Michael T. Fries, President and CEO, has always maintained that strong leadership is critical to the success of the business. He emphasizes that "as our company expands, we need a strong pipeline of leaders who understand how each part of the business contributes value today, so they can find new ways to create value in the future."
Liberty Global's answer to tapping this talent? "Fast Forward" – a new leadership development program for emerging leaders across the business.
In 2011, the Fast Forward Team was established and got to work alongside senior executives to explore the company's goals and objectives. Based on employees' performance history and assessed potential, career aspirations, proven commitment to Liberty Global, and demonstrated interest in international issues, the team selected 41 emerging leaders from across the globe to participate in the inaugural Fast Forward program.
Over the year, class members took part in a wide array of development activities. Participants met in Denver and Amsterdam to deepen their understanding of the company's values, strengthen their leadership skills and build relationships with senior managers and with each other – helping individuals to develop at an accelerated pace.
Due to the overwhelming success of the program, Liberty Global has launched a second Fast Forward class for a new group of emerging leaders.