Damian Smith

Damian Smith

Leadership Development | Driving Vision & Purpose

A Leadership Coach and Facilitator, Damian’s passion for leadership and growth is a result of his own journey from defensiveness and toxicity to fulfillment and leadership impact through authenticity and empathy.  Creating thriving cultures is his purpose.

Damian has discovered a real talent for delivering training beyond his own cultural transformation and leadership development experiential programs. Having facilitated hundreds of training workshops online for clients such as AstraZeneca & the BBC, the experience has awakened his fervor. He leverages 25 years of stories from the corporate world, his authentic self-deprecating humor, and boundless energy to bring courses to life.

Damian has more than two decades of leadership experience in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa for global brands including Vodafone, Blackberry, Virgin & Sony in industries from Oil & Gas to Technology. He was a finance professional who always focused on both the human and commercial. This evolved into a professional portfolio that represented his passions and responsibility in all areas of the business, culminating in Regional CFO for Sony Mobile MEA responsible for leading the Finance, HR & Legal functions across the Middle East & Africa, and then Sales & Marketing for Egypt & North Africa. He was responsible for a total turnover of one billion US dollars whilst leading teams with head-counts in the hundreds. 

He established teams and recruited leaders, clearly transforming organizational structure and cultures in buoyant environments during growth. He also owned the difficulties and the human side of restructuring, always leveraging an innate interest in human nature and how people act and influence each other in these situations. 

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