Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education launches the Chief People Officer Programme in partnership with Emeritus

CAMBRIDGE, UK: Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS) Executive Education is pleased to announce the launch of its Chief People Officer (CPO) Programme for senior professionals who are seeking to reinvent HR as a value-driver in their organisations. Launched in partnership with Emeritus, the global leader in making high-quality upskilling education accessible and affordable, this eight- to ten-month programme will help participants prepare for the C-suite through immersive online learning and collaborative projects.

With an increasing emphasis on employee empowerment, the HR leader’s role has taken greater importance in the C-suite. Organisations are looking for progressive leaders who can rethink traditional HR models and use human capital to drive business results, but finding the right person with the requisite skill set can be challenging. The Cambridge CPO Programme aims to bridge this gap.

The programme delves into the changing ways in which people engage with their work and how organisations relate to their workforce today. It enables participants to understand what is required of their role as a C-suite stakeholder. Participants will evaluate perspectives on leading people operations in the modern and remote workplace while considering employee needs, motivations and dynamics. Furthermore, they will understand how to drive organisational culture, champion corporate responsibility and manage innovation responsibly and impactfully. Real-life case studies, guest lectures and peer interaction bring insightful perspectives to the programme.

The programme has been designed with insights from CJBS’s Centre for International Human Resources Management, which brings together leading academics and practitioners from the field of human resource management and international organisations. Jochem Kroezen, Assistant Professor in International Business and the programme’s faculty director, is renowned for his research into processes of institutional change. ‘Today’s HR leaders are facing extraordinary challenges accelerated by disruption and technology revolution. The impactful curriculum from CJBS Executive Education will prepare you to embrace the changing nature of work and organisations, ensuring your company continues to harness a fully empowered workforce to achieve its goals,’ said Kroezen.

The comprehensive curriculum consists of four core modules spanning 18 weeks, two online electives and a two-and-a-half-day face-to-face event in Cambridge, UK. The core modules provide a foundation in the key parameters of contemporary HR leadership while the electives take a deep dive into select aspects of people analytics and digital transformation. Experiential learning enables participants to apply the concepts they learn into practice immediately. In addition, participants will work closely with a personal success coach to guide them towards achieving their goals.

‘Now is the ideal time for HR executives to invest in their development that will position them to act as strategic business partners to their CEOs and implement people-centric organisational transformation. We are delighted to collaborate with CJBS Executive Education to help aspiring chief people officers accelerate their careers,’ said Mike Malefakis, President of University Partnerships at Emeritus.

The programme is priced at US$21,000, which includes all materials, teaching fees and access to online coursework. It commences in February 2023 and is open for enrolment through Emeritus. For more information about the programme, visit


About Cambridge Judge Business School

Founded in 1990, Cambridge Judge Business School is part of the Faculty of Business and Management at the University of Cambridge. The reputation of CJBS has grown rapidly, and today, it is internationally celebrated as a provider of world-class management education, especially in entrepreneurship and innovation management. With a leading-edge faculty of over 50 members and 19 research centres, the school has been rated as the best for the impact of its research by the UK government. One of the main strengths of the school is the particular emphasis on collaboration, be it with the vibrant high-tech businesses of the Cambridge Cluster or organisations worldwide. CJBS is a place where people from many disciplines share ideas; policy makers, entrepreneurs, leaders of industry, regulators, not-for-profit organisations and academics.


About Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education

Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education offers a wide range of open-enrolment and customised programmes. These benefit leaders, executives and managers who strive for professional and personal growth while enabling organisations to achieve operational excellence.


About Emeritus

Emeritus is committed to teaching the skills of the future by making high-quality education accessible and affordable to individuals, companies and governments around the world. It does this by collaborating with more than 50 top-tier universities across the United States, Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, India and China. Emeritus’ short courses, degree programmes, professional certificates and senior executive programmes help individuals learn new skills and transform their lives and organisations. Its unique model of state-of-the-art technology, an innovative curriculum and hands-on instruction from senior faculty, mentors and coaches has educated more than 250,000 individuals across 80+ countries. Founded in 2015, Emeritus, part of Eruditus Group, has more than 2,000 employees globally and offices in Mumbai, New Delhi, Shanghai, Singapore, Palo Alto, Mexico City, New York, Boston, London and Dubai. Following its US$650 million series E funding round in August 2021, the company is valued at US$3.2 billion and is backed by Accel, SoftBank Vision Fund 2, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Leeds Illuminate, Prosus Ventures, Sequoia Capital India and Bertelsmann.

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