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’s first senior management position was with Virgin Communications Ltd working directly for Sir Richard Branson.
He was responsible for the financing and business performance monitoring of the group, new business ventures and latterly the commercial aspects.
Roger was 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 between 1988 and 1995.
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, launching electronic ticketing and created ba.com with a simultaneous launch in 72 countries across the world.
Roger was MD 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 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 group was created with 4,500 staff from the back-office service functions of the BBC, running the media services for the BBC and other broadcast 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, Former 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 and completed a series of acquisitions and eventual sale of the company.
Roger is now an investor in media, travel and technology businesses, and Chairman of the below:
- Luxtripper, a disruptive luxury travel agency.
- Olive Communications, a company offering cloud communications solutions and Vodafone’s 2nd largest channel partner.
- Masstech Innovations Inc., an international software business for broadcasters.
- Clearvac Group, an international Cruise Ship and Superyacht maintenance services business.
Between 2011 and 2018 Roger was Chairman of and an investor in loveholidays.com, the UK’s fastest growing online travel agency. This online business disrupted the UK travel industry in six years from launch in January 2012 growing to over £400m in revenues. It is now the sixth largest travel agency in the UK and the UK’s 2nd fastest growing company in the Sunday Times Fasttrack 100 in 2016. As a result, the business was sold in May 2018 for £190m.
Roger Flynn – Keynote Speaker:
As a keynote speaker, his speaking topics include:
- Corporate Culture
- Leading Cultural Change
- Building Strong Teams
- Customer Service
- Transformational Change
- Digital Disruption
- Delivering Change