In this episode of The Talent Show, Virginia Stagni welcomes Jon Slade, the Chief Commercial Officer of Financial Times, who shares an intriguing journey that defies the conventional career path. Despite not boasting an illustrious academic career, Slade's story is a testament to the power of passion and perseverance. His early years were spent in landscape gardening, a pursuit he found deeply satisfying, illustrating that success can be found in the most unexpected of places.

Relocating to London marked a turning point in Slade's career. His love for words and language led him to work on a student union magazine at university, a stepping stone that would eventually lead him to the world of journalism. Slade's career took off when he responded to an advertisement in the Media Guardian, landing him a role in advertising sales. This experience sparked his interest in publishing, leading him to the Financial Times in 2002. Despite a brief stint at The Times and The Sunday Times, Slade returned to the FT in 2007, where he has remained ever since.

Slade's journey is marked by his ability to create value from journalism, a common thread that has run through his career. From his early days selling advertising space to his current role as Chief Commercial Officer, Slade has consistently worked towards leveraging the influence of journalism for commercial success. Join us as we explore Slade's unconventional journey, offering insights into the world of journalism and the importance of following one's passion. This episode promises to inspire, challenge, and provoke thought, embodying the spirit of the Financial Times.

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