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An accomplished businessman and public speaker whose experience is unique having worked at a Director/CEO level in four global companies across multiple industries at times of rapid change.

He has run businesses with turnovers between £400m and £2bn, with millions of customers and thousands of staff. Roger is currently President International for SDI Media Group: a global media services company for the Film and TV industry.

He can bring a fascinating insight and perspective to the challenges of developing and running global businesses and his talks can be focused on topics such as Strategy, Leadership, Innovation or Culture Change.

In his speeches he can compare and contrast between the companies he has worked for. For example describing why Go was not a very successful low-cost start-up within BA but Egg was a very successful low-cost start-up within Prudential. He is also a member of The Magic Circle.

Virgin
Worked directly for Sir Richard Branson following the late 80's highly leveraged buy-out of Virgin Group Plc to develop a range of businesses across the Group. Heavily involved in the media businesses including the joint venturing and sale of Virgin Records to EMI, the launch of Virgin Radio, the rapid development and sale of Virgin Interactive Entertainment amongst many other things in a fabulously exciting and entertaining 7 years.

British Airways
Joined during the $1bn dirty-tricks lawsuit claim by Virgin! Worked during the transition from Lord Colin Marshall to Bob Ayling through; the aggressive expansion strategy, aggressive retraction strategy, strike, launch of Go, launch of fabulous new First and Club World products, reconstruction of the distribution value chain including tackling the costs of third party distribution alongside launching new direct channels like the internet and of course the tailfins saga!

Prudential
Joined immediately after the $2bn pensions miss-selling debacle to run the UK Retail business ("The man from the Pru") that caused the problem! Drove a major business transformation including an exhilarating and exhausting culture change for 6,500 people, launched new products and channels and got sued by the British Cycling Federation! Also involved in the wider UK activity driven by Sir Peter Davis and Jonathan Bloomer including the development of new UK businesses such as Scottish Amicable, M&G and the launch of Egg.

BBC
Joined the Executive Team working with Greg Dyke during one of the most eventful times in BBC history; the Hutton affair, the culture change that made them cry when Greg left, the launch of Freeview, the battles with Sky, the rejuvenation of BBC1. Chief Executive of the commercial media services group with 4,500 people. Transformed the capabilities from Public Service back office to commercial businesses, grew revenues rapidly, dramatically changed the customer relationship, innovated product offerings and drove the successful £0.5bn sale of BBC Technology.

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  • The dinner was a huge success and Bob went down brilliantly well. We're already looking forward to next year! Many thanks for all your help in making... READ MORE ...

    The dinner was a huge success and Bob went down brilliantly well. We're already looking forward to next year! Many thanks for all your help in making the event such a memorable one.

    Lloyds TSB

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    It is difficult to find enough superlatives to describe David's presentation. As a meeting planner, I found it a genuine pleasure to work with him and I would highly recommend him for any conference or meeting, anywhere and at any time.

    Prudential Assurance

  • Your sense of humour was greatly appreciated by everyone but within this humour you managed to instil some very important points which were well... READ MORE ...

    Your sense of humour was greatly appreciated by everyone but within this humour you managed to instil some very important points which were well noted by everyone present. Your words were inspirational and will stay with us throughout our new financial year.

    Aviva (Norwich Union)

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    We have never had such a positive reaction to a guest speaker before, the team were simply enthralled, an inspiration to all who listened! Somehow you still managed to make the challenges we face in our jobs relevant on a personal level to yours.

    Coca Cola

  • I was impressed by Chris's speech. His great strength is his ability to communicate his message throughout an organisation, his views are practical... READ MORE ...

    I was impressed by Chris's speech. His great strength is his ability to communicate his message throughout an organisation, his views are practical and down to earth, always thought provoking, sometimes controversial but never dull.

    Kodak

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