Aziz Mentor - UK
A seasoned technology specialist wit extensive M&A experience. Jon has a technology background, with software as his main focus. He has been involved in multiple company exits and has extensive M&A experience. Working with many successful growth companies, he has also turned around some highly challenges businesses.
- The role of CEO or Director/working with a Chairman
- technology trends
- work/life balance
- exit planning
- talent spotting
- working with a Chairman
- working with private equity
- international strategy
Jon started as a programmer and soon progressed into general management. He was CEO and Group CEO of public and private businesses for over 15 years. For 20 years he has been a chairman of mainly PE backed companies, working with many private equity houses, entrepreneurs and CEOs.
Jon has been the chairman and co-founder of Eggplant Ltd since 2008, which is backed by the Carlyle Group after exiting early stage external investors in late 2015.
Eggplant provide AI-based testing software and have global sales attracting the majority of their revenue from North America.
Private Equity Exits – £300million
Jon has been involved as NED or Chairman in 13 transactions since 2000, with a total value in excess of £300m:
- Amtech Ltd – Trimble Europe
- Belle Associates Ltd – Nord Anglia PLC
- Blackbox IT Ltd – Transoft Ltd
- CityMeeting Ltd – Meeting Zone Ltd
- CSC Ltd – Trimble Navigation
- GX Networks PLC – Pipex PLC
- Holiday Autos Ltd – Lastminute.com
- Interactive1 Ltd – Mbo
- MM Group Ltd – SRT Teleperformance
- Propero Ltd – Mbo
- Quadstone Ltd – Portrait PLC
- RedSky IT Ltd – LDC/Explorer Software
“Roger Holland, my first Chairman. He gave me my first MD role and was a fantastic action orientated entrepreneur.
Sir Peter Micahel, my second Chairman, was a highly talented businessman who kept many different & varied businesses under his watchful eye without getting involved in the day to day running.”
Over the last 30 years, Jon has worked as a Group CEO and then Chairman for many companies.
He has mentored every CEO he has worked with.
Within 60 miles of Farnham, Surrey