Rob Salter, Executive Coach | Vistage Chair | London
Chair Bio

Rob Salter


Rob’s background is in a mix of senior commercial and leadership roles in large corporations, smaller start-ups and SMEs. Rob has led businesses ranging from £1m to £200m with P&L responsibility for over £600m.

Rob’s 35+ year career has been in retail and 3rd party retail supply chain distribution, working for Tesco, Kingfisher PLC and Handleman Company, as well as with a range of global clients including Walmart in the US and ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons in the UK.

In addition to being a retail generalist, Rob has specialised in emerging technologies, digital and home entertainment and has worked with the worlds’ major movie studios, record companies and games publishers, both in the UK and USA.

On top of his passion for learning, coaching and new technology, Rob has helped a number of SME’s and start-ups with strategy, business planning and fund raising.

At Tesco and Kingfisher he was an active member of the training academies and graduate recruitment programmes, delivering workshops and master-classes to hundreds of students and employees.

Throughout Rob’s career, he has been an active executive board member of several industry organisations including the Entertainment Retail Association and the Retail School at the University of Arkansas. Rob was also the Chairman of the Official Chart Company for several years and is a Management Member of the Institute of Professional Sales.

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