Rupert Gavin is an insightful business keynote speaker who the former CEO of Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group. He speaks with in-depth experience of a diversity of businesses, from SMEs to multinational organisations. He covers marketing and advertising, consumer electronics, retailing, publishing, new media, entertainment, broadcasting, telecommunications, theatre and the arts, in the UK and Internationally.
From 1998-2005 Rupert was the Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide, and before that he was BT's Managing Director of their Consumer Division, where he was responsible for a business with revenue of £6bn pa, a profit of £1.5bn pa, and work force of 30,000.
For three years prior to that he worked for BT in the role of Director of Internet and Multimedia. Rupert led BT’s strategic initiative to help transform the company from a telecommunications company to an Internet and multimedia company.
In June 2005, Terra Firma appointed Rupert Chief Executive of Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group – the largest Cinema group in Europe, a role he remained in for 8 years departing in February 2014.
During his 8 years as CEO he oversaw the integration of the Odeon chain with the UCI chain; Completed five further acquisitions in Spain, Italy and Germany; Formed a 50/50 joint venture with Sky and launched a medium scale UK film distribution operation; Formed a 50/50 joint venture with Cineworld; Driven yield per average customer significantly through retail initiatives, through transformation of the cinema experience and the customer contact strategies in all territories; Established a significant pipeline of high quality new sites, to the very latest design; Pioneered the transformation of the industry to digital, and turned a declining profit trend for the business at time of acquisition to double-digit growth in profits.
As well as running the cinema chain Rupert has held roles in London Theatre land and has even written a musical about the Profumo Affair.
- Editor of the Scotsman Newspaper, Chief Executive of The Spectator Magazine, Writer, Broadcaster and Business Consultant.
- Mary Queen of Shops, one of the UK's foremost authorities on retail and brand communication.
- Highly accomplished presenter of Today and Radio 4’s Book Club.