Steve Hatch, Facebook’s managing director for UK and Ireland, joins the line-up for the Royal Albert Hall showpiece
Facebook now boasts a billion daily users and accounts for nearly 10 per cent of all internet traffic. Last year it overtook Google as a driver to news websites.
And politicians have spotted how influential the company is for its 31 million UK users, with the Conservative party spending a reported £1.2m on Facebook ads in the run-up to last year’s general election.
Facebook’s vast revenues – $18bn (£12.5bn) last year – and rising influence have also brought increased scrutiny, with questions being raised regularly in parliament or the media on the role such tech giants play in the global tax system, or how they can store and use our personal data.
Companies of all sizes now rely on Facebook to reach their customers, including half of IoD members’ businesses. Now you will have the chance to hear from its managing director for UK and Ireland, Steve Hatch, at the Annual Convention in September.
He joins a stellar line-up for the event, where speakers will include Greece’s controversial ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, former chancellor Norman Lamont and award-winning global economist Dambisa Moyo.
Hatch is a widely admired media strategist, having worked for creative agency MEC since its inception in 2002 – and serving as CEO from 2011 – working with clients including Lloyds, Orange and Nintendo.
He co-authored industry-lauded book Rigorous Magic and has previously worked at agencies Y&R Media, PHD and DDB. More big-name guests are still to be announced.
The IoD Annual Conference takes place on 27 September at the Royal Albert Hall.
Prices range from £345 to £6,194 plus VAT (members) and £414 to £7,432.80 plus VAT (non-members)
Read about last year’s Annual Convention here