Renowned Executive Coach, Leadership Speaker and Inclusion Expert
Rene Carayol Bio
Rene is one of the world's leading executive coaches, working with some of the Fortune 500's and FTSE 100's top Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and their executive teams.
He speaks with the authority and confidence of an expert and leader who has seen and experienced it all before. Rene 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.
Rene 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 CEOs, but in actual fact very few have. He has worked closely with Jim Yong Kim (President, The World Bank), Antony Jenkins (CEO, Barclays Bank), Mario Greco (CEO, Generali), and Maria Ramos (CEO, Absa Bank). Hardly any can match his sustained track record of success.
The CEO is the most important and most challenging job in the business. On day one, it is all brand new to the 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. It is, without a doubt, the toughest job in the world but with the right team around them everyone flourishes.
As the world of work faces a period of transformation, driven by the increase in racial and social awareness, our CEOs and our businesses have to meet the demands of a new generation that places Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) at their hearts. Recently we have seen an increase in interest for Rene to address both 'Leading Through a Crisis' and cultural transformation brought by the Black Lives Matter movement. Rene has provided leadership teams with straightforward, compelling advice and guidance to inspire change and improve their own corporate culture in regard to how they deal with their employees and customers through the power of being purpose-led and values-driven. Encouraging them to appreciate difference and ensure that everyone feels like they can belong.
From sitting in the boardrooms to coaching world leaders, Rene's extensive experience in business has provided him with case studies and stories from the frontline. There are exciting adventures, emotional anecdotes, and enough C-suite drama to excite any audience. Rene delivers learning wrapped up as unforgettable stories told by a master storyteller. You will want to hear them again and again.
Rene specializes in delivering performances that show precisely how contemporary leaders can electrify a crowd through a passionate and authentic connection. He demonstrates just how captivating an emotionally intelligent approach can be. He is never about theory - it is all about actions and behaviors that we can adopt that will make us more powerful when we come together. Everyone remembers how his sessions made them feel.
Rene is an accomplished visiting professor at Cass Business School. His critically acclaimed latest book, 'Spike - What are you great at?', enables all of us to unleash our inherent strengths and realize our true potential. As Rene says, "If you accept your limitations, you go beyond them".