PY Gerbeau


PY Gerbeau is a serial entrepreneur and popular television pundit, giving his views about the business climate and how companies can best achieve success.

During his career, he has completed nine successful business turnarounds. As Vice-President of Park Operations and Attractions at Euro Disney, PY was credited with turning it into Europe’s biggest visitor attraction, after its difficult start in the 1990s. Michael Eisner, CEO of The Walt Disney Company at the time, recommended PY to Tony Blair and he was subsequently appointed Chief Executive of the Millennium Dome in London in February 2000. With struggling visitor numbers, negative publicity and major financial problems, PY turned it around, resulting in visitor numbers of over 6 million, successfully reviving the company¹s fortunes.

In June 2019, PY embarked on a new venture, as CEO of London Resort Company Holdings, a proposed multi-billion entertainment park in Kent, in conjunction with Paramount Pictures, the BBC and ITV.

Previously, PY was Chief Executive of X-Leisure, the owner of venues including the Xscape indoor ski slopes and Brighton Marina, overseeing the sale of X-Leisure to Land Securities.

PY serves as the Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship and Corporate Rescue at London Business School and Imperial College. He regularly talks about how management decisions need to be firm and consistent, how values must be understood and upheld, how every tier of management must be agile, accountable and better at managing risk and how to lead people by example.

He has been voted Personality of the Year by his leisure industry peers and holds an MBA from one of France’s leading business schools. Before embarking on his highly successful business career, PY was the Captain of the French Olympic Ice Hockey Team. In his spare time, he loves to play golf.

To book PY Gerbeau as the business management speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When he’s at corporate events, PY is known to cover the following topics:

  • Business Speaker
  • Business Management Speaker
  • Corporate Turnaround
  • Change Management
  • Transformational Leadership
  • HR & Training
  • Customer Service & CRM
  • Business Strategy
  • Business Competitiveness
  • Entrepreneurialism

“The most motivational corporate speech we have ever heard” – Liberata UK

“I wanted to drop you a note to say thanks for visiting us on the day, I’ve had a lot of feedback already, which has been hugely positive. The people liked your style, your ‘down to earth’ approach, your humour and overall, and perhaps more importantly, your story. Your contribution rounded the day off on a really positive note, which was a great result and something that can be built upon.” – Brian Dunseath on behalf of United Untilities

“PY Gerbeau is back. A few weeks ago I complained (unlike me, I know) that there weren’t enough personalities in the industry any more. That firms were too often led by the money men (or women) and not by the passionate personalities. PY definitely has personality. And this journalist certainly hopes that in the period since leaving X-Leisure in 2013 and joining London Resort this week, he hasn’t lost any of his “say it like it is” approach. Welcome back PY.”
Sam McClary, Estates Gazette

“PY was absolutely excellent and we were delighted with his performance. The feedback has been universally positive. When we asked partners to give their one highlight and takeaway from the retreat, a number of them referenced PY’s speech.  His core message about leading by example, and hiring people based on attitude, really struck a chord, which is great as that’s exactly what we wanted!”Anna, Hogan Lovells