4 JULY 2022


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Article from BTNews 4 JULY 2022

ON THE SOAPBOX: Gareth Rogers, CEO of Farnborough International

Next Monday Farnborough returns, a vital biennial gathering of the world’s aerospace industry since 1948. 

Controlling the vast enterprise is Gareth Rogers, who joined as CEO in 2018 on the brink of the company opening its brand new £34m exhibition and conference centre.  The 2020 show did not take place due to the pandemic.  

Prior to Farnborough International, Gareth spent more than six years with Southampton Football Club, Chief Executive since 2014. Under Gareth’s leadership Southampton FC saw a significant rise in turnover and considerable commercial success.  He joined Southampton from Deloitte LLP where he was a senior manager.

"The Farnborough International Airshow returns as the pinnacle aerospace and aviation event in the industry 18−22 July 2022.

The largest and most international attended aerospace event in three years, the airshow is a must-attend event for the aerospace, aviation, space and defence industry. Offering the who’s who of the sector across the vast exhibition space and a host of brand-new features, the show promising unrivalled networking and insight-generating opportunities to support the reconnection of leaders from around the world and enable business growth and recovery.

Building upon the success of the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow, which saw deals worth $192 billion made, the show is propelling itself to new heights.

Industry-leading Exhibition & Smart Networking

The 2022 event will see the expansion of our smart networking opportunities with the launch of the Business Connection Exchange – formerly Meet the Buyer – the evolution of turnkey ??chalets and a new Space Zone taking place within one of the new 22,000ft sound stages on-site at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, as part of the new Farnborough International Studios.

Steering the conversation on six core themes pertinent to the aerospace, aviation and defence industries, Farnborough International Airshow will focus on the future of the industry, sustainability, aerospace and defence thought leadership, space, future workforce and air travel.

Showcasing an exhibition of industry-leading pioneers and programme of thought leadership, the airshow will be the first truly international opportunity to witness the leaps in development that have taken place as well as showcasing innovation to a truly global audience, face-to-face. Industry pioneers such as BAE Systems, Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Raytheon Technologies have established their positions at the five-day phenomenon.

A New Pioneering Global Forum

Launching at this year’s airshow, the Aerospace Global Forum (AGF) is a revolutionary global platform that aims to champion change and drive immediate action, accelerating transition to the new, net-zero economy.

Developed by Farnborough International and ADS, AGF will bring global leaders together, across all sectors and geographies, to drive conversation and interrogate issues to actively change the world for the better for the very first time. Working with world-leading consultancies as well as US government officials, UK government departments and ADS, AGF will set the agenda for industry in the years ahead, discussing the new digital workforce and future leaders of the aerospace and defence industry, and preparing organisations for the new skills needed in an AI-fuelled world.

FINN Sessions will be returning to the airshow, with a curated programme of thought leaders, innovators and disrupters to showcase the upcoming trends of the aerospace industry across three theatres. Delivered by leading industry experts, FINN Sessions will be providing holistic overviews and tactical updates on key innovations, technology and initiatives across the aerospace sphere.

Inspiring The Next Generation

Pioneers of Tomorrow is bringing the world of aerospace to the next generation of leaders with a dedicated day to inspire, engage and recruit the industry’s future workforce.

Organised in collaboration between Farnborough International and ADS, and as part of the world-famous Farnborough International Airshow, the event will take place on Friday 22 July and provides industry exhibitors a rare opportunity to engage with and inspire future aerospace recruits.

Aimed at school leavers, graduates and career movers, Pioneers of Tomorrow will introduce the next generation of leaders, innovators, and pioneers to employers, providing valuable insight into the wealth of career opportunities available throughout dynamic, global industries.

Industry-leading Flying Display

We are thrilled to see the return of our full aircraft flying and static displays. Showcasing the most advanced aircraft across commercial and military aviation design, the daily flying display brings innovation to the skies of Farnborough.

Taking place on each afternoon of the show, the daily flying display sees the most advanced aircraft in both commercial and military design, including commercial airlines, jets and helicopters.

Running in parallel to the exhibition, the static display gives visitors the opportunity to view the aircraft up close, with the natural amphitheatre of the Farnborough Aerodrome allowing aircraft to be displayed to maximum effect".


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