What Mario Andretti and the CEO of Centaur have in common…

Swag Mukerji CEO Centaur Media Plc talks to Suki Thompson, Founder Let's Reset

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 ‘If you feel in control, you’re not going fast enough,’ the famous racing driver Mario Andretti once said.  

Whilst Swag Mukerji, the CEO of Centaur, isn't a racing driver, he has a very similar philosophy, as I found out recently when I interviewed him for our leadership channel, Perform. I have known and worked with Swag for almost 5 years, since I sold my previous company, Oystercatchers to Centaur Media, but it was great to hear a little more about what drives this very determined and thoughtful CEO. 

Swag’s leadership philosophy is all about stretching himself and others to achieve great things. During our chat, we talked about his upbringing, the prejudice he faced and why he now lives by the motto, ‘Can Do. Will Do. Now’. It’s a fascinating insight into a leader who reveals so much about himself in our short time together. Most remarkably perhaps is his journey towards losing almost 100lbs in weight during lockdown.

Typical for a man who is so focussed and whose renewed interest in his own health now encompasses breath work as part of his wellbeing journey. We also discuss his desire to create an inclusive, open culture at Centaur. The creation of DICE, their development board of volunteers ensures that all staff are represented at board level, and that social , charity, wellbeing and diversity ideas are championed at the highest level. Watch the Extra out-take from the interview for more on this ! 

 

Suki Thompson

Founder CEO , Let's Reset

Suki Thompson is well-known in the media and communications industry as a serial entrepreneur; co-founder of the award winning Oystercatchers, marketing consultancy, Haystack and Bunker Gin and now Founder of Let’s Reset, the cultural change transformation company. She is also Executive Director Xeim/Centaur Media and NED Gateley Plc. As a transformational business leader with a passion for promoting business cultures founded on commercial effectiveness, wellbeing and resilience, Suki is regularly named as one of the most powerful people in advertising by industry bible Campaign, was a previous Chair of The Marketing Society, a member of WACL, received an Honorary Doctorate from Coventry University for Marketing & Entrepreneurship and in 2018 landed Entrepreneur of the Year by WinTrade. She has advised some of the most powerful brands globally including, McDonald’s, Samsung, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Barclay’s and Landmark and worked with the top agency groups including WPP, Omnicom, Havas, Publicis and Interpublic. Suki was a Trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support for eight years, following her first of four cancer diagnoses in 2008. Since then she has discovered she holds the BRCA gene. This has led her to think carefully about her own wellbeing and contributed to her enormous resilience which led her to writing the book, Let’s Reset. Suki has two children Jaz, who heads up Let’s Reset Education and Sam, both of whom appear in her book, Let's Reset with Rankin.
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