The business X factor — the secret to CEO success

07 Oct 2010 15:39:49.317
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The chief of one of the largest management recruiters in the UK is to reveal some of the secrets to his success in becoming a CEO and why some people possess the business ‘x factor’ which gives them the edge over competitors.

Stephen Rowlinson, CEO of Penna Consulting, will kick off Nottingham University Business School’s Business Leaders Series on Monday October 11 with a talk on How to Become a CEO and How to Succeed When You Do.

Mr Rowlinson said: “I had the interesting experience through the 80s and 90s of being one of the UK’s leading headhunters and was responsible for selecting people for some of the most senior jobs in the UK.
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“This and my later experience as a CEO myself has given me some insights into how it is that some people emerge as successful senior executives and others — while apparently equally able — simply do not.”

The Business Leaders Series aims to bring high profile speakers to Nottingham University Business School to offer unique and inspiring insights into the careers and experiences of leaders in their fields.

The event also aims to bring together people from the University and local business communities for valuable networking opportunities.

The series, which runs through until March 2011, will also feature talks from Jeremy Stanyard, Head of Financial Services at PA Consulting; Andy Hornby, Group Chief Executive of Alliance Boots; Sander Van’t Noordende, Group Chief Executive, Resources, at Accenture; and Alex Gourlay, Chief Executive of Health and Beauty at Alliance Boots.

All events are 5.30pm for a 6pm start and will be held in the Sir Colin Campbell Building on The University of Nottingham Innovation Park. (Please note, one of the events — Sander Van’t Noordende from Accenture on December 8 — will be held in the Business School South Building on Jubilee Campus).

Each talk will be followed by drinks, a buffet and the chance to meet the speaker. The events are open to students, alumni and staff of the University, and members of the local business community.

A full timetable and further information is available on Nottingham University Business School’s website at http://www/business/BusinessLeadersSeries.html

Attendance must be confirmed beforehand by e-mail to

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Notes to editors:
Nottingham University Business School is one of the UK’s leading centres for management education and ranks among the world’s leading business schools in the 2010 Financial Times Top Masters in Management and the Aspen Institute’s ‘Beyond Grey Pinstripes’ Top 100, where it ranks 1st in the UK, 3rd in Europe, and 23rd globally for integrating issues of sustainability into management education and research. Nottingham is one of an elite global group of EQUIS-accredited business schools (European Quality Improvement System). Uniquely, accreditation applies to the business schools at all Nottingham’s campuses in the UK, China, and Malaysia.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 70 per cent of the School’s research was rated as either ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading,’ ranking it 6th in the UK.

The Business School has pioneered entrepreneurship teaching and research at Nottingham and the University won the 2008 Times Higher Entrepreneurial University of the Year award. The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations.

The University of Nottingham, described by The Times as “the nearest Britain has to a truly global university”, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 39,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power.

The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

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