Ronan Dunne: Chief Executive Officer, Telefónica UK Limited

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Ronan Dunne was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Telefónica UK (O2) and member of Telefónica Europe’s Executive Committee on 1 January 2008. Ronan became a member of the Telefónica SA Executive Committee in March 2014.

Ronan was previously Chief Financial Officer in the UK, a position held since February 2005. He served as Head of Finance and deputy to the Group Chief Financial Officer of O2 plc. from 2001 to 2005.

Prior to joining O2 in 2001, he held senior positions in Banking with Banque Nationale de Paris and in the Corporate sector with Exel plc. and Waste Management International plc.

Ronan is a non-executive director of Tesco Mobile, Telefónica’s highly successful mobile joint venture with Tesco plc. He is also a non-executive director of the Guardian Media Group (GMG) and AVG Technologies. Ronan serves as a trustee of Step Up to Serve, the UK national youth social action campaign.

Ronan is a fellow and former council member of the Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) and a fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT). He was born in Dublin in 1963 and moved to the UK in 1987.

Kate Robertson: Global President & UK Group Chairman, Havas Worldwide

Kate Robertson | Global President | Havas Worldwide

Kate Robertson is Global President and the UK Group Chairman of Havas Worldwide and is currently the highest placed woman in the advertising industry worldwide.

Kate was promoted to the new role of Global President in September 2013, having held the role of UK Group Chairman since February 2006. The companies in her remit currently include Havas Worldwide London, Havas Worldwide London PR, Havas People, The Maitland Consultancy, Conran Design Group, Havas EHS and Havas Work Club.

In 2014, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Lausanne Business School. She also holds Honorary Masters degrees from the University of Creative Arts and from the European Communications School. In 2012, she was named Advertising Industry Icon by Women in Marketing and early last year was similarly honoured by Advertising Week Europe.

In 2009, Kate came up with the idea of bringing young leaders from every country in the world together. Called One Young World, and dubbed by CNN ‘the junior Davos’, the first annual summit was held in London with luminaries such as Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus and Bob Geldof in attendance.

Kate also does pro bono work as a judge for the British Sports Industry Awards and has been a judge for the Barclays Global Citizenship Awards. In 2009, Kate led Kofi Annan’s communications campaign to raise awareness before the COP15  (Climate Change) talks. The Tck Tck Tck campaign outperformed all the others with 18 million online supporters. She was also a non-executive director of YouGovStone from 2008 through to its sale in 2012.

In January 2003, she joined Havas, formerly known as Euro RSCG, as Executive Vice President Europe, responsible for business development and network practice. From November 2004 to March 2006 she was EVP Global Brands reporting on the service and practice of the global accounts of RSCG Worldwide, including Reckitt Benckiser for which business she was Global Brand Director and which in 2006 aligned all its business with Euro RSCG in Havas’ biggest ever global win.

In 1998 she founded Scholz & Friends London on behalf of the German Group.

Stephen Miron: Group Chief Executive, Global

Stephen Miron

Stephen Miron: Group Chief Executive of Global, the music and entertainment company. Stephen joined Global in December 2008 and is responsible for running Global Radio, Global Publishing, Global Talent and Global Television.

Global Radio is Europe¹s largest commercial radio company and owns HeartCapital, Classic FM, Smooth, LBC, XFM, Capital Xtra and Gold.

Global Publishing is the UK’s leading independent music publishing company, with a roster that includes The Script, The Vamps, Corinne Bailey Rae and Ellie Goulding. Global Talent manages a number of artists, including the internationally renowned band, Lawson.

Stephen joined Global following seven successful years at DMGT as Managing Director of the Mail on Sunday and Mail Digital, where he helped create and launch one of the world’s biggest newspaper websites.

He is President of NABS and now sits on the board of Universal Music, and the advisory board of the advertising agency BBH.

Richard Jolly: Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School


Richard Jolly is Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School. He has taught the ‘Leadership Skills’, ‘Managing People and Organisations’ and ‘Developing Effective Managers and Organisations’ core modules; the ‘Managing Change’ and ‘Paths to Power’ electives; as well as the ‘Executive Leadership’ module on the EMBA Global with Columbia Business School.

Richard teaches a wide portfolio of courses at the school, for which he was voted Best Programme Teacher by students in 2003, runner-up in 2007, won two runner-up awards in 2010 and runner-up in 2011, and won Best Teacher again in 2014. Richard also instructs a large number of Executive Education courses for London Business School in the UK and across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He co-directs the ‘Leading Change’ and ‘Professional Service Firms: Next Generation Leadership’ open programmes, and has also taught on the ‘Senior Executive Programme’, ‘Accelerated Development Programme’ and ‘The Essentials of Leadership’, as well as a diverse portfolio of company-specific programmes, including Areva, Arla, Barclays, Carlsberg, Deutsche Bank, IBM, Johnson Matthey, Lloyd’s of London, Lufthansa, Nestlé, Nordea, Orascom, Procter & Gamble, PwC, Rabobank, Rio Tinto, Roche, SABIC, the World Economic Forum and YPO.

Richard is a member of the Executive Committee of the Case Centre.

Outside of academia, Richard is a Director of the organisational consulting firm, Stokes & Jolly Consulting Limited, where he works with clients representing a wide range of sectors, including central and investment banking, private equity, fund management, law and accountancy firms, management consultancy, advertising, media, music, architecture, consumer goods, telecommunications, engineering, information technology and data management companies.

Richard’s primary consultancy interests focus on designing and delivering executive development workshops, coaching senior managers and facilitating senior management teams, with an emphasis on leadership and change management agendas. He received his MBA with Distinction from London Business School.