Chris

chris.bentley@theStrategyExchange.co.uk

Chris Bentley

 

Head of Corporate Development, Holidaybreak plc,
CEO, Adventure Travel Division, Holidaybreak plc
Corporate Development Director, MyTravel Group plc
NED Outlook Expeditions
NED Walker Sime

 

There’s no such thing as long-term strategy

Chris is an itinerant strategist, consultant and deal-maker with a background in strategic management, international M&A, and divisional line management.

He’s been an IT consultant with a Big Four practice, the managing director of a distribution business, an M&A advisor and a business evaluation professional with a major financial services institution. He spent many years in the nooks and crannies of the European travel industry.  He rode the roller-coaster growth and retrenchment that was MyTravel Group plc, as Director of Corporate Development.  At Holidaybreak plc he served on the Executive Board, with responsibility for group strategy and corporate development, and with line responsibility for the Adventure Travel Division.  He also acted as a ‘floating’ consultancy resource for the other divisions, taking him into digital and operations strategy for a number of disparate business units.  Along the way he conceived, designed, analysed and executed both group and business unit strategy, including a post-Lehman turnaround, and completed some 65 corporate transactions.

Chris’ experience has taken him deeply into a broad spread of businesses, including information technology, media, hotels, financial services, asset finance, distribution and education.

He has a degree from Cambridge in Computer Science, is a chartered accountant and an MBA (with distinction).   Away from his desk, he practices Oriental and European martial arts.