The University’s Alumnus of the Year for 2007 was Simon Freakley (BCom Industrial Economics and Business Studies, 1983), awarded for his contribution to business and industry.
Simon is Chief Executive of Zolfo Cooper Europe and has combined his skills of business turnaround, strategic consulting and mediation in the development and implementation of business recovery strategies for many high profile cases.
With more than 30 years of extensive experience, Simon has worked with companies to resolve their financial and legal problems - ranging in size from UK companies to large multinational corporations.
Simon was CEO of Kroll Inc. from 2004 to 2008, a global firm in 33 countries with an annual turnover of over $1 billion.
He said of receiving the Alumnus of the Year award: “I was delighted to be honoured in this way, especially as there were many others equally deserving of the title.
“I very much enjoyed my time at the University and have been fortunate enough to be in a position where I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me. It is fantastic to still be a part of the University to this day.”