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Ian Russell

Tagline: Digital Disruption

Speaker Highlights

  • Visionary Leadership: Ian Russell’s tenure as CEO of BCX showcased his ability to lead organizations through transformational phases, leveraging technology as a catalyst for growth and sustainability.
  • Strategic Innovation: With a focus on fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration, Ian propelled BCX to the forefront of the technology sector, positioning it as a leader in Africa and beyond.
  • Global Market Expertise: Ian’s deep understanding of global markets and pragmatic approach to business challenges have earned him accolades as a visionary leader in the corporate world.
  • Mentorship and Knowledge Sharing: Ian’s passion for mentorship and knowledge sharing underscores his commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders, empowering them to navigate the complexities of the modern business landscape.
  • Dynamic Speaking Style: Ian’s dynamic speaking style, coupled with real-world examples and actionable insights, resonates with audiences across industries, making him a sought-after speaker at conferences, seminars, and corporate events worldwide.

Keynote Topics

Before Corona. After Corona.

Worlds apart. Leveraging a Survive/Revive/Thrive mindset, Ian tackles what it takes to  be a successful business and leader in the AC environment.

 

Ian focuses on the  fundamental shifts we must all make in our ways of trading, ways of leading and ways of thinking to not just survive but leverage the ultimate disruptor event for the benefit of  your company and your career.

 

This talk is rooted in deep operational experience of  leading 3 businesses and 1 school through the 2020/21 events – here Ian really speaks  from the heart, with every lesson having been learnt the hard way.

 

PEGI Rating – 18+…

Remember Nokia? Recall Kodak? Want to be the next Blockbuster or Toys R Us? Ian  strikes through to the heart of what business and personal relevance is and shows how  losing that relevance can be terminal.

 

All is not lost though.

 

In this keynote, Ian Russell will lay out a clear 5 point plan that any business can quickly grasp  and execute upon, that will create a step-change in their ongoing relevance to their customers

 

Objects in the Rear-View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Really Are Business’ obsession with what has happened in the past, and with what their competitors are doing, is fundamentally damaging their chance of success in the future and limiting what they can achieve.

 

In this keynote, Ian powerfully argues that businesses must change the way they lay out  their strategies, re-platform the way they measure success and re-magine what their  business can be, if they are to release a new growth path and finally look forward  through the windscreen towards the horizon.

Perhaps Ian’s most famous keynote, Fuzzy Logic dispels the myth once and for all that  organisations take decisions rationally and logically.

 

Ian Russell highlights clearly the key reasons why organisations do not take decisions rationally,  and the consequences of these failings.

 

Concluding the keynote, Ian creates a 5 point roadmap that any organisation or  individual can employ to reduce the levels of ‘fuzzy logic’ around decisions, and a route  forward to create long term success.

Travels From:

  • Cape Town, WC

Fee Range:

  • Fee Range: 50,000 - 75,000

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Ian Russell is currently an independent, freelance business advisor, speaker, and professional non-executive director. With a career steeped in leadership, innovation, and strategic vision, Ian brings a wealth of experience to the forefront of corporate dialogue. His most recent corporate tenure as CEO of BCX, Africa’s largest technology company, underscores his capability to navigate complex […]

Ian Russell is currently an independent, freelance business advisor, speaker, and professional non-executive director. With a career steeped in leadership, innovation, and strategic vision, Ian brings a wealth of experience to the forefront of corporate dialogue. His most recent corporate tenure as CEO of BCX, Africa’s largest technology company, underscores his capability to navigate complex landscapes, drive growth, and inspire change. With a remarkable turnover of $2 billion and a workforce of 10,000, Ian’s leadership at BCX epitomized his commitment to excellence and forward-thinking strategies.

Ian Russell | Digital Disruption

Background and Expertise:

Ian Russell’s journey in the corporate world spans decades, marked by a relentless pursuit of excellence and a keen eye for innovation. His tenure at BCX exemplifies his ability to lead organizations through transformational phases, leveraging technology as a catalyst for growth and sustainability. With a focus on fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration, Ian propelled BCX to the forefront of the technology sector, positioning it as a leader in Africa and beyond.

Prior to his role at BCX, Ian held various executive positions in leading organizations, honing his skills in strategic planning, organizational development, and market expansion. His deep understanding of global markets, coupled with a pragmatic approach to business challenges, has earned him accolades as a visionary leader in the corporate world.

Before Telkom, Ian Russell was at SABMiller and led the migration of the procurement activity from being an in-country South African operation, to a global one based in Switzerland.

Russell spent eight years at Barclays, working across operations, procurement and technology. These included roles running the Barclays African back-office, creating and leading the world’s first ‘smartsourcing’ approach to cost re-engineering, and ending up as Barclays’ Global CIO, a role which led him to Absa.

Ian Russell was also one of the initial architects of the acquisition of Absa by Barclays in 2005, and emigrated to South Africa to help oversee and manage the post merger integration. During his time at Absa, Ian focused mainly on re-engineering the cost base, and led the highly innovative ‘One Absa’ programme.

Ian’s expertise extends beyond the boardroom, as he actively engages with entrepreneurs, startups, and aspiring business leaders, sharing his insights and experiences through speaking engagements and advisory roles. His passion for mentorship and knowledge sharing underscores his commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders, empowering them to navigate the complexities of the modern business landscape.

As a professional non-executive director, Ian brings a unique perspective to boardroom discussions, drawing from his diverse industry experience and strategic acumen. His ability to ask the right questions, challenge conventional wisdom, and drive consensus makes him a valuable asset to any board seeking to enhance governance and drive sustainable growth.

Ian’s thought leadership extends beyond traditional business domains, encompassing topics such as digital transformation, leadership development, and the future of work. His dynamic speaking style, coupled with real-world examples and actionable insights, resonates with audiences across industries, making him a sought-after speaker at conferences, seminars, and corporate events worldwide.

Reasons to Book Ian Russell:

Event planners seeking to inspire their audience and provoke meaningful dialogue should consider booking Ian Russell for their next event. With a wealth of experience in leading organizations through transformational phases, Ian brings a unique perspective on navigating change and driving innovation in today’s dynamic business environment. His engaging speaking style, coupled with real-world examples and actionable insights, ensures that audiences leave inspired and equipped with the knowledge to tackle complex challenges head-on.

Furthermore, Ian’s ability to tailor his presentations to suit the specific needs and objectives of each event ensures a customized experience that resonates with attendees on a profound level. Whether addressing a large corporate audience or a gathering of industry professionals, Ian has the versatility and expertise to deliver impactful presentations that leave a lasting impression.

Why Book Through Speakers Inc:

Booking Ian Russell through Speakers Inc guarantees a seamless and hassle-free experience for event planners, ensuring that every aspect of the booking process is handled with professionalism and attention to detail. With a reputation for representing top-tier speakers and entertainers, Speakers Inc offers access to a diverse roster of talent, allowing event planners to find the perfect fit for their event.

Furthermore, Speakers Inc’s commitment to customer satisfaction means that event planners can rest assured knowing that their needs and preferences will be prioritized every step of the way. From initial inquiries to post-event follow-up, the team at Speakers Inc is dedicated to ensuring that every event is a resounding success, with Ian Russell’s expertise adding a touch of excellence to any occasion.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, Ian Russell stands as a beacon of leadership and innovation in today’s ever-evolving business landscape. From his transformative tenure at BCX to his role as a trusted advisor and speaker, Ian’s impact on the corporate world is profound and far-reaching. Event planners seeking to elevate their next event and inspire their audience should look no further than Ian Russell, a visionary leader with the insights and expertise to drive meaningful change and spark meaningful dialogue.

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