Ruth Bender


Ruth Bender is a Professor of Corporate Financial Strategy at Cranfield School of Management. Prior to joining Cranfield, she was a partner in Grant Thornton where she specialised in corporate finance, she also worked for a while as an executive in private equity. She is the author of Corporate Financial Strategy, Routledge, currently in its 4th edition.

Ruth’s research interest is in the practical implications of corporate governance in large companies, mostly as it affects boards and board committees.   In particular, she has worked with remuneration committees and audit committees of listed companies. Her PhD investigated how executive remuneration is determined in FTSE 350 companies, and her current research looks at the work of compensation consultants.

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PhD, Warwick
MBA, Cranfield


FCA (institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)
SFHEA (Higher Education Academy)