Career Highlights

2017 - Present | Co-Founder and Board Member

Eggplant

2008 - 2017 | Co-Founder and CEO

Eggplant

2004 - 2007 | Founder and CEO

The Citymeeting Group

2002 - 2004 | Founder Investor and NED

Meetingzone

1996 - 2001 | Founder and Chief Executive

Geoconference

1992 - 1995 | General Manager and Partner

Darome Teleconferencing

Aziz Mentor - UK

A highly successful serial entrepreneur within the technology industry. George has been a partner, a sole proprietor and founder in VC and major PE-backed businesses. He has significant experience in start-ups, buy-ins, acquisitions and has made several successful exits in London, Mainland Europe, Hong Kong, Asia and the USA.

Specific Expertise

  • Saas/recurring revenue business model transformation
  • digital start-ups
  • enterprise sales/partnerships
  • exit strategy and divestments
  • management buy-ins
  • product marketing
  • Government relations (CBI role) representing SMEs
  • M&A
  • business growth/int’l development

Career history

George graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce(Edinburgh University) in 1979 before joining Ford Dagenham as a graduate trainee in production management and then Motorola and Cable and Wireless as a data communications salesman.

George’s first ‘skin-in-the-game’ venture was in 1992. Since then, his ventures have been backed by VCs, 3i and The Carlyle Group.

His experience includes multiple successful exits:

  • Darome Teleconferencing to Verizon
  • Geoconference to Global Crossing
  • The City Meeting Group to MeetingZone
  • Eggplant to The Carlyle Group

Current Portfolio

George has been the founder of Eggplant since 2008, and continues to act as a Board member alongside a variety of business interests. Currently, his roles include advisor and NED to a number of small and medium-sized companies, as well as:

  • Chairman – CBI SME Council
  • Chairman – Finance Committee and Trustee, Kids in Museums
  • Director – Papple Steading, a heritage, community and business centre in East Lothian
  • Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Associate, Edinburgh University Business School
  • Member of the Implementation Steering Group for the BBRS (‘Fair Banking’)

 

Awards and Recognition

  1. Three times winner of Queen’s Award for Enterprise
  2. Deloitte Fast 50
  3. Sunday Times List
  4. Red Herring Global Award
  5. BCVA Management Team Award Winner
  6. Accompanied PM on trade mission to China in 2013

Personal Interests

family

established an agricultural heritage centre

Key Influencers

  • BB Christoffersen, my employer when I was 18: still in businesses after 50 years
  • Steve Jobs for his ‘reality distortion’ approach

Mentoring Experience

“I have been the ‘entrepreneur-in-residence’ at the University of Edinburgh Business School for the last 11 years.

I have also supported and mentored the fund-raisers in the National Literacy Trust for 7 years.”

Locations

London

North of England

Scotland