A key focus of our Scale Philosophy & mentoring programs is Leadership, and never has it been so vital than right now during these unsettling times. Leadership doesn’t come naturally to everyone, so here’s some useful insight and advice from one of the most capable leaders of his generation – Kevin Gaskell.
At the tender age of 32, Kevin was trusted with the crisis command of Porsche GB, where his team rebuilt the brand and turned a business close to bankruptcy into the UK’s most profitable car business. During this period the company bought and revitalised Lamborghini GB Limited and reorganised and remodelled the AFN motor retail group.
Five years later, Kevin accepted the role as Group CEO of BMW GB Limited where he led the repositioning of the BMW brand and four years of record growth. He left BMW to follow his vision of remodelling the automotive sector by the establishment of CarsDirect.com, one of the first generation of online retailers of new cars.
Working in the automotive industry, our paths crossed many times, and eventually Jacki and I worked with Kevin during our time at EurotaxGlass’s. I was impressed with his proven record, common-sense approach and business acumen. But the #1 lesson I learned from Kevin was his natural ability to lead and this came down to his passion and determination in whatever he put his mind to.
Whilst globally steering the helm, responsible for 650 employees operating in 30 countries, he still had time to walk both the North and South Poles and has since conquered the world’s highest mountains! He recently joined The Ocean5 taking on one of the world’s greatest physical challenges, rowing unaided for 3000 miles across the unforgiving Atlantic Ocean.
He obviously still enjoys a challenge. So, over to Kevin…