Widely regarded by many as the most successful Managing Director of the software firm Oracle for recording a $650 million deal, the President of the Institute of Customer Service, Ian Smith is a highly experienced and inspirational speaker on a variety of subjects including business leadership.,Business Speaker, Change Management, Customer Service, Entrepreneurs, Leadership, Motivational & Inspirational, Social Media
Ian Smith was head of Oracle UK, Ireland and Israel until 2008. He became CEO Larry Ellison's most successful and longest serving Managing Director - securing the biggest single deal in the software giant's history at $650m. For Ian, technology is about reinventing entire processes - not just automating old ways of doing things.
Ian believes that past growth has masked serious errors, and sees recession helping to identify weaknesses throughout the operation and the supply chain. To achieve sustainable recovery training must be increased, despite pressures to cut costs, and business needs to learn to foster collaboration - much like social networking.
As President of the Institute of Customer Service he naturally argues that change must be built around the customer experience, rather than the structure of the organisation. Everyone in the team should be stretched, given responsibility and made to feel involved in the big decisions - generating X Factor-style enthusiasm.
Ian was originally an engineer. Before Oracle, he ran BT's consumer division and customer service operation. He continues to chair Young Enterprise as well as serving on the CBI President's Committee and the National Employment Panel. He is also a highly experienced and wonderfully inspiring keynote speaker.