Louise Rogers

Milestones

CEO and Chair, TES Global for 10 years
Turnaround of Guitar Player consumer business in San Fran
Acquired New Scientist with small private consortium
Mother to the lovely Ned and Zola

 

Super strengths

Strategic and operational analysis
Change management
Building culture
Customer-focusing products

 

Weaknesses:

If I don’t like the customer base – I can’t really be bothered with the business
I tend to over-engineer the answer
I am a design junky. I will judge you by your logo and I know it’s wrong…

Louise Rogers

 

As CEO and then Chair of TES Global, Louise oversaw the transformation of the traditional print-based education business into a global, digital platform that comprises one of the biggest online recruitment markets as well as the largest online network of teachers – which also happens to be the world’s largest single-profession social network.

 

Louise led TES’s rapid global expansion and sales growth through three separate private equity investors – Exponent, Charterhouse and TPG.

 

An award-winning editor and journalist in her early career, Louise continues to advise private equity backed businesses and serves on the Advisory Board of GSV Acceleration, an education-focused VC firm based in Chicago and Silicon Valley. She also recently acquired the New Scientist, alongside a small group of private investors, where she will act as a NED.

 

Favorite Quote

“It’s scientifically impossible for the bumblebee to fly; but the bumblebee, being unaware of these scientific facts, flies anyway.”

 

This is actually not even true – but it is what my headteacher at school signed off with at the end of every single daily assembly, for six years until I was 17. In fact bees beat the laws of aerodynamics simply by beating their wings faster than other insects. Essentially, they just work harder.

 

Advice to entrepreneurs?

Don’t believe your own bullshit. Constantly worry about the bits of your business you hate, and spend only moments being happy about the bits you have conquered.

 

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