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Financial Times and IE Business School Launch Headspring to Strengthen Position in the Executive Development Sector

London, United Kingdom, April 05, 2019 --( As a result of rapid expansion and success of a collaboration that set a new standard in the executive development sector, Financial Times and IE Business School have announced the launch of Headspring, the new identity of the joint venture formerly known as FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance. The rebrand comes four years after the original launch and is a result of a new approach towards greater client centricity and value creation in the leadership development sector.

Gustaf Nordbäck, CEO of Headspring, says, "We strongly believe that the HR and Learning & Development communities are being under-served by traditional executive education providers. Our own research confirms this: L&D and HR leaders have told us they are increasingly frustrated by business schools and consultants that adopt a self-centred method in programme design and delivery. Headspring Executive Development aims to tackle these issues by offering a unique and fully customised approach: co-creating journeys that will empower people and ultimately create value for businesses."

Headspring leverages the expertise of its joint venture partners. The business acumen, academic rigour and innovative approach of IE Business School is combined with the global viewpoints and skills of influential Financial Times journalists, who bring a fresh and new perspective into executive education.

John Ridding, CEO of the Financial Times, says, "Since we launched the partnership with IE Business School in 2015 we have seen our approach — deep engagement with customers, a focus on outcomes, and effective deployment of the skills, the knowledge, and sector and global expertise of our journalists — really gain the confidence of clients. With the rapid changes in business, driven by digital technology, AI and other fast-rising capabilities, business leaders need flexible, current and relevant expertise and education. Headspring is uniquely positioned to deliver."

Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, President of IE University, says, "IE Business School has always taken an entrepreneurial and future-focused approach to executive education. Its network of educators and innovative methodologies have a strong business-related character, which complements the assets the FT brings to our customised executive programmes.

"In creating our alliance, we introduced a worldwide network of leading and like-minded partner institutions into the mix, together with a global educator network which ties us to no single academic institution or faculty. Headspring builds on this with an even stronger commitment to delivering programmes that are centred around the individual needs of every client."

Since its original launch as the Corporate Learning Alliance, Headspring has brought in clients attracted by the innovative and value-creation approach and the ability to introduce new perspectives into executive learning.

"Too often educational providers fail to listen to what businesses need from their executive development," says Nordbäck. "They prefer to teach what they’ve been teaching for years, offering training on skills development for its own sake, with insufficient understanding of the future business landscape. The speed of change, digital transformation and innovation are having a huge impact. We believe our unique style and brand have a crucial role to play in helping companies cope and succeed in a rapidly changing world."

About Headspring Executive Development
Headspring empowers organisations to embrace change and inspire a culture of continuous learning. It achieves transformational results by working in partnership with organisations globally to co-create bespoke, future-focused learning designs that empower people, develop leaders and enhance the strengths of businesses. It designs and delivers customised education and leadership programmes, taking the business acumen, academic rigour and innovative approach of IE Business School and a global network of expert educators, adding the perspectives and skills of the most influential Financial Times journalists.

Headspring Executive Development was originally formed in 2015 by the Financial Times and IE Business School as the Corporate Learning Alliance.


About IE Business School
IE Business School offers a technology-based learning ecosystem for leaders making a difference in the world through innovation, global vision, an entrepreneurial mind-set and a unique approach to the Humanities. IE Business School has a faculty composed of more than 500 professors who currently teach courses to students from 131 countries, offering university degrees, master programs, doctoral programs and training for executives. IE Business School’s more than 60,000 alumni platform is present in 165 countries.

About the Financial Times
The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

About the FT Group
The FT Group provides a broad range of business information, news and services. It includes the Financial Times and, Medley Global Advisors, 16 news and information brands under FT Specialist, and a number of joint ventures.

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