The winners were chosen by European CEO Magazine’s readers and dedicated selection panel based upon product, functional, strategic, and managerial innovation in companies and individuals showing commercial insight and market integrity. Rod was originally nominated for UK CEO of the Year, however the selection panel felt that his achievements both industry wide and globally deserved to be recognised on a larger scale. Rod will be receiving his award at the London Stock Exchange before being filmed on camera at their studios this month.
Of his win Rod Flavell said, “I am humbled and honoured to win this prestigious award and be recognised by the European CEO Awards judging panel. FDM has grown enormously since its inception some 25 years ago and this award is testament to all the dedication and hard work that FDMers across the globe put in every day. Whilst it is nice to be personally recognised in this way, I must highlight that without all the incredible people at the heart of FDM, we would not be where we are today. I am very proud of the people I lead.”
Rod founded FDM in 1991 under the name FDI. In 1995, Flavell acquired Mountfield, an IT training and software enterprise, prompting the name change to FDM Group. His vision was to create a unique IT and business services company that combines training and commercial experience, eradicating the catch 22 that graduates face and in turn supplying clients with a talent pipeline for the future.
Last year, FDM re-listed on the London Stock Exchange as Britain’s largest listed IT services provider and now has a global workforce of over 2,600 people. This award comes at an excellent time, as we approach our twenty-fifth year of business and are celebrating the recent opening of a new state of the art office in Leeds. The move to Leeds signals our ongoing expansion and development as we strives to continue meeting clients demands, as well as having the capacity to create and inspire many more exciting careers that shape our digital future.
As the UK’s leading IT graduate employer, we aim to hire up to 1,000 graduates globally in 2015 and have already employed over 550 so far. In the past year, we have welcomed 50 new clients from multiple industries and have over 120 university partnerships worldwide, as we continue to expand our offering across the globe.
Congratulations Rod on an incredible achievement!
Updated 5 June, 2015