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Management team

Alastair Mitchell

Alastair Mitchell

CEO and co-founder

His third internet start-up, Alastair founded Huddle with Andy McLoughlin as he was frustrated by existing enterprise technology’s inability to help people work together. Spending millions of dollars on a SharePoint implementation, only to watch it fail dismally, was the final straw. In contrast, collaboration apps in our social lives just worked. As a result, Huddle was born. Since setting up the company in 2006, Alastair has grown Huddle around 170 people in London, San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C. raised in excess of $40 million in funding and seen sales double year on year.

Alastair’s 11 year career has followed the trajectory of the internet. After his first startup, an online media business, Alastair moved into online exchanges and he built the first global soft commodities marketplace. When the business got bought-out by one of its investors, Alastair moved to Dunnhumby. Here he led its web-based marketing intelligence product from zero to $60 million sales within four years. He joined the board in 2005 to head up a 300 person global team, running their shopper loyalty practise. When Dunnhumby was purchased by Tesco, Alastair started Huddle.

Alastair graduated from Southampton University with an MEng in Naval Architecture. As a passionate supporter of other entrepreneurs and the London start-up scene, Alastair co-founded the popular DrinkTank event and spends his free time investing in and mentoring other start-ups.

Andy McLoughlin

Andy McLoughlin

EVP Strategy and co-founder

Based in San Francisco, Andy manages Huddle’s growing U.S. presence and is responsible for corporate development and product strategy.

Since co-founding the business with Alastair, Andy has guided Huddle to become one of Europe’s most awarded and well-known technology start-ups. Since launch, Andy has been responsible for a number of business areas including technology, product development, marketing and business development.

Andy previously worked as a consultant and product manager for KnowledgeCenter Ltd, a boutique content management and business process automation consultancy focussed on the insurance and finance markets. Andy’s clients spanned the UK, Europe and US, including prominent global firms such as QBE, Benfield, Arthur J Gallagher, Catlin and Montpelier Re. Prior to KnowledgeCenter, Andy was Online Manager for Fibernet Group plc, a FTSE 250-listed telecommunications company.

Andy is a keen advocate of entrepreneurship and co-founded the popular DrinkTank entrepreneur networking event with Alastair. As well as mentoring early stage European businesses, Andy regularly speaks and blogs on entrepreneurship, the social web and the consumerization of enterprise software. Andy holds a BA (Hons) Economics from the University of Sheffield.

Chris Boorman

Dr. Chris Boorman

Chief Marketing Officer & Chief Customer Officer

Chris Boorman is Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Customer Officer. In these roles he is responsible for all marketing activities and ensuring the success of every company using the Huddle service. He joined Huddle from Informatica where he was Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of Education Services where he was responsible for all global marketing activities and Education P&L. At Informatica he led a team of over 150 people and helped drive Informatica from $400M to over $820M in annual revenues. Prior to Informatica, Chris held a variety of leadership positions at SDL, Salesforce.com, VERITAS and Oracle.

Chris holds a BSc (first class hons) in Physics, a Masters in Cryogenics and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Southampton.

Stuart Cochran

Stuart Cochran

Chief Technology Officer

Stuart is Chief Technology Officer at Huddle and is responsible for overall product design and direction, technology and infrastructure strategy, and technical operations.

He has over 20 years experience in both start-up and large, public enterprise software companies. He joined Huddle from Amdocs where he was vice president of product management, leading a team of more than 60 people responsible for over $200 million of revenue. Amdocs has over 19,000 employees and customers in more than 60 countries, with revenue of approximately $3.2 billion in 2011. Previously, he was CTO of Evolving Systems, an enterprise software company listed on the NASDAQ market, and had held a number of other product management and technology roles.

Stuart has a BSc (Hons) in Theoretical Physics and a MSc in Computing and Computer Modelling of Optoelectronic Devices and Systems from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Simon O'Kane

Simon O’Kane

SVP Worldwide Sales

Simon O’Kane is Senior Vice President of worldwide sales. He joined Huddle from salesforce.com where he was Managing Director for UK and Ireland. In this role he led a sales team of more than 50 people and was responsible for increasing recurring revenues from £2.5 million to £80 million over five years. Previously Simon has also held senior sales positions at Broadvision, Banctec and Fujitsu.

Simon holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Studies from The Manchester Metropolitan University.

John Quarles

John Quarles

Chief Financial Officer

John Quarles is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Huddle and, in this role, John leads all of the enterprise content collaboration provider’s finance and operation activities. He joined Huddle from Conviva where he was also CFO and prior to that was Director of Strategic Finance at Alta Devices and Director of Venture Capital Coverage, Investment Banking, at Thomas Weisel Partners.

John, who served in the US Navy as a SEAL, graduated with Merit from the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and is a CFA charterholder.

Ann-Marie Cooper

Ann-Marie Cooper

Chief People Officer

Ann-Marie has more than 15 years experience in HR and is responsible for everything people-related at Huddle. Her areas of expertise include leadership, HR consulting, change management, organisational development, HR strategy, planning and effectiveness, internal communications, and talent management and development.

Prior to joining Huddle, Ann-Marie was Global HR Director for Amdocs OSS Division where she managed the team’s exponential growth from 700 to approximately 1,300 people based across 16 locations worldwide. As HR Director at Cramer, before its acquisition by Amdocs, Ann-Marie also experienced significant business growth as the team more than doubled in size to 550 people. She has led on three business acquisitions, set up offices in new locations across the globe and has significant experience in the software and IT sectors.