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Carolyn is CBI Director-General

Carolyn joined the CBI as Director General in November 2015 following a 30 year career in British business. She spent her early career at McKinsey before taking on a range of senior leadership roles in the media industry. She has also held non-executive plc board positions spanning the manufacturing, services and banking sectors.

At McKinsey, Carolyn advised companies across the UK in a range of sectors specialising in digital transformation, and as partner led its UK media practice. As BBC Director of Strategy, she led the BBC’s digital strategy and ran its transmission arm. In 2003, she created and launched Freeview, one of the UK’s most successful new digital TV services. From 2007-2010, Carolyn was Director of Group Development and Strategy at ITV.

Carolyn has extensive boardroom experience, including as non-executive director of Lloyds Banking Group, The Vitec Group, Capita plc, the Competition and Markets Authority, the UK Statistics Authority, and, from 2008-11, the Financial Services Authority.

From 1995-97, Carolyn was a member of the Number 10 Policy Unit, where she advised on health and social services.  She began her career as an economist at the World Bank, before joining the Economist magazine as a business and financial journalist.

Carolyn holds a first-class degree in Economics from Cambridge University, an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, and MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an honorary fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Carolyn is married with three children and lives in Hampshire.

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