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Jasmine Whitbread will be taking over from Baroness Jo Valentine

London First has today announced former Save the Children International boss Jasmine Whitbread will be joining as its new chief executive.

Whitbread, who has also held management positions at Thomson Financial and Rio Tinto and is a non-executive director of BT and Standard Chartered, will succeed Baroness Jo Valentine when she steps down at the end of the year.

"Jasmine brings an incredible mix of experience to London First and a clear sense of the challenges and opportunities that face British businesses," said John Allan, chairman of London First. "There has never been a moment where business leadership has been so clearly needed and Jasmine has a proven track-record in generating the passion, collaboration and strategic vision needed to make a real difference to the world around us."

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Whitbread added: "London First has proven that good business leadership is good for society and I'm excited at the prospect of working with John and what I hope will be a powerful alliance of leaders, to make a difference for my city at this critical time."

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