Bill has led and developed European and global converging communications, Internet, media, mobile, technology, and IT businesses for over thirty years with Fortune and Times 100 companies, often their largest international businesses. He has also led SME market leaders and been instrumental in forming many new international and global entities to success and/or IPO/trade sale. He has led businesses in over twenty countries, been a resident in four, and traded with over sixty-five, and is a former board director of businesses in more than twenty. His experience has ranged from critical turnaround and restructuring to business formation and rapid growth, to transformations, cross-border, multi-site, and international jurisdictions’ commerce, including leading and developing economies.
He has also undertaken work in investment, M & A, venture capital, and private equity globally. His customer base has ranged from B2B and large global multinational accounts to consumer markets and retail. He has formed, developed, built and led many businesses in the TMT/Internet/mobile convergence industries across a number of countries, often in parallel. Some he cofounded. Additionally, he has significant exposure to a range of other industries. He’s been a thought leader on convergence and next-generation policy in the UK and the EU, led major strategy projects for blue-chip companies, and been a member of the leadership teams of Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 businesses.
He has chaired or spoken at leading global conferences from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, and Shanghai – the most recent being the global summit on smart devices and mobility. Other topics have included copyright and technology, mobile user experience, digital-rights strategies, convergence, intellectual property rights, digital media, mobile security, homeland defence, privacy, broadband, SME policy, media and entertainment, content management, user-generated content, social media, Chinese IT industry, technology innovation in financial services, social banking/investment, Internet/IP TV, and “Big Data.” He participated in a UK government mission to Korea and Japan on TMT and was a major contributor to the report. He has been a contributory author to a mobile-Internet-industry leadership book (Mobile Web 2.0), has written for Money Management, and was a contributor to US Jupitermedia’s Digital Rights Management Watch (now Copyright and Technology). He is a recognised insider on intellectual property and rights management globally, having stimulated UK government reviews and engaged with WIPO.
He has a number of notable initiatives to his credit. He has led the development and introduction of a range of products. His policy work in the UK and the EU has provided exposure to directives, programs, and developments. He recently supported World Economic Forum (Davos) initiatives on the impact of technology innovation on future financial services (published) and media and entertainment global industries (published). His engagement with the UK government probably led to the formation of the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property, to which he also contributed.
Originally a graduate in metallurgy from Sheffield University, he also has an MBA (finance) from Cranfield University, is a Chartered Management Accountant, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and a Chartered Engineer. He is FCA Retail Distribution Review (RDR) compliant, has a CFA investment management certificate, is a CFA Level II candidate, and has a CFA Statement of Professional Standing. He is an Approved Person under the UK’s FCA financial-services regulatory regime and a certified trustee under the pensions regulator’s regime. He is a PRINCE2 project-management practitioner. He is trained in governance and compliance.
He is a former member of the UK government’s Broadband Stakeholder Group Executive, freeman of the City of London, liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, former director and member of the executive committee of BritishAmerican Business Inc. New York and London, former director and CEO of European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA), former advisory director of London First, and fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Ret’d). He is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of UK, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Pensions Management Institute, the Institute of Metals and Mining, and a subject-matter expert with EU’s Horizon 2020 R & D program on Internet, innovation, SMEs, and enterprise competitiveness. He was recently a BAFTA award judge.
Bill is a partner of a venture capital firm which provides international unquoted TMT investments for sophisticated and high-net-worth individuals, and supports e-synergy on cleantech/alternative energy investments. He is an angel investor in a number of disruptive global TMT companies.
Global Village is a SME. It is a consulting practice with outsourcing accords and NDAs with three leading IT companies each in China and India, as well as the Philippines, Indonesia, Romania, and the US.
The company won the prestigious EU Award for Online Excellence under the EU eContent program.