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 joined the Board of Dotdigital in January 2020 as Chairman. He has over 35 years of main board experience with AIM, FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 listed companies, during which he has consistently created value for shareholders through organic and acquisitive growth. He has experience of running UK and international operations in a broad range of business environments with a focus on the software and technology sector. Mike is currently also a non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee of Epwin Group plc, and is the Chairman of Ipswich Town Football Club and Chairman of its holding company, Gamechanger 20 Limited. His prior experience includes: main board director and joint chief operating officer of Misys Group plc, chief executive of Huon Corporation, chief executive of Marlborough Stirling plc, chairman of Digital Healthcare Ltd, non-executive director and chair of remuneration committee of Headlam Group plc, non-executive director and chair of remuneration committee of Psion Group plc, non-executive director and chair of remuneration committee of Stroud & Swindon Building Society, non-executive director and senior independent director of Helphire Group, chief executive officer of West Bromwich Albion Group PLC and Chairman of EMIS Group plc.

Non-executive
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Boris Huard
Non-Executive Director

Boris joined the Board on 26 March 2019 and is the EMEA Managing Director for GBG Plc, bringing present day experience of running software, big data and analytics businesses – topics of key importance to Dotdigital.

Boris joined GBG in 2020, having previously held roles in the technology industry for 20 years, ranging from divisional Managing Director at Logica, Board Director with Maxima Plc, Chief Executive at Sword CTSpace and UK&I Executive Board at Experian.

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 ACA
Non-Executive Director

Liz joined the Board on 1 May 2020 and also chairs the Audit Committee. She 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.

Liz was Chief Financial Officer for Callcredit (now Transunion), a successful consumer data business, where as a founder member, she oversaw its rapid growth from start-up in 2000 to a £150m revenue business by 2015. During that period, she was instrumental in the purchase and integration of several successful acquisitions and has end to end experience of significant private equity and trade corporate transactions.

Liz currently also holds Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair positions at both LINK Scheme Ltd and Tracsis plc, as well as 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.

She brings experience of high-growth acquisitive business, and financial, audit and governance expertise to the Board at Dotdigital.

Executive
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Milan Patel FCCA ACA ACSI
Chief Executive Officer

Milan joined the Group 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 (ACCA) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He has been responsible for the Group’s admission to ISDX (now Aquis - AQSE) and the introduction to AIM.

Milan 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 Group. 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, mergers and acquisitions 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 executing on the acquisition strategy. He has a strong track record of delivery of performance against plan through the life of the company on the public markets.