Rebecca Salsbury

Chief Technology Officer

Financial Times

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Speaker Bio

Rebecca leads the Technology organisation within the FT, where the teams are responsible for everything from the networks and laptops used by the FT’s staff in offices and locations around the world…to the systems and technology which produce the FT’s subscription products and other customer- and business-facing services.

Prior to joining the FT, Rebecca’s career has largely centred on news and entertainment media in companies including Napster, BBC, Sky, and TiVo. Over the past couple of years, she’s been working as an independent consultant, including with an EDI consultancy where she facilitated workshops and inclusive leadership training. She claims to have gotten into tech “by accident” after originally taking degrees in Education, but loves what she does, and appreciates the privilege of leading teams in complex organisations with interesting challenges and problems to solve.

Originally from Maine (USA), Rebecca’s lived in the UK for more than 20 years now, but still has an accent. She loves being outside walking or gardening or thinking, and she enjoys knitting and sewing and cooking (and eating) as outlets for creativity.

Speaker Sessions


Be The Spider, Not the Fly: Spinning Your Own Career Web Toward Leadership

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Career Development
  • Leadership
  • Rebecca Salsbury

    Chief Technology Officer

    Financial Times

Modern careers are not linear, which makes it challenging to know how to navigate…let alone plan. Preparing for leadership roles requires experience, but also personal strengths and qualities which can be developed.

Developing a career in leadership means building up transferable skills, being a skilled networker, and being flexible and open to new opportunities. Sure, there are career ladders around, but a more common route to leadership (and, arguably, one that better prepares you) is by following a career spider web full of lateral moves and leaps of faith.

Rebecca’s career in tech is far from ‘standard’ – in fact, it wasn’t at all intended. What’s more, she never imagined taking on a leadership role, but now wouldn’t have it any other way. She’ll describe what a leadership role involves, share her own career spider web (aka CV), as well as some of the lessons she’s learnt along the way.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • If you’re not following a ‘standard’ career path, you’re not alone!
  • What are the key ingredients to spinning a career spider web
  • How you can develop your transferable skills for leadership

This session is for you if…

  • You’re trying to weave your career history into a coherent, purposeful story
  • You want to know more about developing leadership skills

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