Top Influencers: 20 UK Chairman & CEO’s To Follow in 2022

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Executive Chairman & CEO play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Executive Chairman & CEO role. We have selected these Executive Chairman & CEO’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 Executive Chairman & CEO’s. The list is in no particular order!

John McAfee

Executive Chairman & CEO @ MGT Capital Investments

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John David McAfee (born September 18, 1945) is a American computer programmer and developer of the first commercial anti-virus program. This bore the McAfee brand-name for years, until it was bought by Intel and given the Intel name. His wealth peaked at $100 million, before his investments suffered in the global crisis of 2007. McAfee also has interests in smartphone apps, yoga and all-natural antibiotics. He resided for a number of years in Belize, but after several disputes with the authorities in Belize and Guatemala, he returned to the United States in 2013. McAfee announced that he will seek the office of U.S. President in the 2016 presidential election on September 8, 2015. He is running as a Libertarian. Learn more about John McAfee on Crunchbase…

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Stephen Voller

Chairman & CEO @ ZapGo

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Stephen is an experienced business leader and a recognised authority on energy storage technologies. He is the inventor of Carbon-Ion and he founded ZapGo Limited in 2013 to produce the next generation of energy storage devices based on this technology platform, with four core values: to be faster charging, safer, longer lasting and more recyclable than lithium batteries. Stephen has taken several technology businesses through concept, design and then into production. He launched the first ever CE-marked hydrogen fuel cell product, and was co-founder of the hydrogen storage company, Cella Energy. He previously ran a $1bn business unit at IBM. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and is a Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs in the City of London. Learn more about Stephen Voller on Crunchbase…

ZapGo offers carbon-ion cells, an ultra-fast charging, non-flammable, near-term alternative to lithium-ion batteries. Read more aboutZapGo on Crunchbase…

Jan Spaticchia

Chairman & CEO @ Energie Group

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Jan Spaticchia is the Founder and Chairman at Empowered Brands. Learn more about Jan Spaticchia on Crunchbase…

Energie is genuinely like no other fitness club group. Read more aboutEnergie Group on Crunchbase…

Julien Hammerson

Chairman & CEO @ Calastone

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Julien became Chief Executive Officer of Calastone in October 2012. Prior to this he held the role of Executive Chairman, having joined in September 2011. Since Julien joined Calastone, the business has grown from being a solely UK domestic business to establishing connectivity across 40 countries and territories, with offices in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. Before joining Calastone, Julien led Corham Capital, a global investment advisory firm that he founded in 2007. Prior to this Julien held several leadership positions at institutional brokerage Instinet Group, where he ran the European segment of the global equities business before assuming responsibility for global equities in the UK, Europe and all international business in the US and Asia. Julien began his career at Lombard Odier as a US Equities trader. Learn more about Julien Hammerson on Crunchbase…

Calastone is a global transaction network for the mutual fund industry. Read more aboutCalastone on Crunchbase…

Vashi Dominguez

Founder, Chairman & CEO @ Vashi

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Visionary entrepreneur with strong background on branding and e-commerce. Vashi Dominguez founded Vashi in 2007 with the goal of making fine jewellery accessible for all. Previously he ran an International diamond wholesale company with clients in 4 continents. Learn more about Vashi Dominguez on Crunchbase…

Vashi is a fine jewellery brand that offers a genuinely unique, disruptive, and omni-channel retail experience. Read more aboutVashi on Crunchbase…

Bundeep Singh Rangar

Chairman & CEO @ PremFina

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PremFina is an innovative premium finance company providing insurance brokers with a high margin white-label premium finance solution. Read more aboutPremFina on Crunchbase…

David S. Wong

Chairman & CEO, Director @ Midpoint

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David is a London-based entrepreneur and investor in disruptive technologies and previously Managing Director of Expadis Capital. Prior to becoming an investor, he co-founded a publicly traded technology and media company. David has extensive experience in building, advising technology companies and helping businesses scale internationally. David started out as a client of Midpoint. He subsequently invested in the Company and joined the Board of Directors. David holds a BSc (Hons) in Engineering from the University of Liverpool and MA (Distinction) in Management from the University of Brighton. Learn more about David S. Wong on Crunchbase…

Midpoint is a true peer-to-peer international payments platform for any businesses or individual wanting access to fair and transparent FX. Read more aboutMidpoint on Crunchbase…

Michael Liebreich

Chairman & CEO @ BloombergNEF

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Michael Liebreich is Founder and Chair of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of research on clean energy, energy technology and advanced transportation. Michael founded New Energy Finance in 2004 and acted as Chair and Chief Executive before selling it to Bloomberg LP in 2009. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is headquartered in London and now has over 200 staff in 13 offices around the world. Learn more about Michael Liebreich on Crunchbase…

BloombergNEF provides industry information, analytics, and research services for the clean energy and carbon markets. Read more aboutBloombergNEF on Crunchbase…

José Neves

Founder, Co-Chairman & CEO @ Farfetch

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In 2008 José Neves launched Farfetch, bringing together his interests in fashion and technology, as well as his experience in design, wholesale and retail, to create a business that would celebrate and support the diversity of the global fashion industry. The seasoned entrepreneur had experienced first-hand the challenges facing bricks-and-mortar retailers wanting to expand online. His vision was to create a single portal, offering independent boutiques the opportunity to compete with the leaders of fashion e-commerce. Farfetch now comprises more than 300 boutiques, offering over 100,000 pieces from 1,000 brands. With customers in almost 190 countries, the site receives an average of 10 million monthly hits. José has been involved in the fashion start-up world since the mid-1990s when he launched footwear business SWEAR. José later founded SIX London, a fashion licensing and wholesale company selling to 600 retailers worldwide. In 2001 José opened the renowned bstore, which won the British Fashion Award for Retailer of the Year in 2006. José has received numerous accolades as an entrepreneur and for his business ventures, including The Business of Fashion’s 500 People Shaping the Fashion Industry in 2013, Ernst & Young’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year and Vogue’s DirectorsOf.COM Top Entrepreneur in 2011. Learn more about José Neves on Crunchbase…

Farfetch is an online luxury fashion retail platform. Read more aboutFarfetch on Crunchbase…

Lorenzo Simonelli

Founder, Chairman & CEO @ Baker Hughes

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Lorenzo Simonelli is President & CEO of GE Oil & Gas, an advanced technology equipment and services company that serves all segments of the oil and gas industry from extraction to transportation to end use. The business employs 43,000 people around the world. Before joining GE Oil & Gas, Lorenzo was President and CEO of GE Transportation, a global transportation leader in the rail, mining, marine and energy storage industries. During his five-year tenure, he expanded and diversified GE Transportation by focusing on advanced technology manufacturing, intelligent control systems, and a diverse approach to new propulsion solutions to solve the world’s toughest transportation challenges. Lorenzo has also served as CFO Americas for GE Consumer & Industrial, as well as General Manager, Product Management for GE Appliances, Lighting, Electrical Distribution and Motors. He joined GE’s Financial Management Program in 1994, where he worked on assignments in GE International, GE Shared Services, GE Oil & Gas and Consolidated Financial Insurance. Originally from Florence, Italy, Lorenzo is is a Business & Economics Graduate from Cardiff University in South Wales. Learn more about Lorenzo Simonelli on Crunchbase…

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DK Matai

Chairman & CEO @ mi2g

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DK is an engineer turned entrepreneur and philanthropist with a keen interest in the well being of global society. He founded mi2g in 1995, the digital risk specialists, in London, UK, whilst developing simulations for his PhD at Imperial College. He helped found ATCA — The Asymmetric Threats Contingency Alliance — in 2001, a philanthropic initiative to understand and to address complex global challenges. He is widely quoted in the international media on the risk and reward of digitisation. DK co-founded The Philanthropia in 2005 — Trinity Club, Syndicates and Ethical Investment Funds — with entrepreneurs, family foundations, private banks, non-governmental organisations and specialist advisors to resolve complex global challenges through collaborative & sustained efforts. DK’s online presence: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, HQR, Open ATCA, Intent & IntentBlog. Learn more about DK Matai on Crunchbase…

mi2g is a U.K.-based company that provides security practices and techniques for wealth creation and protection of enterprises. Read more aboutmi2g on Crunchbase…

Quintus Liu

Chairman & CEO @ Healthera

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Quintus is a professional healthcare entrepreneur and investor who ideated the concept of patient-centric digital care known as Healthera. Learn more about Quintus Liu on Crunchbase…

Transforming the way a nation delivers its healthcare to its population, from prescriptions to personalised services. Read more aboutHealthera on Crunchbase…

David Forbes-Nixon

Co-Founder,Chairman & CEO @ Alcentra Group

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David is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive of Alcentra. David chairs the Alcentra European Investment Committee and acts as Senior Portfolio Manager of Alcentra’s distressed/Special Situations funds and Strategic Credit Fund. He also acts as Senior Portfolio Manager of the Special Situations business. David sits on the Executive Committee of BNY Mellon Investment Management and the BNY Mellon Operating Committee.Prior to founding Alcentra, David worked at Barclays Capital from 1995 to 2003 where he was Managing Director, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Barclays Capital Asset Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays Group Plc and the predecessor firm of Alcentra. Whilst he was at Barclays he set up the par loan trading business and served as a Director of the Loan Market Association (LMA) and chaired the LMA Valuation Committee.David worked at Bankers Trust from 1992 to 1995 where he was a Vice President and head of European leveraged loan distribution and prior to that worked at Chemical Bank from 1987 to 1992 in New York and London in the structured finance and loan syndication departments.David graduated from Birmingham University with a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering. Learn more about David Forbes-Nixon on Crunchbase…

Alcentra is a global asset management firm focussed on sub-investment grade corporate credit. Read more aboutAlcentra Group on Crunchbase…

Peter Blease

Chairman & CEO @ Nexus Business Solutions

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Nexus Business Solutions is a leading service provider to the automotive industry. Read more aboutNexus Business Solutions on Crunchbase…

Denys C. Shortt

Chairman & CEO @ Enable

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Denys Shortt is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at DCS Group. He is also a Co-Founder at Enable. Learn more about Denys C. Shortt on Crunchbase…

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Sumit Jamuar

Chairman & CEO @ Global Gene Corp

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Sumit S. Jamuar serves as Chairman & CEO of Global Gene Corp, a genomics platform company, with a vision to democratize healthcare through genomics. He was formerly CEO of SBICAP (UK), the European Investment Banking subsidiary of State Bank of India, Managing Director with Lloyds Banking Group, and consultant with McKinsey & Company. He holds a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; and an MBA from INSEAD. Learn more about Sumit Jamuar on Crunchbase…

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Tom Zhuo

Chairman & CEO @ Bohai Leasing

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David Vafai

Founder, Chairman & CEO @ bfinance UK

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David Vafai is founder, Chairman and CEO of bfinance International Limited. David is responsible for the growth and development of the company and its businesses. Prior to founding bfinance in 1999, David worked at Mercer in Toronto, Goldman Sachs International in London and Bertelsmann in Paris. David holds an HBSc in Actuarial Science from the University of Western Ontario, an MBA from INSEAD, and is a CFA and CAIA Charterholder. Learn more about David Vafai on Crunchbase…

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Manoj Nair

Founder Chairman & CEO @ RedGirraffe

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RedGirraffe is a financial cum real estate technology company. Read more aboutRedGirraffe on Crunchbase…

Ian Miles

Chairman & CEO @ Abbey House Media

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David Friedland

Bit of a gear addict.

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