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Financial Times launches exclusive 'The 125' forum with founder members Unilever, BT, Channel 4 and more

Forum: The Financial Times is launching The 125

The Financial Times is launching its latest educational product in the form of a global learning forum looking at the biggest current financial, business, economic and political issues.

‘The 125’ is an invitation-only event named after the FT’s 125th anniversary last year, and founder members include Unilever, ArcelorMittal, BT, Santander, Newton Investment Management, parent company Pearson, Channel 4, Man Group, Clifford Chance, Nissan and McKinsey and Company.

The announcement comes amid a wider effort this year from the Financial Times to pull in more resources from parent company Pearson, a global publishing and learning business headquartered in London.

John Ridding, CEO of the Financial Times, said: “Business leaders tell us that running a large organisation is harder and more complex today than it has ever been. The speed of globalisation, combined with upheaval in areas such as information technology, education and energy, has created new managerial challenges.

“Drawing on our global network of influential leaders and decision-makers and the expertise of FT journalists, The 125 offers a distinct advantage in addressing the knowledge gap of aspiring business leaders. The speed of change has created new business challenges and members of this forum will gain valuable insight from some of the world’s most influential minds.”

The move follows the creation of the FT Global Commercial Academy in March for the FT’s commercial teams with courses held in London, New York, Hong Kong and Paris.