John Pearson

Chairman of Shazam Entertainment and former CEO of Virgin Radio

John Pearson is a passionate Media Entrepreneur- currently chairman of the groundbreaking digital music company Shazam. He is the former CEO of Virgin Radio where he worked closely with Richard Branson giving him the inside track on the unique values that makes the Virgin brand so successful.

  • Chairman of Shazam
  • Former CEO Virgin Radio
  • Now consulting for Virgin on their Global Radio Network
  • An excellent businessman and a dynamic leader

Topics covered include Virgin – core values, behaviour and culture, Establishing a unique culture across market sectors and countries, How do you operate in 30 countries with 15,000 staff and still keep the same behaviours and Can a winning formula be copied?

Speaking Style: John Pearson has worked with some of the most dynamic entrepreneurs in business today and it is this combination of inside knowledge and sound business sense that makes his talks so fascinating.

John Pearson has always been forward thinking – before becoming Chairman at Shazam Entertainment, home to the highly successful music recognition app which is driving social media engagement with TV, he played a key role in the launch of Virgin radio.

Virgin was the 1st independent radio station to get a license to broadcast to the whole of the UK. He became managing director in 1995 and chief executive in 1997 after the station was bought by the Ginger Media Group run by maverick broadcaster Chris Evans. The period was turbulent and some say the most colourful in British radio history but John Pearson sailed through it with a reputation for integrity as well as being “An excellent businessman and a dynamic leader" according to Andrew Flanagan, the chief executive of Scottish Media Group who would eventually buy Virgin.

During this time John Pearson worked closely with Sir Richard Branson giving him a unique insight into the values and behaviours of one of the most successful and respected brands in the world. When Virgin Radio was sold to Scottish Media Group in 2000, John Pearson made a substantial amount of money and resigned 4 years later.

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