Stephen Attenborough keynote speaker
Stephen Attenborough keynote speaker

Stephen Attenborough

Former Chief Customer Officer, Virgin Galactic

Speaker Themes

  • Business lessons from the Virgin Galactic story
  • Making the impossible possible
  • Creating purpose
  • Creating a brand
  • Innovation
  • Customer engagement
  • Creating entrepreneurial cultures

Travels from

London, UK


Stephen Attenborough’s name is synonymous with the opening of space to private individuals. At Sir Richard Branson’s personal invitation, he joined Virgin Galactic as employee number one in 2004, to lay the commercial foundations of the world’s first spaceline. Stephen went on to become the company’s Chief Customer Officer, responsible for initiating and guiding the customer journey to the transformative experience of spaceflight.

His extraordinary 18 years with the company culminated in Richard’s history-making trip to space, and saw Virgin Galactic become the first human spaceflight company to be taken public with its $3bn NYSE listing. Today, Stephen remains a part of the Virgin family as a Board member of the Virgin Group’s foundation, Virgin Unite.

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Stephen has spoken globally at many of the world’s most prestigious events on topics including:

Opening access to space for the benefit of humankind; lessons learnt from the Virgin Galactic story

Making the impossible, possible; forging a brand new industry and building a purposeful and innovative brand from scratch  

Keeping wealthy customers on your side and by your side, regardless of the terrain.

Creating and maintaining an entrepreneurial culture which survived and thrived on the challenging road to space

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