BAE Systems, NMP, BEC Campus

Theme: Business Growth

Masterclass Guest Speaker: Kevin Gaskell




On September 26, 2013, the Centre for Leadership Performance and our main sponsor BAE Systems welcomed back as our Masterclass guest speaker Kevin Gaskell who joined us to share his wealth of knowledge on the theme of Business Growth.

Kevin Gaskell has led three of the world's iconic car brands, Porsche, BMW and Lamborghini, to new levels of success and managed successful turnarounds of failing international companies.

A business leader and entrepreneur, he was recognised as one of the top 40 leaders under 40 in the UK and is now recognised as one of the most capable managers of his generation.

This highly topical and pragmatic Masterclass was based on Kevin's 25 years' experience of managing significant companies and achieving extraordinary results. As well as discussing his experiences, Kevin discussed business growth and talked through what we should do to prepare our businesses for the future, including:

  • Market and business planning
  • Building your brand, developing innovation
  • Understanding competitors
  • Building business relationships
  • Key steps and decision points

Kevin also hosted an in-depth Q&A session, post presentation


Kevin Gaskell was appointed Manager Director of Porsche GB at the age of 32. In 5 years his team rebuilt the brand and turned a business close to bankruptcy into the UK's most profitable car company.

He was UK Managing Director of BMW where he led the company to 4 years of record growth and a 500% increase in profitability.

He was recognised as one of the top 40 leaders under 40 in the UK.

He left BMW to found a dotcom, epyx Limited. Quickly becoming the market leader for automotive e-commerce.

He was also CEO of EurotaxGlass in Switzerland where his team integrated 30 businesses to create a world leader in electronic data before leading a 500 million sale of the company.

He now acts as chairman to a number of growing companies, one of which won the UK Sunday Times Fast Track awards as the best private equity investment of 2011. He is also member of global bank taskforce acting to support the turnaround of troubled companies.

Hear Kevin Gaskell on BBC Radio Cumbria

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