Leading the turnaround of Porsche from close to bankruptcy to market leader saw Kevin Gaskell, at the age of 32, recognised as one of the most capable leaders of his generation. Since leaving the automotive sector he has led businesses to massive success in the digital, technology, data, brand marketing, market research, construction, retail, professional services and manufacturing sectors. Such flexibility and adaptability has confirmed his position as an extraordinary and inspirational leader.
Explorer, sportsman, entrepreneur, businessman and professional speaker, Kevin Gaskell is recognised as one of the most capable leaders of his generation after leading the turnaround of Porsche from imminent bankrupcy to market leader. Since then, he has led and transformed many businesses, including Lamborghini, Fairline Boats as well as a number of smaller brands, to massive success. Working in a wide range of sectors including digital, technology, data, marketing, construction, his adaptability has resulted in him developing to become an extraordinary and inspirational leader and a corporate trailblazer who has changed the way that businesses operate. In addition he has been CEO of three iconic car brands, Porsche, Lamborghini and BMW. He innovates for businesses, improving growth and encouraging turnaround by relating tales of leadership and teamwork to motivate audiences.
A qualified engineer and accountant, Kevin joined Porsche GB in 1987 and 4 years later became the youngest ever Managing Director. On the brink of bankruptcy, Kevin turned around the fortunes of the business, and in less than five years it was the UK’s most profitable car company. Kevin was subsequently recognised as ‘One of the top 40 managers under 40 in the UK.’ He is known for his successful team building skills and work as an entrepreneur.
Moving onto BMW with the same success, Kevin was firmly established as one of the UK’s most outstanding business minds. Kevin was responsible for 500% increase in profitability and a record growth of 80% in sales.
A highly motivational and engaging speaker, with the experiences to prove it, he believes that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results. Leading global corporations, start-ups, private equity portfolio companies and organisations large and small to create shareholder value in excess of $5Billion, while also finding the time to play international sport, and walking both the north and south poles and climbing the world’s highest mountains to fund the construction of a cancer treatment unit.
Using an energetic and inclusive style he shares the tools and techniques which have enabled his teams to deliver results which even they considered impossible – until they achieved them. His approach of ‘Inspired Leadership’ at every level in the organisation has been demonstrated to achieve extraordinary success again and again.
Demonstrating that leadership is an adaptable and transferable skill, and is a key enabler of successful teamwork in any situation while drawing upon his experience and his current leadership roles in a number of growing companies, Kevin provides audiences with practical lessons of how people can be inspired to achieve extraordinary results, which can be immediately apply to their own business.