CMIs Ann Francke awarded two Honorary Doctorates

CMI chief executive Ann Francke has been awarded two honorary doctorates from Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and Oxford Brookes.

At this week’s awards ceremony in Nottingham, NTU vice-chancellor Professor Edward Peck said: “I am delighted to be conferring honorary degrees on this year’s very distinguished recipients.

“Those selected to receive these degrees all have strong links to our University, the City and County of which we are a part or they embody our core principles. In many cases they possess all three. We hope they will help to inspire this year’s graduates and future students and continue their relationship with NTU into the future.”

Upon accepting the degrees, Francke took the opportunity to share her five rules for creating a great work experience with the graduating students.

“At CMI, we try to give everyone a great work experience and honestly the best way to do that is not to have ping pong tables, free food and nap pods,” she said. “No, the best way to create a great work experience is to have great managers and leaders - and to become one yourself.

“I spent my working life as a global executive at P&G, Mars, Boots and Yell. I saw many role models of good, and many more models of bad. I can tell you that nothing drags you down more day-to-day than a bad boss. And equally, good bosses boost working life enormously. People work for and leave other people – not jobs!  My own observations are verified by lots of research and content from CMI. The result is a set five rules that create a great work experience.”

Prior to joining CMI, Francke was global general manager at British Standards Institution, held executive board positions at Boots and Yell and was European vice president at Mars with responsibility for the pet care portfolio. Francke began her career at Procter & Gamble and managed a variety of international brands including Pampers, Always and Olay before rising to global general manager.

Oxford Brookes and Nottingham Trent University are both CMI partners and NTU, as one of CMI’s longest-standing and largest partners in higher education, now has 700 students on CMI-accredited courses.

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