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Orange Leader of the Year award for Mitie CEO

Published 19th December, 2011 by Neil Nixon

Orange Leader of the Year award for Mitie CEO

Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO of Mitie Group, was awarded the Orange Leader of the Year accolade recently at the National Business Awards in partnership with Orange, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Now in its 10th year, the annual event which recognises excellence, innovation and ethics among UK plc, saw the best of British business celebrate the hard won achievements of exemplary organisations and individuals throughout the public and private sectors.

One of a small number of women holding the position of chief executive in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250, Ruby McGregor-Smith was voted Orange Leader of the Year by an expert panel of judges from across the business community, as well as by public vote. She was presented her trophy by Martin McCourt, CEO of Dyson and last year’s winner of the accolade.

Ruby McGregor-Smith joined Mitie in 2002 and was appointed CEO in 2007. She has taken a business founded on entrepreneurial principles and transformed it, evolving Mitie beyond the provision of single services such as cleaning and security, to become one of the largest integrated facilities management providers in the UK. During her time at the company, she has grown the business from £0.5 billion in revenue to nearly £2 billion, witnessing its entry into the FTSE 250, and profits reaching in excess of £100 million.

Martin Stiven, vice president of business at Orange, said: “Ruby McGregor-Smith has had a stellar year. Mitie Group has gone from strength to strength under her guidance. By combining vision, ambition and an innate ability to get the best out of her people, she has demonstrated true leadership. On behalf of everyone at Orange, I’d like to congratulate her and look forward to watching Mitie Group’s continued success.”

George Osborne MP delivered the welcome address to over 1100 UK business leaders and entrepreneurs in attendance. He said: “The National Business Awards are a celebration of the very best in British business. They are a unique opportunity to recognise the hard work you all do, as small businesses or multi-national companies, to achieve commercial success. Day in and day out I meet the sorts of businesses that are up for an award this year and they all have one thing in common: a relentless capacity to focus on results. It is from that effort and endeavour that great things emerge - new ideas, new products and new jobs.”

Baroness Virginia Bottomley, chair of judges, said: “The National Business Awards are unique in that any organisation - from the smallest SME to the largest FTSE, and from charities and social enterprises to government agencies - can compete for recognition on the same playing field. It’s vitally important, as many seek to transform in the post-recession economy, that good ideas and approaches are shared between the public, commercial and third sectors.”