Chris Matthews

CEO, Harding+


I am currently CEO of Harding+, the world’s number one cruise retailer operating on over 90 ships for 16 cruise lines. Harding+ was acquired by Davidson Kempner Capital Management from global travel retail operator Flemingo International in 2020.

I was formerly the CEO of Buzz Bingo, the market leader in Bingo in the UK driven through online and retail clubs, until the end of 2022. During my tenure, we took the business through an online launch, a complete rebranding and cultural change, as well as  a large capital restructuring with Caledonia Investments, in response to the pandemic. We completed a secondary buyout to Intermediate Capital Group in 2021.

Before Buzz, I led the transformation of market leader GO Outdoors, steering the business, which was backed by 3i and its founders, through to a successful exit in the summer of 2017 to its new home, JD Sports PLC.

I will be sharing my experience of: joining businesses mid-investment, and what it takes to reinvigorate growth and culture through times of adversity, with a key focus on:

  • Financial and operational turnaround
  • Aligning MIPs
  • Running a successful exit process.

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