Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Cambridge graduate who has worked around the globe

JULIE PERIGO was born in Banstead, Surrey, and educated at New Hall at Cambridge University

JULIE PERIGO was born in Banstead, Surrey, and educated at New Hall at Cambridge University, which has since been renamed as Murray Edwards College, where she studied modern and medieval languages.

She also obtained a master of business administration degree from the Australian Graduate School of Management, which included an exchange scholarship term at Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mrs Perigo worked in the UK at the Bank of America after graduating in 1980, in Argentina as an Anglican missionary and teacher in a bilingual school and then set up a business in Spain as an English teacher for foreign language pupils.

She then moved to Australia to work as a teacher before being appointed director of PE Handley Walker’s training and development division, which she set up from scratch to become their most profitable division across Australia and Asia.

She then became a partner in two of the world’s leading international executive search organisations, Korn/Ferry International and Highland Partners, which is now part of Heidrick & Struggles.Following this, Mrs Perigo relocated to America and set up her own professional careers advice service, Career Gateway Academy, in 2006.

She moved to Henley two years later and set up the gateway programme at Cambridge University and Henley Business School. She remains a visiting fellow of the school.

In 2008 Mrs Perigo was commissioned by Wiley to write Winners In The Second Half, a book about work for people aged 55 and over. She is currently co-writing another book with the working title of Sustainable Careers In A Global Economy.

In 2011, Mrs Perigo was appointed chairwoman of the Henley Partnership’s business and retail group.

She launched the Henley Living Advent Calendar in December that year having seen the idea in Stockholm.

She is married to Dan Dumitrescu, whom she met in Australia when they both worked at Korn/Ferry International. He now has a portfolio of business interests and is a qualified kinesiology practitioner.

Mrs Perigo is a volunteer for Swan Lifeline and a morris dancer (border morris).

She moved to Henley two years later and set up the gateway programme at Cambridge University and Henley Business School. She remains a visiting fellow of the school.

In 2008 Mrs Perigo was commissioned by Wiley to write Winners In The Second Half, a book about work for people aged 55 and over. She is currently co-writing another book with the working title of Sustainable Careers In A Global Economy.

In 2011, Mrs Perigo was appointed chairwoman of the Henley Partnership’s business and retail group.

She launched the Henley Living Advent Calendar in December that year having seen the idea in Stockholm.

She is married to Dan Dumitrescu, whom she met in Australia when they both worked at Korn/Ferry International. He now has a portfolio of business interests and is a qualified kinesiology practitioner.

Mrs Perigo is a volunteer for Swan Lifeline and a morris dancer (border morris).

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