Carr lined up for top CBI post

FORMER Cadbury chairman Roger Carr will be the next CBI president if its regional council members approve him this week, sources said yesterday.

Respected industrialist Carr is set to replace current president Helen Alexander, who steps down at the end of her two-year term next June.

The CBI’s regional council members, who number more than a hundred, have been consulted by email and should give their decision tomorrow, sources said. If they are supportive of Carr, a formal announcement will be made on Thursday, subject to agreement at the annual meeting. Carr would then become CBI deputy president in January for six months before becoming president. Carr, currently chairman of energy giant Centrica and a non-executive director of the Bank of England among other roles, is respected in the City due to his tenure as chief executive of Williams, which he built to an industrial conglomerate before de-merging a number of its companies. He then took board roles in firms such as Chubb and Bass.

He is the second CBI president-elect named recently after HSBC chairman Stephen Green stepped down in September to become trade minister.