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We are fortunate to live in a time of exponential change and infinite possibilities. My early career in accounting and consulting provided me a fantastic perspective on how to assess companies and their markets and even more importantly to work with clients to develop strategy, solve problems and implement solutions.
After finishing my MBA I was hired into a global business development role at the internet division of Disney. I worked with teams and partners across the globe to assess business opportunities and close deals in over 25 countries. We built new businesses, created new interactive products for new platforms and I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
The next step was into leadership. I had managed small teams and worked on developing products but in 2004 I was asked to move to London and build Disney’s mobile business in Europe. This was an opportunity to run the show and own the P&L. I built a team across marketing, business development and operations. We bought a company with two game studios that also reported to me. By 2006 I was green lighting and building apps and selling interactive mobile product for Disney and managing a team of over 80 people.
I had an incredible experience my last year at Disney where I was given the opportunity to gain in depth exposure to distributing film and television properties through connected devices.
Post Disney, I threw myself into mentoring and advising early stage companies. I have a knack for working with smart entrepreneurs on everything from product management and branding to pitch preparation and business development.
My advisory roles have been awesome but I miss being a part of a team. I am looking for an opportunity to leverage my experience to create new businesses. Size is the not the criteria but rather my desire is to work with people and products that harness technology to do things differently and create something new.
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