In his roles as CEO and CFO, John has led the Group through a number of phases of change, since joining in 2015. Initially as CFO, driving the financial strategy of the business and more recently as CEO, focusing on the disposal of the Payments business and the growth of the Proximity Marketing Division.
During his 20 years at Global Insurance Company Aviva, John gained significant operational experience and led a number of cost management programmes. He was also responsible for a number of mergers and acquisitions during his time here, including transactions with RAC, CGNU, and London and Edinburgh.
John then spent two years as an Executive Director of IT software company, Validus, where he helped to double the size of the company, commercialise the company’s services, and led the process to its sale to private equity group Lloyds Development Capital. Both roles have also consolidated his experience in sales and marketing. John joins Proxama after serving as Divisional Finance Director at RAC Motoring Service, supporting the sales process between The Carlyle Group and GIC, for a reported £2bn.
Kelvin Harrison is a chartered engineer with extensive experience in executive and non-executive roles across the information technology, media and telecommunications sector. His involvement has spanned from start up, through VC and PE investment to IPOs on LSE and AIM and exits via trade sale. He was previously CEO of Vega Group plc and Maxima Holdings plc, which he founded and grew to more than £50M revenues, £9M pbt and 500 staff. He was also CEO of Symbionics Group, a pioneer in wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, and an NED with UBC Media Group plc.
He has led high growth of revenues and profits in British and International businesses, with a recent focus on Software as a Service (SaaS). He was Chairman of NetDespatch which was recently purchased in a strategic acquisition by Royal Mail Group. He is also Chairman of Traveltek, Atlas Cloud and Clixifix.
David Bailey had a career as a stockbroker with Phillips and Drew/UBS for many years specialising in equity and derivative markets. Since leaving the City in 1988, he has served as a non-executive director of about 30 public and private companies. He was a director of DataCash Group PLC throughout its “quoted” life of 10 years, prior to the AIM listed payment Service Provider being acquired by Mastercard® in 2010. David is presently a director of a number of companies, including the web based legal publisher Mondaq Limited and MET Parking Limited and is also a director of Greenham Common Trust. David’s wide experience includes mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, business angel financing and corporate governance.
Shaun was most recently Managing Director of Advertising at Telefónica where he had been leading the transformation and growth of Telefónica’s Advertising businesses globally, developing pioneering marketing solutions in the digital world.
Prior to his role at Telefónica, Gregory held a number of executive roles at companies including Telegraph Media Group and EMAP, where he was Managing Director of National Brands. He has over 25 years media experience, both in the UK and internationally, spanning all forms of media. He is an insightful and respected authority in the advertising field, and has served on a number of industry trade bodies, including the Global Board of the Mobile Marketing Association and The Children’s Panel for the Advertising Association. He is also Non Executive Chairman at WEVE, a UK joint venture between Vodafone, Everything Everywhere and Telefónica and currently serves as a Non Executive Director on various Boards, including Ocean Outdoor, the UK’s leading player in large format digital Out-of-Home.
Commenting on the Board appointment, Neil Garner, Chief Executive of Proxama, said: “We are delighted to welcome Shaun to the Proxama team. As one of the UK’s most respected advertising experts, he will be a great asset, as will his experience gained from directorships of other major companies.”
Mike joined Proxama with the acquisition of Aconite Technology late in 2014. Mike founded Aconite, the card payments and security company, in 2000, where he served as CEO and Chairman. He went on to transform Aconite into a global payments software business with blue chip clients across Europe, Middle East, Africa and USA.
Drawing on over 30 years of international banking and retail experience in senior positions with, for example, NatWest Group and Royal Bank of Scotland, where he had responsibility for over 1,000 people across multiple divisions, he has developed a skill set that spans strategy, business innovation and leadership. Mike is now well placed as CEO of Proxama’s Digital Payments Division and as Proxama’s newest board member to use his expertise and knowledge of corporate finance and company funding to drive the transformation of Proxama into a major global player in Digital Payments and Proximity Marketing.