Business Leaders

Business Leaders

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Business Leaders brings you extended one-to-one interviews with the key people in global business today. Hosted by Paul Blanchard, each week you can step inside a new company and hear how the world’s top CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs are shaping the?


Tim Robinson CBE
Sep 2 • 57 min
Tim Robinson CBE is a partner at Schillings. Prior to joining the international law firm he served in the British Army for 25 years, most recently as a major general leading troops in Bosnia, Iraq and Northern Ireland. The multidisciplinary consulta…
Pranav Yadav
Aug 5 • 58 min
Pranav Yadav is the chief executive of Neuro-Insight. The company uses brain-imaging technology to measure how the subconscious responds to adverts, social media platforms and TV commercials, and helps clients such as Amazon, BBC, Google and Faceboo…
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Jul 26 • 51 min
Jason Haigh-Ellery is the chairman of Big Finish Media Group, the largest independent producer of audio dramas worldwide. It works with media giants including the BBC and ABC on hits such as Doctor Who, Torchwood, The Avengers and Sherlock Holmes. S…
Lydia Fenet
Jul 16 • 56 min
Lydia Fenet is managing director of Christie’s, an author, and one of the world’s leading charity auctioneers who has raised over half a billion dollars for non-profits worldwide. Starting out as an intern at the esteemed auction house, she created …
Cassandra Gracey
Jul 3 • 53 min
Cassandra Gracey is the president of the Fourth Floor Creative Group at Sony Music. Formed in 2018, the in-house team brings together creatives from sectors including branding, digital and design. Before joining Sony, Cassandra worked for over 15 ye…
Trevor Tasker
Jun 12 • 57 min
Trevor Tasker is the CEO and president of EMCS Industries. Established in 1955, the company invented the first marine growth protection system and provides anti-corrosion and anti-fouling solutions for marine vessels. Their clients include Princess …
John Caudwell
May 9 • 60 min
John Caudwell is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He founded Phones4u in 1987 during an emerging mobile phone market, and later sold the business in 2006 for £1.47 billion. The UK’s biggest taxpayer, John donates over half of his wealth to philan…
Bruce Daisley
Apr 24 • 59 min
Bruce Daisley is host of the chart-topping ‘Eat Sleep Work Repeat’ podcast, and author of the best-selling book ‘The Joy of Work’, in which he shares practical insights into making our jobs more fulfilling. He is also European VP of Twitter, where h…
Robert A Jensen
Apr 8 • 54 min
Robert A Jensen is chairman of Kenyon. The private disaster management company provides services to governments, air, maritime and rail businesses internationally. He joined in 1998 after leaving the US military and has directed response efforts to …
Martin Newman
Apr 2 • 57 min
Martin Newman is the founder of The Customer First Group. He has over 35 years’ retail experience working with brands including Ted Baker and Burberry. His latest book, ‘100 Practical Ways To Improve Customer Experience’, provides marketing strategi…
Rob Vickery
Mar 26 • 54 min
Rob Vickery is co-founder of Stage Venture Partners, a seed venture capital fund that invests in emerging technology for B2B markets. During his career he’s helped companies such as Lloyds Bank to manage large scale digital investments. He has also …
Dan Rutstein
Mar 19 • 58 min
Dan Rutstein is president of Laduma. The company helps global brands such as HSBC, NFL and Samsung to incorporate VR technology and provide opportunities for growth. A former journalist, he also spent 12 years as a diplomat for the department of int…
Simon Hayward
Mar 11 • 46 min
Simon Hayward is the founder and CEO of Cirrus. The firm advises international organisations in developing leadership skills. With over 25 years’ consultancy experience, Simon has helped businesses including Three and HSBC to become agile by evolvin…
Annastasia Seebohm
Mar 5 • 43 min
Annastasia Seebohm is global CEO of Quintessentially. The luxury concierge brand is a members-only service with an annual turnover of $100 million. Joining the company as business development director, she was appointed US chief executive two years …
Miles Celic
Mar 1 • 41 min
Miles Celic is chief executive officer for TheCityUK. Set up in response to the global banking crisis almost 10 years ago, it is the representative body for UK-based financial and related professional services with nearly 200 members. Appointed in t…
Tom Blomfield
Feb 21 • 55 min
Tom Blomfield is the co-founder and CEO of Monzo. A former management consultant and VP of growth at Grouper, his first experience with fintech was in 2010 when he co-founded GoCardless. He co-founded the app-only ‘neo-bank’ Monzo in 2015, which cur…
Jörgen Gullbrandson
Feb 15 • 59 min
Jörgen Gullbrandson is the CEO of Readly. With 20 years’ experience in management roles, he joined the Swedish magazine app as CFO in 2017 and became CEO after a record-breaking year which saw almost 100 per cent revenue growth. The company which gi…
Kemal Curić
Feb 6 • 53 min
Kemal Curić is chief designer at Ford Motor Company. He is best known as the designer of the sixth generation Mustang launched in 2015. Using a combination of traditional methods and cutting edge technology, Kemal and his 20-strong team crowdsourced…
Dominic Edmunds
Jan 31 • 46 min
Dominic Edmunds is the founder and CEO of SaleCycle. He launched the business in 2009 after he invented a digital toolkit which enabled online retailers to recover lost sales from abandoned baskets. Today, the business has more than 500 internationa…
Kevin Lamb
Jan 10 • 56 min
Kevin Lamb is CEO and founder of Medical Expectations. With 35 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, he is striving to improve the delivery of patient care in the US by creating a better understanding of how serious health conditions are tre…
Jean-Pierre Conte
Dec 17, 2018 • 60 min
Jean-Pierre Conte is chairman and managing director of Genstar Capital. Since 1995, he has overseen asset growth from $100million to $10 billion, making the private equity firm one of the highest-performing mid-tier businesses in the US. He also fun…
Sahar Hashemi
Nov 28, 2018 • 43 min
Sahar Hashemi is the co-founder of Coffee Republic, the first chain of American-style coffee bars in the UK. She left behind a promising legal career in 1995 to launch the business from her mother’s kitchen table. When it sold six years later, it ha…
Chris Lewis
Nov 14, 2018 • 42 min
Chris Lewis is CEO and founder of global communications agency LEWIS. He left a successful career in journalism in 1995 to launch the firm, which now has 29 offices and a global turnover exceeding $68 million. In 2016, working with economist Dr. Pip…
Paul Simpson
Nov 7, 2018 • 47 min
Paul Simpson is a co-founder of CDP. The charity, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, has been at the forefront of climate change campaigning since 2000. They work with 7,000 companies in 90 countries to help them decrease their use of fossil fu…
Pippa Malmgren
Oct 26, 2018 • 41 min
Dr Pippa Malmgren is a best-selling author, economist and co-founder of H Robotics. Previously a financial market advisor to President George W Bush, she helps to shape public policy by advising governments and organisations on issues affecting the …
Edmund King
Oct 16, 2018 • 58 min
Edmund King OBE is president of the AA and visiting professor of transport at Newcastle University. Previously director of the RAC, his background in politics and campaigns has established him as a leading commentator on transport issues. Since join…
Clive Jacobs
Sep 25, 2018 • 50 min
Clive Jacobs is the co-founder of Holiday Autos, the first leisure car rental broker in Europe, which he sold in 2003 to lastminute.com for £43 million. He is the owner of Jacobs Media Group, a multifaceted media and events business which includes Trav…
Deb Farnworth-Wood
Sep 11, 2018 • 41 min
Deb Farnworth-Wood is the founder of the Australian Skin Clinics franchise. Born in Kenya and raised in the UK, Deb moved to the other side of the world to retire – until an unexpected opportunity started her on the path to building a $70m empire. Havi…
Jennifer Tankard
Jul 3, 2018 • 41 min
Jennifer Tankard is the Chief Executive of Responsible Finance, the trade association helping to provide access to loans and financial advice. A former consultant in the public, private, non-profit and higher education sectors, Jennifer was appointed t…
Will Butler-Adams
May 17, 2018 • 58 min
Will Butler-Adams is the Managing Director of Brompton Bikes, the global folding-bicycle company. A former Plant Manager for chemical company DuPont, Will has grown Brompton’s turnover from to £36 million and the number of employees to over 280 since j…
Shaun Pulfrey
Mar 20, 2018 • 59 min
Shaun Pulfrey is the Founder of Tangle Teezer, the most successful product ever rejected from the BBC’s Dragons Den. Shaun began his career as a hair colourist, and worked at globally recognised salons on both sides of the Atlantic. After discovering a…
Oren Peleg
Jan 24, 2018 • 51 min
Oren Peleg is the former CEO of Fitness First, the largest privately owned health club group in the world. After beginning his career at Citibank, Oren worked at McKinsey and Terra Firma before joining Oaktree Capital, a leading investment managemen…
Stuart Jubb
Jan 19, 2018 • 51 min
Stuart Jubb is the Managing Director of Crossword Cybersecurity. A former platoon commander and recruiting officer in the British Army, Stuart was pivotal to the team rebuilding Afghanistan’s infrastructure in the aftermath of the conflict. Now Managin…
Anna Popova
Jun 27, 2017 • 37 min
Anna Popova is the Senior Vice-President for Strategic Planning at RJI Capital, a merchant banking firm with offices in seven major cities around the world. Since its creation as a boutique strategic advisory firm, RJI has grown and developed into a gl…
Charles Trevail
Jun 6, 2017 • 59 min
Charles Trevail is the CEO of C Space, a global consultancy with offices in Boston, London and Shanghai and a team of over 200. Throughout his career, Charles has advised well-known brands including British Airways, BMW, McDonalds and Telefonica on ret…
Laurie Wickwire
Mar 3, 2017 • 56 min
Laurie Wickwire is a luxury gem specialist, diamond merchant and TV presenter. Her career has seen her rub shoulders with “models, superstars and Bond girls”, mingle with the monarchy, and walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. In this in-dep…
Patrick McGinnis
Feb 15, 2017 • 43 min
Patrick McGinnis is the worldwide best-selling author of ‘The 10% Entrepreneur’; venture capitalist, private equity investor; and avid traveler, writer, and speaker. In this in-depth interview, Patrick argues you can still be entrepreneurial and start …
Mauricio Umansky
Jan 13, 2017 • 36 min
Mauricio Umansky is the Founder and CEO of The Agency, a luxury real estate company based in Beverly Hills. Ranked third by the Wall Street Journal in their list of the USA’s top estate agents, Mauricio holds the listings to some of America’s most famo…
Vernon Hill
Dec 22, 2016 • 38 min
Vernon Hill is the Founder and Chairman of Metro Bank. Born in the US, Vernon crossed the atlantic to start Metro Bank the first wholly new high-street bank in the UK in 150 years. 6 years later, Metro have nearly a million customers, 48 stores, and we…
Charlie Mullins
Dec 16, 2016 • 51 min
Charlie Mullins OBE is the Founder and CEO of Pimlico Plumbers. He first discovered his trade aged 9, truanting school to help a local tradesman. Inspired, he left aged 15 to start his business; today it’s worth £35m. In this in-depth interview, the…
Rohit Arora
Dec 7, 2016 • 36 min
Rohit Arora is the CEO and Co-Founder of Biz2Credit, a leading online marketplace which matches small businesses with sources of capital, and has provided $1.5bn in loans. A regular writer for Forbes and the New York Daily News, Rohit was named Crain’s…
Steve Hindy
Nov 23, 2016 • 49 min
Steve Hindy is the Co-founder and Chairman of Brooklyn Brewery. A former Middle East correspondent, Steve discovered the joys of home-brew whilst on secondment in prohibition Saudi Arabia. Inspired, upon his return to New York he began to brew his own …
Jake Barton
Nov 4, 2016 • 53 min
Jake Barton is the Founder of Local Projects, an ‘experience design’ firm for public spaces. Named a top entrepreneur by Crain’s in 2013, Jake caught public attention with his work on the September 11th Memorial. In this in-depth interview, Jake explai…
Nicola Horlick
Nov 1, 2016 • 48 min
Nicola Horlick is the CEO of Money&Co, a crowdfunding business which connects investors with businesses looking for finance. Dubbed ‘City Superwoman’ by the media, aged 28 Nicola became the youngest director of merchant bank SG Warburg; and in addition…
Jeff Wald
Oct 26, 2016 • 39 min
Jeff Wald is the Co-founder and President of Work Market, a start-up which assists businesses in managing their on-demand labour force. Described by Forbes as one of America’s most promising companies, Work Market combines the principles of LinkedIn an…
John Harthorne
Oct 24, 2016 • 34 min
John Harthorne is the founder and CEO of MassChallenge, the global nonprofit which claims to be the world’s most friendly start-up accelerator. Named Ernst and Young’s ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2013, John is a Young Global Leader at the Worl…
Art Papas
Oct 19, 2016 • 50 min
Art Papas is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bullhorn, which provides cloud-based relationship management software. Named Ernest and Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2014, he is a keen investor in start-ups. In this in-depth interview, Art attributes hi…
Dave Balter
Oct 14, 2016 • 41 min
Dave Balter is a serial entrepreneur based in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a pioneer in the new ‘deathtech’ space, and his new app ‘Mylestoned’ is aimed at revolutionising the remembrance of loved ones online. In this in-depth interview, Dave makes his…
Business Masters - Vivian Rosenthal
Oct 7, 2016 • 48 min
In this episode of Business Leaders we meet Vivian Rosenthal, serial entrepreneur, designer and founder of Snaps – the next generation marketing platform that creates emojis for the likes of McDonalds, Starbucks and L’Oreal. In this in-depth interview,…
Alex Mashinsky
Sep 30, 2016 • 47 min
This week we meet serial-entrepreneur Alex Mashinsky, Managing Partner of Governing Dynamics, former CEO of Novatel Wireless, and self-proclaimed ‘man from the dark side of Mars’. In this in-depth interview he reveals what makes a great VC and the pitf…
Ryan Simonetti
Sep 22, 2016 • 59 min
In our very first episode, we meet Ryan Simonetti - founder of Convene, the world’s first workplace-as-a-platform service - one of the fastest growing businesses in New York, serving 150,000 people in ten US locations; and creating a niche service blen…