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Former policy director to leave lobby group

Incoming CBI director general to seek deputy as Hall steps down

Katja HallCBI deputy director general Katja Hall (left) is stepping down months after losing out on promotion to the top job of the lobby group.

Ms Hall led the CBI’s policy development and lobbying work and was promoted from chief policy director to deputy director-general in May 2014.

She was tipped to succeed John Cridland but the job went to former television executive Carolyn Fairbairn.

During nine years at the CBI she championed its campaign to stay in a reformed EU and launched the Great Business Debate, a campaign to improve the public’s confidence in business. She will leave the CBI at the end of October.

“I have been immensely proud to have led the CBI’s lobbying and policy work as Deputy Director-General,” she said. “I will miss my wonderful colleagues but after nine years with the CBI this is the right time for me to take the next step in my career.

“I will be taking some time off to decide on my next move and I hope to make an announcement in the near future.

“I want to thank John and the CBI team for all their support over the years and to wish Carolyn Fairbairn all the best when she takes over the reins as Director-General later this year.”

Ms Hall was previously director of employment at the CBI. She sat on UKTI’s Trade and Investment Board, the Government’s Better Regulation Steering Group and the Creative Industries Council. Prior to joining the CBI, Ms Hall worked at the BBC on employee relations and change management.

She was born in Sweden and moved to London in 1989.

Mr Cridland said: “Katja has been a fantastic deputy and I have very much enjoyed working with her over the years. She is highly respected across the business community and the political spectrum, and deservedly so.

“As well as leading major CBI campaigns on Europe, infrastructure and representing the CBI with government and business leaders at home and abroad, she has also led our international activity.

“Katja will be hugely missed by the CBI team. I want to thank Katja for all her efforts on behalf of the business community and wish her every success in her next move.”

Paul Drechsler, CBI president, added: “Katja is a phenomenal champion for British business and has truly made her mark on the organisation and with members.

“She has led a string of important campaigns spanning Britain’s role in the EU, boosting medium-sized businesses, infrastructure, skills and education, improving gender diversity on UK boards, modernising strike laws and reforming public sector pensions.”

Ms Fairbairn, incoming director-general, will now seek a replacement deputy.

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