Management

Morten Brøgger

CEO

Morten is Huddle’s CEO. Based in San Francisco, Morten brings more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry and extensive go-to market and SaaS experience, spanning the US and European markets, to Huddle.

Prior to joining Huddle, Morten was CEO at MACH, a provider of hub-based mobile communication solutions. In this role, Brøgger led MACH’s growth and acquisition by Syniverse in 2013 for $715 million, and subsequently served as Chief Sales Officer for the combined business globally. At MACH, Brøgger brought new cloud services to market, accelerated business into adjacent markets and achieved the highest customer and employee satisfaction in the history of the company.

Brøgger’s previous experience includes leadership roles at Sunrise Switzerland, TDC Denmark and ATEA. He holds a M.A. degree from Aarhus University’s Business School in International Marketing Management.


Alastair Mitchell

President, CMO 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 to around 170 people in London, San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C., raised $86 million in funding and seen sales double year on year. In his roles of President and CMO, Alastair is focused on scaling Huddle’s global brand and market impact.

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.


Shailendra Gupta

Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer

Based in San Francisco, Shailendra is responsible for leading Huddle’s Strategy as well as its Business and Corporate Development activities.

Shailendra joined Huddle from ServiceSource, a leading recurring revenue management company, where he was SVP of Strategy. Previously, he spent 9 years at Cisco Systems in a variety of roles related to Strategy, Business Development and GTM Operations. Prior to Cisco, Shailendra was with McKinsey & Company, serving as trusted advisor to CXOs of Fortune 500 companies in areas of Corporate Strategy, M&A, Marketing and Sales. He also spent 5 years as a Software Engineer at Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (now Siemens PLM Software).

Shailendra has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, from where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar. He also holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College in India.


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.


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

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.


Board

Josh Hannah

Non-Executive Director

Josh Hannah is a general partner with Matrix Partners. Josh’s career as an entrepreneur began with the unconventional idea of turning sports wagering into an efficient financial transaction by using an online exchange to execute bets.

In 1999, he co-founded Betfair.com and revolutionized the gaming industry by building the world’s first online marketplace for sports betting. Today, Betfair is publicly-traded on the London Stock Exchange (BET.L) and manages more than $50 billion in transactions each year.

In 2004, he and a partner purchased eHow, an ailing, Web 1.0, how-to directory. Josh and his partner restructured eHow by outsourcing content creation to the community and employing then-new advertising and search engine optimization techniques. In six weeks, they had earned enough from advertising to pay off the cost of the purchase. They increased revenue and traffic 30-fold before selling the company to Demand Media.

Long a passionate angel investor, he joined Matrix Partners as a general partner in early 2009 and turned a love of backing great founders into a career. Angel investments in great companies such as HotelTonight, Angellist, and Minted.com all emerged from investing in amazing entrepreneurs with very different visions.


Andy McLoughlin

Co-founder

Andy McLoughlin is a Venture Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Internet, SaaS and mobile startups.

Andy primarily invests in B2B, SaaS, developer tools and mobile applications but also supports the wider Softtech portfolio on product strategy, go-to-market, and growth.

Prior to joining SoftTech in 2015, Andy was co-founder of London-based Huddle, a leading enterprise content collaboration company. Under Andy’s leadership, Huddle became one of Europe’s most awarded and well-known technology startups, raising over $80M of venture funding to date. Over the years, he led technology, product, marketing, and strategy, eventually moving to San Francisco in 2010 to establish the company’s US presence.

Andy has been an active angel investor since 2010 and has built a portfolio covering 35+ pre-seed / seed stage investments, mostly in the Saas / B2B space but also covering e-commerce and mobile. His companies include innovative SaaS businesses like Apiary, Tray.io, Bugsnag, Rolepoint, Buffer, Intercom, Import.io and Pipedrive, as well as retail plays including Postmates, Secret Escapes and Zesty.


Ben Tompkins

Non-Executive Director

Ben has 20 years’ experience advising and investing in privately-owned and venture capital-backed business in Europe and North America. Ben spent the first 18 years of his career in corporate finance, advising on over 75 transactions and specializing in the software and digital media sectors.

Ben worked in London and New York before joining Broadview International (now Jefferies Broadview) in 1993. At Broadview, Ben was a Managing Director in the European office, was Co-head of the software, services and media global market group and led the development of the global digital media group. He has advised on transactions involving Yahoo!, IAC, Vivendi, News Corp, Microsoft, Openwave, Lagardere, British Telecom, Cendant, E*trade and Experian.

A lawyer by training with a LLB business law degree and a barrister, Ben joined Eden in September 2006 and brings exceptional fund-raising and exit experience to the team.


Tom Mawhinney

Non-Executive Director

Tom Mawhinney joined Icon Ventures in 2003 as a General Partner, bringing a 15-year background in the technology industry as both a venture capitalist and an entrepreneur.

Tom has a wide range of technology investing experience and brings a passion for helping to scale young, rapidly growing companies. His venture investing capabilities were acknowledged when he was named to the AlwaysOn Venture Capital 100 Power Players in the Cloud and Entrepreneurial Power Player – West lists.

Before joining Icon Ventures, Tom was with Canaan Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm with $2 billion under management. He first developed his skills as a technology investor and entrepreneur during the five years he spent with Summit Partners, a venture capital firm managing over $6 billion. As an entrepreneur, Tom co-founded and spent five years as President and COO of North Systems, a venture-backed software company.

At Icon, Tom is on the Board of or actively involved with Awarepoint, Bill.com, Huddle, Ionic Security, KIXEYE, MarketLive, Reputation.com, Teladoc, Voltage Security, Yodle and Zephyr Health. Prior Icon investments include 41st Parameter (Experian), Brion Technologies (ASML Holdings NV), ClairMail (Monitise), DATAllegro (Microsoft), Infinera (INFN), PostPath (Cisco Systems) and Solidcore Systems (McAfee). Tom received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College.


Lyle Fong

Non-Executive Director

Lyle is the co-founder and CEO of Hobo Labs, a mobile gaming studio based in Berkeley, California. Prior, Lyle co-founded and was CEO of Lithium Technologies, an enterprise community software company. He led the company from its bootstrap roots to become a high-growth, venture-backed company.

Lithium has raised over $150MM in venture funding and has made four acquisitions, including Klout. Lyle is also an active angel investor.


Nathan Medlock

Non-Executive Director

Nathan Medlock joined Zouk in 2013 and is a Partner in the Growth Capital Team. With 18 years’ experience in private equity, M&A, corporate finance and government advisory, Nathan brings significant direct investment and operational experience to Zouk.

Before joining Zouk, Nathan was a Partner at Galaxis Capital where he spent three years in operational roles with Private Equity backed companies, including that of CEO in a Swedish listed mining company and CFO of a private US biotech company. Prior, he worked for three years at Warburg Pincus in a direct investment role where he invested, managed and restructured over a $1bn of investments in European growth capital companies. Prior to those roles, Nathan spent four years with Lehman Brothers where he was a director in the private equity division. Before embarking on a career in finance, Nathan served as a Government Advisor in the Ministry of Defence for five years and spent four years in the British Army.

Nathan holds a Master of Business Administration with Honours from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Systems (Nuclear) from the University of Manchester. He also underwent officer training at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.


Charles Mcgregor

Chairman

Charles co-founded Fibernet in 1986, becoming Chief Executive in 1993 Initially a systems integrator, Charles has overseen the transformation of Fibernet into a leading UK communications business and its eventual sale to Global Crossing in 2006 for over £100m.

Charles graduated in business studies from John Moores University. After a brief period working in the finance sector, Charles settled into telecom sales. Prior to Fibernet, Charles spent six years working in the data communications at Telephone Rentals, Network Technology and Norand Ltd. Charles is Chairman of Gamma Telecom and investment partner in a new venture fund due to be launched later this year.


Investors

Eden Ventures

Eden Ventures is one of Europe’s leading early-stage technology, media and telecoms (TMT) investors. The firm’s background is that of entrepreneurs who became seed investors and then VCs, plus some TMT industry investment banking experience in the mix.

Eden’s differentiation is that it is prepared to take the early risk, is ‘hands-on’ in supporting its entrepreneurs and has enough firepower to fund its best companies to stellar exits.


Matrix Partners

Matrix Partners has had the privilege to partner with hundreds of innovators since its inception in 1977.

The company has been fortunate to play an active role in the development of many successful businesses, 50 of which went on to initial public offerings, and 75 of which have gone on to profitable M&A events. The firm consistently ranks in the top five venture firms in terms of returns to its investors. Matrix Partners operates in the United States, India and China across multiple sectors and stages.


Icon Ventures

Based in Palo Alto, CA, Icon Ventures is a specialty venture capital firm focused on leading Series B or C financings. With over $780 million under management, Icon invests with the world’s leading venture firms in companies that are category winners at their earliest stages of momentum.

Icon Ventures investments include iconic, market-leading companies such as Aster Data, FireEye, 41st Parameter, Infinera, MoPub, Palo Alto Networks and Proofpoint.


DAG Ventures

DAG Ventures is a venture capital partnership investing in and helping outstanding entrepreneurs create leading, long-term companies across a range of markets.

With roots from the 1980’s in cable TV, infrastructure, media, and wireless industries, the partnership today is privileged to work with world-class entrepreneurs as they build tomorrow’s leaders in the information technology, energy, and life science sectors.


Jafco Ventures

Jafco Ventures is an independent venture capital firm investing in emerging technology companies with true breakout potential. They look for exceptional companies with differentiated technology and compelling business models.

Given their close relationship among all the leading venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, it is an investment requirement at their firm to co-invest in every deal with top-tier venture investors to help validate the opportunity and bring to their portfolio of companies the collective expertise needed to help assure a successful outcome.


Zouk Capital LLP

Zouk Capital is a private equity and infrastructure fund manager investing in the clean economy. Zouk’s distinctive dual-track strategy of Growth Capital and Infrastructure capitalises on the investment opportunities created by the global shift to greater resource efficiency.

Zouk’s Growth Capital funds invest in companies that enable a more intelligent use of resources across sectors such as IT and communications management, industrial goods and services, energy and transport and logistics. The Infrastructure investment funds finance the construction of new high-yielding assets, by acquiring, developing and funding infrastructure projects during the late-stage of development and investing across a broad range of renewable energy and environmental sectors, including distributed energy, energy efficiency, storage, waste to energy and geothermal. Zouk has invested in the clean economy since 2000 and is one of the largest fund managers of its strategy in Europe. Zouk has €600m under management and offices in London and Singapore.


Hermes GPE

Hermes GPE is a leading specialist in global private equity with assets under management of £3.4 billion. The team has a significant investment and advisory track record spanning 25 years.

Hermes GPE invests in and advises on private equity products on behalf of its clients and is specialised in co-investments, primary fund and secondary investments. Hermes GPE creates bespoke long-term partnerships with its institutional clients and investment solutions are tailored to meet their specific objectives. Hermes GPE is an active proponent of responsible investing. The firm is a signatory of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investing.


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