Gareth Davis

William Hill Chairman & Voted 13th Best CEO in the World

Gareth Davis


Motivational speaker Gareth Davis spent nearly 40 years in the tobacco industry and was chief executive of the Imperial Tobacco Group from its formation in 1996 until 2010, turning the company into the one of the most efficient cigarette manufacturers in Britain.

Davis has also held various other senior positions, including chairman of Wolseley, a supplier of building materials and the world’s largest trade distributor of plumbing and heating products. He has also been chairman of the high street bookmaker William Hill and the packaging specialist DS Smith.

As a motivational speaker, Davis shares with audiences the progressive thinking that he used to great effect when at the Imperial Tobacco Group. In particular, he explains the importance of strong leadership, getting the best out of your management team, implementing massive change with minimum disruption, learning how and when to delegate responsibilities, getting your finances in order, and using the power of public relations (PR) effectively.

To book Gareth Davis – who was once ranked by the Harvard Business Review as the 13th best performing CEO of all time – as the speaker at your event, contact Champions Motivational Speakers by completing the online form or calling +44 1509 85 29 27.

  • Business Management Speaker
  • Emotion within Business
  • The Art of Success
  • How to succeed with Internationalisation
  • Maximising Efficiency in your Workforce through Organisation and Motivation
  • The  importance of Consumerism
  • Business Speaker
  • Corporate Transformation
  • Keynote Speaker

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