There are several UK Chief Executive Officers who are forging ahead with solid managerial abilities and knowledge of trade. Here is a selection of three British Chief Execs who are demonstrating their worth in today’s market.

Vittario Colao, Vodafone Group

Colao is the CEO, and he was designated Chief Exec of Vodafone Group after the AGM on 29 July 2008. He joined the Board in October 2006 as Chief Exec, Europe and Deputy Chief Executive. The beginning part of his career was spent in the Milan office of McKinsey & Company working on telecoms, media and industrial merchandise, with added accountability for hiring. In 1996 he signed up with Omnitel Pronto Italia, which consequently developed into Vodafone Italy, and he was appointed Chief Executive in 1999. He ended up being designated regional Chief Executive , Southern Europe for Vodafone Group Plc in 2001, and ended up being part of the Board in 2002. Vittario Colao was appointed to the duty of Regional Chief Executive Officer for Southern Europe, Africa and Middle East for Vodafone in 2003. In 2004 he left Vodafone to join RCS MediaGroup, the top Italian publishing company, in which he was Chief Executive until he rejoined Vodafone as CEO, Europe. He sits on the International Advisory Board of Bocconi University, Italy and belongs to the Steering Committee of the European Round Table of Industrialists.

Sir Andrew Witty, GlaxoSmithKline

Sir Witty became CEO of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on 21 May 2008, having joined GSK in 1985. He’s worked in South Africa, the USA, Britain and Singapore in various senior posts. In 2003, he was assigned President of GSK Europe and joined GSK’s Corporate Executive Team. In 2003 he was presented the Public Service Medal by the Government of Singapore and in August 2012 was also awarded the Public Service Star. Within the 2012 New Year Honours list, Sir Andrew Witty was presented a Knighthood for help with the economy and to the British pharmaceutical market. He was President of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations up until July 2013.

Steve Holliday, National Grid

Holliday became Chief Executive of National Grid in January 2007, having started at the National Grid Group plc as Group Director of Great Britain and Europe in March 2001. Steve Holliday became in charge of the electricity and gas transmission businesses in October 2002, and he was designated as Group Director responsible for UK Gas Distribution and Business Services in April 2003. Previously Executive Director of British Borneo Oil and Gas; he in addition spent 19 years within the Exxon Group, whereby he had senior positions in the international gas trade and led key operational areas such as shipping and refining. His external positions include Non-executive Director of Marks and Spencer Group plc and Chairman of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy.

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