Roger Flynn is an accomplished businessman whose experience is unique, having worked at a Director and CEO level in several global companies across multiple industries at times of rapid change.
He has run businesses with turnovers between £400m and £2bn, with millions of customers and thousands of staff.
Roger Flynn is a Chairman and investor in media, travel and technology businesses; he is Chairman of Olive Communications Ltd, a company offering cloud hosted telephony solutions and Vodafone UK’s 2nd largest mobile channel partner, Chairman of Masstech Innovations Inc., an international software business for broadcasters worldwide and Chairman of Clearvac Group, an international Cruise Ship and Superyacht maintenance services business.
He was for 7 years until May 2018 Chairman of and an investor in loveholidays.com, the UK’s fastest growing online travel agency which disrupted the UK travel industry and in six years grew from launch in January 2012 to over £400m in revenues. It is now the sixth largest travel agency in the UK and the UK’s 2nd fastest growing company in the Sunday Times Fasttrack 100 in 2016. The business was successfully sold in May 2018 for £190m.
Flynn is also the Chairman of Luxtripper, a UK travel agency providing experiential, multi-destination and adventure travel through personalised itinerary planning to some of the most exotic destinations in the world.
Roger started his career at Virgin working directly for Sir Richard Branson on deals and new business ideas. He then became Commercial Director of Virgin Communications, the media arm of Virgin Group, working on the launch of Virgin Radio, the development of its’ global post-production business and the rapid growth and sale of Virgin Interactive Entertainment.
Roger was General Manager World Sales & Distribution at British Airways where he transformed the £1.2 billion distribution system for BA and subsequently the industry, launched electronic ticketing and created ba.com with a simultaneous launch in 72 countries across the world.
Roger was Managing Director of Prudential Retail, the retail distribution arm of Prudential Plc, with £2 billion in revenue and 6 million customers. Joining immediately after the pensions mis-selling scandal, he drove a major business transformation including the launch of new products, new distribution channels, a £200m CRM programme and an innovative new sales process. As part of this transformation he led an exhilarating and exhausting culture change for the 6,500 staff.
Roger was Chief Executive of BBC Ventures Group, the commercial B2B arm of the BBC with 4,500 staff providing media services to the BBC and broadcast/IT customers around the world. Roger’s transformation and subsequent sale of these businesses created over £1 billion of value for the BBC. Roger was also on the Main Board of the BBC and an integral part of the BBC-wide transformational change programme.
Following a successful MBO with Warburg Pincus, Roger Flynn ran SDI Media Group, a global film and television business with operations in 32 countries where he accelerated the growth of the business and completed four acquisitions before the sale of the business for $250m