02 Nov 2018
Glasgow-born Brian McBride has been announced as a keynote speaker at the upcoming Scottish Business Exhibition taking place at the SEC Glasgow on 21 and 22 November 2018 (10am-4.00pm daily).
Brian has had an extraordinary business career working at senior level with global giants of technology having started off as a salesman for Xerox in Glasgow. He is currently chairman of ASOS.com, the online fashion retailer and chairman of Wiggle, the online cycling and tri-sports business. He is the former managing director of Amazon.co.uk in the UK.
After graduating from the University of Glasgow, where he was president of the student union, he joined Xerox and subsequently worked for IBM, Dell and T-Mobile where he became managing director from 2003 to 2005. He was a non-executive director of Celtic Football Club as well as a senior non-executive director to AO.com PLC and a senior advisor to Scottish Equity Partners. A key adviser to Government on digital strategy Brian has served on the UK Government’s Digital Advisory Board and he is also a member of the Court of Glasgow University. He has also held non-executive positions with the BBC, Computacenter PLC and served on the advisory board of Huawei UK. In 2016 Brian was named as a senior advisor to Lazard’s Financial Advisory business focused on the technology sector.
Brian said: “As a native Glaswegian I am really excited about attending The Scottish Business Exhibition in Glasgow on November 22. I will talk about my career in the digital world where I have worked for and ran some of the planet’s great companies – Xerox, IBM, Lucent, Dell, T Mobile, Amazon, and as Chair/NED or advisor helping ASOS, AO.com, Celtic FC, Huawei, Lazard, Scottish Equity partners.
“I will then talk about the need to evolve or die. The current wave of digital disruption is the fastest and most dangerous we have ever witnessed, and not every company will survive. Lessons from Darwin here. I’ll talk about how Amazon, ASOS, AO all operate at pace, are data driven, and put the customer at the heart of the business.”
Ceri Rogers, event director said: “We are extremely fortunate to have Brian speak at the event. He has a wealth of experience in the technology, retail and commercial worlds which most businessmen can only dream of. His journey from a sales man at Xerox in Glasgow to the boardrooms of some of the world’s largest corporations is a fascinating one and I am sure visitors will learn some invaluable lessons in not only how to survive the technological tsunami we are facing but how to thrive under the most challenging circumstances.”
For more information and to get your free ticket, visit the website.