ABE appoints new CEO to spearhead its transformation
ABE, the not-for-profit awarding body specialising in business qualifications, has appointed Rob May as its new CEO. Currently managing director of YMCA Awards, Rob will start his new role on May 8th 2017.
Keith Ramsay, Chairman, ABE, said, “We’re delighted that Rob will join ABE to strengthen our leadership team. He is a proven executive and leader in the global business to business education market, with more than 15 years of experience in the sector. Moreover, Rob is passionate about the power of education to transform lives and accelerate social change.”
Rob joins ABE just as it launches its updated qualifications portfolio which has been designed to equip learners with a strong core of business skills that can adapt to diverse business contexts.
He said, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead ABE when there are so many opportunities and challenges in the global education market. Our aim is to build an organisation which is leaning into the future, recognising the many changing ways that people teach and learn, but also showing respect to our own traditions and those of the study centres and partners we work with around the world.”
As the director of YMCA Awards, Rob led the awarding organisation’s transformation into a digitally-focused learning company, whilst growing its reputation and increasing its competitive edge.
His focus on creating value for customers through offering clever and effective learning solutions had led to numerous industry awards. In 2016, he led YMCA to be the first organisation to win the prestigious FAB award for innovation two years in a row.
Rob is looking forward to helping ABE develop innovative education for business people. “ABE qualifications have opened doors for thousands of people, but its members are also facing ‘real time’ business challenges throughout their career. I’m interested in how we can inspire and engage ABE members to build their skills on-demand, and implement practical solutions to real organisational challenges," he said.