Leadership

The Board of Directors at dotdigital bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the senior governance of the business. They are key drivers behind the company's corporate goals and growth strategy.

Non-executive
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Mike O'Leary
Non-Executive Chairman

Mike has over 30 years’ main board experience serving on AIM listed, FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 companies running global operations in varied business environments with focus on the technology sector. He is currently the Chairman of EMIS Group plc but is due to retire from that Board at their AGM in May 2020 after nine years of service.

Previous experiences have include being main board director and Joint Chief Operating Officer of Misys plc, Chief Executive of Healthcare and Insurance divisions of Misys plc, Chairman of ACT Medisys, Chief Executive of Huon Corporation, Chief Executive of Marlborough Stirling plc, Chairman of Digital Healthcare Ltd, Non-Executive Director and Chair of Remuneration of Headlam Group plc, Non-Executive Director and Chair of Remuneration Committee at Psion Group plc, Non-Executive Director and Chair of Remuneration Committee at Stroud & Swindon Building Society, Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director at Helphire Group and Chief Executive Officer of West Bromwich Albion Group PLC.

Non-executive
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Boris Huard
Non-Executive Director

Boris joined the Board on 26 March 2019 and is the UK&I Managing Director for Experian Decision Analytics, bringing present day experience of running software, big data and analytics businesses – topics of key importance to dotdigital.

Boris joined Experian in 2014, having held previously roles in the technology industry for 15 years, ranging from divisional Managing Director at Logica, Board Director with Maxima Plc,to Chief Executive at Sword CTSpace.

During those years, he delivered sustainable organic growth and executed bolt-on acquisitions. From turnaround to successful public to public exit transactions, Boris drove performance through hands-on P&L management, international business development, cross-continents operations, mergers and acquisitions and company restructurations and integrations.

Non-executive
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Liz Richards
Non-Executive Director

Liz is a highly experienced executive and non-executive director with a career spanning the Financial Services, Data and Software sectors. After an early career with Lloyds Bank, Liz qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and subsequently held senior finance roles at Silentnight Holdings plc and Skipton Building Society. Liz was Chief Financial Officer for Callcredit (now Transunion), a successful consumer data business, where she oversaw its growth as a founder member from start-up in 2000 to a £150m revenue business by 2015.

Liz currently holds Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair positions at both LINK Scheme Ltd and Tracsis plc. Liz also holds two pro bono roles, Governor and Chair of Audit for Leeds Trinity University and Trustee and Chair of Finance and Investment for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Executive
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Milan Patel FCCA ACSI
Chief Executive Officer

Milan joined the Company in 2007 and was appointed Group Company Secretary in 2009, CFO in 2015 and CEO in 2016. Milan is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments. He has been responsible for the admission to Plus and the introduction to AIM.

He was responsible for the Group’s functions in financial management and reporting, regulatory compliance, legal and corporate governance for the business prior to being made permanent CEO of the Company. He also brings substantial strategic financial and commercial experience to the Board. As well as financial acumen, he has developed a broad range of operational competencies, a grasp of strategic objectives, clear leadership, international business development, and strong decisive management skills.

Milan is now responsible for leading the executive team, vision and growth strategy for the business. More specifically Milan is leading our international growth strategy, accelerated product innovation, developing strategic partnerships and investigation of potential acquisitions. He has a strong track record of delivery of performance against plan.

Executive
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Paraag Amin CFA
Chief Financial Officer

Paraag was appointed to the Board in February 2018. He has significant public market experience having held senior roles at a number of investment banks within equity asset management, research and specialist sales, totalling 15 years, as well as also previously founding his own business in the digital marketing space.

Paraag qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst in 2004 with Goldman Sachs. He also held senior roles within equities at Citi, ABN Amro, RBS, Credit Suisse, Peel Hunt and Canaccord Genuity.

He is responsible for the Group’s functions in financial management and reporting, regulatory compliance and legal and corporate governance for the business. He also brings substantial strategic, financial and commercial experience to the Board and has been appointed to assist Milan in taking the Group to the next level.