Ryan Jennings

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

I enjoy playing on the edge where business intersects with technology. 

I’ve always loved business particularly where technology can give an advantage to business. The last 15 years of working in corporates or running my own businesses has focussed on that intersection between business and technology.

I’m always curious to know, what could happen next and how to I create an environment for my stakeholders that puts them in the best possible scenario. I’ve done that in telecommunications, media, marketing across small companies and billion dollar companies. 
15 years of advising businesses, managing projects and inspiring change where business and marketing intersects with technology.

I am a business consultant, digital marketer and interviewer with a strong tech background,

who helps organisations seek out better pathways forward.

Relevant knowledge, skills and training

Communications Strategy • Advising Growth Companies • Accredited NZ Business Mentor • NYC Digital Media Week Mar ’17 • Seth Godin altMBA Graduate & Coach • Speaker • Interviewer • Writer • DMA Marketing Conference • Bachelor of Commerce

Professional Experience

CEO - Ryan Marketing Agency - Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand Oct ’10 - Jun ’17

I’ve helped over 50 businesses with turnover $1-5m pa get clarity on their business goals and then deliver digital marketing campaigns spanning strategy, brand, social, organic search and email channels. Setup offshore development hub in Ho Chi Minh City.

Created two niche social media startups: SocialKiwi & Tweet2eat. Sep ’10 - Nov ’13. Successfully exited SocialKiwi (and still trading).

Operations Director - Product Education - London, United Kingdom ’08 - ’10

Management Consultancy helping FTSE 250 IT & Telecoms organisations improve their performance, through business problem analysis, recommendation and delivery of marketing and learning transformation programmes. Built and managed UK team of 15 people and offshore production team in Chennai, India.

Director High Tech Sector - Fuel Europe - London, United Kingdom ’07 - ’08

Account Director managing High Tech Sector accounts in the UK such as Vodafone Global, Inmarsat, Thus, Met Police, Arqiva, and BT Global.

Head of Sales Development - Colt Telecom - London, United Kingdom ’05 - ’06

Head of European Sales Development Programme - led an initiative on behalf of HR and Sales for US owned Colt Telecom, to understand how to best help Sales & Marketing teams across Europe and the US sell more effectively. Delivered over £22m of incremental sales through Selling to C Level programme.

EMEA Data Product Manager - Colt Telecom - London, United Kingdom ’03 - ’04

Led the COLT products transformation to higher value, higher margin value proposition solutions worth £58m pa in 2 years. Establish offshore delivery teams in Delhi, Gurgaon.

European Pre Sales Consultant - Colt Telecom - London, United Kingdom ’02 - ’03

Design of IP network solutions for large corporate financial customers such as SwiftNet.

Managed Data Sales - Telecom New Zealand - Wellington, New Zealand ’97 - ’02

Cisco IP network solution design and sales to large corporate customers such as ANZ Bank, TAB Gambling, New Zealand Defence Force.

Leadership & Innovation

Ryan Marketing Show - New Zealand Jan ’16 - Jun ’17

Interviewed 100 NZ CEO's and business owners about business, marketing and why they do what they do. #3 Business Podcast in NZ iTunes.

New Zealand Business Mentor - Jun ’15 - Jun ’17

Mentored and developed key high growth businesses on how to create and leverage digital assets. Built 37 module Marketing Mentor programme for business owners.

Gigatown Bid Lead - Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand Sep ’13 - Mar ’14

Led the regional Gigatown bid to get gigabit Internet rolled out across Hawke’s Bay to inspire high tech business relocations to the region.

Chamber of Commerce Board Member - Hawke’s Bay New Zealand Sep ’11 - Sep ’12

Led regional initiatives to improve business performance through the Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce Membership organisation.

Professional Education

altMBA Graduate - New York, United States - May 2017

The altMBA is an intensive workshop designed by Seth Godin for high-performing individuals who want to level up and lead. Received Strickland Award for outstanding contribution to others. Selected as coach for future altMBA courses.

Global Digital Media Conference Attendance - ’10 - ‘17

New York Social Media Week 2017, Sydney Unleash the Power Within 2016, Google Analytics Sydney Conference 2015, Seattle Moz SEO Conference 2013, Boston USA Digital Marketing Conference 2010,

Bachelor of Commerce Major Information Systems - Victoria University ’97 - ‘99

Specialists: enterprise marketing experience, C Level negotiation, business advisory, new product launch, transformation roles, team management, commercial negotiation.

What I do for fun: Brazilian jiu jitsu, running, yoga, horse polo, gardening, climbing.