Dr. Chris Floyd – Business, Technology and Market Strategist
Chris Floyd is a non-executive director of British Engines Ltd. Group, a $300 million turnover family owned engineered components business active in the oil and gas equipment industry, and a non-executive director of ComAp a.s., a private $100 million turnover Czech based company producing electronic control systems for the energy industry. He also advises both companies on growth strategy, global sales and market development.
He also teaches strategy and corporate governance, and facilitates strategy development programs and reviews for industrial and corporate clients.
Chris retired from Rolls-Royce plc in 2012, where for thirteen years he was the Business Development Director. He was involved in the group’s aerospace systems strategy, long-term scenario development, and strategic research. He also had specific responsibility for the strategy and development of the group’s energy, offshore and marine businesses, which grew ten fold to £7 billion turnover over this period. During this period he was Chairman of Bergen Engines AS, Chairman of Tidal Generation Ltd., and a Director of the Energy Technologies Institute. He initiated and led the €3.4 billion acquisition of Tognum AG by Rolls-Royce in 2011. He has also served as a non-executive director of the UK Offshore Renewable Energy Centre and of Isentropic Ltd., a start up company developing a novel type of energy storage technology.
Before joining Rolls-Royce, he spent eleven years with Arthur D Little, the strategy and technology consultancy, where he was a European Director, focusing on innovation and growth strategies for technology based industrial, medical and consumer products companies, ranging from new start-ups to large multinational corporations. His early career was in engineering research with Lloyds Register and with the Tube Investments Group.
Chris has a degree in engineering from Trinity College, Cambridge, a doctorate in aeronautical engineering from the University of Bristol and an MBA from London Business School. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a past fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy. He has also written a book on technology and R&D strategy for industrial products companies, titled ‘Managing Technology for Corporate Success.”