Mike Harris is the co-founder of Monument Partners, a boutique firm specialising in finding transformational off-market deals of interest to major global investors. He is credited with creating 3 iconic billion pound brands: Egg plc, the UK’s first online bank; Firstdirect, the world’s first telephone banking operation; and Mercury Communications, the UK’s second largest telecommunications operator. Mike is an experienced and highly rated business speaker, facilitator and mentor.
Having graduated in 1970 with a degree in chemistry from London University, he spent the first part of his career in IT at Midland Bank. In 1986, he joined Space-Time Systems as part of their Series C fundraising. When Space-Time was sold in 1988, Mike Harris returned to Midland Bank, where he became the CEO of Firstdirect, now a subsidiary of HSBC.
Between 1991-1995, Mike was Chief Executive of UK Telco Mercury Communications, where he created a new consumer business which was later sold to NTL (now Virgin Media) for £2.5bn. He was also Chairman of the start-up mobile operator, One to One, which was later sold to T-Mobile for $10bn.
In 1995, he became founding CEO of Prudential Banking plc and then the CEO of its successor, Egg (the first major internet bank in the world), which he took from concept to a billion pound public company in just 2 years. Egg is still seen as one of the most successful internet banking start-ups ever.
Having left Egg in 2005, Mike Harris co-founded and became Executive Chairman of Garlik, the UK’s leading supplier of software and services which protect consumers from online crime and identity fraud. Mike was also Chairman of Innovation at the Royal Bank of Scotland from 2005-2009 and has been a regular speaker at mid-career MBA courses at the Sloan Business School MIT since 1996.
With his dynamic, interactive and informative sessions, Mike not only motivates his audiences, he provides them with a wealth of practical approaches, real-life examples and stories as well as hands-on techniques, all of which can be immediately applied to the audiences’ own personal and professional development. His speeches are designed to generate exceptional results well beyond those that could be expected from conventional sources.
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