OUR MANAGING PARTNERS
Zag has over 30 years cross-industry experience and has been involved in both entrepreneurial companies as well as major blue-chip organisations at executive levels in a number of different countries.
At ARIS Europe, he built the European operations of a US consulting firm, growing the company with 2 acquisitions, resulting in revenues exceeding $40M within 2 years. At Chase Cooper in the UK, he founded a risk management software and consulting company, securing deals with major banks and insurance companies globally and attracting a valuation of $30M within 5 years.
In blue-chip corporates, he has held senior and executive positions in companies such as Cap Gemini, SAP and Oracle. At MarchFirst, he was responsible for sales of over $120M from strategic consulting and digital services.
Zag has worked in international locations that have included: UK, China, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and UAE, giving him geographical and cultural appreciation. He is passionate in helping companies and business leaders achieve their potential through innovation and alternative thinking to navigate their business more effectively.
Paula draws on over 30 years in large blue-chip firms and SMEs, giving her a wealth of experience from which to draw upon.
Paula’s combination of corporate experience from companies such as Marks & Spencer and Next, where she was responsible for over $130M revenues, along with numerous business consulting engagements lends itself well to the needs of Accelerate’s clients.
In addition, Paula has hands-on experience and understands the challenges of being an entrepreneur, having been involved in several start-ups, including creating the first global trading platform for textile designers and buyers and securing funding of over $1M at the early stages. Paula’s passion has always been “to delight our customers” and this ethos continues her drive to deliver beyond client expectations, each time, every time.
An innovative and entrepreneurial thinker, with an excellent ability to lead and inspire at all levels, Paula brings wide-ranging skills from cross-industry backgrounds, complemented by a depth of knowledge across industries such as design, retail, and manufacturing.