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50 minutes | 4 days ago
Business Leaders - Rita Clifton
Rita Clifton CBE is a portfolio chair and board director of leading businesses, as well as an author and entrepreneur. In 2013, she co-founded the global brand and business consultancy BrandCap, which now has offices in New York and Hong Kong, and which she successfully sold on to the management group. Rita’s varied career included more than ten years at Saatchi & Saatchi as their vice chairman and strategy director. She later shifted into strategic consultancy at Interbrand as their London CEO and chairman, and her board directorships have included ASOS, Dixons Retail plc and Nationwide. In this in-depth conversation, Rita discusses her latest book ‘Love Your Imposter,’ which focuses on areas of leadership and particularly, imposter syndrome; shares her concern that business has become too “caricatured - villainized with doctor evils and Hollywood villains,” and needs to be humanised again; and advocates for a 50-50 split in the C-suite, and the long way companies have yet to go in achieving this.
50 minutes | 11 days ago
Business Leaders - Philip Grindell
Philip Grindell is one of the UK’s most trusted leaders and advisors when it comes to fixated persons and national security issues. He is the founder and chief executive of Defuse Global, a consultancy with an international team of experts trusted to look after and advise some of the world’s most recognised people. Defuse protects brands, be they individuals or organisations, from targeted physical, reputational and financial harm on social media and the dark web with threat intelligence and behavioural analysis. After spending almost 30 years at Scotland Yard as a detective of specialist and serious crime operations, he was chosen to build and manage a security team in Parliament following the murder of Jo Cox in 2016. In this in-depth conversation, Philip recalls how his desire to “make a difference” encouraged him to join the Metropolitan Police; describes his experience working in Parliament during one of the most toxic periods in British politics - from Brexit to the Corbyn era; and shares his hopes of making social media more “social” to get it back to being a positive experience for users.
45 minutes | 18 days ago
Business Leaders - Santiago Onzono
Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño is President of IE University. Founded in 1997 and based in Spain, he oversees the institution’s daily operations. Starting his education as a ‘Recognised Student’ at Oxford University, he later became a professor in strategic management before holding the position as Dean of IE Business School. In 2019 he was awarded the Founders Award by Thinkers50, and was also recognised in Linkedin’s top 500 Global Influencers. In this in-depth conversation, he discusses his book “Business Despite Borders: Companies in the Age of Populist Anti-Globalization” which focuses on globalised business being an opportunity and not a threat; describes how “education is passion,” his profession and the many hurdles facing the sector amidst the pandemic; and explains the importance of questioning the stereotypical “male, western, white protagonists” as CEO’s, in order to become a genuinely diverse society.
44 minutes | 25 days ago
Business Leaders - David Mansfield
David Mansfield is a speaker, entrepreneur and author of ‘The Monday Revolution.’ His career began in commercial television, before becoming CEO of Capital Radio Group for 13 years, where he helped build the company to a worth of £750m. Since then, he’s been a director of Carphone Warehouse and Ingenious Media, amongst many others. He’s invested and chaired several different start-ups, including an online education company and a highly successful online food retailer. In this in-depth conversation, David describes his latest book as a back to basics guide, to “help people take back control of their working week” by focusing their attention on what really matters. He discusses the overwhelming impact of the pandemic on the workplace, and how it’s provided “an opportunity for a reset”. David explains the importance of learning from his mistakes, before arriving at his current successful investment strategy.
41 minutes | a month ago
Business Leaders - Heath Goldman
Heath Goldman is President and CEO of ICON Wealth and Legacy Partners. They specialise in customising financial plans, focusing on estate, asset protection, wealth transfer and tax mitigation strategies for business owners and real estate entrepreneurs. His career in the financial planning sector began at Sagemark Consulting, before he moved to Pacific Advisors as their financial specialist and then gained the position of principal at Montecito Associates. In this in-depth interview, Heath explains how he learned to work with affluent business owners and wealthy families, and how his “clients don’t plan to fail, they often failed to plan before working with Heath. Heath will be discussing his strategy when dealing with difficult family dynamics and the importance of coordination, communication and collaboration in the financial sphere; and describes how the economic impact of Covid-19 is set to be “exceptionally painful” and isn’t going away.
47 minutes | a month ago
Business Leaders - Rusty Hutson
Rusty Hutson is founder and CEO of Diversified Gas and Oil. Founded in 2001, the company acquires and enhances mature, low-decline and low-risk wells in the Appalachian Basin. Having grown the business to own more than 60,000 gas and oil wells, their annual revenues are currently exceeding $500m. But his career began on a different path, spending just under two decades in banking before buying a small package of wells with a home equity loan to establish what is now the largest producer of natural gas in the Appalachian Basin. In this in-depth conversation, Rusty explains how he built his business - literally from the ground up, and plans to double their market capitalisation in the next year; discusses the added pressures the pandemic and the upcoming Presidential election is going to have on the already volatile oil and gas industry; and shares how he balances his entrepreneurial profit-orientated mindset, with a leadership style that puts the people at the centre of the business.
35 minutes | a month ago
Business Leaders - Isabel Garvey
Isabel Garvey is managing director of London’s Abbey Road Studios. Founded in 1931, the globally recognised studio has been home to artists from The Beatles, Pink Floyd and U2 to Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga and Adele. A serendipitous career, from self-described “wild card” at music labels EMI and Warner Music International, to founding a digital media consultancy, Georgestown Consulting Ltd. Since then, she has gained much recognition, named in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and speaking at Accenture for International Women’s Day in 2019. In this in-depth conversation, Isabel explains her pioneering role in driving music technology into the future, having launched Europe’s first music tech incubator - Abbey Road Red. She describes the careful balancing act of moving with the times and technology, whilst respecting Abbey Road’s long and iconic history; shares her frustrations with the largely male-orientated engineering industry, and hopes that the next generation of women will see “the sexy side of stem” at Abbey Road.
50 minutes | 2 months ago
Business Leaders - Caroline Casey
Caroline Casey is founder of The Valuable 500. Launched in 2019, the global initiative calls on major corporations to put disability inclusion on the leadership agenda. They now have 334 companies committed to the campaign so far, including Microsoft and Unilever. Registered as legally blind, Caroline hid her disability from colleagues until she “came out as blind” at age 28 whilst working as a global management consultant at Accenture. Since then, she has campaigned with business leaders to reform outdated attitudes towards disability in the workplace; setting up the Ability Awards, speaking on the Ted Talks stage and starring in a National Geographic documentary. In this in-depth conversation, Caroline argues that an “inclusive business creates an inclusive society” as she outlines the full scale of the global inequality crisis; explains the stigma surrounding disability in the corporate world, and how in her opinion, the fear of getting things wrong is holding us back from change; and discusses the boundaries she's had to push and the industry leaders she's had to empower to fight for equality for a global community constituting 1.3bn people.
40 minutes | 2 months ago
Business Leaders - Justin Breen
Justin Breen is founder and CEO of public relations firm BrEpic Communications. Launched in 2017, they work with businesses and brands to craft click-worthy stories for local, regional and national media outlets. Prior to this, he was a journalist writing for publications such as The Times of Northwest Indiana. This year Justin published his first book ‘Epic Business,’ where he shares secrets from the world's top entrepreneurs and how he applied this to his own company. In this in-depth conversation, Justin describes how he built his public relations firm from the ground up, using the “three Cs” - content, communication and connection; shares the importance of networking and how he is a “magnet for the right people and purposely repels the wrong people;” explains how his atypical family-centered and non-revenue focussed work ethic, led him to success.
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Business Leaders - Randy Dewey
Randy Dewey is president and chief executive of Baylin Technologies, a global wireless communications leader. With headquarters in Toronto, they specialise in radio-frequency products for the upcoming 5G and new satellite constellations LEO and MEO. Prior to Baylin, he founded the executive consulting firm, The Navistone Group. Throughout his c-suite career Randy has built eight companies, held 13 board positions and led many company turnarounds culminating over $1.8 billion in enterprise value. In this in-depth conversation, he describes 5G as the “Ferrari of networks” and how game changing the new LEO satellite constellation is for wireless connectivity. He describes these new systems as pivotal technology for both the developed and underdeveloped countries. Mr. Dewey describes Baylin’s contributions to the world in the fight against the pandemic, and how motivating it was connecting people in times of difficulty; furthermore he discusses the four principles to success shared in his soon to be published book, L.I.F.T Leadership.
58 minutes | 2 months ago
Business Leaders - Nadim Sadek
Nadim Sadek is Founder & CEO of ProQuo AI, a brand management platform and consultancy. Founded in 2012, their global team uses artificial intelligence to drive brand growth, optimizing brands such as BMW, Chilly’s and Flickr. Previous to ProQuo AI, Nadim founded what became the world’s biggest qualitative research agency, Sadek Wynberg, was Global CEO of Millward Brown’s Qual Network, and then Worldwide Commercial & Strategy Director of Research International. He has also been ‘on the other side’, creating his own brand, ‘Inish Turk Beg,’ winner of the Mobius global award for best new brand in 2008. In this in-depth conversation, Nadim describes how his atypical psychological background aided him in the industry and led to the founding of his “magic lantern” brand management platform; discusses obstacles he faced in his career and how he built himself back up after some turbulence knocked him off course; and explains the journey of his own self-discovery and the importance of ‘real’ entrepreneurs as “originators rather than administrators.”
59 minutes | 3 months ago
Business Leaders - Euan Rellie
Euan Rellie is co-founder and senior managing director of BDA Partners, a global investment banking advisor for Asia. Launched in 1996, he has grown the business to a team of 120 across nine offices in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to this, Euan held a senior role at Schroders, the UK investment bank. He has been named ‘Dealmaker of the Year’ twice, and recognised as one of the Top 50 Global Dealmakers by M&A Advisor. In this in-depth conversation, he discusses the detrimental impact of current Chinese-US tensions on business globally; describes the unexpected influence of politics on business following international uncertainty such as Brexit and the Trump era, and explains why regardless of current turmoil, he remains optimistic for millennials and the future of business.
35 minutes | 3 months ago
Business Leaders - Kevin Murray
Kevin Murray is a business speaker and best-selling author. During his career he has interviewed over 100 chief executives and conducted research into the motivating behaviours of leaders with a specialism in inspired leadership, and has published four books on the topic. He previously ran the UK’s largest PR and Communications group for 20 years and also served as director of communications for British Airways, the Atomic Energy Authority and Bayer. In this in-depth interview, he shares his experiences advising global chief executives, revealing what their biggest unspoken fears are; explains how everyone can master the skills of charisma to boost their effectiveness by learning the ability to be “affective in order to be effective”, a topic he explores in his latest book ‘Charismatic Leadership’; and describes why having leadership throughout an organisation, whether large or small, is vital to success.
48 minutes | 3 months ago
Business Leaders - Anne Boden
Anne Boden is the CEO and founder of Starling Bank. Launched in 2014, the mobile-only app has over 1.5 million customers and is the fastest growing SME bank in Europe. She previously worked at Allied Irish Banks Plc, RBS and Standard Chartered, and received an MBE in 2018 for her services to financial technology. This year, she published her first book titled ‘The Money Revolution’, creating a “jargon-free guide” to taking control of your finances. In this in-depth conversation, she describes her ambition to bring finance and technology together, to change the industry and “rethink the customer experience"; argues that despite their best efforts, major banks are not agile enough to effectively copy their relationship-driven culture; and reveals the bank’s plans for European expansion, starting with their application for a banking license in Ireland.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
Business Leaders - Wade Eyerly and Dennis Murashko
Wade Eyerly and Dennis Murashko are co-founders of Degree Insurance Co. Wade is the former CEO and co-founder of Surf Air, the world's first all-you-can-fly subscription airline, and Dennis is an actuary and lawyer who served as the general counsel and a senior advisor to Governor Rauner in Illinois. Together they founded the startup in 2017, working to remove the risks of seeking higher education in America by guaranteeing students’ income for five years after they graduate. In this in-depth conversation, they describe how the current financing of education has created generational debt, with the average loan repayment lasting 21 years, consider how individuals from all backgrounds can make better decisions about their futures and aspire to the American Dream by understanding the economic impact of their degree, and explain how colleges will, in turn, see a return on their investment through increasing enrolment and retention rates.
53 minutes | 4 months ago
Business Leaders - Kevin Gaskell
Kevin Gaskell is a serial entrepreneur, adventurer and investor. Early in his career he led iconic car brands Porsche, Lamborghini and BMW to record growth and performance, and was recognised as on the ‘UK’s top 40 leaders under 40’. Since then, he has founded and invested in a number of businesses and overseen the transformational growth of 14 companies, creating over £3 billion in shareholder value. In this in-depth conversation, he describes how leaders can better engage their teams by inviting them on a journey where they have the opportunity to grow their knowledge and skills, expresses his concerns for executives who set aggressive targets instead of focusing on building the “extraordinary” – a topic which he explores in his book ‘Inspired Leadership’ and on international stages as a professional speaker, and compares the process of building a business from startup to market leader, to his epic challenge of breaking the world record for an unsupported row across the Atlantic Ocean.
46 minutes | 6 months ago
Business Leaders - Daniel Astaire
Daniel Astaire is managing partner at Grosvenor Law. Having practised for over 20 years, he’s worked for a number of blue-chip law firms including Bird and Bird and Clintons before helping to found Grosvenor Law in 2011. Based in Mayfair, the firm specialises in personal and business dispute resolution and works with high-profile individuals and corporations from a range of backgrounds. In a recent case, Daniel represented defendants in claims for fraud and conspiracy to defraud by a former business partner seeking damages in excess of £100 million. In this in-depth conversation, he reveals how the business was built to “speak the language” and understand the needs of affluent clients in the West End of London, he describes the “blood sweat and tears” involved in protecting the legacy of self-made entrepreneurs, and shares his advice to aspiring lawyers on how to “master your own destiny” by finding an area of law which complements your personality.
59 minutes | 6 months ago
Business Leaders - Sol Kumin
Sol Kumin has spent his career in the financial services industry, and is a thoroughbred racehorse owner and philanthropist. A graduate of Johns Hopkins, he began his career in finance at Lazard Asset Management and then Sanford C. Bernstein. In 2005, he joined SAC Capital as managing director and was later chief operating officer. At the end of 2014, he founded hedge fund Folger Hill Asset Management with more than $1 billion from investors, serving as CEO until 2018 when the firm was merged with Schonfeld Strategic Investors. He added the role of chief strategy officer for Leucadia Asset Management LLC and is currently the firm’s co-president. Sol bought his first filly in 2014 and has rapidly become one of the most successful racehorse owners in the US, including Preakness winner Exaggerator, Triple Crown winner Justify, Travers winner Catholic Boy and champion fillies Lady Eli, Monomoy Girl, Midnight Bisou, Uni and British Idiom. In this in-depth interview, he talks about the lasting influence of his first job out of college, describes his experience running Folger Hill Asset Management and explains the business focus and practicality he has brought to owning a high-performing stable of prize-winning horses.
68 minutes | 7 months ago
Business Leaders - David S. Kidder
David S. Kidder is chief executive and co-founder of Bionic, an enterprise innovation platform. A graduate in industrial design, he made his name as an entrepreneur and angel investor, co-founding Clickable, an online advertising software service, and SmartRay Network, a pioneering mobile advertising business. He is the author of ‘New to Big’, ‘The Startup Playbook’ and ‘The Intellectual Devotional’. In this in-depth interview, he talks about how his writing gives entrepreneurs digestible daily readings to encourage curiosity and help their business brains, argues that when projects are in their growth stage they often have to satisfy customers who don’t yet know what they want, and discusses the way in which business failure has been transformed from the great taboo to an incredibly valuable learning opportunity for entrepreneurs.[Editor’s note: this podcast was recorded in New York on 10th March 2020, before the full scale of the coronavirus public health crisis became apparent.]
68 minutes | 7 months ago
Business Leaders - Ross Sklar
Ross Sklar is the CEO of The Starco Group and Starco Brands. He started his career in the oil and gas industry making anti-corrosion chemicals, before pioneering true anti-stick anti-graffiti coatings which coated the largest structure on earth to be coated with an anti-graffiti coating. Ross then went on to make about a dozen acquisitions in a decade that today make up The Starco Group, a diverse collection of industrial household, personal care and food and beverages manufacturers covering almost all consumer categories. Starco Brands was later born from The Starco Group, and organised as a public venture focused on designing and commercialising behaviour-changing technologies and brands. In this in-depth conversation, Ross describes how he built the businesses by focusing on solving large societal problems chemically that would provide significant value to society and stakeholders, he explains his ability to invent and create technology and also his robust acquisition strategy that’s enabled him to grow Starco Group to hundreds of employees and many facilities across the United States, and expresses his responsibility to provide tools which can protect communities and “better the status quo” during this crucial time.
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