Alan Cook

West Midlands, Vistage Chair

I was so impressed by Vistage International during my four years as a member that I became a Chair and now run three executive coaching group groups.

I am an experienced board level executive and built my career through manufacturing, project management and general management with automotive, defence and consulting multinationals including GKN and Peugeot and FTSE 250 companies Alvis and Ricardo. During this time I held P&L responsibility, delivered projects with values up to $1 billion, lived through both being acquired and making acquisitions and spent time on an international Joint Venture Board. My key strength through my career has been spotting, nurturing and motivating talent to achieve its potential. This is why I enjoy my role in Vistage so much. In the period I have been chairing Vistage groups I have also acted as Chairman for two start-up businesses so am still in touch with the challenges of growing sales and profits.

Read more

My Vistage members include business leaders from owner-managers through to publicly quoted companies. As a former member I’ve experienced at first hand that better decisions to address issues are made by calling on the knowledge and experience of a group of non-competing MD’s. Regular time spent working “on” a business can lead to a growing inertia of positive change that has a significant impact on results. As a Vistage chair I help get that inertia started and maintain it through regular support and mentoring.

Leading a business can be lonely and I know some of the challenges MD’s face. Vistage provides a powerful forum where CEOs and MDs are equipped with the latest tools and insight to accelerate their businesses to the next level. I’ve seen the results of this many times and look forward to seeing more business leaders repeat that success.

Read less