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Roger Flynn – Keynote Speaker

Transformational Change CEO and Investor in Disruptive Businesses

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Specialist Subjects

  • Transformational Change
  • Disruption
  • Leadership and Growing a business
  • Delivering Change
  • Innovation
  • Leading Cultural Change

Language

  • English

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Biography

Roger Flynn 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.

Roger Flynn is a Chairman and investor in media, travel and technology businesses; he is Chairman of Luxtripper, a luxury travel agency, Olive Communications Ltd, a company offering cloud hosted telephony solutions and Vodafone UK’s 2nd largest mobile channel partner, Chairman of Masstech Innovations Inc., an international software business for broadcasters worldwide and Chairman of Clearvac Group, an international Cruise Ship and Superyacht maintenance services business.

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 over £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 Flynn is a recognised CEO and leader in transformational change having driven change in global organisations including Virgin, British Airways, Prudential, the BBC and SDI Media. Having started his career at Virgin working directly for Sir Richard Branson on deals and new business ideas, Flynn then became Commercial Director of Virgin Communications, the media arm of Virgin Group, working on the launch of Virgin Radio. He successfully secured the development of its’ global post-production business and the rapid growth and sale of Virgin Interactive Entertainment.

Flynn 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.

Subsequently, Roger Flynn worked as 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 pensions mis-selling scandal, he drove a major business transformation including the launch of a £200m CRM programme and an innovative new sales process.

Flynn 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.

Following a successful MBO with Warburg Pincus, Roger Flynn 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.

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