René Carayol MBE

Leading Retail Business & Leadership Expert, TV Presenter & Author

Possessing a wide-ranging set of credentials as a business speaker and retail speaker, René Carayol delivers the elemental factors needed in order to appeal to customers and achieve maximum sales success. He is author of Corporate Voodoo, presenter of Pay Off Your Mortgage and a regular voice on Radio 5 Live. He is also a former non-Executive Director of The Inland Revenue. A highly sought after keynote speaker for conferences, René delivers an intriguing and engaging selection of talks as a retail speaker.

René has been awarded with an MBE for outstanding service to business and provided leadership assistance and support to delivery units for the British prime Minister. Advisor to PA Consulting, McKinsey and the CBI, René has also worked with Barclays at board level and on the ground in Africa.

René regularly appears as retail speaker at conferences focusing on technology, finance, retail and energy sectors. As a pre-eminent voice in the business world, René chairs The Sunday Times Business Week and Leaders in London. Alongside this, René has also conducted interviews with prominent political figures, including David Cameron, Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev.

René’s presentations as a business speaker focus on retail transformation leadership, addressing the questions businesses find uncomfortable in order to progress into the future. Other topics of contention included how do you change risk-averse processes that are ill-suited to global markets? How do you replace fear and complacency with resolve? René shakes up, inspires and motivates audiences, showing them what lies within their grasp.

Ideal for both conferences and events, René captivates audiences and provides food for thought concerning all aspects of business. Equally at home acting as an event and conference host, René interacts with the audience in an approachable manner to keep all guests entertained whilst ensuring that everything runs on time and to plan.

To book René Carayol as the retail keynote 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 at corporate functions, René is known to cover the following topics:

  • Retail Speaker
  • Business Speaker
  • Change Management
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Social Responsibility
  • Customer Service & CRM
  • Business Strategy


“René Carayol really wowed the audience.” – KPMG