• Uta Kemmerich-Keil, Executive VP, Head of Corporate Finance, Merck KGaA

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    Uta Kemmerich-Keil, Merck KGaA

    Merck KGaA is a chemicals and pharmaceuticals company based in Darmstadt, Germany. Its pharmaceutical, chemical and life-science businesses are organised into four divisions: Merck Serono, Consumer Health Care, Merck Millipore and Performance Materials. The company employs more than 40,000 people and operates in 67 countries worldwide.

  • Simon Morley & Richard Williamson, Sky

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    Simon Morley & Richard Williamson, Sky

    The merger of two little-known satellite television broadcasters on 2nd November 1990 was completed without much fanfare. Both Sky Television and British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB) had embraced the new way of beaming their programmes to viewers, but neither had been able to crack a market that was used to receiving a signal through an aerial and was understandably wary of dish receivers and ‘squarials’.

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    Jan-Martin Nufer, Borealis

    Borealis is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of €6.3 billion in 2010, customers in over 120 countries, and around 5,100 employees worldwide, Borealis is owned 64% by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and 36% by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has production locations, innovation centres and customer service centres across Europe and the Americas.

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    Chris Corner, BBC Worldwide

    BBC Worldwide is the commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its remit is to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer. In 2010, it had its most successful year ever with headline sales up 8% to £1.158 billion and profits up 10% to £160m. International sales also increased by 10% to nearly £650m in November 2010.

  • Patrick Clarke

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    Patrick Clarke, EMI

    In its heyday, the EMI brand was synonymous with some of the most stellar names in the music industry. Under the aegis of Sir Joseph Lockwood, the company’s chairman who retired at the age of 70, the likes of The Beach Boys, The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd signed to the label in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

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    Albert Wolfmayr, Porsche Holding

    Porsche Corporate Finance GmbH is the financing arm of Porsche Holding GmbH. The company employs 700 people in China, two of whom work in the treasury department. The treasury oversees the operations of nine local car dealerships, each of which has its own staff and on-site finance manager who takes care of the business’s day-to-day operations.

  • Deane Plummer

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    Deane Plummer, Alcon

    Alcon, a Swiss headquartered multinational, is the leading provider of surgical, pharmaceutical and consumer eye care products worldwide. The company has operations in 75 countries with over 12,000 employees and sales in 2010 of $7.18 billion. Recently acquired by Novartis, the company is currently combining its operations with the pharmaceutical giant’s own vision care division.

  • Carol Power

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    Carol Power, Cable&Wireless Worldwide

    With a history stretching back to the 1860s, Cable&Wireless Worldwide has long been a household name and now helps more than 6,000 organisations deliver their goals.

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    Lisa Wang, Anheuser-Busch InBev China

    Anheuser-Busch InBev China is the Chinese arm of the Belgian-based brewer Anheuser–Busch InBev. Headquartered in Shanghai, its 33 breweries supply the Chinese beer market – the largest in the world. Its focus brands include Budweiser, Harbin and Sedrin.

  • Silvia Gironi

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    Silvia Gironi, Pirelli Group

    Pirelli & C. SpA is a Milan-based multinational which specialises in the manufacture of tyres. The company has industrial plants in 11 countries and a world-wide network of distributors and retailers in over 160 countries. There are approximately 30,000 people on the Pirelli payroll.