy Rhodes: The Thinking Policeman

Alliance Leadership Profile by Liz Gooster

DCC Rhodes pictureYour people are your best asset’ is a phrase often quoted by leaders. But it would be hard to find a leader who puts this belief into action more wholeheartedly than Andy Rhodes, Deputy Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary. Thoughtful, people-focused, entrepreneurial and irreverent, Rhodes is not your typical policeman. He has spent 25 years in the force so far and has risen up the ranks quickly, being promoted to Superintendent early in his career and continuing to climb the ladder since then. (more…)

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Anthony Forbes Watson, MD OF Pan Macmillan

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It is a cold December day and Anthony Forbes Watson is ebullient, his mood as bright as the neon green chairs in his office as he invites me in, solicitously gets me water and mops it up when I spill it. He tells me, with well-deserved relish, that Pan Macmillan publish the current top two fiction bestsellers Chris Sansom’s Lamentation and Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist as well as Chris Hadfield’s You Are Here: Around the world in 92 minutes, which had that day just sold in a few hours more than 10000 books in an Amazon ‘lightning deal’. The company’s fortunes are equally buoyant: Forbes Watson explains that profits had doubled over the last year in a culmination of a five year turnaround and that the scene is now set for further growth and consolidation. He also reports happily that industry perceptions of Pan Macmillan’s traditionally unfashionable image in the industry are changing at last and becoming more reflective of the company’s publishing and commercial performance. (more…)

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