BBC group commercial director Bal Samra, A+E Networks UK senior vice-president of content and creative Heather Jones and Viacom International Media Networks chief executive David Lynn were in the audience as Carolyn Fairbairn, the Director General of the CBI, made her comments at The Presidents Breakfast, an event organised by executive search firm, Robert Lindsay Associates.
Guests at the breakfast, hosted by Neil Smith, boss of media headhunters Robert Lindsay Associates, included Channel 4 chairman Lord Burns, Daily Express publisher Richard Desmond, BSkyB's Mike Darcey and Evercore banker Anthony Fry, who also sits on the BBC Trust
The Financial Times
Oh to have been a Monkey on the wall at a breakfast yesterday with culture secretary Jeremy Hunt held at Soho House. The guest list, [was] a veritable who's who of UK media heavyweights....
Robert Lindsay Associates host the biannual event The Presidents' Breakfast, which provides a forum for influential leaders in the media sector to gather together with their peers and hear a relevant and significant speaker.
Held in London's Soho House, the occasion has come to be regarded as one of the most important and best-respected informal industry events, with a select invitation list of around 30 key individuals. It offers the opportunity for top flight networking amongst heads of organisations and other senior media executives.
The Presidents' Breakfast was launched in the spring of 2009, borne out of a desire by Robert Lindsay Associates to provide a greater dialogue and connection within the highest levels of the media world. The immediate success and positive response led to a second breakfast later in the year: a trusted brand was established.
The quality and caliber of the speakers is a huge draw, and guests to date have been entertained and informed by diverse eminent figures offering cross-industry insight, political clout, proven entrepreneurial creativity and cutting edge technological inspiration.
David Pemsel - Chief Executive, Guardian Media Group
Carolyn Fairbairn – Director General, The CBI
Josh Berger - President, UK, Eire and Spain, Warner Bros
Tom Mockridge - Chief Executive, Virgin Media
JB Perrette - President, Discovery Communications International
Sophie Turner-Laing - CEO Shine Endemol Group
Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid PC MP - Secretary of State, DCMS
Adam Crozier - CEO ITV
Tim Davie - CEO BBC Worldwide
Gerhard Zeiler - President, Turner International
Rt. Hon. Maria Miller MP - Secretary of State, DCMS
Luke Johnson - Ex-Chairman Channel 4
Hon. Ed Vaizey MP - Minister for Media, DCMS
Daniel Ek - Founder of Spotify
Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP - Secretary of State, DCMS
Patrick Gallagher - Ex-President Europe BT, Non Executive Director positions