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MARTIN LEUW Bsc(Hons), FCA
A highly experienced CEO and serial entrepreneur with a consistent, successful track record of acquisitive and organic growth (inc corporate ventures/JVs/Startups), specialising in e-business, web, SaaS and communications technology in a wide variety of sectors, with particular expertise in business software and healthcare where markets are undergoing transformational change. Martin's distinctive style focuses in particular on the total customer experience and true advocacy (measured by Net Promoter Scoring) and active employee engagement to attract, develop and retain talent.
Martin is currently Chairman of and an investor in Clearswift (www.clearswift.com), a global cyber security software business. Previously, he was Group CEO of IRIS Software (www.iris.co.uk) from 2001-2011 and led its growth from revenues of £9m to over £120m p.a. During this period IRIS grew from an enterprise value of £30m to over £500m (through three PE backed MBOs) to become one of the UK’s largest private software houses, with market leading positions in a number of vertical sectors with circa 60,000 business customers and 1,200 employees.
Prior to that, Martin was CEO of Medidesk plc, a healthcare internet business offering electronic patient records and a GP portal, he was on the Executive Policy Group of PPP Healthcare plc and Managing Director of Access 24, an award-winning Medical communications Centre, which he grew to become a leading provider of patient support and loyalty programmes to the pharmaceutical industry, as well as acting as an advisor to the Government and the NHS.
Martin has a BSc (Hons) in Management Science from Manchester University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. He has also undertaken a number of Executive Programmes at Wharton Business School.
In July 2006, Martin was named Entrepreneur of the Year in the Technology & Communication category in the Southern regional final of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year programme. In October 2009, he was awarded the new ICAEW Faculty prize at the Software Satisfaction Awards.
Martin has been a regular judge for the prestigious Real Business "Business of the Year" awards, is a regular columnist for Real Business (http://www.realbusiness.co.uk/ ) and the Daily Telegraph www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub , as well as speaking engagements on entrepreneurship and business growth. He is also Membership Chair for the London Chapter of the Young Presidents Organisation.