Abe Smith, CEO
Originally from a financial services background, Abe has founded and built a series of successful companies selling technology and/or technical services into the financial sector.
As CEO of Geneva Partners, Abe is responsible for strategic direction of the company and the structuring of all partner brokerage and equity deals. From Sept 05 to July 06 he also ran the Geneva Partners spin-off - Proficient Europe - serving as CEO through the company’s sale to Liveperson in July 06. Proficient was a SAAS offering utilising regression analytics to prioritise high-value browsing prospects and proactively engage them using webchat. The company sold to Liveperson in Jul 06. Prior to this Abe was Director, Financial Services, Business Systems Group plc. It was to BSG that he sold his previous company, Atomic Tangerine, in 2001 where he was Co-founder and Director. Funded originally out of SRIC in Menlo Park, Atomic specialised in the design and build of sales-driving transactional applications for the financial sector.
Jack Blockley, COO
Jack specialises in the identification and introduction of innovative, market-changing technologies.
He has been involved with technology for over a decade, working originally in the telecoms and broadcast marketplace. He transitioned to the IT market in 1997 with Business Systems Group where, as their top-performing sales executive, he provided infrastructure and consulting services to the corporate market in London.
Today as COO of Geneva, Jack spearheads the company's technology sourcing function. Having successfully introduced the PassMark strong authentication solution to the UK during 05/06 and PostX in the years before, Jack also plays a key role in the business development of Geneva Partners' technologies. A strong understanding of the financial sector combined with a healthy interest in innovation has enabled him to pick world-leading solutions which have, without exception, had strong uptake amongst our key financial clients - the UK's top 5 banks.
Mike Brenner, SVP Sales
Mike specialises in developing new markets and selling technology solutions to large European corporations.
Prior to joining Geneva Partners, Mike was a senior sales executive with Proficient Europe where he was responsible for developing new markets in Telco, Travel, Retail and B2B and converting pilots at RBS, Natwest and HBOS into full production.
Before this Mike served as Business Development Manager for Thomson Financial (since 2005 known as www.accuitysolutions.com)
Thomson Financial provides data, software and services that allow global financial institutions to maximise payment efficiency and facilitate compliance of all their financial transactions. Mike sold data and software solutions to a wide range of new clients throughout Europe, including the company's two largest global payment processing data sales to Bank of America and HSBC. Clients include: ING, Rabobank, Barclays, UBS, RBS and Citibank.
Anne Fairbrother, Financial Controller
Anne specialises in the financial control and administration of technology businesses.
She has worked with Abe Smith in a range of companies for over 8 years. Originally financial controller at Crown Business Communications, she occupied the role both at Atomic Tangerine and then subsequently with Proficient Europe before joining Geneva Partners in September 2006. In each company Anne has instigated professional software-based accounting procedures and managed the financial processes around all corporate acquisitions.