Ruby McGregor-Smith

Former CEO, MITIE Group Plc


Ruby McGregor-Smith was appointed as Chief Executive of MITIE Group PLC (‘MITIE’), the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing and asset management company, in March 2007.

She joined a small number of women holding the position of Chief Executive in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 and is the first Asian woman to be appointed in such a role within that group of companies.

Ruby is a Chartered Accountant by profession. She undertook her professional training with Stoy Hayward, before moving on to undertake a range of commercial and financial roles within Serco Group PLC where she was instrumental in a number of their successful business development and Public Private Partnership arrangements. She moved to MITIE in 2002, where she joined the Board as Group Finance Director. In 2005, she was promoted to Group Chief Operating Officer and subsequently in 2007, to Chief Executive.

Since joining, she has seen MITIE grow its revenue from £0.5bn to over £1.8bn continuing its unbroken track record of profit and revenue growth. Ruby’s role in driving successful growth in this uniquely cultured organisation has been critical. She has challenged the practices of a small growth business, introducing new and more robust systems, developing the commercial success of the business, recruiting key personnel who would fit with MITIE’s entrepreneurial culture and influencing its acquisition strategy.

Ruby’s achievements in furthering the success of MITIE and preserving its model of offering opportunity to people whatever their background have touched many people. She has been able to grow the business whilst maintaining the founding principles of rewarding success. She has enabled MITIE to continue its equity reward structures, which have been life changing for many people, and is working to put in place new, wider reward mechanisms to attract and retain talent across the company.

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