Headspring is a joint-venture between the Financial Times and IE Business School established in 2015. Founded on the principle that executive development needs to be collaborative, relevant and measurable, Headspring's purpose is to design a new and more relevant approach to executive development that would be fit for the challenges and business environment of the 21st century. We combine the business acumen, academic rigour and innovative approach of IE Business School with the perspectives and skills of the most influential Financial Times journalists. We empower your people to embrace change and innovation – and understand your business from a completely new angle.
The expertise of Financial Times
The learning innovation of IE Business School
Meaningful partnerships, true customisation
— Bahare Heywood, Clifford Chance
Headspring is committed to value creation for people and businesses. We achieve transformational results by working in partnership with organisations globally to co-create bespoke, future-focused learning designs that empower people, develop leaders and enhance the strengths of businesses.
Our work begins with a blank canvas and, through real collaboration, we gain in-depth understanding of your business’s learning needs and strategic goals.
Learners experience an environment where ideas and norms are continuously challenged by seasoned business practitioners, future-focused academic theory and some of the world’s most influential journalists.
We inject an ethos of continuous learning into your business, empowering your people to convert challenges into springboards to success.
Stories of impact
It’s more than just faculty, they’re extremely flexible in terms of programme design. They’re also ready to co-create. We can bring in top-level executives to help deliver the course, as well as actors, writers, journalists.
Rory Simpson, Chief Learning Officer
It has been a real pleasure. Working with the FT is an important part of the whole programme for us. We work closely to design a programme that works in the context of our business, and one that we can roll out across the globe.
Bahare Heywood, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer
The methods and expertise, combined with the magnificent faculty, were the main reason to choose them.
José Miguel Caras, Learning & Development Director
We identified a rich thread of FT insight which we wanted to use in the most effective way. The result was a perfectly tailored learning solution.
Jeni Taylor, Former Head of Business Performance and Leadership
Our global, yet local, executive network
Expertise and experience
Gustaf NordbäckChief Executive Officer
Liz-Ann GayleGlobal Head of Learning and Innovation
Ana Sanchez LinaresDirector of Global Expansion & Delivery
Michael SkapinkerExecutive Editor
Marcos Gorgojo MolinaDirector of Faculty
Antonio MontesChief Relationship Officer
Marc ThivessenChief Operating Officer
Kristian PedersenFinance Director
Didina GonzalezDirector of Learning and Design
Monika SteinerProgramme Director
Elena Gómez-CaroProgramme Director
Malek AdjeradAssociate Director of Learning and Design
The Pulse Report: international attitudes to leadership development
The survey asked senior managers for their views on the impact of their investment in the development of the people working in their organisations. The results provide valuable insights on the issues that global organisations will be trying to address over the next years.Download Report
We don't have all the answers
We don’t approach a client assuming we will have all the answers. We listen. We challenge assumptions. We work with you to co-create customised executive development solutions which not only ask the right questions but, crucially, offer the right answers.
An inquisitive mindset – combined with real business acumen and reinforced by solid academic methodology – underpins our approach to everything we do.
Our programmes can empower and create value for your people and your businesses.Find out more
We haven’t just helped our people learn. We have helped ourselves learn too – and we are all better for it. Line Holt Wilgaard | Senior HR Manager Leadership Development | Arla Foods