Actions and Detail Panel
Business Breakfast with John Pearson, Chairman Imagen.
Thu 28 January 2016, 08:00 – 09:30 GMT
Like Minds Business Breakfast in conversation with John Pearson, Chairman, Imagen.
John Pearson is a passionate Media Entrepreneur – currently chairman of the award winning Enterprise Video Platform, Imagen. He is the former Chairman of groundbreaking digital music company Shazam and formally 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.
Virgin was the 1st independent radio station to get a license to broadcast to the whole of the UK. John 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 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 in 2000.
During this time John Pearson worked closely with Sir Richard Branson allowing him a unique insight into the values and behaviours of one of the most successful and respected brands in the world.
John also consults for Virgin on their Global Radio Network. He is also a shareholder/director of World Architecture News. An entrepreneur and Harvard Business School Alumni, John has been asked to submit and present to the British Government joint and select committees for both the broadcasting act and the BBC charter renewal.