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Kevin Gaskell speaker

Kevin Gaskell

Zürich, Switzerland

Expert on leadership and building high performing companies

Active investor and board member of growing companies

Managing Director (UK), BMW (1996-2000); CEO, EurotaxGlass (2001-07); Chairman, Achilles Limited (2011-15); Chairman, Springleap.com (present)

“Kevin injected gravitas, humour and credibility. He played a key role in opening the minds of the audience and getting them to ‘Think’!” – Richard Trinder, Director, Google UK

Kevin Gaskell is an energetic and passionate leader with a proven record of managing growth, driving successful turnarounds and delivering substantial improvements in companies already considered to be market leaders. Recognised as one of the most capable managers of his generation, he is able to define and implement positive change within organisations large and small.

Kevin was appointed Managing Director of Porsche GB at the age of 32. In 5 years his team rebuilt the brand and turned a business close to bankruptcy into the UK’s most profitable car company.

He moved to BMW as UK Managing Director where he led the company to 4 years of record growth and a 500% increase in profitability. He was recognised as one of the “top 40 leaders under 40” in the UK.

In 2000 he left BMW to found a dotcom, epyx Limited. Quickly becoming the market leader for automotive e-commerce, the company was sold to a private investor in 2008.

From 2001–07 he was also CEO of the EurotaxGlass’s Group – owner of Glass’s Guide – where his team integrated 30 businesses to create a world leader in electronic data before he led a €500 million sale of the company.

He now acts as an investor and Chairman to a number of growing companies, including Achilles Limited which won the “UK Sunday Times FastTrack Award” as the best private equity investment of the year. During 2013 and 2014 he was CEO of Fairline Boats where he led the rejuvenation of the company. He is chairman and lead investor in Springleap.com nominated in 2015 by Fast Company magazine as the 7th most innovative company in the world.

He has played international cricket and celebrated his 40th birthday climbing on Mount Everest. With his son he has walked to both the North and South Poles and climbed some of the world’s highest mountains to fund the building of a cancer treatment centre.

Our Comment

"Few people have led three of the world’s iconic brands to new levels of success and managed successful turnarounds of failing international companies. Kevin draws upon these experiences and those of his ongoing chairmanship of a number of companies to share practical lessons of how people can be motivated to form teams which achieve extraordinary results. He talks on aspects of corporate leadership, brand development, improving company performance and achieving success in a hostile environment."

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