Roger Flynn has led major transformational change at Virgin, British Airways, Prudential and the BBC. He is an extremely engaging and thought-provoking speaker.
"Many of the delegates commented on how inspiring and thought provoking they found your speech."
Royal Borough of Kingston
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Roger Flynn is an accomplished businessman and public speaker whose experience is unique, having worked at a Director/CEO level in five global companies across multiple industries at times of rapid change. He has run businesses with turnovers between £400m and £2bn, with millions of customers and thousands of staff. He can bring a fascinating insight and perspective to the challenges of developing and running global businesses and his talks can be focused on topics such as Transformation, Turnaround, Strategy in Action, Leading Culture Change, Delighting the Customer and Innovation.
Very comfortable talking to audiences from 25 to 2,500+, likes it to be entertaining as well as insightful and can compare and contrast between the companies he has worked for. His talks are always tailored to the client and brought to life through stories and practical experiences. Roger Flynn is also a member of The Magic Circle.
Worked directly for Sir Richard Branson following the late 80’s highly leveraged buy-out of Virgin Group Plc to develop a range of businesses across the Group. Heavily involved in the media businesses including the joint venturing and sale of Virgin Records to EMI, the launch of Virgin Radio, the rapid development and sale of Virgin Interactive Entertainment amongst many other things in a fabulously exciting and entertaining 7 years.
Roger joined during the $1bn dirty-tricks lawsuit claim by Virgin! He worked during the transition from Lord Colin Marshall to Bob Ayling through; the aggressive expansion strategy, aggressive retraction strategy, strike, the launch of Go, launch of fabulous new First and Club World products, reconstruction of the distribution value chain including tackling the costs of third party distribution alongside launching new direct channels like the internet and of course the tailfins saga!
Joined immediately after the $2bn pensions miss-selling debacle to run the UK Retail business (“The man from the Pru”) that caused the problem! Drove a major business transformation including an exhilarating and exhausting culture change for 6,500 people, launched new products and channels and got sued by the British Cycling Federation! Also involved in the wider UK activity driven by Sir Peter Davis and Jonathan Bloomer including the development of new UK businesses such as Scottish Amicable, M&G and the launch of Egg.
Joined the Executive Team working with Greg Dyke during one of the most eventful times in BBC history; the Hutton affair, the culture change that made them cry when Greg left, the launch of Freeview, the battles with Sky, the rejuvenation of BBC1. Chief Executive of the commercial media services group with 4,500 people. Transformed the capabilities from Public Service back office to commercial businesses, grew revenues rapidly, dramatically changed the customer relationship, innovated product offerings and drove the successful £0.5bn sale of BBC Technology.
SDI Media Group
Currently President International of SDI Media Group, a global company providing media services to the major players in the Film and Television Industry. SDI is Private Equity backed by Elevation Partners, a US based firm that includes Bono, the lead singer of U2 as a Managing Director and Co-Founder. Elevation makes large-scale investments in market-leading media, entertainment, and consumer related businesses.
Clients include: Aviva, Lloyds TSB, Rexam Plc, Arup, TK Maxx, Accenture, Royal Borough of Kingston, LawNet
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"We were very impressed wth Roger’s presentation content and delivery. He was billed as our keynote speaker, closing the first evening of our Sales Kick-off meeting. He followed a 2 hour cascade of executive strategy presentations, and brought energy back into the room. His content was relevant to the preceding content, relevant to our issues, and engaged the pan-EMEA/US audience with company examples that they could understand. He followed the brief we discussed very well. When he talked ‘people & change’ he stepped off stage and talked to the delegates and engaged with them on their level. I know that our EMEA VP and Sales Director were both happy with his presentation."