As Head of Innovation at JWT Atlanta, Charles Ogilvie brings more than 20 years of global experience in innovation, spanning from retail and hospitality technology, mobile, satellite and terrestrial communications, aviation, FinTech and interactive platform architecture, content & analytics to traditional entertainment. In addition to client-side agency management, Charles has also developed, negotiated and executed interactive content deals with major brands such as Google, Land Rover, Virgin Atlantic and others.
Previously, he has served multi-million dollar startup and corporate efforts, including leading the design and execution of the award winning guest-engagement system, Red, as the Founding Director of Inflight Entertainment & Partnerships at Virgin America. He brought Seatback Food and Drink Ordering, payment processing and settlement and a cashless cabin to the skies, made seat upgrades, lounge access upgrades, and seat changes and other reservation system functionality easier on Virgin’s hospitality kiosks and on other platforms, made WiFi an expectation as well as a tool for crew optimization, and helped rethink legacy B2C and B2B models.
He has held numerous executive roles including VP Asia Pacific at Zodiac Aerospace Inflight Innovations, Executive Director of Business Development in Silicon Valley and Executive Director of China at Panasonic Avionics. At Panasonic, he was responsible for running Panasonic Avionics’ China Region and developing and managing its’ strategy for China and was posted in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.
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As an Investment Director at Livingbridge, Steve leads the Growth team, specialising in investing up to £5m in earlier stage businesses looking scale. Through this, he absolutely understands the challenges faced by management teams when looking to expand their business and can help anticipate and remove the pain points.
Steve builds long-term, trusted relationships with management teams and entrepreneurial business owners, who aspire to achieve great things. Since joining Livingbridge in 2010, Steve has been involved in investments in In The Style, Symphony Ventures, BoilerJuice, Carousel Logistics, Contractor Mortgages Made Easy, Kingsbridge and Happy Days.
Prior to joining Livingbridge, Steve spent 12 years as a Chartered Accountant in global businesses, including KPMG. During this time he advised clients on M&A, due diligence and fund raising. In his spare time, Steve enjoys travelling and spending time with his two young children. He is a keen motorsport enthusiast and a bad golfer.
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