Business Leaders

Business Leaders

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?


Sol Kumin
May 22 • 59 min
Sol Kumin has spent his career in the financial services industry, and is a thoroughbred racehorse owner and philanthropist. A graduate of Johns Hopkins, he began his career in finance at Lazard Asset Management and then Sanford C. Bernstein. In 2005,…
David S. Kidder
May 7 • 67 min
David S. Kidder is chief executive and co-founder of Bionic, an enterprise innovation platform. A graduate in industrial design, he made his name as an entrepreneur and angel investor, co-founding Clickable, an online advertising software service, and…
Ross Sklar
May 1 • 68 min
Ross Sklar is the CEO of The Starco Group and Starco Brands. He started his career in the oil and gas industry making anti-corrosion chemicals, before pioneering true anti-stick anti-graffiti coatings which coated the largest structure on earth to be…
Andrew Powell
Apr 24 • 53 min
Andrew Powell is Group CEO of route2work. After 11 years in the British Army, including a stint in Special Forces, he worked in consulting and business operations, before moving full-time into coaching and mentoring. He was a director of The Training…
Kerry O’Brien
Apr 15 • 50 min
Kerry O’Brien is chief executive of the Young Urban Arts Foundation. For 25 years she has been a recording and performing artist under the name ‘Lady MC’ and has shared producers with Kanye West and Michael Jackson. She has appeared on BBC2’s ‘Dragons’…
Mark Evans
Apr 9 • 51 min
Mark Evans is managing director for marketing and digital at Direct Line Group, one of the UK’s largest insurance companies. Educated at the University of Nottingham, he joined Mars as a fast track executive and spent nine years with the company,…
Nick Wheeler
Apr 3 • 77 min
Nick Wheeler is the founder of menswear retailer Charles Tyrwhitt. Launched in 1986 as a mail-order shirt business whilst still at university, the company now has over 40 stores in the UK, Paris and America and a thriving online business which accounts…
Chris Paton
Mar 10 • 48 min
Chris Paton is managing director of Quirk Solutions, a management consultancy which advises large brands such as Unilever, Shell, Heineken and Waitrose, as well as the NHS and the Home Office. Chris was a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Marines, and has…
Andy Whitehouse
Feb 26 • 48 min
Andy Whitehouse is chief executive and managing partner of Copperfield Advisory. The New York-based consulting firm serves clients in sectors including insurance, capital markets, health systems and philanthropy. Prior to founding Copperfield in 2017,…
Bo Dietl
Feb 14 • 56 min
Bo Deitl is chairman and chief executive of Beau Dietl and Associates. Founded in 1985, the private investigations company provides security services, background checks and risk assessments to corporate and individual clients worldwide. One of New York…
Nir Eyal
Feb 7 • 53 min
Nir Eyal is an entrepreneur and author. After graduating from Stanford in 2008, Nir co-founded AdNectar, a social media advertising company which enabled sites to monetise on adverts. With a background in academia, his research into what makes companies…
Brittney Castro
Feb 4 • 50 min
Brittney Castro is founder and chief executive of Financially Wise Inc. The Los Angeles-based advisory firm promotes financial intelligence through wellness workshops, online money courses and social media. Her specialisms include teaching young couples…
Irene Molodtsov
Jan 24 • 46 min
Irene Molodtsov is CEO of Sia Partners UK. Sia Partners is a global management consultancy firm, with 25 offices around the world and expertise in more than 30 sectors and services. As a pioneer of Consulting 4.0, Sia Partners explores the opportunities…
Mark Cornell
Jan 17 • 56 min
Mark Cornell is chief executive of the Ambassador Theatre Group. Operating over 50 venues across Britain, the US and Germany, their portfolio includes historic West End theatres such as the Apollo and the Lyceum. Mark began his career in the British…
Tunde Banjoko
Jan 10 • 57 min
Tunde Banjoko is founder and chief executive of Making The Leap. The London-based charity tackles the issues surrounding social mobility by increasing opportunities for underprivileged young people, helping them make a start in their careers. Since…
Jason Trost
Dec 20, 2019 • 60 min
Jason Trost is founder and chief executive of Smarkets. As one of the world’s largest betting exchanges, the company simplifies peer-to-peer betting on hundreds of markets daily. With more than 200,000 customers trading billions of pounds annually, it…
James Herring
Dec 12, 2019 • 52 min
James Herring is chief executive and founder of PR agency Taylor Herring. The award-winning agency counts the BBC, Coca Cola, and Walt Disney among its clients and is known for its humorous approach to brand storytelling. The company often hits the…
Ken Daly
Dec 6, 2019 • 43 min
Ken Daly is the chief executive of JML Group. Joining the company in 1994 when there were just four employees, he has grown the business to 250 employees and expanded into more than 50 countries. Originally selling consumer products through live…
Oren Aviv
Nov 27, 2019 • 70 min
Oren Aviv was most recently the President of the Motion Picture Group and Chief Content Officer at STX Entertainment. Previously the chief creative officer at Walt Disney Studios, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of live-action film…
Alan Greenberg
Nov 19, 2019 • 55 min
Alan Greenberg is the chief executive of Gradience, a software engineering and AI company. Formerly the director of Apple Education EMEA and later for Asia, he led a team which pioneered podcasting, iTunes U and the first generation of the App Store in…
Mark Sylvester
Nov 15, 2019 • 65 min
Mark Sylvester is CEO of introNetworks. Founded in 2003, the social networking platform was rolled out to connect audiences at TED conferences, and has since been used by hundreds of organisations, including NASA. Mark also co-founded Wavefront…
Adam Hadley
Nov 12, 2019 • 42 min
Adam Hadley is the director of Tech Against Terrorism. Partnered with the UN’s Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate, they work with the global tech sector to tackle terrorist use of the internet whilst respecting human rights. Adam is also CEO of…
Daniel Shakhani
Oct 25, 2019 • 57 min
Daniel Shakhani is co-founder of Salary Finance, an award-winning FinTech platform that works with employers to help staff members facing financial difficulties in order to move from debt to savings. A business with a strong social mission, it provides…
James Ingram and Benoit Lagarde
Oct 18, 2019 • 55 min
James Ingram and Benoit Lagarde are the chief executive and co-founder, respectively, of visual content creation company Splashlight. With a shared vision for creative intelligence, they have formed LiiV, a company that invests in and builds strategic…
Tallen Todorovich
Oct 11, 2019 • 59 min
Tallen Todorovich is a sports agent and lawyer. Prior to launching his law office on Wall Street, he was a litigator for well-known brands such as Gucci, JP Morgan and Moroccanoil. Specialising in sports and entertainment, Tallen helps young athletes…
Pete Spande
Oct 4, 2019 • 49 min
Pete Spande is the chief revenue officer of Insider Inc, a parent company of Business Insider and news site INSIDER. He is responsible for generating the revenue needed to grow the ever-changing newsroom, and drive the customer experience of its global…
Maria Vullo
Sep 25, 2019 • 56 min
Maria Vullo is an internationally respected legal consultant, and the former superintendent of New York’s financial services. Appointed to the role by Governor Andrew Cuomo, she led 1,400 employees in regulating banks and insurance companies with assets…
Tim Robinson CBE
Sep 2, 2019 • 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 consultancy…
Pranav Yadav
Aug 5, 2019 • 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 Facebook to…
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Jul 26, 2019 • 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. Since…
Lydia Fenet
Jul 16, 2019 • 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 and…
Cassandra Gracey
Jul 3, 2019 • 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 years…
Trevor Tasker
Jun 12, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
Bruce Daisley
Apr 24, 2019 • 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 he…
Robert A Jensen
Apr 8, 2019 • 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 mass…
Martin Newman
Apr 2, 2019 • 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 strategies…
Rob Vickery
Mar 26, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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…
Simon Hayward
Mar 11, 2019 • 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 evolving…
Annastasia Seebohm
Mar 5, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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 the…
Tom Blomfield
Feb 21, 2019 • 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…
Jörgen Gullbrandson
Feb 15, 2019 • 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 gives…
Kemal Curić
Feb 6, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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 international…
Kevin Lamb
Jan 10, 2019 • 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…
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 funds…
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 had…
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. Pippa…
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 fuels,…
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 joining…
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…
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….
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 to…
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…
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 management…
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 Managing…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 and…
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 World…
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 his…
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…
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…