Chair Bio

John Holden

Bristol & Somerset, Vistage Chair since 2015

John has spent his career working for HSBC, in the UK and across several countries in the Middle East and Asia. Over the last ten years, he has operated as country CEO for HSBC’s insurance businesses in Taiwan, South Korea and India. He now spends his time working with CEOs and business leaders, helping them make faster, better decisions to grow their businesses, while keeping their own lives in balance.

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Earlier in his career John worked as a management trainer, running programmes all over the world, from Argentina, Brazil, US, to the Middle East and Asia. It is this role that developed his passion for facilitating and coaching.

In a career spanning over 30 years, John has worked in five different countries building a track record of operating and growing businesses in challenging situations. John has been CEO of mid-sized insurance companies with turnover up to £200m and over 1,300 staff in three different countries, leading significant regulatory change, startups, M&A and joint ventures.

The challenge of working in emerging markets and across cultures has given John exposure to a wide variety of working styles, business cultures and a great number of sticky situations. In turn, this has generated a bank of tried and tested techniques for exploring, understanding and solving business challenges.

John brings his broad personal experience, together with an understanding of how to diagnose, coach and support a range of business situations, to his home town of Bristol with the launch of his Vistage Group. This Group will consist of MDs and business owners of all types of companies, with a turnover of between £5m and £150m. If you want to see how Vistage could help you become a better leader and help grow your business, get in touch with John now.

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Types of Group run by this Chair

Successful leaders combine good business sense with inspiration, guidance and unwavering authority. Connect with up to 16 peers from a diverse range of non-competitive businesses and backgrounds in this one-of-a-kind peer advisory and executive leadership development program.

The Vistage Chief Executive Program creates a unique environment that provides each member with individual insight, coaching, strategies and leadership skills to help you make better decisions and achieve better results for your company. Harness the power of a group of fellow executives all driven to do the best for themselves and their peers.

We tailor each Vistage private advisory group to ensure that each member get the maximum benefit possible.

We have specific groups for CEOs/MDs running larger SME business (typically £3-£50m); executives running smaller businesses (typically £1-3m); key executives who report to a CEO/MD; and for organisations that wish to bring Vistage inside their organisation for all their senior management team. Find out more about the different Vistage group offerings