Top Influencers: 16 UK VP EMEA’s To Follow in 2022

2 years ago

VP EMEA play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the VP EMEA role. We have selected these VP EMEA’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative VP EMEA’s. The list is in no particular order!

Nicola Mendelsohn

VP EMEA @ Meta

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Nicola Mendelsohn joined Facebook in June 2013 as Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, overseeing Facebook’s business activities for the EMEA region. Previously she was Executive Chairman at the advertising agency Karmarama. She is the co-chair of the Creative Industries Council a joint forum between the creative industries and Government. This year, Nicola was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition for her services to the creative industry. Prior to Karmarama, Nicola was the Deputy Chairman of Grey London and a Board Director at BBH. Previous roles include being the first woman President of the IPA, Director of the Fragrance Foundation, a board member of CEW, Trustee of the White Ribbon Alliance and Corporate chair of Women’s Aid. Nicola serves as Non-Executive Board Director for Diageo and is Director of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her greatest joy in life comes from her husband Jon and their four children Gabi, Danny, Sam and Zac. Learn more about Nicola Mendelsohn on Crunchbase…

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James Dening


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Nick Baglin

VP EMEA Sales @ Guardicore

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Andy Britnell

VP EMEA @ AlertEnterprise

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Andy Britnell is a senior level technology sales executive and sales leader based in Reading, UK. He has extensive experience in the industry. In addition to being VP of Sales (UK) Identity Methods Limited, he is highly experienced in working for and advising for US & Israeli technology start ups. Andy is also a Business Mentor for Virgin StartUp and a Prince’s Trust business advisor. Learn more about Andy Britnell on Crunchbase…

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Mike Brooksbank

Managing Director & VP EMEA @ Pingar

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As Managing Director, Pingar API Limited, VP EMEA, Mike Brooksbank manages Pingar operations in the United Kingdom Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Mike’s work at Pingar comes after 24 years in the software industry, where he has held senior and executive positions in sales and management. His recent experience includes work as Managing Director UK and Vice President EMEA for Kofax image capture and business process automation solutions. Earlier in his career, Mike held executive and senior management positions at Citadon, Xchange Inc, Serena Software, and Systar Limited. And, before working in the software industry, Mike served as an officer in the Royal Air Force. Learn more about Mike Brooksbank on Crunchbase…

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Gary West

VP EMEA @ Incorta

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Neerav Shah

VP EMEA @ commercetools

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Neerav Shah has more than 20 years’ experience in complex, high-value enterprise sales across a range of technologies, including next-generation commerce solutions, big data, data and application integration, api management, social media and online community management platforms, mobile and fixed line device management systems, and network and systems management solutions. He has proven experience helping companies quickly scale in EMEA by building and growing high-performing sales and channel teams which surpass expectations and achieve above industry customer retention rates. Currently Mr Shah is the Vice President of EMEA for commercetools, the global leader in next-generation commerce software. Prior to commercetools, Mr. Shah was the Vice President of EMEA for SnapLogic, the leader in data, application, API integration and iPaaS. Previously, Mr Shah held sales management and consulting positions at Lithium Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent Motive, KPMG, and IBM Tivoli Systems. Mr. Shah has an extensive network of telecoms, financial services, retail, utilities, hi-tech and media contacts across Europe, Middle East, Africa and the United States. Mr. Shah holds a BSc in Computer Science from City University London. Learn more about Neerav Shah on Crunchbase…

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Noel Penzer

VP EMEA & LATAM @ Fastly

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Colin Sharp


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Thomas John

VP EMEA Channels @ Five9

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Charles Lawson

GM & VP EMEA @ Egnyte

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Sales management professional with extensive experience in building and managing teams for lead generation and sales with early, mid and late stage start up technology companies. Have personally sold and managed teams in SaaS and enterprise software selling models. Specialties: team building, pipeline development, lead generation, sales opportunity qualification & closure, sales coaching, SaaS sales, and enterprise software sales. Learn more about Charles Lawson on Crunchbase…

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David Green

VP EMEA & LATAM – CDK International @ CDK Global

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Terence Greer-King


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Richard Agnew

AVP EMEA North @ ExaGrid Systems

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Dan Panesar

VP EMEA @ Certes Networks

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Dan has a real passion and love for sales and this is reflected by more than 12 very successful years in leading-edge technology sales. He started out in various new business sales roles before progressing into leadership with innovative cyber security start-up Sipera Systems. Sipera Systems was the first worldwide market leader in solutions for the rapid, simple and secure adoption of Unified Communications (UC). Many FTSE 100 organisations with thousands of users around the globe deployed Sipera to secure VoIP, IP video, collaboration, messaging and dozens of other high-performance applications. Backed by a number of high-profile VCs including partners Sequoia Capital, Dan recruited and led the EMEA high touch sales team, where he was responsible for driving direct customer engagement and all aspects of the sales strategy. Sipera Systems achieved huge success and in late 2011 was wholly acquired by Avaya Inc., one of the largest Unified Communications and Contact Center software vendors in the world, for a reported 11X multiple. At Avaya, Dan continued to lead the new Real Time Application and Identity Access Management security division for EMEA. Over the next 4 years Dan and his team delivered significant and consistent YoY double-digit revenue growth. After leaving Avaya at the end of 2015, Dan has been advising and working with a number of UK-based cyber security start-ups through the Cylon – Cyber London accelerator programme. Learn more about Dan Panesar on Crunchbase…

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Niki Stoker

VP EMEA, Sales @ FLXone

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