Chris Hirst Speaker

Chris Hirst

Change Agent, former Global CEO Havas Creative Group and Author

Chris Hirst is a change agent, widely recognised as an innovative and inspirational leader and speaker.

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Chris Hirst's 2023 biography

About Chris Hirst

Chris Hirst is a change agent, widely recognised as an innovative and inspirational leader and speaker. After more than a decade in CEO positions, he has a proven track record of leading transformation, guiding his businesses to deliver reputational change, growth and a culture of enduring success. He is founder of leadership consultancy Dogsbody Group, speaker and author of the award winning No Bullsh*t Leadership.

As Global CEO, Havas Creative Group Hirst led more than 10,000 people across all Havas’ global territories, taking the business from an ‘also ran’ to second place in Campaign Magazine’s global network of the year rankings in three short years. He oversaw two years of record growth and profits and was shortlisted by Campaign Magazine as global CEO of the year in 2022. In addition, he led the launch of the Group’s sustainability practise, Havas Genus and oversaw multiple B-Corp accreditations including in the UK, US and the Netherlands.

Prior to Havas, Hirst was the UK CEO of Grey (part of WPP) which more than tripled in size and quadrupled its profit during its transformation into one of the hottest, fastest growing and most creatively respected agencies in the world under his 5 year tenure.

Chris went to his local state secondary school in Northumberland, is a graduate of Brasenose College Oxford (MEng Engineering Science) and Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program). After an apprenticeship at Pilkington Glass in St Helens, he embarked on (an unlikely) career in advertising.

No Bullsh*t Leadership has been a No.1 best-seller for over 36 months and is available around the world. It was named UK Business Book of the Year in March 2020.

Based on his hard-won experience this smart, engaging book delivers a step-by-step working manual on how to lead – for anyone. Full of simple and direct advice, it demystifies an over-analysed subject to get to the heart of modern leadership: the life-changing, career-transforming power to get stuff done.

Chris is a monthly columnist for Management Today and Forbes, and is a regular commentator in press and broadcast media including the Evening Standard, Financial Times, BBC TV, Sky News, CNBC, ITV News, The Daily Mail, BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Radio 4.

He is an advisor and investor in a diverse range of early stage businesses from mixed reality entertainment to fitness.

He Is the founder of Leadership Consultancy Dogsbody Group Ltd and hosts the No Bullsh*t Leadership podcast which has over 500k listens to date.

Chris Hirst's 2023 talks & topics

No Bullsh*t Leadership

Based on the best-selling and award-winning book of the same name.

Leadership is difficult but not complicated. Chris wipes aways the guff and bullshit to get to the heart of modern leadership: the life-changing, career-transforming power to get stuff done.

Revolution: Leading Change

The only constant we now face is change, and the demand for those who can grasp its opportunities has never been greater.

Drawing on over a decade of experience leading successful change programmes around the world, Chris shares his proven strategies for team, organisational and cultural transformation.

Superpower: What culture is and why it matters

Culture is the environment the leader creates in order for their teams to out-perform.

The defining experience for people in organisations big and small is the culture yet it is so often miss-understood, or even forgotten about all together. Culture is the environment the leader creates in order for their teams to out-perform. The ability to change, nurture and sustain a world-class culture is a leader’s superpower, here Chris shares the secret to how to do it time and again.

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