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Chris Hirst

With over a decade of experience in CEO positions, Chris Hirst is an exceptional choice as a speaker for corporate teams. With an impressive career as a change agent, innovative leader, and speaker, Chris has a proven track record of leading successful transformation programs that have resulted in record growth, product reinvention, reputational change, and a culture of enduring success.


About Chris Hirst

As the former Global CEO of Havas Creative Group and UK CEO of Grey (part of WPP), Chris Hirst led more than 10,000 people across all global territories, taking the businesses from “also ran” to second place in Campaign Magazine’s global rankings in just three years. Under his leadership, Grey more than tripled in size and quadrupled its profit during its transformation into one of the hottest, fastest-growing, and most creatively respected agencies in the world.

Aside from his impressive leadership achievements, Chris is also a sought-after speaker and author. His first book, No Bullsh*t Leadership, has been a best-seller for over 36 months and is available worldwide. It was named UK Business Book of the Year in March 2020 and has received critical acclaim for its direct, universally applicable advice that demystifies an over-analysed subject to get to the heart of modern leadership. Chris’s engaging book and keynote speeches provide a step-by-step working manual on how to lead, an essential for anyone looking to succeed in leadership.

Furthermore, Chris is a graduate of Brasenose College Oxford and Harvard Business School, and he writes a monthly column for Management Today. He is also the founder of leadership consultancy Dogsbody Group Ltd and has over ½ million listens for his No Bullsh*t Leadership podcast. With his extensive experience and impressive accomplishments, Chris Hirst is a fantastic choice as a speaker for corporate teams looking to learn from a seasoned and successful leader.

Speech Topics

Chris’ keynote topics include:

  • No Bullsh*t Leadership: The five golden rules for inspiring and effective leadership
  • Superpower: What culture is, why it matters and how to be brilliant at it.
  • Revolution: Leading transformational change in a world that has never moved so fast
  • The Agency Equation: A proven formula for building world-beating consultancy businesses

Here you can find links to books by Chris Hirst. For bulk book orders for your event please speak with a member of the team.

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"A brilliant leader with sound knowledge and insights; simple yet effective."

Sachin Mehta, Country Manager India, William Grant & Sons

"His clarity of thought and judgement make Chris a rare breed. I really value his grasp of what it takes to lead effectively and the straight-talking way he does it."

Nina Bibby, SVP Consumer Segment Marketing Verizon

"Chris has mastered the art of communicating advanced leadership concepts in a very digestible format that is memorable and effective."

Samantha Yap, Founder & CEO, Yap Global

"Chris’ no nonsense practical words of advice are highly relevant and refreshing. He skips the theory and gets into real world applications to transform business to be the best it can be."

Lindsley Ruth, CEO RS-Components

"Quite simply he’s the right guy…right leader…right time…with all the right answers.. A very rare quality."

Jeff Charney, CMO Progressive Insurance

"Chris Hirst is one of the stars of his generation."

Campaign Magazine

"One of my favourite books on leadership. Chris had me nodding from the first chapter."

Kim Faura COO Giff Gaff


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