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Andrew Garner

Andrew Garner


Andrew Garner is the world-leading authority in the creation of high-level teams qualified to take global businesses through major change. He identifies and recruits leaders for turbulent times. In 2018 Andrew completed the recruitment project to identify a new Global Head of Digital Transformation for HSBC for their consumer and SME business. He is now undertaking a further assignment to fulfil the role for Asia Pacific and shortly for North America.

Andrew’s understanding of today’s demands on leadership and teams has helped a generation of leaders navigate themselves and their companies through the turbulence that erupts when established maps and models no longer work. From global expansion, to boardroom coup, to the collapse of the financial system, to digital disruption, 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 and is mentor to several globally high profile CEO’s, including for FTSE 100 companies. He is the inventor of modern theories of career development as now taught at Harvard and leading business schools. His book SwitchItOnSmart Moves proved itself to be a pioneering handbook on career management for high achieving executives. In 2021, as a response to the career challenges posed by the pandemic Andrew published Your Career Satnav – Switch It On! Andrew writes:

‘As if managing your career was ever easy, the post-Covid era of remote working in a destabilised global economy has made it a daunting challenge. Moreover, the political and business leaders don’t know how the ‘new normal’ will pan out. Even before the pandemic, corporations that were once household names had disappeared or merged, their leaders retired, disgraced or deceased. But there’s more. Look at the impact of the explosive growth of China and India and the competition from their talented workers, OECD nations’ changing demographics, with populations living longer, under-provision for pensions and growing need for age-related healthcare, and exam grade inflation. And of course, Covid-19, which has hammered the world and intensified competition for work’.

Andrew’s own career involved 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. Nevertheless Andrew also enjoys a passion for the vehicles of the future – with an interest in electric vehicles and racing.

In 2005 Andrew was approached to re-organise 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.

His presentations include thematic topics:

o Leadership
o Change and management innovation – the real meaning of innovation
o Navigating through market turbulence and transformation
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 Garner’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 he will always encourage audiences to challenge themselves.


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