Roger is passionate about transforming organisations, markets and business models and the Leadership required to deliver the Vision. He has driven transformational change in highly recognised global businesses and invests in media and travel businesses that have the potential to disrupt their markets. Current speech topics include Transformational Change, Disruption and Leadership.
Roger is a Chairman and investor in media, travel and technology businesses; he is Chairman of Luxtripper, a luxury travel agency, D R Communications Ltd, a company offering cloud hosted telephony and mobile solutions, Chairman of Clearvac Group, an international Cruise Ship and Superyacht maintenance services business and Non-Executive Director of Cooke Optics, a camera lens manufacturer for the Film & TV industry.
He was for 7 years until May 2018 Chairman of and an investor in loveholidays.com, the UK’s fastest growing online travel agency which disrupted the UK travel industry over six years from launch in January 2012 to £500m in revenues. It is now the fourth largest travel agency in the UK, 1st in the Sunday Times Profit Track in 2019 and 2nd in the Fast Track 100 listing of fastest growing UK businesses. The business was successfully sold in May 2018 for £180m.
Roger is a recognised CEO and leader in transformation change having driven change in global organisations including Virgin, British Airways, Prudential, the BBC and SDI Media.
Roger started his career at Virgin working directly for Sir Richard Branson on deals and new business ideas. He then became Commercial Director of Virgin Communications, the media arm of Virgin Group, working on the launch of Virgin Radio, the development of its’ global post-production business and the rapid growth and sale of Virgin Interactive Entertainment.
Roger was General Manager World Sales & Distribution at British Airways where he transformed the £1.2 billion distribution system for BA and subsequently the industry, launched electronic ticketing and created ba.com with a simultaneous launch in 72 countries across the world.
Roger was Managing Director of Prudential Retail, the retail distribution arm of Prudential Plc, with £2 billion in revenue and 6 million customers. Joining immediately after the pension’s mis-selling scandal, he drove a major business transformation including the launch of new products, new distribution channels, a £200m CRM programme and an innovative new sales process. As part of this transformation he led an exhilarating and exhausting culture change for the 6,500 staff.
Roger was Chief Executive of BBC Ventures Group, the commercial B2B arm of the BBC with 4,500 staff providing media services to the BBC and broadcast/IT customers around the world. Roger’s transformation and subsequent sale of these businesses created over £1 billion of value for the BBC. Roger was also on the Main Board of the BBC and an integral part of the BBC-wide transformational change programme.
“Roger achieved a remarkable turnaround and created real value in the Ventures businesses”.
Greg Dyke, BBC Director General
Following a successful MBO with Warburg Pincus, Roger ran SDI Media Group, a global film and television business with operations in 32 countries where he accelerated the growth of the business and completed four acquisitions before the sale of the business for $250m.
“Roger Flynn achieved a remarkable turnaround and created real value in the Ventures businesses.”
Greg Dyke, BBC Director General
“Your talk in Belfast was exceptional, inspirational and made a big difference to many in the room.”
Bill Manson, CEO, MLN
“Thank you so much for the outstanding job you did for us in setting our annual meeting off in the right direction. It was a critical meeting for us to get all delegates on board and pulling in the same direction. Your insights and stories really helped people connect the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis to the world outside Oxford Instruments and really captured the imagination of the delegates. The team were galvanised by your session into challenging themselves to think differently and we made huge progress in the remainder of the meeting to hone in on the things we all committed to do differently to take our Company to the next level.”
Vicki Potter, Group HR Director, Oxford Instruments
“A triumph. Roger Flynn presented at our Annual Leadership Event and the feedback from our guests has been incredible. Because he has actually been there and done it, he makes a convincing and entertaining speaker. His content is compelling and he presents in an elegant, thought-provoking way, with great humour. Our guests were seasoned business leaders and they found his talk both insightful and inspiring. “
Christine de Largy, Chair UK Board Practice, Harvey Nash Group plc
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