Home    Ellis Watson

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages
speaker
Filter by Categories
Speakers

Ellis Watson

business

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN DC THOMSON & TURNAROUND SPEAKER

Ellis Watson is a business leader whose varied career from Celador, Syco, and the Mirror Group to name a few, make him a respected and thought-provoking business and leadership speaker.

Currently the Executive Chairman and former CEO of DC Thomson, the Scottish media group Ellis is known for his ability to turn around, re-brand and expand businesses in a variety of sectors.

His list of roles have included –

• Marketing Director at The Sun – reporting to Rupert Murdoch
• CEO of Celador – taking Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? to over 100 countries.
• MD of Mirror Group Newspapers,
• Head of John Menzies
• Board member of FirstGroup
• CEO of Simon Cowell’s Syco Corporation

In many of his roles, he has helped turn the fortunes of the brand around or led them through periods of great success.

At the First Group, he turned around the fortunes of Greyhound across the Americas, bringing in better service, and changing the culture of low morale. As CEO of Simon Cowell’s Syco Corporation, he took an array of record labels and programme formats, including the X Factor and Got Talent formats, to international success, while at DC Thomson he steered the business into a more resilient organisation by transforming the group’s business models, brands and commercial direction.

SPEAKING TOPICS

Ellis Watson challenges, motivates and inspires audiences with original insights and enthusiasm and humour that is rare amongst senior business figures. He is a firm believer that – There’s no point in waiting and hoping for a wave; go and create one yourself.”

He covers themes such as –

• Disruption – How it can lead to positive change
• Working Under Pressure – how to inspire passion
• Taking on Challenges – how to progress from mission statements to true company culture, embracing quality, integrity, and diversity.

Topics

Change
Leadership
Marketing
Teamwork
Turnaround