Spencer D. Green
Chairman & Founder, GDS International
Spencer (41) was educated at Millfield School and studied law at Kings College, London. In his youth, he represented his county at rugby and tennis (where he played in the UK National Championships).
Spencer’s interest in business media began at Millfield and was consolidated at university, where he created three framework business titles and sold them to a leading UK publisher.
Spencer joined Sterling Publications in 1990 as a Sales Executive, then Sales Manager, helping to launch and successfully sustain over ten business-to-business titles during his tenure.
Spencer founded GDS Publishing Ltd in October 1993 to specialise in industrial, government-led publications for the burgeoning Chinese market. The company launched over forty business-to-business titles, was name-checked alongside Tony Blair on China’s national news as ‘best for Chinese business’, and – following a move into India – deemed to be ‘of national importance’ by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.
In 1998, GDS Publishing became GDS International and launched its first conference, Enterprise China. The hugely successful Enterprise series of conferences was rolled out across China and Latin America in the next two years.
In 2000, GDS International launched its first Senior Executive Summit under the ‘Next Generation’ banner. This became the catalyst for ten years of rapid growth (GDS grew 40% in 2010). In 2011, GDS will hold over 70 Summits for C-level Executives from a wide range of industries and across the globe.
Today, GDS International is determined to become the world’s no. 1 business-to-business events company. It’s going to be an exciting journey!
Spencer is married to Emily. They have two children, Finley and Maya, and live in Bristol, UK.
Q. What has been your best job?
A. Founder of GDS has to be number one, but I really enjoyed my time as a roadie for the Rolling Stones (who wouldn’t?), and I learned a lot selling Encyclopedias door-to-door.
Q. Who are your top sporting heroes?
A. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are both superstars for different reasons. Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe, the same. The Greatest of All Time because he really, truly is. And people always expect me to say Lance Armstrong – but he doesn’t make my list.
Q. Who are the best sales people you have ever worked with?
A. Rob Davis, Jim Berry, Christian Green, Lee Godfrey and Boppa.
About GDS International
GDS International organises Senior Executive Summits and Social Media Conferences across the globe from its offices in Australia (Sydney), Asia (Kuala Lumpur), Europe (Bristol and Cardiff), and North America (Miami and New York). Annual turnover in 2010 was approx. £40 million.
The Social Media Strategy Conferences