Alex is a noted public speaker, appearing all over the world at major industry events such as ad:tech, Future of Web Apps (London, Las Vegas, Dublin, and Miami), Thinking Digital, Marketing 2.0, CIO Connect, iStrategy, Tech4Africa, MARKA, and Internet World. He’s also spoken at private events for organizations such as Cisco, Deloitte, Infosys, Procter & Gamble, O2, Nationwide, CapitalOne, and the BBC. You can find out more about Alex’s speaking engagements and availability here.
“Exceptional. A truly gifted speaker.” – Royal College of Nursing
Alex most recently served as the Chief Executive of a venture-backed digital music company, with investment from the backers of Twitter, Tumblr, Medium, and Kickstarter. He steered the company from pre-alpha to a Series A financing, a successful international M&A deal, and multi-national growth in under a year.
Previously, Alex served as the global Head of Online Marketing for the Virgin Group, curating the entire Virgin brand’s global digital strategy, as well as Sir Richard Branson’s personal digital strategy.
Before joining the Virgin Group, Alex was based in California at Virgin America, where he used the web to build a grassroots marketing campaign to garner public support for Virgin America’s certification process on a tight schedule and even tighter budget. The campaign was covered by Time magazine, CNN, and CNBC, amongst others. He also oversaw the front-end development of Virgin America’s website which has since won several accolades including ad:tech and Webby Award honors.
Alex currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the UK non-profit Drinkaware. He has also served as an advisor to the Prince of Wales’ Rainforest Trust specifically around the use of social media and engagement to propagate the Trusts’ message.
Alex’s work has been featured in the best-selling book “The Whuffie Factor” by Tara Hunt, he was profiled in the best-seller “Insites: 20 conversations with the biggest names in the web community”, and he has been featured in magazines, TV interviews, and blog/websites around the world.
He has been a mentor at the annual SeedCamp venture capital and angel funding event in London and South Africa, helping young companies refine their marketing and branding before pitching to some of the most influential VCs in the tech community.
Alex currently splits his time between the UK and Northern California.
Thoughts on Alex:
“Alex was leveraging social media before it was the “cool” thing to do. He’s gets how to build brands that truly connect and have a conversation with their audience.”
General Partner, Google Ventures
“Alex is one of the rare breeds in the space that gets both the details and the bigger scope of what’s happening and maybe more importantly where it’s going”
Founder of VaynerMedia, bestselling author
“I worked with Alex during the massively intense startup phase of Virgin America, now the most decorated startup in aviation history.
Alex is highly skilled technically, very collaborative and patient, and pretty damned nice too. Oh, and he works like a dog – not a mere sled dog, but more of a hunting dog. He covered a lot of ground and initiated much during our collaboration.
If I were to start another airline, I deserve to be shot, but I would certainly ask Alex to join me for the ride.”
President – Flexjet
Founding CEO – Virgin America (04-08)
President – Delta Airlines ( 00-04)
President – Lufthansa
“Alex is as engaging as he is informative. I describe him somewhere between half-geek and full-geek . . . and that’s the highest compliment I can give. Having someone like Alex around reminds us that all great marketing is, indeed, interactive marketing.”
Global Managing Director
Crispin Porter + Bogusky
“Alex Hunter is one of the most sophisticated professionals in today’s Online and Social Media Landscape. His efforts produce not only online buzz but offline word-of-mouth and therefore sales. Compared to other professionals in the business he is a leading thinker ahead of time and a passionate speaker. I’m more than excited to have him coming over to our next conference – thanks to Alex Hunter our conference was always very well evaluated!”
Nils Andres, Marketing 2.0
“This guy knows brand.”
Dave Morin, Path
“Alex’s holistic approach and eye for even the smallest details mean that complete brand consistency is ensured across the board, and any project that has his vision behind it is destined to succeed.”
Elliot Jay Stocks, World-Renowned Designer
“Alex is a passionate online marketer — He has a solid track record of building programs which engage customers and drive loyalty for brands large and small. He’s a true visionary who gets things done and delivers results.”
National Hockey League Players’ Association