Rene Carayol: Biography highlights

René is quite simply one of the world’s leading executive coaches, working with some of the Fortune 500’s and FTSE 100’s top Chief Executive Officers (CEO’s) and their executive teams.

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About Rene Carayol

René speaks with the authority and confidence of the expert practitioner who has seen and experienced it all before. René draws much from his own unique experiences as managing director at IPC Magazines and serving on a variety of boards including Pepsi, IPC Media and the Inland Revenue.

The only position in the business that has no preparatory training or development whatsoever is the CEO. The most important and probably the most challenging job in the business, and on Day One, it is all brand new to the new incumbent, and there is no one around to show them what needs to be done.

It is the role that rarely has an appropriate job description and even rarer is there any form of handover. Far too often the opportunity presents itself rather suddenly and for whoever is approached, it is very hard to turn down.

René has acquired a reputation for providing first hand advice and support for a series of successful CEOs in the Fortune 500, FTSE 100 and all around the world. Many may claim to have worked at the ‘sharp end’ with many CEOs, but in actual fact very few have.

He has worked closely with

  • Jim Yong Kim – President of The World Bank
  • Antony Jenkins – CEO Barclays Bank
  • Mario Greco – CEO Generali
  • Maria Ramos – CEO Absa Bank

and hardly any can match his sustained track record of success.

There is no universal solution or approach for supporting a CEO, as each one is as individual as their fingerprints. It is without a doubt, the toughest job in the world, but it is also the best job in the world.

René acquires case studies and stories from the frontline and first hand. There are exciting adventures, emotional anecdotes and enough drama to excite any audience. René delivers learning wrapped up as never to be forgotten stories told by a master storyteller. You will want to hear them again and again.

René specialises in delivering performances that show precisely how contemporary leaders can electrify an audience through a powerful and authentic emotional connection. He demonstrates just how compelling an emotionally intelligent approach can be. He is never about theory – it is all practical and pragmatic leadership insights and tips. No one ever forgets being at one of his sessions.

René is privileged to be working with some of the world’s top leaders from every sector including

  • Financial Services
  • Pharma
  • Technology
  • FMCG
  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive
  • Travel and Leisure
  • Government

He covers everything on the agenda of today’s leaders including

  • Collaboration
  • Purpose – Values Led/Performance Driven
  • The Battle for Talent
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Personal Leadership
  • High Performing Cultures/Corporate Culture
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Transformation
  • Tangible Difference

“René has made a significant and tangible difference to how we build and align our top teams, and pushed us to lead a lot more and manage a little less. In the two years he worked with the President and his direct reports, they have been totally transformed”. – Sean McGrath / VP of HR – The World Bank

“A very insightful delivery that is life transforming. You cannot remain the same after being exposed to these concepts René talks about. A true leader himself, René shares time tested values and principles that delivers results. I have been impacted for life!” – Bethel Yeboah – Make It Happen, Coca Cola Leadership Meeting

“This was clearly the most enthused and excited I have been after attending a conference, it has made me take a good look at my own behaviours and understand how they affect my team both good and bad. It has given me many of the tools I will need to transform my team and enticed me to make a difference as a leader. Thank you!” – Mark Langdon – Travelopia Global Leadership Conference 2019

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Rene Carayol - Keynote Speaker Showreel
Rene Carayol - Keynote Speaker Showreel
René Carayol - "SPIKE" - What Are You Great At?
René Carayol - "SPIKE" - What Are You Great At?
René Carayol - Keynote Speaker - Mentor - Coach
René Carayol - Keynote Speaker - Mentor - Coach
Extraordinary times demand extraordinary leadership: René Carayol at TEDxPlainpalais
Extraordinary times demand extraordinary leadership: René Carayol at TEDxPlainpalais

Rene brought great spirit and impact to the event'


'Rene was instrumental in leading the organisation's global HR team through a change process in which they not only saw a new vision for their work but really felt it at a deep visceral level'


'The conference went very well, even if I say it myself, people left with an upbeat mood and very inspired.'


'Relevant insights, powerfully presented'


'Rene brought perspective, content and all the key messages together and ended on a high (at the same time cutting out all the time wasting and unnecessary deliveries that can appear on an agenda)'


"René has made a significant and tangible difference to how we build and align our top teams, and pushed us to lead a lot more and manage a little less. In the two years he worked with the President and his direct reports, they have been totally transformed”

Sean McGrath
Executive VP of Global HR
"René is an excellent, powerful emotional speaker but also provides the practical how to which I think was welcomed. Thank you once again for the spark you help us to create."
Elsa Chen
The Marketing Academy Participants
"What a fantastic, knowledgeable, informative, warm, inspiring man - the best storyteller and presenter I've ever heard. Could not recommend highly enough - I wish everyone in our organisation could listen to this and will be sharing Rene's details with our HR and D&I teams."
"Rene is a beautiful speaker - he is engaging, and gentle - yet pushes you to jump in and keep going. i greatly admire him."
Revolution Bars Group

Please pass on our huge appreciation to René! The session was spell bounding and really had a huge impact on everyone. The feedback has been incredible! René was captivating and the message was exactly what we were hoping for.

Katie Muncaster
People Director
ODEON Cinemas Group

I just wanted to share my thanks again after yesterday. We have some wonderful reflections and the start of some great commitments and actions from our leaders on how we move forward as a team. I know how much the team will have appreciated your views and responses to their questions so thank you for allowing me to sit with you and how a great conversation.

Suzie Welch
Group Chief People Officer

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