Simon Calver Former CEO LOVEFiLM & Chairman,

Talks about  Digital Disruption, Innovation, Leadership, Transformation
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Simon Calver was born the son of a Grocer in Gloucester, so grew up in the family business. He started off having a career in large blue chip companies. However, he has also led early stage businesses and was CEO of LOVEFiLM, the online DVD and Digital Entertainment Company, Simon led the merger of Video Island and LOVEFILM to create the leading DVD and streaming platform in Europe which was sold to Amazon Inc in 2011.

He previously worked in brands and marketing with Unilever and PepsiCo, in charge of the UK business launching Pepsi Max, Pepsi Blue and the development of the Pepsi Music activity. At PepsiCo he also moved to the US as VP Sales Operations managing worldwide franchise partners and best practice sharing and lead the restructuring and reorganisation of the International franchise operations globally.

In 2010 he was a finalist of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and has completed a book on his experiences at LOVEFiLM.

After Pepsi he was GM and VP for Dell Home and Small Business operations based in Ireland and also COO and President of Riverdeep Inc., the interactive digital education company.

Simon Calver until recently was Chief Executive Officer of Mothercare plc leading their Transformation and Growth turnaround plan. He is currently Chairman of an online printing and design company and advises/invests in technology/e-commerce businesses in the UK.