Beards in the boardroom


When King of Shaves founder Will King blamed falling razor sales on the rise of the “whole internet entrepreneur ‘I work in Shoreditch, I don’t need to shave’ look”, it confirmed business beards were no longer the preserve of Silicon Valley start-ups and Sir Richard Branson. With a recent New York Times editorial noting facial topiary has evolved from “sloppy” to “hipster” to “power move”, boardroom beards are clearly increasingly commonplace. Here are Director’s top six hirsute high-flyers…

will haywardWill Hayward

Who European vice-president of media website BuzzFeed and speaker at last year’s IoD Annnual Convention

Beard style Feral Nordic fisherman



eric_beard_careEric Bandholz

Who Entrepreneur behind Beardbrand, a company selling beard oil and grooming products “for the urban beardsman”

Beard style Lonesome lumberjack




Who Silicon Roundabout events company aiming to “grow the global start-up community one follicle at a time”

Beard style Brian Blessed



BransonSir Richard Branson

Who Founder, Virgin Group

Beard style The prototype for every business beard, ever



simon koneckiSimon Konecki

Who Co-founder of ethical bottled water company Life Water and sister charity Drop4Drop. Also Adele’s boyfriend

Beard style Small woodland mammal



alan and garyAlan and Gary Keery

Who Entrepreneurial twins behind east London’s Cereal Killer Cafe, rendezvous for Coco Pops-loving hipsters

Beard style Double stubble

About author

Christian Koch

Christian Koch

Alongside his work for Director, Christian has written features for the Evening Standard, The Guardian, Sunday Times Style, The Independent, Q, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, ShortList and Glamour in an eclectic career which has seen him interview everybody from Mariah Carey to Michael Douglas through to Richard Branson with newspaper assignments including reporting on the Japanese tsunami and living with an Italian cult.

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