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Roger Flynn

 

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Roger Flynn is an accomplished businessman and keynote speaker whose experience is unique having worked as CEO/Director in five global companies across multiple industries at times of rapid change. He has run businesses with turnovers between GBP 400m and GBP 2bn, with millions of customers and thousands of staff.

Roger worked directly for Sir Richard Branson at Virgin on new ideas and deals working on a range of businesses across the Group. He was then made Commercial Director of the media group and worked on the sale of Virgin Records to EMI, the launch of Virgin Radio, the rapid growth and sale of Virgin Interactive Entertainment amongst many other things in a fabulously exciting and entertaining 7 years.

Roger joined British Airways during the $1bn dirty-tricks lawsuit claim by Virgin!; he was there during the CEO transition from Lord Colin Marshall to Bob Ayling and the aggressive expansion strategy, a strike, the launch of Go and the launch of fabulous new First and Club World products. Roger drove a transformational strategy to reconstruct the GBP 1.2bn distribution value chain, launched electronic ticketing and ba.com with a simultaneous launch in 72 countries in the world.

"Roger's presentation perfectly complemented the theme of our Senior Leaders' Risk conference. He related his relevant business experience in a way that resonated with the audience, particularly the challenges of managing change."
Divisional Risk Officer, Wholesale Risk, Lloyds Banking Group

Roger joined Prudential immediately after the GBP 2bn pensions miss-selling scandal to run the UK Retail business ("The man from the Pru"). He drove a major business transformation including the launch of new products, new distribution channels, a £200m CRM programme and an innovative new sales process. As part of this transformation he led an exhilarating and exhausting culture change for the 7,000 staff.

Roger joined the BBC as Chief Executive of the commercial media services group and a member of the Executive Team working with Greg Dyke during one of the most eventful times in BBC history; the launch of Freeview, the battles with Sky, the rejuvenation of BBC1, the fight with the UK Government and the BBC wide culture change that made the staff cry when Greg left. Roger created 3 businesses from the BBC’s back office functions with 4,500 staff and transformed them into commercial businesses, grew revenues rapidly, dramatically changed the customer focus, launched internationally and drove a series of product innovations. The ultimate sale of two of the businesses created over GBP 1bn of value for the BBC.

Roger joined SDI Media Group, a global company providing media services to the major players in the Film and Television Industry, as President International. SDI was backed by Warburg Pincus the private equity firm. Roger delivered a turnaround in the Asian business, four acquisitions in Europe and significant organic growth with key customers. The business was successfully sold to another private equity firm.

Roger is now an investor and Chairman of a number of private equity backed businesses in the Media and Technology sector.

Speaking Topics

Roger Flynn is an accomplished businessman and keynote speaker with unique experience as Director/CEO in five global companies.

• Transformation
• Turnaround
• Strategy in Action
• Leading Culture Change
• Delighting the Customer
• Innovation

For further information or to book Roger Flynn for a corporate event, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

Interview with Roger Flynn

Question:

How did the corporate speaking all start?

Answer:

An enquiry in 2004 when I was at the BBC

Question:

Can you remember your first speaking engagement?

Answer:

Yes, it was Rexam Plc and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Question:

And your last event?

Answer:

Athens CEO Conference with 350 people. I followed the Finance Minister!

Question:

Which event has been your favourite and why?

Answer:

I have loved them all. Possibly Belfast last year because I was able to go onto Dublin and watch England v Ireland in the Rugby!

Question:

If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?

Answer:

Would have to be the next global climate change summit – we have to move faster to save the planet

Question:

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

Answer:

Winston Churchill

Question:

Do you use powerpoint?

Answer:

Yes but with more pictures than words – it has to add to and enhance what I’m saying.

Question:

Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?

Answer:

Yes totally happy with both. Have spoken to 3,000 before and love the way you can get a large group enthralled. However I also love the intimacy and enquiry of a small group – terrific for Q & A.

Question:

Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?

Answer:

Absolutely and followed up with a speech summary to make sure it delivers exactly what the client needs

Question:

What are the most asked for topics?

Answer:

Leadership, Change management, innovation, Re-thinking strategy/business models

Question:

Is your speech at all interactive with audience participation?

Answer:

Not fully interactive but I do like to move around the audience and ask questions

Question:

Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?

Answer:

At one of my first speeches I was washing my hands in the bathroom before going on stage when one of the delegates looked at me and said “Oh God I wonder what they have lined up for us next” to which I replied “Well that would be me then!”

Question:

Your favourite film?

Answer:

Love Actually by the amazing Richard Curtis

Question:

Favourite book?

Answer:

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Question:

Favourite holiday destination ?

Answer:

Mauritius

Question:

Country or townie?

Answer:

Both - London and Devon

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