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John Cridland to step down as head of CBI

CBI director general John Cridland is to leave the business lobbying group after five years in the role.

The CBI has appointed recruitment agency Odgers Berndtson to find a successor. Cridland’s contract is due to expire in January.

He told the FT he had always intended to follow the lead of his predecessors and serve one five-year term.

Cridland joined the CBI as a policy adviser in 1982 and is the first ever internal candidate to be appointed director general.

He would not be drawn on his next move, but says: “I believe I still have one major role in me.”

A CBI spokesman said: “This year marks the CBI’s 50th anniversary and, with the election looming, John remains focused on ensuring the new government delivers pro-enterprise policies and champions British business at home and abroad.”

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