Contact Professor Ruth Bender


Ruth is Emeritus Professor of Corporate Financial Strategy, having researched and taught at Cranfield for many years. Prior to this she was a partner in Grant Thornton, where latterly she specialised in corporate finance. During this period she undertook various secondments, including a year working as a private equity investment manager in the City. She is a chartered accountant and was for 13 years a committee member of the ICAEW's Faculty of Finance and Management. Other outside roles have included non-executive directorships of a Health Authority and an NHS Trust, membership of the Independent Remuneration Panels for two local authorities. She is the Chair of The Case Centre, the independent home of the case study method.

Ruth has a broad range of teaching experience, including degree courses, open programmes and customised executive education, from new recruits through to board level. Her main teaching areas include corporate finance and corporate governance. Her research concerned the practical implications of corporate governance as it affects boards and board committees. In particular, she has worked with non-executive directors on remuneration committees and audit committees of larger companies.

Her latest book is the 4th edition of Corporate Financial Strategy, published by Routledge.


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