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Andrew Garner is the man who has helped a generation of leaders navigate themselves and their companies through the turbulence that erupts when their established maps and models no longer work. From manic global expansion, to boardroom coup, to collapse of the financial system, Andrew has been there, done it and helped fashion the make-up of Boardrooms of many of the most successful global businesses across Europe, Asia and the USA.
Andrew is an outstanding leader in corporate innovation and culture, who enjoys strong relationships with significant business leaders. He is mentor to several globally high profile CEO’s, including for FTSE 100 companies and more recently an advisor to The Cabinet Office. He is the inventor of modern theories of career development as now taught at Harvard and leading business schools. His book Smart Moves proved itself to be a pioneering handbook on career management for high achieving executives.
After rising fast through the Mars Corporation and then to director roles with Brooke Bond and Gallaher, Andrew joined executive search pioneers Boyden. As Chairman and CEO he helped the company expand into 40 countries. He subsequently purchased Norman Broadbent plc, rebuilding its UK position and expanding its international footprint. Andrew is perhaps best known for the many top-level corporate appointments he has facilitated for UK FTSE 10 companies and advising best techniques in board effectiveness, mentoring/coaching, career guidance and 100 day “on-boarding” through his Thoroughbred consultancy to clients in the USA, UK, Middle East and China.
He chairs a leading consultancy that addresses sustainability dealing with issues in the EU, Africa and the ASEAN region and he has spoken alongside country leaders at Global Energy conferences in London, Middle East and Canada on future energy issues, strategy and the role of oil & gas in the 21st century energy profile.
Andrew has had a number of other prominent roles, including Honorary Visiting Fellow at Manchester Business School and non-executive director of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, where he helped the orchestra transform its business model. He is an accomplished amateur motor racing driver across Europe’s major circuits, driving his own famous historic Grand Prix and sports racing cars; he was awarded Driver of the Meeting at the first Goodwood Revival in 1998 and more recently at the Grand Prix de L’Age in Dijon in 2010.
In 2005 Andrew was approached to reorganise the British Racing Drivers Club and separate out the management of the Club from that of the Silverstone Circuit and the development potential that sits around it. This brought about the organisational structure that we see today. The achievements of this new structure are well known and include a 17 year contract to host the British Grand Prix, the construction of a new pit and paddock complex, the Porsche Driving Centre and a number of new commercial buildings.
Andrew has appeared frequently in the media in the UK, USA, Australia and Hong Kong as a senior commentator on business and corporate culture themes. He takes a sharp ‘outside looking in’ approach to business innovation: “What does the market want from us, and how should we set about providing it?”
His presentations include the following thematic topics:
o Inspiration and leadership
o Change and management innovation – what innovation really means
o Navigating through market turbulence
o Developing and nurturing top talent
o Diversity on FTSE company boards
o Corporate restructuring
o Business development and risk – the risk/reward heuristic
o What they don’t teach you at business school
o Disconnects between business and politics
Andrew’s wide-ranging experience and dynamic presentations around the world draw on his own experience of repeatedly exposing inefficiency and delivering business results at the top level; he is quick to expose stale or institutionalised thinking and to encourage audiences to challenge themselves.
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