Sophie Devonshire is the Chief Executive Officer of The Marketing Society (a global network whose purpose is to empower brave leaders).
She is an experienced business leader, entrepreneur, marketer and bestselling author who has worked in and with multinational companies, successful start-ups and agencies.
Her highly creative and commercial approach comes from a career which began with classic management training at Procter & Gamble and then Coca-Cola. She later moved agency-side with Leo Burnett in the Middle East and Interbrand in London. She has personal experience of being a successful entrepreneur, setting up her own award-winning e-commerce business in the middle of the recession which she sold before running a luxury gifts business and then moving onto become CEO of The Caffeine Partnership, an award-winning business consultancy which helps leaders to work with purpose and pace, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer Of The Marketing Society, an organisation founded in 1959 which now has hubs in the UK, the UAE, the US, India, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Sophie is a passionate advocate of flexible and dynamic working as the future of effective companies. She has lived in London, Tallinn and Dubai, consulted for brands across the globe and won awards for her own business ‘sexi-flexi’ approach. Sophie regularly discusses innovative approaches to balance business and family life. Also on the board for the Hammersmith & Fulham Industrial Strategy, Sophie is helping to provide oversight and strategic steer of the borough’s industrial strategy – the first in the UK. As a commentator on the future of marketing and brands, Sophie has won awards for innovative business set-ups which support a futuristic way of working.
Sophie is an acclaimed keynote speaker, talking to organisations and at events regularly about brands, business and leadership. Her book on 21st-century leadership ‘Superfast: Lead at Speed’ was published by John Murray Press and was shortlisted for Business Book of the Year as well as getting to a no.1 spot on Amazon.