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Date: 10 October 2012
Venue: 2D67 (Glendinning Lecture Theatre), Frenchay Campus, UWE Bristol
Time: 18:00 Registration and Refreshments/18:30 Lecture
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At home, at the workplace and on the move, digital technology is driving deep-rooted changes in our behaviour. These changes are happening at a dizzying pace: it's easy to forget that the things we today take for granted - from the iPhone and iPlayer to super-fast broadband, high definition video, Facebook and Twitter - have been with us for only a few short years. And now the tablet is, once again, transforming the digital world by putting the long-awaited promise of convergence in the hands of the consumer. The digital revolution is no longer a traditional industrial process but is moving with a self-perpetuating, dynamic and disruptive energy. To imagine you can control this process, even temporarily, is a dangerous hubris ... Ask Microsoft. Yet the opportunities of this economy are enormous. Harnessing them demands a different kind of leadership that balances confidence with humility and flexibility with discipline. How do you create an organization where these capabilities can flourish?
Neil Berkett joined ntl, Virgin Media's predecessor, as Chief Operating Officer in September 2005 and played a key role in driving the company's merger with Telewest, the subsequent acquisition of Virgin Mobile and the rebranding of the combined companies' residential operations under the Virgin brand in February 2007. He was appointed CEO of Virgin Media in March 2008. Neil is on the Board of Trustees for the NSPCC and is a Non-Executive Director of the Guardian Media Group
Neil has over 25 years experience in a wide range of highly competitive customer-facing industries. His experience has centred around significant change in business strategy including turnaround and mergers. Before joining Virgin Media he was Managing Director, Distribution, at Lloyds TSB plc (UK). His previous roles include: Chief Operating Officer at Prudential Assurance Company Ltd UK; Head of Retail at St George Bank; Senior General Manager at the Australian division of Citibank Limited; Chief Executive at Eastwest Airlines Australia and Financial Controller at ICL Australia.
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