As Chief Executive Officer, Ann brings her extensive global general management experience to the CMI and has a proven track record of developing people and delivering innovative strategies that result in sustainable growth. At CMI, she leverages her experience in leading organisations to promote best practices in management and leadership, and improve management standards across the UK and beyond.
Prior to CMI, Ann was Global General Manager at the British Standards Institution, where she led the training and certification businesses to create a more customer–facing organisation.
Before BSI Ann held executive board positions at Boots and Yell and was European Vice President at Mars with responsibility for the pet care portfolio. Ann began her career at Procter and Gamble and managed a variety of international brands including Pampers, Always and Olay before rising to global general manager. She has a BA with distinction from Stanford University and MBA and MS degrees from Columbia University in New York.
Ann is a member of the Lancaster University Management School Advisory Board and is currently writing the FT Guide to Management, due out December 2013. She also advises brand funds. Ann speaks frequently at conferences and in the media on all aspects of management best practice.
Ann lives in West London with her husband, her daughter attends university in the USA. A UK/US citizen, Ann also speaks German and Russian.
At the CMI, Petra Wilton takes a lead role in building partnerships in the public policy arena and promoting the needs of practising managers through engaging with and accessing the views of the CMI’s 100,000 members. Through a bespoke research programme and policy initiatives, these views are shared with those in Government, business, education and the media.
Petra has co-authored many CMI reports including "Leading Change in the Public Sector: Making the Difference" (2003), “Measures of workforce capability for future performance: identifying the measures that matter most” (2006) and “Leading with Political Awareness” (2007).
She manages the All Party Parliamentary Group on Management and represents the Institute on various external groups including the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Management and Leadership Network Group and Professions for Good.
Before joining the CMI, Petra was previously a director of a specialist public affairs consultancy advising on public policy issues. She has an MA (Hons) in History from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the RSA. Petra enjoys sailing and walking on the East Coast, spotting Little Egrets and spending time with her young family.