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EY presents the Financial Times Guide to Leadership of Marianne Abib-Pech

Luxembourg, 7 June 2013

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As part of its EY Alumni program, which has been designed as a networking tool to help former EY colleagues to keep in touch with each other and, as a learning tool, to help them grow in their professional lives, EY yesterday organized a cocktail party based on the theme of “entrepreneurship”.

“Not a single word is more prevalent in today’s business dialogue than entrepreneurship, which is a powerful driver of economic advancement and job creation. Europe’s current challenge is to reignite the entrepreneurial spirit as it aims to bringing back steady growth and higher levels of employment. Entrepreneurs are not only resilient, they are game changers. They understand how to innovate and how important it is to cultivate innovation throughout their organizations. In this regard, the Alumni program is a great opportunity to find out and share with former colleagues’ lifetime experiences. Allowing people who have embraced change as an opportunity to stretch their skills, broaden their horizon and learn how to thrive, share their knowledge”, comments Alain Kinsch, Country Managing Partner of EY Luxembourg.


Marianne Abib-Pech - an experience unique in its kind

EY Luxembourg was pleased to welcome Marianne Abib-Pech, who is a perfect example of entrepreneurship and leadership, during a press conference and, as a guest of honor, at the EY Alumni cocktail party yesterday, for the presentation of her first book entitled The Financial Times Guide to Leadership.

Marianne Abib-Pech has led a highly successful international career in finance. She has worked for some of the most admired corporations over the past twenty years, from Arthur Andersen (in Luxembourg) and Motorola to General Electric and finally Shell, as Global CFO of one of their downstream divisions.

Throughout her career, Marianne has been exposed to the best leadership training possible and has been instrumental in developing leaders within her own teams and even beyond that. She is the founder of Leaders! a global leadership consultancy and think tank operating in Europe and Asia. Marianne is also a regular columnist in The Huffington PostThe Independent and Global Corporate Venturing.


The Financial Times Guide to Leadership – How to lead effectively and get results

There is no single answer to the leadership conundrum. So The Financial Times Guide to Leadership doesn’t promise one. Instead, it articulates what it means to be a good leader into skills and responsibilities that can be learnt. It looks at the things that will really make the difference, at the heart of which, is the drive behind the people who make it to the top.

The FT Guide to Leadership is divided into three core sections:

  • Developing a high level of self-awareness built on a deep understanding of what makes you: your strengths, your fears, your hopes, your brand or the brand you want to be known for.
  • Honing the ability to read, lead and influence the people around you by developing your credibility and your level of empathy, as well as by building effective and efficient networks to help and support you.
  • Crafting a compelling vision, turning it into a successful strategy, and most importantly, delivering on it.

This book represents a wide view of leadership, drawing on interviews and interactions with more than fifty talented individuals ranging from corporate leaders, to successful entrepreneurs and emerging leaders, including the CEO of eBay Marketplace, the founder of the Mr and Mrs Smith website and the Chief Executive Big Issue Invest.

The Financial Times Guide to Leadership is available priced £19.99 from Financial Times Publishing. For a review copy or to arrange an interview with the author, please contact Anna Jackson:

For any further information about the Alumni program, please contact Muriel Kondratuk: