Examining Kevin Gaskell’s track record surprises some people. As CEO of four successful world class brands and as a serial entrepreneur who has built international companies from ‘a good idea’ Kevin has created over £1 billion in shareholder value – and yet has still found time to climb the world’s highest mountains, walk to both North and South Poles, compete in international sport and play in a rock band.
Kevin has a passion for actions that get results – in everything he does. He has led businesses in sectors including automotive, branded goods, technology, data, professional services, marine and landscape gardening! His latest technology company has been nominated as the ‘7th most innovative company in the world’. His energy and leadership has helped companies including Porsche, BMW, Lamborghini, epyx and EurotaxGlass’s to achieve world class levels of customer service and financial performance. He passionately believes that ordinary people can deliver extraordinary results given the invitation to believe in the goal and the opportunity to contribute towards its achievement. He has always built success with the team developed inside the company. Today he actively chairs, invests and partners with a small number of companies helping them to achieve market leading growth and to manage change successfully.
Kevin is a natural communicator with the ability to lead, build and motivate a management team and to engage the team throughout an organisation. His drive and passion were apparent from an early age when he qualified as an engineer, then as an accountant and completed his MBA before pursuing a career that took him through the construction industry, the chemical industry and then into the automotive sector, where he was appointed UK Managing Director of Porsche at the age of 32 and BMW GB at the age of 37. He was recognised as ‘One of the top 40 leaders under 40 in the UK’.
Despite the demands of his professional career Kevin celebrated his 40th birthday by climbing on Mount Everest. He has subsequently climbed, and continues to climb, some of the world’s highest mountains. He has also walked with his son, unsupported, to both the North and South Poles to raise money for Cancer Research and to support the personal development of special needs students.
He has a passion for cricket and has played to international level – but always comes back to his first love; helping teams and businesses succeed at the highest possible level.