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Previous events:

Knowledge Exchange Podcast Market Entry

Founder and Managing Director John Baltay is a regular contributor to Spengler Fox Market Insights Podcasts. Find out what’s on top of CEOs minds when it comes to expansion, new market entry and customer relationships.

Knowledge Exchange Podcast Customer Relationships

Founder and Managing Director John Baltay is a regular contributor to Spengler Fox Market Insights Podcasts. Find out what’s on top of CEOs minds when it comes to expansion, new market entry and customer relationships.

Fireside chat: Is Strategy for Wimps?

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth

Mike Tyson may not have put it very eloquently however the implication is clear – there is no point in careful planning. This may be true but it is dangerous to confuse pointless detailed planning with having an effective strategy. If you don’t know what success looks like – you won’t achieve it.

The word ‘strategy’ is much maligned, conjuring up memories of sterile Away Days spent on futile exercises such as SWOT analyses and the application of Porter’s Five Forces interrupted by constructing rafts from oilcans and rope! As a result, many businesses lack a clear, measurable objective which can unify the troops and provide a framework to answer strategy’s two key questions: “where are we going to play” and “how are we going to win”.

If you are a senior-level decision maker; investor or entrepreneur looking to extend your knowledge and enrich your network then join this forward thinking group that will give you the edge and inspiration to make your business stand out head and shoulders above the rest.

Topics that will be addressed:

  • Do you need a strategy?
  • How do you engage your fellow executives and other stakeholders?
  • Can you keep it alive and meaningful?
  • How do you avoid the risks of failure and exploit the opportunities to shoot the lights out
  • Some of the best practices for evaluating market potential and deciding where to deploy resources and capital
  • Case studies of companies which have achieved quantum growth


John Baltay, Founder & Managing Director FenrixJAB headshot

John is the Managing Director of Fenrix Limited which he founded in 2009 to help CEOs and leadership teams drive growth for their organisations. John and his team have led close to 30 strategy assignments for large multi-nationals across Europe and Asia. Prior to Fenrix, John held several executive Marketing and Business Development Director roles at GE Capital in the Commercial Finance and Capital Solutions businesses. He has also held director level roles for large international companies such as Alstom and Parametric Technology Corporation. At Booz & Co., John led several projects covering IT strategy and post-merger integration assignments. John’s career has been focused on building robust marketing to deliver customer value and providing strategic insight for growing market share.  John holds an MBA from HEC in Paris, France as well as a BA in History from NYU. He is fluent in English, French and German; has lived and worked in 5 European countries as well as the US and is currently based in the UK.

Ken Olisa OBE, Chairman – Restoration Partners

Ken Olisa B&W 128x158A graduate of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, Ken began his career at IBM before moving to Wang Laboratories where he was responsible for worldwide marketing before heading their operations in EAME. Now running his own boutique technology merchant bank, Restoration Partners, Ken pursues his combined interests of philanthropy and the transformation of entrepreneurs’ technology into wealth. Ken is a Non-Executive Director of several technology companies including Thomson Reuters and is chairman of Shaw Trust, Thames Reach and the Powerlist Foundation. Never afraid to speak his mind, Ken’s recent past has seen him serve on the Board of IPSA (ending the MPs’ expenses scandal) and of ENRC where he famously coined the phrase ‘More Soviet than City’ to describe events at what became a corporate governance cause celebre.

Chaired by Graham Muth, Corporate Partner – Hill Hoffstetter Limited

Graham is a Corporate partner at Hill Hofstetter and has over 30 years’ experience of advising clients on a wide array of corporate transactions. He was previously the Head of Office at a £60m turnover national law practice and for a time worked on secondment within the legal department of 3i plc. He is the co-author of Muth and Fitzgerald on Shareholders’ Agreements published by Sweet & Maxwell and also has extensive experience of acting for a large number of professional services businesses both in respect of merger and acquisition activity and also in relation to structuring arrangements.


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