Alex was appointed Chairman and CEO of British Airways in 2016.
British Airways, which is part of the IAG Group, carries more than 145,000 customers every day and 40 million customers a year. The company currently has approximately 45,000 employees including 16,500 cabin crew and 3,900 pilots. It will celebrate its 100th anniversary on 25 August, 2019.
on preparing businesses for the opportunities and threats of the digital revolution
Massive amounts of data, cyber-attacks and artificial intelligence are changing the landscape of business in profound ways. Understanding how to navigate this new environment poses an enormous challenge for leaders. Hear from Dido Harding, former CEO of TalkTalk, about her own experience and what she believes will be the biggest challenges in years to come.
Tony Fernandes is one of Asia’s best-known, and most charismatic, entrepreneurs. In 2001 he acquired AirAsia turning it into the hugely successful budget airline that it is today, carrying 50 million passengers a year to 120 different destinations and democratising air travel in Asia.
The face of Apprentice Asia, chairman of Queen’s Park Rangers FC, and owner of many other businesses, he is without doubt an exceptional leader with a hands-on approach to business. In FLYING HIGH, his long-awaited memoir, he shares his inspiring story.
on hitting refresh and seizing the opportunity
of the digital revolution
In conjunction with Intelligence Squared we bring you Satya Nadella,one of the world’s most inspirational business leaders, as much a humanist as a technologist and executive.
He comes to the Intelligence Squared stage to discuss his personal journey from a childhood in India to becoming CEO of Microsoft, the culture change that he has driven inside his legendary technology company, and the transformation that is coming to all our lives as we face the most disruptive wave of technology humankind has experienced: artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and quantum computing.
While many people worry about the negative impact of exponential digital growth – from automation taking over our jobs to the increasing power that algorithms are having over our lives – Nadella will proffer his optimistic vision of the future, which he sets out in his forthcoming book Hit Refresh. He will argue that, as technology upends the status quo, the very human quality of empathy will become increasingly valuable. And he will explain how people, organisations and societies must transform in their quest for new energy, new ideas, relevance and renewal.
How smart organisations are rethinking their business opportunities in the face of technology-led disruption
David Rowan is Editor-at-large and founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition. He’s taken 120 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other disruptive startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen.
He is currently on a global quest for examples of successful companies that have found effective ways to innovate in the face of technology-led disruption.
Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council
In partnership with Mulberry
Caroline Rush CBE is the Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council. Since her appointment in April 2009 she has introduced numerous innovations to British fashion, including creating London Fashion Week Men’s and publishing a series of reports into the contribution that fashion makes to the UK economy. She has also attracted key British designers – such as Burberry, Matthew Williamson, Mulberry, Pringle of Scotland and Preen – back to London Fashion Week and overseen exponential growth in the value, reach and profile of British fashion.
In 2012 she worked with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to launch Britain Creates, an artistic project which formed part of the Fashion 2012 platform to celebrate the Games and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. In 2014 she was made an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and awarded a CBE for her services to the British fashion industry.
Mulberry is an iconic English design company renowned world-wide for its craftsmanship and quality.