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Top Influencers: 6 UK Chief Executive Officer and Founder’s To Follow in 2022

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

Piotr Pisarz

Chief Executive Officer and Founder @ Uncapped

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Piotr joined DN Capital in 2017 as an Investment Manager. Previously he was a VC investor in Orange Growth Capital, where he focused on fintech. Piotr started his career in Citigroup, where he was an M&A Investment Banker covering an energy sector, and then spent several years in Google where he focused on Finance, Hardware and Sales areas. Piotr has a Masters degree from London Business School and B.Sc. in Finance and Accounting from Warsaw School of Economics. Learn more about Piotr Pisarz on Crunchbase…

Uncapped is a provider of revenue-based financing that enables founders to raise growth capital without interest or equity. Read more aboutUncapped on Crunchbase…

Calum Smeaton

Chief Executive Officer and Founder @ TVSquared

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For the past two decades, Calum has dedicated his professional life to starting and growing innovative software and e-commerce startups. After being entrenched in the world of data analytics for years and seeing firsthand how data can transform an industry, Calum founded TVSquared in 2012 to bring state-of-the-art analytical capabilities to TV advertising. Calum is recognized for building outstanding global teams; in fact, many of his employees have been with him for more than 10 years. He thrives on taking a company from idea to exit and is regularly tapped by journalists, analysts and event organizers to discuss his unique management strategies and his fervent belief that data-driven decisions need to be at the cornerstone of every business. Before TVSquared, Calum was the CEO of Sumerian, a provider of big data analytics for retail and investment banks. He was also the co-founder and CTO of Orbital Software, which was listed on the London Stock Exchange and merged with Sopheon PLC in 2001. Outside of work, Calum is an avid outdoorsman, who can frequently be found all over the world kite-surfing, snowboarding and sailing. Learn more about Calum Smeaton on Crunchbase…

TVSquared is the global leader in TV attribution. Read more aboutTVSquared on Crunchbase…

Caroline Barelle

Chief Executive Officer and founder @ Elasmogen

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With postgraduate qualifications in both business and science, Caroline has a strong commercial, bio-partnering and biologics drug discovery/development background. For over 4 years she has successfully led teams at Wyeth Inc and subsequently Pfizer Inc in Global Bio-therapeutic Technologies progressing early platform technologies to late stage clinical development. Prior to this she was Alliance and Programs Manager at Haptogen Ltd and a key part of the acquisition team that successfully exited the business to Wyeth Inc. She has been awarded a prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh commercialisation Fellowship and is a doctoral graduate from the University of Aberdeen in Biochemistry. Learn more about Caroline Barelle on Crunchbase…

Elasmogen is a precision biologics drug discovery company that develops soloMERs. Read more aboutElasmogen on Crunchbase…

Simon Hirst

Chief Executive Officer and founder @ Sygnature Discovery

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Simon is Sygnature’s Founder, Chief Executive Officer and chair of the Board of Directors. He is a medicinal chemist with 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Simon has been engaged in the full spectrum of drug discovery programmes – from hit to lead libraries, hit-to-lead campaigns, all the way to successful lead optimisation projects and candidate drug selection. He has broad-ranging experience of research in a large pharmaceutical company (AstraZeneca), a mid-size biotech (OSI Pharmaceuticals); as well as in a more commercial environment at CombiPure Ltd., where he was Managing Director and Director of Chemistry. Simon has a BSc (Hons.) in chemistry and a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Nottingham, and undertook post-doctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh. Learn more about Simon Hirst on Crunchbase…

Sygnature Discovery is the UK’s largest independent provider of integrated drug discovery resource and expertise Read more aboutSygnature Discovery on Crunchbase…

Rob Beynon

Chief Executive Officer and Founder @ DMA Media

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DMA’s founder Rob Beynon is an experienced TV executive who has overseen dozens of news and factual channel start-ups. He is an expert at broadcast and digital strategy, building and managing teams, and has an unrivalled knowledge of international markets. Rob has managed news channels and programmes for the BBC, ITN, Sky, Star TV, Bloomberg, Dow Jones and CNBC. As DMA’s chief executive he has been personally involved in all the company’s major launches. He oversaw the team behind Rudaw TV, the news and multimedia service in Iraqi Kurdistan, where DMA has been the media partner after five years. He sourced and managed a 30-strong team to launch and produce news output for Arise TV, owned by a Nigerian company and with offices in New York, London, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi. He also ran a recent project with Thomson Reuters to launch an English language news channel for the state broadcaster TRT. Learn more about Rob Beynon on Crunchbase…

DMA Media is a global media services company, launching, making and managing digital content for broadcast and corporate clients. Read more aboutDMA Media on Crunchbase…

Lloyd Hopkins

Chief Executive Officer and Founder @ Interlink Software

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Lloyd brings more than 25 years of high tech and management experience to his role as CEO of Interlink Software. Prior to Interlink Software Lloyd worked in IT Operations and Systems Management areas at Barclays Bank. Over the past 16 years, Lloyd has grown Interlink Software: a modern, exciting, profitable software company that delivers exceptional innovative technology to some of the largest companies around the globe. Lloyd believes that the greatest asset Interlink Software has is its people and is proud of the team he’s built up over the past decade comprising of individuals who, like himself, share a common goal in building a software company that organisations consider their business partner and not just another supplier. Learn more about Lloyd Hopkins on Crunchbase…

Interlink Software is a software development company with a strong customer focus. Read more aboutInterlink Software on Crunchbase…

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