Cridland to be CBI chief

JOHN Cridland is expected to be named the new director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) today, according to Sky News.

The CBI confirmed it would be announcing its new director general this lunchtime but refused to say who had taken the top job. However, Cridland is the current deputy director general and has applied for the role previously having been passed over five years ago in favour of Richard Lambert.

Cridland is thought to have impressed Helen Alexander, the CBI president, and the regional chairmen’s committee which also has a say in the appointment.

Assuming Cridland’s appointment is announced today he will take up his post early next year. A number of issues he could find himself dealing with are the coalition government’s policy on immigration as well as reforms to corporation tax.