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Lifetime Contribution to Midlands Business Award 2013

Sir John Egan

Chancellor Coventry University - former Chairman Jaguar Cars and Severn Trent - Chief Executive - BAA

This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Midlands Business Award is Sir John Egan. Sir John, currently Chancellor at Coventry University, is one of the region’s most established industrialists.

His initial career was in the automotive industry. Then after a four-year spell with tractor maker Massey Ferguson, in 1980 he became chairman of Jaguar Cars, where he helped to turn the then struggling business around. He built it into one of the foremost automotive brands in the world and oversaw its sale for £1.6 billion to Ford. Although the business has since changed hands, it is a success that continues today.

After that, he became Chairman of the airport operator BAA, where he stayed for nine years throughout one of its most successful periods. During his tenure there, he also produced a ground-breaking report, which bore his name, into the construction industry. Rethinking Construction saw a radical new approach, urging a new approach that put far more emphasis on genuine co-operation throughout the supply chain within an industry that had built up a reputation for its tendency towards confrontation.

Sir John was educated at Bablake School in Coventry, is also a former Chairman of the water company Severn Trent, which now has its headquarters in the city.


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