Bryan Taylor, Non Executive Chairman

Bryan Taylor joined Elateral in June 2011. Bryan is a respected and experienced senior executive with 35 years of experience within the IT industry. During his career he has held senior positions in Nixdorf, Nokia, ICL and Fujitsu.

Since leaving Fujitsu in 2000 he has Chaired a succession of venture capital backed high tech companies assisting their management teams to restructure their businesses both financially and operationally and to deliver on their strategic plans. In addition to his responsibilities at Elateral, Bryan also chairs Rostima and Cluster Seven.

 

Perry Kamel - Chief Executive Officer

Perry brings a wealth of experience and insight.  Prior to joining Elateral, Perry was a founding  Managing Director of Accenture Interactive, where he was  considered a leader on the fusion of technology and marketing. Perry’s experience and vision around the impact of content atomisation across multiple digital channels made Elateral a natural choice. The addition of Perry to the Elateral Board further strengthens Elateral’s authority as a leader in global content enablement.

Perry has over twenty-four years experience delivering transformational performance improvement through advanced technologies and digital capabilities, allowing optimization of online and offline content for high profile companies. Prior to Accenture, Perry served as Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer for technology firms Ciena, Inc. and Siemens Information & Communication Networks, as well as a divisional CEO for Siemens Next Generation Carrier Networks.

As a former board member of the National Telecommunications Association and a McKinsey & Company alumni with extensive experience in applied innovation, Perry is no stranger to working with cutting edge technology companies.  As a recognized pioneer in multi-channel interactive marketing, he also has two highly-successful web technology and services start-ups to his credit.

 

John Elkins, Chairman Emeritus & Director

John Elkins has full P & L responsibility as President, First Data – International Regions.  In this role, Elkins leads First Data’s business in its Asia-Pacific (APAC), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Latin American (LA) regions. Elkins also leads the company’s corporate strategy function.

John has been at the leading edge of thinking in marketing, branding and corporate reputation for the past 25 years. He was Executive Vice President of Global Brand, Marketing & Communications at Visa International where he launched their first major repositioning in 30 years, initiated a worldwide corporate reputation program and managed global sponsorships with organizations such as FIFA, the International Olympic Committee and the Rugby World Cup.

John is also a successful entrepreneur; he was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of FutureBrand where he built, acquired and managed 23 offices globally with over 1000 employees. Other senior positions have included CEO of the globally recognised firm The Naisbitt Group.

John sits on numerous boards and committees including the United Nations Advisory Group for Inclusive Financial Services, First Data JV Board – Wells Fargo Merchant Services, FINCA International Board of Directors and the World Travel and Tourism Council Executive Committee.

 

Robert Whitby-Smith, Non Executive Board member

Robert Whitby-Smith is a partner of Albion Ventures LLP, a leading independent private equity business, managing c.£250 million across nine Venture Capital Trusts. Albion was formed by the Close Ventures' management team to acquire Close Brothers Group PLC's venture capital business, Close Ventures Limited.

 

Jamie Szpiro, Non Executive Board member

Jamie Szpiro joined LMS Capital in June 2008 from Singer & Friedlander where he was a Director in the Corporate and Structured finance team focusing on mid-market buy outs. Joining the Elateral board in July 2010, Jamie has a broad range of financial experience spanning Corporate Finance, Property Finance and Leveraged Finance at organisations including Hill Samuel and ING Barings. He also has direct operational and M&A experience having been a senior Director of Wintrust plc, where he oversaw its sale and subsequent integration into Singer and Friedlander.

Jamie has served on five LMS portfolio company board since joining and is currently a director of Apogee Group Ltd. He also co-manages LMS's investment in Nationwide Energy Partners. Jamie has an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University.
 

Angus de Watteville, Chief Financial Officer

After raising seed venture funding from 3i Group in January 1998 to spin Elateral out of its parent, Angus came to Elateral as Managing Director. Prior to 1998 Angus had joined a high tech engineering business, Straightpoint Ltd, as a start-up where he was originally responsible for Production, then Research and Development, and latterly their international Sales and Marketing arm.

Under his stewardship world-wide distribution channels were built up, selling product into more than 40 countries world-wide. Between 1988 and 1990, Angus also founded and ran a software company developing and selling CNC machine-tool control systems to large engineering companies.

 

Peter Blackburn, Chief Technical Officer

Peter, an Elateral founder, with over 15 years of professional software development experience, has been instrumental in the vision behind the Elateral product range, and in transforming that vision into reality.

Before founding Elateral in 1997, Peter was a Development Manager at PhoneLink, an information services company based in the North West of England. While he was with PhoneLink, the company grew from a new technology start-up with a staff of 12 to a 250 strong London Stock Exchange listed organisation.