Mike Harris – Garlik, First Direct, Egg
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Serial entrepreneur (Garlik, First Direct, Egg, etc.)
Mike Harris is co-founder and Executive Chairman of the UK’s leading online identity company Garlik, which develops software and services to help control and protect people’s personal information and identity online.
Garlik now operates in the UK, USA, Germany and Italy and plans to launch in Turkey and India in 2011. It’s that rarity, a UK technology company which is having an impact internationally.
Mike has created three iconic consumer businesses: Egg plc, the UK’s first online bank; Firstdirect, the world’s first telephone banking operation; and Mercury Communications, the UK’s second largest telecommunications operator. He turned each of these into £1 billion plus concerns – Egg reached this figure in three years.
Mike was chairman of innovation at the Royal Bank of Scotland from 2005 to 2009 and was a regular speaker at mid-career MBA courses at the Sloan business School MIT from 1996 to 2008.
When he’s not occupied with Garlik, Mike works with entrepreneurs and innovators in all sizes of business, helping them achieve breakthrough results.