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London First appoints Jasmine Whitbread as chief executive

This week we announced Jasmine Whitbread, FTSE 100 board member and former chief executive of Save the Children International, as our new chief executive.

Jasmine will join in December as our current chief executive, Baroness Jo Valentine, steps down at the end of the year.

The announcement received coverage in the Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph and City AM.

Until December 2015, Jasmine led Save the Children International, successfully bringing together all 30 of the Save the Children organisations, who helped 62 million children in countries around the world last year, to create a joined-up $2 billion operation and global campaigning force.

Before moving into the non-profit sector, Jasmine was a managing director at Thomson Financial and has a background in technology marketing, holding management positions with Rio Tinto and a venture-funded start-up, Cortex.

Jasmine is a non-executive director of BT plc and Standard Chartered plc.

John Allan CBE, chairman of London First, said:

“Jasmine brings an incredible mix of experience to London First and a clear sense of the challenges and opportunities that face British businesses.

“There has never been a moment where business leadership has been so clearly needed and Jasmine has a proven track-record in generating the passion, collaboration and strategic vision needed to make a real difference to the world around us.”

Jasmine Whitbread said:

“London First was founded by visionary business leaders to propel London to the top of the global charts. Post referendum, we need another injection of sustained business leadership to keep us there.

“London First has proven that good business leadership is good for society and I’m excited at the prospect of working with John and what I hope will be a powerful alliance of leaders, to make a difference for my city at this critical time.”

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