Christopher Rodrigues

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"Christopher Rodrigues became Chairman of the Windsor Leadership Trust in 2007, the same year he became Chairman of VisitBritain and Chairman of International Personal Finance.He became Chairman of The Almeida Theatre in 2008.

"He had been President and Chief Executive at Visa International from 2004-2006. Between 1996 and 2004 he was Group Chief Executive at Bradford and Bingley, leading the company towards its initial placement in 2000 and entry to the FTSE 100 list in 2002.Between 1988 and 1996 he was Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Executive at Thomas Cook. Earlier in his career he was a Manager at McKinsey and Co, before spending nine years with American Express.

"He was a founder non-Executive Director of the Financial Services Authority (1997-2003).He has been an independent non-Executive Director at Ladbrokes plc (formerly Hilton Group plc) since 2003, is an Executive Committee Member of the World Travel and Tourism Council and was a member of the Council and Executive Committee of the National Trust.

"Christopher is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Harvard Business School.He rowed for Cambridge in the 1970 and 1971 Boat Races, is a past-Chairman of Leander Club and is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.

"Christopher became a Commander of the British Empire in the 2007 New Year Honours list for services to British business interests and charitable works in the UK and USA; a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey (Tourism Subject Group) in 2009; and a member of the Advisory Board of Nottingham University’s DeHaan Institute in 2010." [1]

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  1. Trustees, Windsor Leadership Trust, accessed December 23, 2010.