John Plender

Award-winning Financial Times Columnist & Feature Writer

John Plender has been a senior editorial writer and global commentator at the Financial Times since 1981. He is a winner of the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism.

"One of the most renowned experts on finance and economy"

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  • Global Finance
  • Investment
  • Stock Markets
  • Corporate Governance
  • Geopolitical Risk
  • The Economy


He presents in English.

How he presents

Erudite and professionally experienced, John Plender is an insightful choice for the corporate circuit.

Books & Media

  • Capitalism: Money, Morals, and Markets
  • Ethics and Public Finance
  • Going Off the Rails - Global Capital and the Crisis of Legitimacy
  • A Stake in the Future
  • The Square Mile
  • That's The Way the Money Goes

In Detail

Plender was formerly financial editor of The Economist, where he remained until joining the UK Foreign Office policy planning staff in 1980. A past chairman of Pensions and Investment Research Consultants (Pirc), the UK shareholder activist and corporate governance consultancy, Plender served on the UK Government's Company Law Review steering group which provided the groundwork for the Companies Act 2006. He joined the board of Quintain PLC as a non-executive director in 2002 and chaired the company from 2007-09. He is currently chairman of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, as well as being a trustee of the £4bn Pearson Group Pension Fund. Among a number of other roles, Plender is a member of the OECD/World Bank Private Sector Advisory Group on Corporate Governance and a member of the Advisory Council of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.


A consummate professional, Plender shares his wide-ranging international experience and informed opinions of financial and economic markets as well as issues of globalisation. He shows us our economic creation: the Capitalism. Along the way, he delves into the ethics of debt, reveals the truth about the artistic giants who pioneered copyrighting and examines why entrepreneurs may be perceived as greedy, unethical opportunists, while manufacturing, by contrast, is considered innately virtuous.



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