As CEO of LoveFiLM, Simon Calver oversaw more than 55% of the DVD rental market in the UK, and the shift away from a physical product to online streaming, before selling the company to Amazon for a reported £200m in 2011. With over 1.6 million subscribers in the UK, Germany and Scandinavia and an annual growth near 50%, the company was named growth company of the year in 2010 by the CBI/Real business and has also headed the Sunday Times Buyout Track of top 100 VC/PE backed UK businesses. Through a series of acquisitions, LoveFiLM quickly became the leading online DVD rental and streaming outlet in the UK and Europe. By the time Simon left the business, it had expanded its market tenfold.
In 2012 he was headhunted by the executive board to take the helm as CEO of Mothercare, in a bid to regenerate the company with his knowledge of brand expertise and e-commerce. Simon was charged with a strategic overhaul of the struggling retailer. The size, location, number and nature of its stores, the brand's online offerings, international markets, and its Early Learning Centre chain were all subject to his scrutiny. He implemented a three year plan to turn the business around, in the process closing around 100 stores and saving £13m a year.
Simon is a strong believer that sometimes borrowed ideas bring the greatest rewards. Covering marketing lessons from LoveFiLM, as a retail speaker Simon stresses the importance of initiating change in organisations to create the right culture of business that is so essential to success.
Prior to LOVEFiLM, Simon Calver was COO and President at Riverdeep, one of the fastest growing interactive digital education companies in the US. He was also GM and VP of Dell's UK and Ireland Home and Small Business Operation. Before that he was International VP of Sales Operations for PepsiCola, and GM and VP of PepsiCola UK where he launched Pepsi Max, Pepsi Blue and development of the Pepsi Music activity.
Simon Calver began his career as a graduate in Unilever and as a strategy consultant at Deloitte. He was a winner of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 for London and the South East and was a 2010 finalist. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a fellow of the IoD and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Simon regularly speaks across the country on management, leadership and entrepreneurship and was a previous keynote speaker at the IoD National Congress at the Royal Albert Hall.