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Charles Allen

Charles Allen

Lord Allen of Kensington, CBE

Experienced Chair: FTSE, Nasdaq, Private Equity, Private Company, Public Sector, Third Sector
Experienced CEO: Public Sector, Private Sector

  • 32 years of senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge in hotels, catering, food production, broadcasting, TV production, radio, cable, music, retail, manufacturing, technology, leisure, gaming and B2B services
  • Experience as Chief Operating Officer, Business Development Chair, Remuneration Committee Chair, Nomination Committee Chair and Non-Executive Director
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Current Positions

Charles Allen (Lord Allen of Kensington CBE) is currently the Chairman of Global Media and Entertainment (Classic FM, Capital, Heart, Smooth, LBC, X Radio, LBC, Gold and Outdoor), Chairman of the Invictus Games and Advisory Chairman of Moelis & Co., a global independent investment bank. 

Industry Knowledge

Professional experience from positions in the entertainment, catering and finance industries at, among others, EMI Music Group (Executive Chair), 2 Sisters Food Group (Chairman), ISS A/S (Chairman), Virgin Media (Non-Executive Director) and Goldman Sachs as a Senior Advisor providing advice and support to the private-equity portfolio and to the banking business. Lord Allen has had leadership positions including as CEO at ITV plc, Granada Group plc and Compass Group plc.

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