Executive Leadership Team
CPA Global® is the world’s leading intellectual property (IP) management and technology specialist. With offices across Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific, we support many of the world’s best-known corporations and law firms with a range of IP services, helping them to manage risk, cost and capacity, and to realise greater value for their businesses.
Our leadership team come from a broad base of backgrounds, and have many, many years of responsibility running global organisations.
Chief Executive Officer
Simon Webster joined CPA Global in March 2000, and was appointed to the Executive Board in 2003. Over the last 17 years he has developed a deep knowledge of the business, its customers and markets and the Intellectual Property industry as a whole. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in October 2015 having previously served as Chief Business Development Officer with responsibility for worldwide sales and, prior to that, as Chief Operations Officer responsible for business operations globally. Before joining CPA Global Simon worked in the UK financial services sector for 12 years, successfully leading business change programmes, delivering technology transformations and supporting M&A transactions. Simon qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1998 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Chief Financial Officer
Ben was appointed as CFO in June 2016. Ben has over 12 years’ experience as a CFO of private equity-backed and listed companies. Before joining CPA Global, he was CFO of Oaktree Capital-backed Harkand Group, and CFO at Mood Media, during which time the company’s revenues increased from US$150m to $550m and completed a successful IPO on AIM in London. He previously held CFO roles at Transcom and DCS in the business services sector.
Chief Innovation & Technology Officer
As CITO, Toni is responsible for our product and services portfolio, including the software platforms and development teams. A qualified patent attorney, Toni has been involved in software development for many years. In 2004, he co-founded and was CEO for Ipendo, the Sweden-based IP management software and service provider that we acquired in 2011.
COO Innovation Solutions
John is responsible for our worldwide sales, field marketing and growth strategies and continues to lead the Innography business which we acquired in 2015. He has 30 years’ experience in enterprise software, driving market leadership and growth at Innography, IQNavigator and Saba Software. John founded Oracle’s consulting division and was a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. He holds an MBA from Stanford and two engineering degrees from MIT.
Chief Operating Officer
As COO, Gordon is responsible for ensuring that operational delivery and efficiency is maximised across our company. He is also responsible for customer experience, to ensure that every part of our organisation is aligned to deliver a seamless customer journey. Gordon brings years of senior management and operational experience from a variety of international businesses including, most recently, international marketing services company Williams Lea.
Chief Marketing Officer
Melanie is a highly experienced marketing professional and strategic business leader with a successful track record of working with international businesses. At CPA Global, she leads the marketing and communications teams to deliver a multi-channel marketing strategy worldwide. Melanie joined us in March 2015 from Allegis Group where she was Managing Director, Strategic Operations, based in Sydney, and worldwide brand advisor to the Group.
Director, Law Firms
Jean leads our IP law firm business strategy, building on our substantial customer base in this sector. A key focus is helping law firms better serve their clients, particularly small and medium-sized businesses. Jean joined us in 2013 to manage the relationship transformation with our former IP law firm shareholders. A solicitor, Jean began her career at Baker & McKenzie before moving to the IP departments of Allen & Overy and Freshfields, then into industry where she held General Counsel positions at Siemens, eBay and Fujitsu.
Corporate Development Director
Mark is responsible for all aspects of corporate development and has led our acquisitions of Innography, Landon IP, Patrafee and IP Forecaster over the past three years. Prior to joining us in 2013, Mark led strategy consulting engagements for multinational clients at McKinsey & Co. He previously worked within The Carlyle Group’s European private equity investment team and in J.P. Morgan Cazenove’s corporate finance division.
Global Head of HR
As Global Head of HR, Julie leads an international team responsible for all HR matters and activities, including people development, training, recruitment, and compensation and benefits. Julie has extensive experience in managing HR functions within multinational corporations. Previously, she was Global HR Director at Maersk and has also worked at BP and international brewing company SABMiller on large transformation and change projects.
Commercial & Pricing Director
Patrick has responsibility for our Commercial function, driving commercial strategy and pricing execution. Patrick joined us in 2009 and has worked in many of our business units, including Sales, Deal Management and Operations across all regions: Asia Pacific, EMEA and USA. Most recently, Patrick worked in the Corporate Development team and on the recent acquisition of Innography.
Chief Data Officer
As Chief Data Officer, Tyron Stading is responsible for creating unified data integration and analytics across all of CPA Global products and services. In 2006, Tyron founded and served as CTO for Innography, the US-based IP analytics software provider that CPA Global acquired in 2015. He was previously employed at IBM and several other high technology start-ups. Tyron earned a Computer Science degree from Stanford University and an MBA from University of Texas at Austin. His specialisation is in Machine Learning and Security, having filed over three dozen patents and published multiple research papers.
EVP Sales, North America & Advisor to the CEO
As EVP Sales for North America, Alex is responsible for all business development activities in the North American market including alignment between sales and the corporate growth strategy, development of the NA market sales strategy, growth of existing customer relationships, acquisition of new customers and leading our pre-sales solutions team. Alex brings 15 years’ experience in the IP marketplace, and 12 years of direct sales management at CPA Global to the team.