Executive Chairman (until 6 May 2014, Chairman thereafter)
Appointed: May 2012
Executive Chairmanship: Dame Helen Alexander became Executive Chairman following the departure of David Levin as UBM's CEO on 1 March 2014. Helen will be Executive Chairman until Tim Cobbold takes up his position as UBM's CEO on 6 May 2014, whereupon Dame Helen will revert to her non-executive role.
Skills and experience: Dame Helen Alexander was appointed as Chairman of the Board at the 2012 AGM. She began her publishing career at Gerald Duckworth and Faber & Faber, moving to The Economist in 1985 as Marketing Manager. She became Managing Director of The Economist Intelligence Unit in 1993 and in 1997 became Chief Executive of The Economist Group. Dame Helen was Chief Executive for 11 years until she stepped down in June 2008. In addition to her experience at the helm of an international business,Dame Helen also has extensive board experience across a range of sectors. She was a non-executive director at Northern Foods plc from 1994 to 2002, at BT plc from 1998 to 2002 and at Centrica plc from 2003 to 2011 and was President of the confederation of British Industry (CBI) 2009- 2011. Dame Helen is involved in other not-for-profit organizations in education, media, the internet and the arts and has an MBA from INSEAD.
Committee Membership: Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Member of the Remuneration Committee
External appointments: Chairman of the Port of London Authority, non-executive director at Rolls-Royce Group plc, Senior Adviser to Bain Capital, Chancellor of the University of Southampton and Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford.