Chris Gilbey OAM

Chris GilbreyCreative and Dreams is proud to welcome a new talented and creative professional to our wonderful family of unique talent and expertise.

Chris Gilbey OAM is a serial entrepreneur with expertise in intellectual property based, early stage ventures.

He emigrated to Australia in 1972 and became a successful music entrepreneur signing and guiding the careers of a host of successful Australian artists including AC/DC, InXs, John Paul Young, The Church, The Saints, Keith Urban, Tommy Emmanuel, as well as representing some of the world’s leading publishing catalogues, including those of Elvis Presley and the Beatles. Chris was co-founder of the music industry charity, The Golden Stave Foundation and was awarded the Order of Australia in 1992 for his contribution to charity and the music industry.

In the 1990’s when Internet browsers were invented he realized the potential for the Internet to be a hugely disruptive force on the music industry. While Senior VP at BMG Music in Sydney, he initiated the first sales of CDs online in Australia and was one of the first people in the music industry to utilize streaming audio. He wrote a book predicting the rise of music downloads and peer-to-peer file sharing and set up several of the early web-based businesses.

He moved into the audio technology sector becoming CEO of Lake Technology (ASX) in 2001 where he developed the brand and product strategy that led to the sale of the company to Dolby Laboratories (NYSE). He consulted to Dolby on global strategy and increased revenue growth by improving business-to-business communications in the key manufacturing markets of Japan, China and Korea.

In 2006 he co-founded Vquence, to provide Internet video metrics and is a non-exec director.

Chris consults on strategy to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science where he is Entrepreneur In Residence. He has been instrumental in developing a spin-out business for inexpensive hydrogen manufacture and is now working on second spin out, based on 3D printing and novel materials. He is also co-writing an organizational management book for non-managers, and leads The Transition Project, which involves PhD students researching industry strategy through a dialogue with the heads of companies.

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