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Justin Stead

Justin Stead is currently the Chairman of multiple international consumer brands: Desmond & Dempsey, Le Col, Baby Mori and Navy Grey. All businesses originate and operate from London and are backed by private equity/investors.

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Previously, he was the CEO of Radley London and Aurum Holdings, now the Watches of Switzerland Group, which portfolio of brands includes Goldsmiths, Mappin & Webb and Watches of Switzerland from 2006 to 2014.  He maintains Board roles with Radley London and Digital MR which is a leading AI technology data translation company.

Justin Stead is the Founder of the Aurelius Foundation, a community interest company with the vision to increase awareness and to share the principles of Stoic philosophy based on the four cardinal virtues of Wisdom, Justice, Temperance and Courage in the pursuit of depper purpose and happiness.

During his tenure at Aurum as CEO, the business quadrupled profits growing from £6M in Ebitda contribution to £24M+ in the space of 4 short years during one of Britain’s and Europe’s most challenging economic recessional periods.  On the back of this outstanding performance, the business was sold to Apollo international in a signature transaction in March 2013. Under Justin’s guidance and leadership, Aurum Holdings went from strength to strength and is a key player within the global watch and jewellery retail sector.

Justin was born and raised in a small town in Queensland, Australia. He started his career in the United States after graduating with an Economics degree from Oklahoma State University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas.  Justin worked and moved through the ranks of a number of very best in class retail and branded organisations in the United States before rising to Senior Vice President World Wide for Fossil Jewellery and Watches based out of Dallas, Texas.

Justin possesses a very unique, global perspective not only in the business arena but in how to inspire and motivate small and large groups of people to achieve objectives previously thought to be impossible. Before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Aurum Holdings, he served for 18 months on the Board as Chief Operating Officer and Merchandise Director.

Justin’s strengths are his ability to be a strong catalyst of change, a vision creator, and decisive strategic thinker whilst being a very inspirational leader to all levels of management right through to the front end of business.

Justin Is one of the best “man managers” and people motivators I have ever seen. His outstanding communication and presentation skills combined with an ability to convey simple and clear strategic points of leadership rally people in a remarkable and uncommon manner versus today’s “cookie cutter” approach to CEO leadership. His leadership and outstanding turn around of the Aurum business during the recent recession speaks for itself

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