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Kevin Gaskell

Former Group CEO of BMW UK and Senior Executive at Porsche and Lamborghini

  • Former CEO of four successful world-class brands, including BMW UK
  • Known for spearheading a turnaround for Porsche UK, he has created $1 billion in shareholder value to date
  • Inspiring and practical lessons about the value of leadership, how to enable success in any situation, and how to inspire ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results

Topics & Types
BrandingChange ManagementCustomer ExperienceEntrepreneurshipRetailBusiness StrategyGrowthConsumer BehaviorTurnaroundCorporate CultureBusiness Leaders From Major BrandsCEOs

Examining Kevin Gaskell’s track record surprises some people. As CEO of four successful world-class brands, and as a serial entrepreneur who has built international companies from nothing more than ‘a good idea,’ Kevin has created over $1 billion in shareholder value and yet has still found time to climb the world’s highest mountains, walk to both North and South Poles, compete in international sport and play in a rock band.

Exclusively represented in North America by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Gaskell was appointed Managing Director of Porsche at age 32 after just five years with the company. He was responsible for the turnaround of the UK business as well as the growth and redevelopment of the brand. He has a passion for actions that get results – in everything he does. He went on to serve as Managing Director of BMW UK and then as the brand’s CEO. His energy and leadership has helped companies including Porsche, BMW, Lamborghini, epyx, and EurotaxGlass’s to achieve world-class levels of customer service and financial performance. A highly motivational and engaging speaker, he passionately believes that ordinary people can deliver extraordinary results given the invitation to believe in the goal and the opportunity to contribute towards its achievement. He has always built success with the team developed inside the company. He demonstrates that leadership is an adaptable and transferable skill and is a key enabler of successful teamwork in any situation. Drawing upon his deep experience and his current leadership roles in a number of growing companies Kevin provides audiences with practical lessons of how people can be inspired to achieve extraordinary results. He offers the audience practical tools that they can take and immediately apply to their own business.

Kevin is a natural communicator with the ability to lead, build, and motivate a management team and to engage the team throughout an organization. His drive and passion were apparent from an early age when he qualified as an engineer, then as an accountant and completed his MBA before pursuing a career that took him through the construction industry, the chemical industry, and then into the automotive sector, where he was appointed UK Managing Director of Porsche at the age of 32 and BMW GB at the age of 37. He was recognised as ‘One of The Top 40 Leaders Under 40 In The UK.’ Today, he actively chairs, invests, and partners with a small number of companies helping them to achieve market leading growth and to manage change successfully. He has led businesses in sectors, including automotive, branded goods, technology, data, professional services, marine, and landscape gardening! His latest technology company has been nominated as the ‘7th most innovative company in the world.’

Despite the demands of his professional career, Kevin celebrated his 40th birthday by climbing Mount Everest. He has subsequently climbed, and continues to climb, some of the world’s highest mountains. He has also walked with his son, unsupported, to both the North and South Poles to raise money for Cancer Research and to support the personal development of special needs students. Since then, he has helped to fund a new cancer treatment center and to support Alan Chambers MBE in the development of Extreme Classrooms, an outdoor learning experience making a difference to the lives of vulnerable teenagers.

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