Robert has over 20 years operational experience, the last 17 working with the internet. He is an active investor across Europe, focused on e-commerce and helping start-ups. He has led a number of investment syndicates and taken on an array of board and advisory roles.
Robert was previously CFO of QXL ricardo from 1998 to 2008, overseeing development from start-up to its eventual sale to Naspers. He managed a diverse range of corporate situations including its dual listing IPO, consolidating the European online auction market with nine acquisitions, the largest over $1 billion and launching an MBO.
During Robert's time at QXL, the Group was the best performing share on Main Market in both 2004 and 2005 and in the All-Share in 2007 with an over 35,000% share price increase in 5 years. Robert was short-listed for CBI / Real FD, “FD of the Year” in 2007 and the following year negotiated the £1 billion sale of QXL via a public take-over offer.
Prior to QXL, Robert was CFO of AOL UK, developing all financial aspect of the business from start-up to become UK market leader and the most profitable AOL Europe operation.
Previous roles included that of M&A at Bertelsmann USA where Robert developed and led the New Media acquisition strategy and at Verulam Investments, an information and media investment group. Robert started his career at Bain & Co, having left Cambridge with a First class degree and a post-graduate degree in Engineering and has an MBA from Insead.
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