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Jeffrey was the founder
of the M&A practice which eventually became WTA Partners. He has become a
leading practitioner and one with a significant reputation for effectiveness in
the mid-market technology space.
Jeffrey has worked
successfully completing transactions and advisory work in a dozen countries for
numerous private and public client companies. These clients have operated in
many market sub-sectors across the TMT spectrum: currently he is particularly
active within infrastructure (cloud and managed services, security or
reselling) where he leads WTA’s activities, data intelligence as well as
software for the public sector Most recent completed transactions include the
sale of Oosha to Access Group, the acquisitions of City Business Solutions by
CTS and Force Information Systems by Harris Computer Systems.
this business, Jeffrey worked almost exclusively in the Information Technology
(IT) sector for thirty years of which the majority was spent with leading IT
service companies providing systems solutions in most major markets around the
world. Jeffrey has held several senior management positions during his career both
in the UK and USA including those of CEO, Managing Director and President.
Alan is an entrepreneurial management professional working within the IT and Technology markets for over 25 years covering the breadth of software products, consulting and outsourcing services. He has held CEO, Managing Director and executive commercial roles for the previous fifteen years before joining WTA, with full responsibility for P&L, strategy, commercial development and operational transformation of multi-million-pound business streams.
He has detailed experience and involvement in business acquisitions, mergers and fundraising working on many of WTA’s client buy and sales mandates including the sales of EP Morris, Transend, Elgin, Ardenta, Union Solutions, Halcyon Software, and working with Civica to help them acquire businesses as part of their portfolio build.
Alan is particularly knowledgeable of the transport and logistics sector, public sector software and hosting & managed Services. Prior to WTA he was most recently Managing Director and a shareholder of Cloud Amber, a software products company providing Integrated Traffic and Transport (ITS) information systems. He exited that business after successfully selling the company to idox plc.
Previously he has held multiple executive and vice president positions with ACIS, a leading transport information software supplier, Intervoice, a speech solutions business and 7C, a contact centre outsourcer. He also spent over twelve years at CMG completing his time there as a Divisional Managing Director. He has a B.Sc (Hons) in Engineering from Manchester University.
Nick joined WTA Partners after five
years at Harris Computers, an operating company of Constellation Software, Inc,
where, most recently, he was a Senior Executive Vice President responsible for the building up the M&A French and UK
portfolio for Harris’s Public Services Group. In that role he met with over
sixty vertical market software companies and completed three transactions, two
in the UK and one in France for a total transaction value of $34 Million. During this time Harris Public Services were a client of WTA Partners and Nick was their senior representative
With over thirty years IT experience
spanning four continents Nick has completed transactions up to $25O million and has significant
operational and venture capital experience. Previous positions include nine
years at Desjardins, the fifth largest cooperative financial group in the world with assets of
$227 billion, where he worked on mobile payment
systems and venture and buyout financing. He also has over two years
experience at Opto Security offering innovative security
software for the Transportation and Critical Infrastructure markets.
Outside of IT Nick has been a general manager of a winery in Italy.
He is fluent in
English, French and Italian and has a B.Sc in Physics and a Major in
International marketing from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
Prior to becoming a Principal with WTA Partners during October 2017, Mark operated as an independent strategy and M&A advisor to a diverse range of IT sector and private equity clients. He has worked on nearly fifty successfully completed transactions and has extensive experience on the buy-side through originating, negotiating and structuring bolt-on acquisitions. Mark has also developed a proven methodology to assist stakeholders prepare their businesses for quality exits.
Between 2002 and 2010 Mark was a member of the management team tasked with the turnaround (after a public-to-private takeout) of business software vendor Cedar Group. He held roles heading marketing, product strategy/management and M&A and gained valuable experience working with the private equity backer. After several disposals and ten bolt-on acquisitions, the transformed and highly profitable business, rebranded as COA Solutions, secured an excellent exit.
He first started in the IT industry in 1979 as a graduate marketing trainee with Burroughs (now Unisys) where he progressed into senior sales and marketing roles. After four years with Honeywell as head of Strategy & Planning, he moved into strategy consulting in 1989 and secured a blue-chip list of IT sector clients including EDS, ICL, Data General and Walker International.
In 1995 Mark moved into the ERP software industry as PeopleSoft’s European Marketing Director and subsequently became VP International Marketing as the company’s explosive global growth made it a Silicon Valley poster child.
Mark has a BA (Hons) in Economics and an MA from Lancaster University Management School.