Steve Ridgway United Kingdom Aeroplan

Led Virgin Atlantic’s Rapid Growth & Thru Difficult Times, Notably 9/11

Speaker's Fee:

B £10 - £20,000

  • Led Virgin Atlantic’s rapid growth and to be one of the world’s most innovative airlines.
  • Steered Virgin Atlantic through the troubled fall out after 9/11.
  • Presents on a myriad of business topics including; risk, leadership, change, branding and sustainability

Steve Ridgway CBE was the Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic between 2001-2013. During his time at the airline, he saw Virgin Atlantic grow from two 747s to a fleet of 40 long haul aircraft, flying six million passengers a year all over the world. Virgin Atlantic is considered by many to be one of the world’s most innovative airlines, having won top business, consumer and trade awards.

Ridgway joined Virgin Atlantic in 1989 and soon-after was appointed Managing Director of Virgin Freeway in 1990, launching the UK’s first automated frequent flyer programme. In 1994 he was appointed as a board member taking the role of Executive Director of Customer Services, then in 1998 promoted to Managing Director and finally Chief Executive officer in 2001.

His 23-year career at Virgin Atlantic ended when he resigned in 2013 where he commented “My time with Virgin Atlantic has been nothing short of an adventure. I’ve seen many great times and a few bad, and have always remained firm that we must offer something different to that of our competitors. Our staff, both on the ground and in the air, deliver a service that others could only hope to copy. I will be leaving the airline as it embarks on a new era of flying – and I am confident that it will continue to soar and enjoy success for many years to come”.

Not one to shy from debate; Steve is a leading industry voice and has constantly challenged the Government to evaluate its stance on UK aviation and airports. He has fought hard to ensure Virgin Atlantic is the UK’s second largest long haul carrier, but more importantly – a brand that people all over the world admire. He successfully steered the airline through major global aviation issues including the tragic events of 9/11 and the volcanic ash cloud. He continues to lead and inspire during the difficult economic conditions facing the UK and will leave a lasting impact with his constant desire to invest and innovate throughout the business.

Keynote Topics

  • Leadership & Employee Engagement
  • Marketing, Branding & Creativity
  • Business Innovation & Strategy
  • Risk & Crisis Management
  • Sales & Customer Service
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability
  • Corporate Turnaround, Mergers & Acquisitions

Steve is also available for after dinner engagements where he has a plethora of anecdotes and humorous stories from a lifetime of exciting challenges and career appointments. Whether it was working at Cougar Marine – captaining the two Virgin Challenger yachts in the Blue Riband Challenge across the North Atlantic or the many fascinating insights to working with, and for, Sir Richard Branson at Virgin Atlantic.

Steve Ridgway

Motivational Speaker Steve Ridgway
  • Led Virgin Atlantic's rapid growth and to be one of the world's most innovative airlines.
  • Steered Virgin Atlantic through the troubled fall out after 9/11.
  • Presents on a myriad of business topics including; risk, leadership, change, branding and sustainability
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Steve Ridgway

Motivational Speaker Steve Ridgway
  • Led Virgin Atlantic’s rapid growth and to be one of the world’s most innovative airlines.
  • Steered Virgin Atlantic through the troubled fall out after 9/11.
  • Presents on a myriad of business topics including; risk, leadership, change, branding and sustainability

Steve Ridgway CBE was the Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic between 2001-2013. During his time at the airline, he saw Virgin Atlantic grow from two 747s to a fleet of 40 long haul aircraft, flying six million passengers a year all over the world. Virgin Atlantic is considered by many to be one of the world’s most innovative airlines, having won top business, consumer and trade awards.

Ridgway joined Virgin Atlantic in 1989 and soon-after was appointed Managing Director of Virgin Freeway in 1990, launching the UK’s first automated frequent flyer programme. In 1994 he was appointed as a board member taking the role of Executive Director of Customer Services, then in 1998 promoted to Managing Director and finally Chief Executive officer in 2001.

His 23-year career at Virgin Atlantic ended when he resigned in 2013 where he commented “My time with Virgin Atlantic has been nothing short of an adventure. I’ve seen many great times and a few bad, and have always remained firm that we must offer something different to that of our competitors. Our staff, both on the ground and in the air, deliver a service that others could only hope to copy. I will be leaving the airline as it embarks on a new era of flying – and I am confident that it will continue to soar and enjoy success for many years to come”.

Not one to shy from debate; Steve is a leading industry voice and has constantly challenged the Government to evaluate its stance on UK aviation and airports. He has fought hard to ensure Virgin Atlantic is the UK’s second largest long haul carrier, but more importantly – a brand that people all over the world admire. He successfully steered the airline through major global aviation issues including the tragic events of 9/11 and the volcanic ash cloud. He continues to lead and inspire during the difficult economic conditions facing the UK and will leave a lasting impact with his constant desire to invest and innovate throughout the business.

Keynote Topics

  • Leadership & Employee Engagement
  • Marketing, Branding & Creativity
  • Business Innovation & Strategy
  • Risk & Crisis Management
  • Sales & Customer Service
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability
  • Corporate Turnaround, Mergers & Acquisitions

Steve is also available for after dinner engagements where he has a plethora of anecdotes and humorous stories from a lifetime of exciting challenges and career appointments. Whether it was working at Cougar Marine – captaining the two Virgin Challenger yachts in the Blue Riband Challenge across the North Atlantic or the many fascinating insights to working with, and for, Sir Richard Branson at Virgin Atlantic.

Biography

Client Testimonials

"Steve’s industry knowledge and business acumen has ensured Virgin Atlantic remains a consumer favourite... he has been a close friend and confidant since the early days [of Virgin Atlantic]. He has been a hands-on, inspirational leader and has shaped the airline into the company it is today".

Client Testimonials

"Steve’s industry knowledge and business acumen has ensured Virgin Atlantic remains a consumer favourite... he has been a close friend and confidant since the early days [of Virgin Atlantic]. He has been a hands-on, inspirational leader and has shaped the airline into the company it is today".

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Client Testimonials

"Steve’s industry knowledge and business acumen has ensured Virgin Atlantic remains a consumer favourite... he has been a close friend and confidant since the early days [of Virgin Atlantic]. He has been a hands-on, inspirational leader and has shaped the airline into the company it is today".

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