Biography

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn 

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Non-executive director
Until the end of 2020, Dame Carolyn Fairbairn was the Director-General Confederation of British Industry. An economist by training, her career spans leadership roles in business, media and government, with particular experience in the finance and broadcasting sectors. Carolyn spent her early career as an economist with the World Bank in Washington. She also worked in government as a member of the Number 10 Policy Unit during the 1990s, following which she became a partner at McKinsey specialising in digital and media, and held senior executive roles at the BBC and ITV.
 
Dame Carolyn is due to be appointed a non-executive director of HSBC Holdings plc in September 2021. She was previously a non-executive director of Lloyds Banking Group, The Vitec Group plc and Capita plc. She is also a former non-executive director of the Competition and Markets Authority, the Financial Services Authority and until 2016, a Trustee of Marie Curie. She holds a BA in Economics from Cambridge University, an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from INSEAD. She is an honorary fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and of Nuffield College, Oxford.
 
Dame Carolyn was awarded a DBE for Services to Business in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2019.