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The Euro 50 Q&A – Simon Calver, Lovefilm

Online streaming service and DVD retailer Lovefilm was acquired by Amazon at the turn of the year. Under the leadership of CEO Simon Calver, the company increased its UK workforce by 20% as it continued to expand. As well as striking new content deals this year – most notably an exclusive new pay TV window with Warner Bros – the company has also launched on a range of connected devices, including the iPad, Sony Playstation 3 and Sony Bravia TVs.

Age 47

Education Degree in Computer Science

Previous positions Chief operating officer/president, Riverdeep Plc; general manager/vice-president, Dell UK/Ireland Home and SME; vice-president, sales operations, PepsiCola International; General manager/vice-president, PepsiCola UK/Ireland.

Last year’s highlights Getting a great partner on-board like Amazon to help lead the business into the next phase of dramatic growth.

Most significant industry development The launch of new OTT services with exclusive and great content.

Goals for next year To accelerate subscriber growth rate and launch Lovefilm on even more new devices.

Industry challenges and opportunities New competitors coming into the entertainment space in Europe such as Google and Netflix.

Alternative career choice Another consumer facing product/technology business that would disrupt existing ‘old markets’ by offering great value, service and solutions for its customers. I like to shake up the status quo.

TV character most identified with Benjamin Button, I have a new 12-week old son that is keeping me youthful…again.

Most admired personality Nelson Mandela – to have the resilience to survive what he did to come out stronger with a vision to change and lead.

Life outside work Cycle and drink great wine but not together.