Congratulations to Rooney Anand, Ashridge Executive Education Leader of the Year 2016


Over 1,200 business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and media representatives gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London last night, as the winners of the 2016 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards were revealed at the fifteenth annual gala dinner ceremony.

Added on 16 November 2016 by Paul Griffith

Winner of Leader of the Year

Our warm congratulations to our winner, Rooney Anand, Chief Executive of Greene King, who was named as the Ashridge Executive Education Leader of the Year. This award is the highest accolade to be presented and each year it goes to an exemplary leader who has successfully led a strategy for outstanding performance. The finalists were judged on their achievements as business leaders over the last 18 months, and their personal achievements over the course of their career.

At Ashridge we believe a great leader needs to not only set the direction and strategy of their organization and be engaged with broad societal issues and challenges, but also act as a role model for other employees, so that they positively affect the organizational culture and climate. Rooney’s clear vision for success which is ‘to be the best’, coupled with his focus on the customer, and his belief in his people made him stand out to the judges. As Rooney says "How people on the front line who serve customers feel about their job, the company they work for and the person who’s asking them to do the work that they’re doing is a vital component in our success."  

With over 3,000 pubs, hotels and restaurants across England, Wales and Scotland, Greene King employs 44,000 people. Its retail brands include Hungry Horse, Farmhouse Inns, Chef & Brewer, Flaming Grill, Loch Fyne and the Greene King Local Pubs estate.

Rooney joined Greene King in 2001 as a board director and managing director of the brewing division. He was appointed chief executive in 2005 at which time the company had 800 pubs and 16,000 employees. Under Rooney’s leadership the company has benefited from a period of significant growth and now operates over 3,000 pubs. The stable of retail brands has increased from 3 in 2005 to over 12 today.

Congratulations again to Rooney and Greene King.

Paul Griffith is part of the judging panel for the National Business Awards. He enjoys debating what good leadership looks like with the groups that he teaches.

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