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Michael Woodford

As the first non-Japanese head of the century-old camera manufacturer Olympus, Michael Woodford’s blew the whistle on internal financial irregularities, leading to the termination of his post. a keynote speaker who is adept at speaking about overcoming adversity, business strategy and ethical capitalism, Michael is an excellent addition to the corporate circuit. 

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Michael Woodford Biography

Michael Woodford, former CEO of Olympus, who blew the whistle on massive fraud in the company, is now a highly sought after keynote speaker on risk, Ethical Capitalism and social responsibility.

As the first non-Japanese head of the century-old camera manufacturer Olympus, Michael Woodford’s unearthing of significant financial irregularities led to the termination of his post, and to an international scandal. Named by four UK newspapers as Business Person of the Year, Michael’s courage has shaped his reputation as one of the world’s most popular keynote and motivational speakers.

In the words of the Editor of the Financial Times, he "captures the spirit of boldness."

Michael’s career began at the age of 16 when he left school and embarked on a management training course at Lucas Aerospace and Millbank College of Commerce. His first job was with Cadbury Schweppes,...

Michael Woodford, former CEO of Olympus, who blew the whistle on massive fraud in the company, is now a highly sought after keynote speaker on risk, Ethical Capitalism and social responsibility.

As the first non-Japanese head of the century-old camera manufacturer Olympus, Michael Woodford’s unearthing of significant financial irregularities led to the termination of his post, and to an international scandal. Named by four UK newspapers as Business Person of the Year, Michael’s courage has shaped his reputation as one of the world’s most popular keynote and motivational speakers.

In the words of the Editor of the Financial Times, he "captures the spirit of boldness."

Michael’s career began at the age of 16 when he left school and embarked on a management training course at Lucas Aerospace and Millbank College of Commerce. His first job was with Cadbury Schweppes, and he then joined the sales force at KeyMed, the UK division of Olympus. For thirty years he worked his way up through the company ranks and eventually headed the American and Russian businesses before becoming Executive MD of Olympus Europe. Two years later he took the helm of the global Japanese corporation.

Shortly after taking the post as President and CEO, Michael made the shattering discovery that hundreds of millions of dollars were being transferred to unknown bank accounts, many in the Cayman Islands tax haven. As soon as he brought the irregularities to the attention of his Chairman and board, he was relieved of his duties.

Heading back to London after being told to fear for his safety, Michael went straight to the Serious Fraud Office, setting in motion an enormous investigation involving the SFO, the FBI and the Toyko Police. The scale of fraud is estimated to be $1.7billion, over twenty years. Michael hoped to return to the business and to show shareholders that he was acting with the best interests of the company at heart, but he was turned away.

Speaking Topics

Michael Woodford, former CEO of Olympus, who blew the whistle on massive fraud in the company, is now a highly sought after keynote speaker on risk, Ethical Capitalism and social responsibility.

  • Business Strategy
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Social Responsibility
  • Risk
  • The Case for Ethical Capitalism
  • Exposed: Blowing the whistle on Olympus

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