Henrietta Jowitt appointed Managing Director Commercial at Confederation of British Industry

Henrietta Jowitt appointed Managing Director Commercial at Confederation of British Industry

The CBI has today announced the appointment of Henrietta Jowitt as its Managing Director, Commercial.

LONDON, 18-12-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — With an extensive background in business strategy, marketing, growth and change management, Henrietta will join the CBI early next year. She will be responsible for developing the group’s membership proposition, leading the CBI’s regional teams across the country, and creating new member services with a focus on supporting and enabling businesses to grow.

Henrietta has held a number of senior marketing roles at a number of international blue-chip firms, spanning a variety of sectors from food, retail, professional and financial services, including at Schroders, Advent International, United Biscuits and Nestle.  She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

“With an extensive background in business strategy and marketing at a variety of blue chip firms, as well as a hands-on understanding of the challenges entrepreneurs face through setting up her own business and working in private equity, Henrietta is extraordinarily well placed to develop innovative services for members.

“As well as leading on commercial activity for the CBI, Henrietta will also champion our drive to go digital with more responsive member services that link up our business networks across the UK.  She is a fantastic addition to the CBI team.”

Commenting on her appointment, Henrietta said:

“I’m delighted to be joining the CBI. Carolyn has an exciting and challenging agenda to support and enable UK growth through its members, working with firms of all sizes, including smaller and medium-sized firms who are a critical engine of our future prosperity in the UK.

“I am really looking forward to working with her and the team to deliver on this agenda.”

Henrietta read Natural Sciences at Oxford University where she specialised in animal behaviour and physiology. She began her career at Heinz as a graduate trainee, before going on to hold a variety of marketing and strategy roles in the consumer goods industry at Nestle and United Biscuits, working both in the UK market and internationally.  Henrietta then moved on to the Board at retailer Grattan as Sales and Marketing Director, before joining the professional services firm Cushman & Wakefield as a Partner and Marketing Director for EMEA.

In 2004, she became Group Head of Marketing and Investor Relations at the asset management firm Schroders, followed in 2008 by Group Head of Marketing at the private equity firm Advent International.  She also runs her own business strategy consultancy, Rotation Point.

Henrietta lives in Yorkshire and London and is married with 4 children.

She will form part of the CBI’s new senior management team, reporting directly to Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn. The CBI recently announced the appointment of Josh Hardie into the newly created role of Managing Director, Policy and Campaigns. Josh will join the CBI early in 2015 from Tesco where he has been Group Director for Corporate Responsibility.


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