Keynote Speakers

Michael Woodford grew up in Liverpool in the north of England, beginning his working life at Lucas Aerospace as a commercial management trainee. He is 53 years of age, married to Nuncy, a Spanish national, and they have two children, Edward 20 and Isabel 18. As to hobbies, he is a keen runner and enjoys sailing. Mr Woodford worked for Olympus for 30 years, initially for the UK subsidiary, Olympus KeyMed, joining as a Surgical Salesman, progressing to Sales Manager and Sales Director before being appointed the company's Managing Director in 1990, at the age of 29. Following a period of dramatic growth for the UK based group, in October 2004 Mr Woodford became a main Board member of Olympus Medical Systems Corporation, and was appointed Executive Managing Director of Olympus Medical Systems Europe, where he implemented a radical programme of change within the organisation which resulted in a doubling of the operating prot within three years.

In April 2008 saw his appointment as Executive Managing Director and Chairman of Olympus Europa Holding, with overall responsibility for the European Medical, Industrial, Life Science and Consumer Products businesses, and became an ocer of the main Board of Olympus Corporation in Japan. During his tenure of this role, the operating prot of the European business increased by approaching 50%. In April 2011, Mr Woodford was appointed President and COO of the Olympus Corporation, one of only four 'gaijins' to run a large Japanese company, but was the very rst Western 'salaryman' to rise through the ranks to the top. On October 1 2011, Mr Woodford was made CEO, but only two weeks later on October 14 was dismissed after querying inexplicable payments in excess of $1.5 billion and demanding the resignation of the company's Chairman and Vice President. Mr. Woodford will take the attendees through the rivoting experience of whistle blowing on his own company, and the lessons on governance and crisis management.