Top CEO gives advice to Coventry students

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Wednesday 16 May 2012

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One of Coventry University’s highest achieving alumni returned to campus for the first time in over 20 years to deliver a guest lecture as part of the University’s Global Leaders Programme (GLP).

Angus Russell, CEO of Shire plc – a global biopharmaceutical company – spoke at the Chancellor’s Circle dinner on Friday 8th June.

The Global Leaders Programme is an initiative that focuses on better preparing Coventry University’s postgraduate students to become the leaders of tomorrow in their chosen fields and to further develop a global mindset.

Previous speakers include Dave Richards (Chairman of Aston Martin and Prodrive) and Sir Peter Rigby (Entrepreneur and owner of Coventry Airport).

Angus discussed his journey so far and how he has led a once small UK-based pharmaceuticals company through an exciting period of expansion and diversification. He stressed the importance of international experience in these ever-changing economic times and how employers are increasingly seeking to recruit individuals who have the knowledge, skills and experience that enable them to function in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.

A native of Forres in Scotland, Angus, prior to joining Shire, worked for nearly 20 years with ICI, Zeneca and AstraZeneca, serving in his most recent position with AstraZeneca as vice president for corporate finance.

Inderjit Mann, Head of the Graduate Centre at Coventry University, said:

It is a great pleasure to see alumni like Angus involved in GLP. His experiences, and the prominence of his role internationally, will no doubt provide our students the valuable insight and exposure which will be greatly valued.