President & Co-Chief Executive Officer at Digital Reasoning
New York, NY
I am an experienced luxury and technology executive, with a strong management and investment background, driving growth for leading global businesses.
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2020 - Present
President & Co-Chief Executive Officer
Leader of all commercial operations for global Artificial Intelligence business backed by $120m+ from major investors. • Responsible for day to day management of ~200 person team across 5 offices worldwide. • Organizing leader of executive team, setting corporate objectives and driving achievement. • During 2020, implemented strategic shift, raised capital, and closed merger transaction.
2019 - Present
Chairman, Advisory Board
2015 - 2019
Senior Executive responsible for managing North and South American operations of world’s largest art company. • Reporting to global CEO, oversaw all client-facing activities and led 700 staff in 11 offices across six countries. • Rationalized cost base by 20%, then oversaw profitable growth to $3.2b in sales while expanding market leadership. • Chaired Americas Executive Committee, Immediate Business Forum, Client Strategy and Client Engagement Committees. • Served as officer on all corporate entities; permanent member of Global Executive Committee and Commercial Office.
2010 - 2014
St James Partners
Co-founder of private investment firm focused on ownership and active management of luxury-related businesses. • Completed 14 investments into high-end brands, partnering with management to grow sales and cash flow.
2005 - 2009
Chief Executive Officer
Global head of art company. Led turnaround, profitably selling $320m annually and growing sales from $13m to $57m. • Implemented partnership structure, brought in minority investor and negotiated majority sale. • Responsible for all operations, marketing, HR, finance, client service, legal and business development matters. • Introduced equity ownership plan, bonus and commission schemes, budgeting process, and employee reviews. • Head of in-house auctioneer selection and development program; conducted major auctions in Europe and US.
2003 - 2004
Graduated first from training program, independently set up $2m+ accounts and provided investment management services. • Exceeded management targets for new business acquisition; led community service and university recruiting teams.
1998 - 2001
The Carlyle Group
Worked directly with European fund head to originate, analyze, negotiate, and structure private equity investments. • Conducted due diligence, built financial models, and executed full range of transaction activities across 12 countries.
1996 - 1997
James D Wolfensohn
Member of 4-person team with $6b in completed transactions. Recruiting coordinator and sports league captain. • Performed analyses to plan and execute successful acquisitions, minority investments, joint ventures and IPOs.
2001 - 2003
Harvard Business School
1993 - 1996
BA, Political Economy