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Steve Tappin  

Steve Tappin
CEO confidant

Steve is the first global CEO confidant for CEOs. He is a personal confidant on both business and personal leadership for twelve FTSE100 CEOs and also leading CEOs in China and India.

Steve is the international bestselling author of “The Secrets of CEOs”, he is a successful entrepreneur and CEO of Xinfu, he is the most sought after speaker on global CEOs, and is also a philanthropist.

Steve has dedicated his career to being a personal confidant to Global Fortune1000 CEOs on business and personal leadership. He draws on 20 years' practitioner experience of working as a sparring partner and confidant for CEOs across the CEO agenda.

Personally mentored by the late Sir John Harvey-Jones, Steve is currently CEO of Xinfu and prior to that founded and led Edengene, the industry award-winning new venture consultancy, and Leaders Reloaded, the CEO development boutique. 

Keynote speaker, conference host and expert media commentator

Steve is a highly sought after media commentator: he has appeared live on screen and on air and in print with the BBC (e.g. Today Programme), CNBC (e.g. Squawkbox), ReutersTV, BusinessWeek, Fortune, FT, New York Times, Telegraph, Mint, Financial Express and Business Today, China Daily and Shanghai times.

Steve has addressed audiences of 5 – 5000 around the world, including in 2009 India, China, Serbia, France, USA and UK. Highlights have included:
  • Chairing and keynoting at the inaugural Leaders in India CEO business Forum alongside dozens of CEOs and experts including Steve Forbes, Tom Peters, Adi Godrej and Donald Trump Jnr
  • Annual Conference: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (London)
  • FTSE100 HR Directors Forum (Channel Islands)
  • Lecturing at Beijing and Shandong business schools
  • ACCA Global Virtual Conference (Global Broadcast & London)
  • CelebrAsian 2009 (New York)
  • Day one keynote and panel host at Leaders in London alongside Jack Welch, Gary Hamel and Daniel Goleman
  • World Retail Congress, Berlin

Themes have included:
  • Sharing the secrets of CEOs
  • Winning: how CEOs should go again after the global economic crisis
  • Taking the best from the West, China and India to create a new way to lead global businesses
  • How on earth do you deliver growth and innovation in a major corporation
  • Hard globalisation: how do you combine the best of Eastern and Western Leadership?
  • How do you lead a global business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
  • How do you do all this and have a personal life as a CEO and not burn out?

More on Xinfu here.

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Andrew Cave

Andrew Cave, 42, has been a financial journalist for 18 years. He has written for the Daily Telegraph since 1996, including three years in New York as US Business Correspondent and five years as Associate City Editor. Now freelance, he writes the weekly business profile in The Sunday Telegraph as well as several other regular features for the Daily Telegraph. For four years, he wrote City Life, a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph chronicling the irreverent side of working in the UK's financial district.

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