GDS Group appoints Charles Oakley as CEO after significant growth

GDS Group Charles Oakley

GDS Group, the Bristol-based B2B events company has appointed a new Group CEO to lead its next phase of growth.

Charles Oakley will lead the company into its next phase of growth.

Started in 1993 by the company’s founder and chairman, Spencer Green, GDS Group has grown into a more than 500 strong employee company, with offices in Leeds, New York and Miami , and Kosovo supporting a global client base of both multinational and start-up IT and marketing technology companies, from its head office in Bristol, UK.

In March 2020, GDS Group became fully digital-first, having previously provided both physical and digital events. Within 24 months, the company further evolved to become a multi-channel business partner – delivering three unique digital event platforms for more than 2,000 technology solution providers and in excess of 500 senior executives per week.

In December 2021, GDS Group reported a 98 per cent year on year YoY growth, and built seven permanent green-screen studio spaces using 3D technology in Unreal Engine in the heart of Bristol, to take full control of its production outputs.

The company has also invested in translating its unique and high-production value digital events production experience into a SaaS product, Jugo, which will help support the future of hybrid work by reimagining the virtual experience for better work outputs, via self-serve 3D engagement environments.

Spencer Green, GDS Group’s founder and Chairman, said: “GDS have made giant strides in the last turbulent 24 months. We have invested heavily, won awards and set ourselves up for our next period of development.

“It is timely that after all we have achieved in the past 29 years – and especially after the challenges of the last 24 months – that we continue to move forward.  GDS requires an ever-strengthened Senior Leadership Team, and it is with huge excitement and our pleasure that Charles Oakley is the new CEO of the GDS Group.”

Spencer will be moving into the role of GDS Group’s Chairman; leading strategy, acquisitions, and supporting the company’s 2022 SaaS product launch in Jugo.

Charles said: “I’m incredibly honored to be leading GDS Group into the next phase of development and continued growth. For me, the best thing about this business is the people and how we continually challenge ourselves to improve to the better, make our business better and deliver better results for our customers.

“Now is the time to take that passion, drive and knowledge to new and existing customer globally, and grow GDS Group’s reputation as the world leading pipeline and digital events platform partner.”