Dan Cobley Entrepreneur & Former Managing Director, Google UK and IrelandTalks about Digital Disruption, Innovation, Leadership
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Dan is an entrepreneur and angel investor in innovative tech startup businesses, focusing on financial services.
Until late 2014, Dan spent over 8 years at Google. For the last three years he was Managing Director, UK & Ireland – the biggest market for Google outside the US and the most advanced major country in terms of e-commerce and online advertising spending.
Dan was promoted to the UK MD role after five years in Google marketing, first as Marketing Director, UK, Ireland and Benelux and then as VP Marketing, EMEA. In this role he was responsible for all aspects of European business and consumer marketing. Previously, Dan was VP of Brand and Marketing for Capital One Europe, Marketing Director for Ask Jeeves, and Marketing Director at Pepsi/Walkers. He has also been an early dot.com casualty (great learning!), a strategy consultant, and an oil exploration engineer in Pakistan.
Dan is a regular keynote speaker at conferences; speaking on technology, innovation, and Google’s unique approach to business. He is also an accomplished moderator, interviewer and after-dinner speaker. Dan has shared his thoughts on Physics and Marketing at the TED conference and with over a million people online. He was named as number 3 in Wired UK top 100 list 2012 and number 2 in Evening Standard 1000 Most Influential Londoners; Digital Innovators, 2012. He appeared on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World as a technology commentator.
He has a first degree in physics from Oxford and a master’s in management from Cambridge. He is a trustee of the Technology Trust, and an advisor to a few tech start ups.
The Changing Consumer
Disruption in Financial Services
How to Build an Innovation Culture
The Next Wave of Digital Disruption
The Power of Data
“Thank you for doing such a masterful job with the panel this morning. It’s always tough to bring four disparate voices together, but your preparation, skills and knowledge shone through. " Diana Fox Carney, Director, Strategy and Programmes, Pi Capital
"Your own participation received one of the two highest ratings for the Summit overall at 4.23 out of 5, together with much very favourable written and verbal feedback. On behalf of Fidelity International I would like to thank you sincerely for your significant contribution towards making this year’s Summit a success” Peter Lord, Managing Director, Global Institutional Business, Fidelity International
"Dan Cobley was a keynote speaker at FT Live's fDi Forum and was a huge hit with our attendees - providing just the right context for subsequent discussions at the event and kicking things off for us with a relevant, insightful and energetic presentation. We were thrilled with what he brought to the event." Courtney Fingar, Editor in Chief, FDI Magazine and Conference