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Asian Investment Conference 2021

The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH

Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom; Senior Advisor, Credit Suisse

Sir John Major

Sir John Major served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1997 and is a Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse.

Following the General Election of 1997, Sir John handed the incoming Labour Government the strongest economy inherited by any incoming UK Government. Sir John entered the British Parliament in 1979, and Government in 1983. He joined the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1987; and was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in July 1989, and Chancellor of the Exchequer in October 1989.

Sir John retired from the House of Commons at the UK General Election in May 2001. His business roles include Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Global Infrastructure Management. Sir John chairs the Campaign Board of King’s College London, and is also President and Patron of a number of UK and international charities.

In October 2011, Sir John was appointed Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, a Commonwealth-wide initiative that was established to create a lasting legacy of Her Majesty’s 60 years as Sovereign.

On New Year's Day 1999, Her Majesty The Queen appointed Sir John a Companion of Honour in recognition of his initiation of the Northern Ireland Peace Process; and on St George's Day 2005, a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. In 2012, Sir John was awarded The Grand Cordon of The Rising Sun by The Emperor of Japan. In 2017, he received The Sir Winston Churchill Award from the International Churchill Society. In 2019, he was presented with The George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service – the last recipient to be personally chosen by President George H W Bush.