Gareth Davis

William Hill Chairman & Voted 13th Best CEO in the World

Gareth Davis is one of the most successful CEOs of his time, standing at the helm of some of the biggest companies in the British economy. Following 38 years working for Imperial Tobacco, Gareth’s career included everything from Manufacturing Director, International Director to CEO. Davis’ most notable achievements include transforming Imperial Tobacco into the one of the lowest cost and most efficient cigarette companies in the world.

As a business management speaker, Davis discusses how much of his success was due to the strategies he implemented during his time at Imperial Tobacco, encompassing some of the most forward thinking and progressive techniques within the industry. As a business speaker, Davis delivers comprehensive talks as a keynote speaker on issues that include finance and strategy, as well as management and leadership of large companies with an emphasis on business and finance expertise.

After leaving Imperial Tobacco, Davis went on to become chairman of Wolseley plc, William Hill plc and DS Smith plc as chairman, Davis discusses what it means to chair a FTSE 100 company during talks as a business management speaker, including internationalism and the significance of mergers and acquisitions.

Recently voted the 13th best performing CEO of all time by the Harvard Business Review, Gareth is a pre-eminent authority on adding billions of market capital to an industry, shown by his time at Imperial Tobacco, taking the corporation from £2bn to £22bn, whilst overseeing thousands of employees across the globe.

To book esteemed business management speaker, Gareth Davis as the keynote speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate speaking events, Gareth is known to discuss the following topics:

  • Business Management Speaker
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Lessons in Leadership
  • The Art of Success
  • How To Succeed With Internationalisation
  • Maximising Efficiency In Your Workforce Through Organisation & Motivation
  • The Importance Of Consumerism
  • Business Speaker
  • Corporate Transformation
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Cultural Integrational Manager

“Gareth’s speech about change management and the benefits/problems around merges and acquisitions was highly insight. With the merger of Local world and Trinity Group PLC, he has certainly helped our senior management team foresee problems which we might have faced. He was eloquent and easy to work with.” – David Simms, Regional Managing Director, East Midlands Trinity Mirror Plc.

“Gareth was highly motivating and was a pleasure working with him. His CV is the best I have ever come across as a speaker and I look forward to working with him again.” – Andy Whyles, CEO, All About Tourism.

“Gareth was our headline speaker at the annual Leicester business Festival. As a festival working on a regional, national and international level, Gareth was included to talk the transformation of national business into international business. His speech about merges and globalisation was highly intriguing”. – Tiffany Freeman, LLEP