Overcoming the unique challenges of being an international CEO with Graham Kill
The global economy is no longer a turn of phrase but rather an everyday reality for entrepreneurs and big business alike. But how can you walk the tight rope of cross cultural leadership?
Well stay tuned because we are about to find out.
Our guest today is a man I like to think of as the James Bond of business, he’s sauvé, debonair, with enough grit to keep him sharp as a razor He's a man with his finger on the global pulse, all shaken but never stired, with a fabulously dry British sense of humour.
Graham Kill returned to the UK in 2014 after 24 years abroad to live and develop a portfolio in the UK – his ‘third’ career.
He is: Chairman of PMYB and SmartFlow, two fast growing companies scaling up; co-founder of intelligent mobility start-up, Conga; investor in and advisor with ScaleUp; Seckford Foundation Charity Trustee; Chair of Suffolk Branch of the Institute of Directors; and a Prince’s Trust Business Mentor.
His ‘first’ career (1983-1991) was a Mining Engineer managing underground operations in coal and gypsum mines in the UK.
After his MBA (1993), Graham joined the Naspers Group’s FilmNet company, a European B2C pay TV group, in corporate finance and business development – the start of his ‘second career’. He joined Irdeto, a B2B media technology company also part of Naspers, in 1995 as its CFO and Operations Director. He was Irdeto’s CEO from 1998 until his resignation (March 2015).
Whilst CEO, Irdeto grew from an engineering-led, in-house technology team (50 people) with US$25M annual revenue to a US$240M global, market-orientated company. The 1,000 strong team based in 25 countries served customers worldwide. The Irdeto team achieved this growth through: customer acquisition globally; new product/service introductions; diversification of the portfolio; and acquisitions.
Find out more about Graham Kill on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grahamkill
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