What is CEOx1Day?

Odgers Berndtson’s CEOx1Day allows university and college students to apply to spend a day shadowing a top CEO.

CEOx1Day is designed to uncover some of the UK’s most promising future leaders and give them an opportunity to walk in the shoes of a senior executive.

Undergraduates apply to spend a day with a top Chief Executive to learn about the responsibility and complexities required to lead some of Britain’s leading business and organisations.

At the same time, CEOs can better understand what drives the next generation of leaders.

Learn from the UK’s most experienced leaders

CEO for a Day launched in the UK in 2016 with 15 undergraduates from UK universities chosen to shadow a cross-section of leaders for a day. Participating companies and organisations included BT, ITV, Standard Chartered, Deloitte, Legal & General, The Cabinet Office and the National Trust.

The CEO line-up


Vikesh Mistry

"Spending the day with the Kier Group was an absolute pleasure. I received exceptional hospitality and was given a thorough insight into how a multi-billion-pound corporation operates. The day consisted of; a visit to a construction site in Camden, a boardroom lunch where I met the housing team and a visit to Kier's brand new London HQ at Foley Street. The experience was brilliant because I was able to develop my understanding of the company and gain career development advice simultaneously. Reflecting on my day with Kier, I'm grateful to OB for the opportunity to have shadowed an accomplished CEO."

Vikesh Mistry spent the day with Haydn Mursell, Chief Executive Officer, Kier Group

Find out about the experience of others who took part last year and what they got out of the programme. 

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