Lawrence Wilkinson (Vice Chair), Co-Founder, Oxygen Media and Global Business Network
Lawrence Wilkinson is Chairman of Heminge & Condell, a strategic advisory and investment firm. A widely consulted and cited authority on strategic issues, venture formation, and product/brand development, he is a frequent speaker in public, industry, and corporate settings, and is active in a variety of not-for-profit organizations.
Lawrence also serves as Vice Chairman of Oxygen Media, Inc., a diversified media company that he co-founded in June of 1998 with partners including Geraldine Laybourne, Oprah Winfrey, Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, AOL, and Disney. Oxygen currently provides a cable television service reaching over 25 million households in the United States and award-winning web services (www.oxygen.com, www.oprah.com, thriveonline.com) generating over 100 million page views per month. He co-conceived the company, led Oxygen's planning and corporate development efforts, and oversaw Oxygen's West Coast operations and alliances. He stays involved in the company as an advisor and Vice Chairman of Oxygen's Board of Directors.
Prior to co-founding Oxygen, Lawrence co-founded and served as President of Global Business Network (GBN), an Emeryville, California-based strategic consulting firm (now part of the Monitor Group), where he remains active as a Network member. GBN has been central to the development and spread of the Scenario Planning technique, an approach to addressing very large decisions and very long time horizons that has become a critical component of organizational and project planning worldwide. At GBN, Lawrence concentrated on strategic positioning issues and on product, service, and venture development. He divided his time between strategy work with GBN's member companies, primarily in the finance/financial services, media and entertainment, communications, marketing, and publishing arenas, and the management and growth of GBN itself. His clients included IBM, Dupont, BellSouth, Andersen Consulting (Accenture), Sears, Charles Schwab, Swedbank, ATT, Hewlett Packard, Disney, Weiden & Kennedy, Interpublic, Leo Burnett, UPS, and the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Singapore. Lawrence also served as a director and as Chief Architect of Wired Ventures, the partnership that built and managed Wired Magazine, Wired Digital/HotWired, and other ventures.
From 1984 to 1990, Lawrence was President of Colossal Pictures, an award-winning film and television production company. Lawrence was responsible for all activities of Colossal, its USFX division and Big Pictures subsidiary, and its affiliated companies (e.g., Pixar and Konnick) globally.
Prior to joining Colossal, Lawrence was the managing partner of Wilkinson and Associates, a consulting firm offering counsel on business strategy and venture formation to such clients as Sony, W. H. Freeman & Co./Scientific American, and COMSAT/STC. In 1983, he partnered with Tom Peters to create Excel/Net, a multimedia management program still in use at companies around the world.
From 1979 through 1981, Lawrence was Senior Vice President of KQED, Inc., San Francisco (KQED-TV and FM, KQEC-TV, and Focus, the area's largest "city" magazine), where he directed all planning, production, marketing, and publishing activities. From 1976 to 1979, he was director of planning and marketing for the Educational Broadcasting Corporation (WNET-TV, New York City).
Lawrence has authored and edited numerous publications and Harvard Business School case studies ranging from Public Broadcasting in the U.S. (Harvard Business School Press) to The Cambridge Milton (Cambridge University Press). He is co-author of The Future of Shopping (Harvard Business School Press; forthcoming). He has produced and executive-produced numerous television programs, multimedia titles, and feature films, including Crumb (Sony Pictures Classics). He also has contributed regularly to general and business periodicals and national television, cable, and radio business news programs, including Wired, Backstage, Business Times, Nightly Business Report, and The Wall Street Journal Report. Lawrence is a frequently featured speaker at business and industry meetings, and is currently serving as a McKinsey Prize judge.
Lawrence is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Oxford University, and Davidson College. In addition to serving as Chairman of Heminge & Condell and Vice-Chair of Oxygen Media's Board, Lawrence is an Advisory Director of Vennworks, Ealing Studios (London), and Reaxion, and a Director of Design Within Reach, and Lieberman Productions. He has served on the boards of Wired Ventures, Broderbund Software, GBN, Direct Medical Knowledge, and Colossal Pictures. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of Davidson College, and sits on the Boards of Public Radio International, and The Family Media Alliance; he served for years as Vice Chair of the San Francisco Film Society/San Francisco International Film Festival.
Lawrence lives in San Francisco with his daughter, Nora.