Kevin Gaskell

Former CEO of Porsche, Lamborghini & BMW

Entrepreneur, businessman, explorer and professional speaker, Kevin Gaskell has been CEO of three iconic car brands, Porsche, Lamborghini and BMW.  He innovates for businesses, improving growth and encouraging turnaround by relating tales of leadership and teamwork to motivate audiences.

A qualified engineer and accountant, Kevin joined Porsche GB in 1987 and 4 years later became the youngest ever Managing Director. On the brink of bankruptcy, Kevin turned around the fortunes of the business, and in less than five years it was the UK’s most profitable car company. Kevin was subsequently recognised as ‘One of the top 40 managers under 40 in the UK.’ He is known for his successful team building skills and work as an entrepreneur.

Moving onto BMW with the same success, Kevin was firmly established as one of the UK’s most outstanding business minds. Kevin was responsible for 500% increase in profitability and a record growth of 80% in sales. Founder of CarsDirect.com Europe, a pioneer in the online sales of cars, Kevin created the company and made it into the UK’s primary e-commerce solution for the automotive fleet sector.

As CEO of EurotaxGlass’s AG, Switzerland, he positioned the company as the global leader in the provision of online data, systems and software to the automotive sector.

Next Kevin took on the role of Deputy Chairman of Achilles Group, winner of the 2011 Sunday Times FastTrack award for the best private equity performance. He also became Chairman of Courland, the global automotive recruitment company and of Dorney Court Walled Garden, a project to introducing people to the joys of gardening.

Despite such a busy business life, Kevin has still found the time to climb Mount Everest and walking unsupported to the North Pole to raise money for Cancer Research.

Using practical lessons to illustrate how success can be achieved in the face of adversity, Kevin’s professionalism and humour make him an excellent speaker for a wide range of business conferences and events.

To book Kevin Gaskell as the business 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 events, Kevin is known to cover the following topics:

  • Building A World Class Company
  • Leading Teams To Extraordinary Performance
  • Practical Leadership In A Challenging Market
  • Creativity In The Face Of Digital Chaos
  • Building A World Class Brand
  • Extreme Leadership For High Performance Teams
  • Inspiring & Re-Energising Your Organisation

“They were very pleased. I attended the event and thought he was excellent.” – Spicers Brilliant Partners Conference

“I have had the pleasure this week of listening to you speak to a St James Place audience in Portugal. It was fantastic – the best I have seen in my 24 years in the financial services industry. I am going to implement everything you said and hope it will have the same impact on my business as it has had on your business and life.” – St James’s Place

“On behalf of BSI if you could pass on my thanks to Kevin I would be very grateful.  His presentation at our event yesterday was extremely well received, and a wonderful way to bring some aspiration and inspiration to our guests, everyone enjoyed the session – BSI staff and guests included.”  – Charlotte Broady, BSI Group

“Can I just say thank you very much for yesterday.  Can you pass on my thanks to everyone involved. To have a speaker of his calibre and credibility was superb.”  – William Stockdale, Optomise

“Speaker was excellent and inspirational.” – Tom Fairbairn, Ecodepo

“Kevin’s ability to explain the achievement of exceptional business outcomes in such a down to earthly and inspiring manner was highly motivational.” – Paul Reavey, Managing Director Brilliant Red Ltd