How to Get to the Top and Why Relationships Are Key Making the Transition Work

Thursday, 18 April 6.00pm-7.30pm FBCC, 24 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP

McKinsey estimates that $1 trillion of market value of S&P’s top 1500 companies in the US is lost every year as a result of poorly managed transitions for CEO and C-Suite appointments. According to Harvard Business Review, four out of 10 new CEOs fail and are gone in 18 months. Why is the failure rate so high and what should be done about it?

FBCC and NBCC are delighted to present a speaker session where David Roche will talk about the reasons why, propose solutions and take your questions. He will explain how you can make your own luck and prepare in advance to give yourself the best opportunity not only to be selected as a CEO but also to succeed when you get there.


Speaker: David Roche is a professional executive coach and mentor specialising in working with aspiring and first-time CEOs. David is Chair of the London Book Fair and the writing agency New Writing North, he consults across the publishing industry and lectures at the National Film and Television School.

He has nearly thirty years’ senior board level experience having been CEO of the book chains Borders and BOOKS etc, Sales and Marketing Director at HarperCollins Publishing, and Product Director at both Waterstones and HMV. He has been President of the Booksellers trade association, has won several industry awards, and in 2017 was presented with an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Central Lancashire for his services to the UK Book Industry.

His second book, Become a Successful First-Time CEO, was published in March 2024 and is an Amazon Number one Bestseller. David has been married to Johanna, a Finn, for 36 years and they have a mökki in Finland.


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