Chris Hirst is an innovative and inspirational leader, keynote speaker, and award winning author with an impressive track record of successful business transformation.
With over a decade of experience as a global CEO, he is now known for his no nonsense approach to business transformation and his focus on wiping away the bullsh*t to bring clarity and insight to modern leadership.
Through his experience as a successful CEO, Chris shares his first-hand experience leading organisational change to deliver record growth and cultures of lasting success.
In 2022, Chris was shortlisted by Campaign Magazine as global CEO of the year.
Chris Hirst is author of the best-selling and award winning book No Bullsh*t Leadership. He writes a monthly column for Management Today, has over half a million listeners for his No Bullsh*t Leadership podcast, and regularly contributes to press and broadcast media, including the Financial Times, Sky, BBC and CNBC.
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Chris Hirst was Global CEO at the Havas Creative Group, where he was responsible for leading more than 10,000 people across multiple regions. Within three years he oversaw record growth and led the business to second place in Campaign Magazine’s rankings in the global network of the year.
During his tenure of the Havas Group, he led the launch of the Group’s sustainability practise, Havas Genus.
Before Havas, Chris was the UK CEO of Grey (part of WPP) where he was responsible for profits quadrupling and the agency becoming one of the fastest growing and most highly respected agencies in the world. These successes were recognised in 2014 when the agency was recognised as the global creative network of the year.
Chris Hirst is passionate about transforming what it means to be a leader and how to do it successfully, making better leaders of all people, be it within small businesses, schools or global enterprises. He challenges the concept that there is a leadership type, believing this to be an old myth that serves to exclude. Conversely, Chris affirms that anybody can be a good leader, once they wipe away the bullsh*t that stands in the way.
Chris has worked with hundreds of business across the globe, sharing his transformational approach, with clients including the Marketing Academy, PepsiCo, Standard Life, Haven and Jupiter Assess Management.
In 2019 Chris published his first book No Bullsh*t Leadership, which won business book of the year in 2020 and has enjoyed being positioned at the top of the sales charts since its release. The book outlined a step-by-step approach to leadership. His second book, No Bullsh*t Change was published in 2023 and shares his guff-free, tried and tested strategies for team, organisational and cultural transformation.
Chris Hirst is widely recognised as an innovative and inspirational leader with a successful track record of transformation – helping businesses to record growth and lasting change. His no bullsh*t approach cuts through the guff to help create great leaders and successful leadership. He has supported hundreds of different companies on every continent.
– Campaign Magazine