Grant’s spent twenty years within the field of international electronic funds transfer, payment and settlement. Through a series of acquisitions, mergers, trade sales and good fortune, he ended up rising through the ranks from graduate developer to European general manager of a global player turning over hundreds of millions of dollars and employing in excess of 4000 staff. Calling it a day in 2012, he took on the interim COO challenge of establishing a 150-man start-up within Europe, before accepting the corporate invitation to return to HSBC. Grant’s sold and delivered to almost everyone in this space including global banks, credit-card companies, finance houses and retailers.
Rumoured to need less sleep than Margaret Thatcher, Grant’s a half-decent squash player, one-paced marathon runner, Ironman finisher and father of four boys.
A creative international marketer of repute, David has worked for several of the computing industry’s big-hitters including EMC, Adobe and NetApp. As Vice President of Marketing, he’s had complete responsibility for all manner and facet of the marketing mix, be it product, vertical, direct & indirect, digital and communications, and has grown, directed and managed multi-functional teams of 100+. With an eye permanently focused on the actual return on marketing investment, David is fully aware of the need for marketing to deliver tangible results in the form of lead-generation, demand creation and customer acquisition.
Outside of work, and when he’s not on the business lecture circuit, David also plays squash, runs slower than Grant and has recently taken to the water to swim better than any of his three children.
Co-founding Unix Connections/Connections Recruitment whilst only in his mid-20s provided Carl with ample opportunity for making mistakes. Growing the technology-focused organisation to 40 employees and £10m turnover, twice (it’s a long story), he was salesman, leader, motivator and strategist. He single-handedly recruited over 2500 individuals and generated personal revenues in excess of £4m. Carl guestimates that he has probably interviewed over 5000 people, though admits to being nervous before each and every one.
Since ‘selling-up’ in 2009 it’s fair to say that, apart from investing time, money & energy in several start-up organisations, he hasn’t done a great deal though his Ironman time remains 21 seconds quicker than Grant’s!
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