Professor Turner’s career included seven years with the UK chemical company, ICI and ten years with Levi Strauss Europe where his various postings included two years as Director of Strategic Planning, and three as Marketing Director for Spain. He left Levi’s in order to launch his own jeans marketing company, after which he subsequently acquired and managed another small company, both in Spain.
In 1999 he joined INSEAD as Professor of entrepreneurship, specifically teaching MBA courses on acquisitions, new business creation, and managing growth ventures, on both the Fontainebleau and Singapore campuses.
In January 2003 he relocated to the Singapore campus and launched the new International Centre for Entrepreneurship.
In addition to the entrepreneurship courses he taught at INSEAD, Professor Turner was a Visiting Professor at Reykjavik University, Iceland, and has also taught courses in France, Spain, Estonia, and South America. In addition he has given guest lectures at a number of institutions across Asia. He was co-author of a book on Entrepreneurship in Asia published by John Wiley & Sons in March 2005.
He was on the board of directors of a young start-up company in Singapore, and acted as advisor to a number of other young ventures, including one venture capital fund. He was a member of the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE), launched by the Singapore government in 2003.
Aside from professional interests, his major passion was classical music, and in 1999 he published a book on Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations, of which the second edition was published in 2007.
Professor Turner held a BA from Oxford University, and an MBA from INSEAD.