John Smith is a venture partner at Edge, bringing with him over 25 years’ experience in consumer businesses. Most recently, John served as Chief Operating Officer of Burberry Group PLC for 7 years before leaving in 2017. John also spent 23 years at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). He was Chief Executive of the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide from 2004 to 2012 and prior to that held a variety of positions including Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance, Property & Business Affairs. At Edge, John supports the team with investment opportunities in a number of UK creative businesses, in particular in brands, fashion, media and entertainment.
John had been a director of Burberry since 2009 and continued to be a member of the Burberry Board up until 2017. He is a Director of Travelport, a leading Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment, mobile and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry, based in the U.K.
John previously served as a non-executive director of Severn Trent plc and Vickers PLC and also on the Accounting Standards Board from 2001 to 2004.