David Levin (businessman)
|Born||1963 (age 50–51)|
|Alma mater||Wadham College, Oxford|
|Occupation||CEO, UBM plc|
As a child, Levin lived in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe). His father was a political journalist, and in 1965 when Levin was two, the family were given a day to leave the country. In consequence he has expressed his gratitude to the opportunities given him to him in his adopted country, and about the advantages of immigration. He attended St Paul's School in London. Levin has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University (1983), and an MBA from Stanford University (1984). Levin was born into an unobservant Jewish family and has since become a self-declared Liberal Jew.
Levin is currently CEO of UBM plc, having succeeded Clive Hollick on 5 April 2005. At UBM Levin set out to focus on building the business in emerging markets and live events, such as exhibitions, by buying smaller companies and selling print titles. He has also encouraged the company to use digital media and mobile technologies. In so doing, he has warned repeatedly that media companies must adopt new business models as fast as possible. Under his direction, UBM is now one of the world's largest events businesses having expanded into new and emerging markets such as China, India, Brazil, Vietnam and Indonesia. On 16 September 2013 UBM announced David Levin’s resignation as Chief Executive Officer which comes into effect on 31 July 2014.
He was previously CEO of Symbian plc from April 2002 when the company built the operating system to power the first generation of smartphones. He also held senior positions at Psion, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, Apax Partners, Universal Grinding Wheels of Stafford and Bain & Company.
Levin is married to Lindsay Levin, the founder and managing partner of Leaders’ Quest, a social enterprise that brings together leaders from all disciplines and sectors to use their influence to create change. David and Lindsay have three sons. He was on the finance committee of the Oxford University Press. His mother, Leah Levin OBE, was a director of the human rights organisation JUSTICE. His brother Jeremy Levin was recently named CEO of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the largest company in Israel by market cap.
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