Achieving and securing growth, value and sustainability in today’s volatile markets has become the major corporate challenge. Business leaders and investors in every sector must constantly evaluate and assess their position against increasingly fierce competitors. Today, these include a growing array of digital disruptors, fuelled by the latest technology. Their success showcases the ease in which marketplaces can be exploited by simple yet transformative business models.
For established companies though, embracing innovation and adopting new business models can prove difficult. Many large organisations typically face a complex mix of regulatory, financing, talent and legal issues and it can take significant investment and leadership expertise to truly transform the way a large company operates.
In the second of a series of high-level, invitation-only events under the umbrella theme ‘Tomorrow’s Global Business’, the Financial Times and Paul Hastings will present an on-stage conversation with Josh Bayliss, CEO of Virgin Group, and Peter Harrison, Head of Investment at Schroders, to discuss how investing in and supporting innovation can transform business models and create new paths to growth within challenging markets.
Mr Bayliss is shaping strategy for one of the world's most iconic brands, across holdings in transportation, telecommunications, lifestyle, healthcare and financial services. Mr Harrison is driving long-term investment strategy for one of Europe's largest asset managers with almost £300 billion under management. Together they will share their insights on the role of innovation and disruption in growth, the most effective business models for the new economy, and the extent to which market valuations of disruptors and incumbents reflect these considerations.
This discussion, chaired by Andrew Hill, Management Editor at the Financial Times, will be attended by a senior audience of corporate executives, legal counsel and investors.