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Ken Olisa

VTC Group

London, UK

Chairman

VTC Group

Ken Olisa
Biography
Ken Olisa is the Chairman and architect of The Virtual Technology Cluster Group, an organisation connecting large corporates to entrepreneurial IT companies. He is an IT industry veteran with over 30 years of technology experience commencing with various posts at IBM prior to joining Wang Labs. He has considerable public company board-level experience and is a Director of Thomson Reuters. He is also Chairman of Restoration Partners, the boutique technology merchant bank. In 2015, Her Majesty the Queen appointed Ken as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Greater London.

Ken Olisa’s Newsfeed

10 Oct 2017
Sky News
IOD's Ken Olisa on corporate governance and race

Ken Olisa, deputy chairman at Institute of Directors, talks to Ian King about corporate governance and being a businessman who is black.

10 Oct 2017
The Telegraph
GlaxoSmithKline falls to bottom of good governance survey

Mr Olisa admitted that Barclays’ ranking next year could be affected by the way the company handles the scandal.  “Next year, it will be (a question of) how the board and the audit/risk committee deal with these things,” he said.  “If the chief executive is sanctioned by somebody but stays in post and has his pay quadrupled, that wouldn’t be a good thing from a GGI perspective,” he added. The IoD deputy said it was important to remember that the ranking is about how companies react to mistakes, not about whether they are made in the first place.

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Ken Olisa’s Background

Chairman
Jan 2016 - Present
London, UK
Enables multi-national companies to attract entrepreneurial IT companies into their supply chains. The VTC model allows disruptive technology innovators to gain access to revenue opportunities offered by industry focused cluster sponsors, advisers providing expert scale-up services and networking opportunities, and support from the Academic and Investment communities.
Founder and Chairman
Apr 2006 - Present
London, UK
A boutique technology merchant bank with a powerful blend of operational and corporate finance experience, gained on both sides of the Atlantic, in public and private companies and over most of the lifetime of the IT industry. Restoration Partners aims to apply that expertise in combination with their creative skills, powerful network and access to capital to work with like-minded leaders.

Other Business Interests

Deputy Chairman
Jul 2016 - Present
London, UK
As the UK’s longest-running organisation for professional leaders, the IoD is dedicated to supporting their members, encouraging entrepreneurial activity and promoting responsible business practice for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole.
Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London
May 2015 - Present
London, UK
The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London is Her Majesty’s representative in Greater London and is charged with upholding the dignity of the Crown. Across the thirty two Boroughs (but not the City of London) he is responsible for the promotion of civic, commercial, voluntary and social activities within London and thus is part of the fabric of London in all its manifestations.
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Ken Olisa’s Education

Natural Sciences