Will Whitehorn is the Former President at Virgin Galactic.
As a former senior member of the Virgin Group management, Whitehorn has been variously described as Richard Branson’s ‘no 2’.
Will is now President of UKspace and Chairman of the SEC in Glasgow.
He has recently held senior and board positions at companies including Purple Bricks, Transport Systems Catapult, Stagecoach Group PLC.
He was educated in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and following graduation from the University of Aberdeen in 1981, Will served a sabbatical year as President of the Student Union.
Will Whitehorn began his career with British International Helicopters before moving to British Airways and then to Thomas Cook.
He was recruited to Virgin by the then Managing Director of Virgin, Donald Cruickshank, and was initially engaged to boost the Virgin Group’s image in the City.
Will Whitehorn was a lynchpin in Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin empire for over 20 years. As Virgin Group’s Brand Development and Corporate Affairs Director, it was his job to steer the entertainment, media and travel giant through times of turbulence and calm.
Will was President of Virgin Galactic – Virgin’s rapidly developing commercial space travel division – and as such should be one of the first ‘civilians’ to take a ride into space in a craft currently under development.
As Star Trek would have it, Space is the final frontier, but pioneering work is underway to bring that once distant frontier much closer to home.
Virgin Galactic, possibly a natural development from train and air travel for the enterprising and entrepreneurial Sir Richard Branson, is poised to make commercial space flight an everyday event.
Will Whitehorn Speaker
As a speaker, Will Whitehorn will tell the story so far of the most exciting technology story of the 21st century; he’ll take a look into the future influence space will have on our lives, including digital communications, and will recount how the online industry and innovation across all business functions within Virgin has impacted on consumers and brands.
Speaking Topics include:
- Your Relationship With The Public
- The Importance of a Visible Leader
- Moving Into New Markets
- Branded Venture Capital
- Brand & Reputation