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John Vickers - Blue Abyss

John Vickers left the British Army after eight years to work on leadership and management development programmes for a number of Fortune 100 companies. A subsequent move to IBM saw him heading up the department 18 months later. John was then head-hunted to GE Capital, followed by rapid promotion to lead the company’s eBusiness initiative. John has experience of start-ups, one of which influenced IBM to transform their own approach to eBusiness selling. John is also a qualified Six Sigma Black Belt practitioner and believes passionately about connecting our marine evolutionary heritage and future space exploration.

Blue Abyss’ primary function is to enable extreme environment development, both human and robotic, ranging from the offshore energy industry through to the growing human spaceflight sector and adventure tourism. Its pioneering centre will be the most comprehensive deep sea and space research, training and test facility of its kind in the world, unmatched in its breadth of configuration. Image credit: Blue Abyss