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The Financial Times Launches The 125 Forum

The invitation-only group aims to “prepare the next generation of business leaders,” the paper said.

LONDON — The Financial Times has set the launch of a new global learning forum for senior executives, called The 125, with the aim to “stimulate fresh thinking about the biggest financial, business, economic and political issues of the day…[to] help prepare the next generation of business leaders,” the paper said Tuesday.

The 11 founding members of the invitation-only group, named in honor of the FT’s 125th anniversary last year, include Unilever, ArcelorMittal, BT, Santander, Newton Investment Management, the U.K.’s Channel 4 and McKinsey & Co.. The FT said participants of the club would benefit from access to events and member forums, a dedicated Web site and networking opportunities with senior executives and FT experts across business sectors.

John Ridding, chief executive officer at the FT, said: “The 125 offers a distinct advantage in addressing the knowledge gap of aspiring business leaders. The speed of change has created new business challenges and members of this forum will gain valuable insight from some of the world’s most influential minds.”

The launch of the club stemmed from a series of events to mark the FT’s 125th year, which included a speech by Mark Carney, his first London address as governor of the Bank of England, in October. Among the organization’s upcoming events are a conversation with Demis Hassabis, founder of Google DeepMind, on the topic of big data, to be held in September, while in November the FT’s editor Lionel Barber will interview Jack Dorsey, cofounder of Twitter and ceo of Square, at London’s Clothworkers’ Hall.