Senior Management

Our senior management bring a wealth of experience in corporate communications, investor relations and internet technology.

But of course they all have an enormous amount of broader expertise as well.

Helen James CEO

With ten years of City experience, Helen brings a first-hand insight into the demands placed on PLCs. Helen was Head of Pan-European Equity Sales at Paribas prior to her becoming a founding director of Investis in 2000.

Investis’ Managing Director since 2000, Helen became CEO in October 2012, following the management buyout led by Gresham Private Equity. In this role she will both continue to oversee all of our client relationships and drive company strategy and growth.

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David Grigson Chairman

David has over 25 years' experience working at a senior level across a range of publicly quoted companies. He is currently chairman of Trinity Mirror plc, senior independent director at Ocado Group plc, and a non-executive director of Standard Life plc. He is also chairman of Creston plc, the marketing services company, and a director and trustee of the Dolma Development Fund.

In his executive career, David was chief financial officer of Reuters Group plc at the time of the announcement of its £8.7 billion merger with Thomson Corporation to form Thomson Reuters. He was appointed chairman of Investis in November 2013. His experience of working with companies in the digital and investor relations space means he is perfectly positioned to assist Investis in our continued expansion.

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Rupert Spiegelberg CEO of Investis Inc.

Rupert heads up our North American operations, headquartered in NYC. He previously drove our push into mainland Europe and more recently was responsible for developing our Product strategy before moving to the US. With more than 14 years experience in online IR and corporate communications in the US and Europe, Rupert knows exactly what corporates require in a digital communication strategy.

As an ex-Bloomberg journalist, he also has an acute understanding of what stakeholders look for in communications. Rupert holds an MBA from INSEAD in France.

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Rene Milner Chief Financial Officer

Rene brings huge experience to his role of CFO. Previously, he held a similar position at AIM Technology and at Virgin Digital Studios, and spent four years as a principal of a UK venture capital fund.

His business philosophy is that finance is a service business and must deliver the highest quality to both external and internal customers. In addition to finance, Rene is responsible for the legal and commercial aspects of the business, addressing everything from pricing and contracts to the intricacies of India’s STPI regulations.

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Alex Booth Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Alex ensures all client solutions are delivered efficiently, to the right spec., and on time. In turn, this entails the seamless integration of our teams and resources in London, New York, Würzburg, Helsinki, Milan and Vadodara.

Since our earliest days, Alex’s can-do attitude has played a key part in the company’s success. Outside of work, it also led him to train for four months, as a complete novice, for a white collar boxing tournament. He is a keen linguist with exposure to six European languages and holds a first class degree in Modern Languages from Nottingham University.

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Martyn Arbon Chief Technology Officer

Martyn leads our product management, product development and technical operations across the globe. He brings over 20 years within the technology industry and has held senior technical management roles at Oracle, StepStone, Lumesse and Pure360, which gives him a wealth of experience to operate within todays ever changing technology landscape.

Martyn began his career as a software developer and brings detailed technical knowledge from both contributor and management perspectives, and over the last 15 years has led multi-disciplined and organisationally dispersed technology groups.

He is passionate about ensuring technology delivers value to Investis and our clients and is always agile, enabling quick responses to the ever-changing needs in the digital landscape which we operate.

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Neil Roberts Director of New Business, UK & Southern Europe

Neil has worked in a variety of roles since joining the company in 2000. Along the way he set up and managed the Client Strategy team which has been instrumental in helping our clients maximise the effectiveness of their online digital communications.

In his current role, Neil is driving the activity of the UK and Southern Europe's new business and account management teams. When he is not directly supporting the sales effort, his attention is directed to training and development, building skills and knowledge across the business.

When he is not working, there is not much than can beat a game of ‘frisbee tag’ in the park with his kids or a long swim in Tooting lido.

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Ashish Parasharya Managing Director – Indian Operations

Ashish has led the rapid growth and transformation of our Indian operations. Joining us as General Manager in 2007 to run a small team of 12, today he heads up a team of over 260 people.

Based in our Indian office, Ashish is constantly working to improve the processes, cost efficiencies, quality and innovation we deliver to our clients. His excellent team-building skills are of incalculable worth to the people he manages in India.

When it comes to detail, Ashish is absolutely meticulous – but with one exception: he admits that his cupboards are never organised.

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Claudia Breitenberger-Cerny CEO Germany, Switzerland, Austria

Claudia takes great pride in running both the team in Würzburg and some 350 client relationships across Germany, Switzerland and Austria. She offers unrivalled knowledge of the DACH market.

Claudia joined the Investis family when Flife AG, the influential IR company she founded a decade before, became part of Investis in 2008.

As a counterpoint to working in online technology, Claudia enjoys more tactile pastimes ranging from property renovation to painting, knitting and playing the piano.

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Tua Stenius-Örnhjelm Business Director, Nordic Region

Tua is responsible for sales and client relationships across the Nordic Region She joined Investis in 2012 after working for more than 10 years in corporate and financial communications, both in-house and as a consultant.

Her long experience and strong understanding of communications ensures she is in an excellent position to find solutions to our clients’ challenges.

Away from work, Tua enjoys an active outdoor life and cooking for family and friends.

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Michael Jenner Director of Solutions

As Director of Solutions, Michael has overall responsibility for the delivery of projects at Investis. He is responsible for ensuring that whatever the size or nature of the project, every client receives exceptional service at all stages of the project process.

With over 20 years experience in software development, Michael has developed a deep understanding of the stresses associated with complex and time critical projects. He has been with Investis for over 7 years, during which time he has been instrumental in the development of our world class project delivery operation.

Not surprisingly, when not working his focus is on stress relief. These days this includes Tae Kwon Do and helping his teenage son become the next Mark Zuckerberg.

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Dianna Winegarden Director of Client Services

Dianna leads our Client Services teams across the globe. She brings with her a wealth of experience from years of working in online advertising technologies and understands the challenges of a quickly changing digital landscape.

Dianna is passionate about providing great experiences for our clients and is one of those rare people who enjoys filling out customer service surveys. As a result she is the perfect person to ensure that our clients receive the very best care no matter their location.

Originally from Seattle, Dianna now resides in London and holds an MBA from the University of Washington.

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Sheryl Joyce Director, Global Head of Marketing

As Global Head of Marketing Sheryl is responsible for synchronizing and driving the strategic marketing initiative across our core European and US Markets. She joins us from Q4 Web Systems and has over 14 years of experience working in Investor Relations, Financial Services, and with Public Companies in a variety of sectors.

She is highly skilled in the development, execution and measurement of communications strategies, and in content creation and thought leadership materials including published whitepapers, ebooks and corporate blog posts.

Sheryl hails from Canada and holds a combined Honours Degree in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Windsor and a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations from Ryerson University in Toronto. When not at work, she enjoys playing baseball, golf and boxing.

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Simon Gittings Creative Director

If he could, Simon would start every meeting by shouting ‘say no to dull’. It’s very easy to take the safe route but it’s only by challenging expectations that great results can be achieved.

As Creative Director, Simon leads clients and our in-house teams through the creative process, to get the ideal mix of design, messaging, words and media to effectively tell clients’ unique stories. He pushes everyone to engage their audience and to communicate effectively: it’s not just about providing information and there is nothing worse than a vast, infrequently updated site with little substance.

Outside of work, Simon is passionate about climbing but these days his kids go along too. He also likes bikes – with and without engines – and reading.

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Nicolas Bruel Director of Sales, UK

Nico heads up our Sales operations for the UK (as well as in Ireland, Russia, France and the Benelux). He has been involved with many of the most significant, recent corporate transactions in the UK, guiding clients’ digital communications through both IPO and M&A situations.

Before Investis, Nico worked in the Middle East and Southern Africa, where he supervised the editorial and commercial production of economic TV documentaries for CNBC. He has an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick and an MA in International Business from ESC Rennes / the University of Miami.

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Kate Rowe Director, Product Implementation

Nobody knows what makes Investis tick better than Kate, something that comes in useful when responsible for the sales and delivery of a constantly evolving product suite at the leading edge of digital technology.

Before joining Investis in 2004, Kate worked at Clockwork Web, The Institute of Chartered Accountants and The Cabinet Office, where she delivered the governments first ever web based systems for Prime Ministers Questions and Crisis Management.

Kate is a passionate London cyclist who rides the 10 miles from Wimbledon to the City every day, come rain or shine.

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Leon Odey-Knight Director of Innovation & Design

Leon leads conversation both with clients and internally around the future of digital and creative innovation. Using those long forgotten skills of feeling, sensing and learning to work out what comes next. Making sense of the buzz words that tend to be thrown around before they actually become buzz words.

Outside of work you will find Leon attached to his Oculus Rift or scouring the web for little known nuggets of insight that may inform his thinking. In short there is no real separation between work and home for Leon, even his children call him a technology nut.

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Mark Smith Consulting Director

Mark is responsible for the creative and strategic account development of key accounts, across a range of sectors, from financial services through to mining and utilities.

Mark works closely with clients at a senior level, helping them to better define their digital communication strategies, establish measurable business benefits and identify the best means with which to communicate.

With almost 20 years’ experience, Mark understands the corporate brand and how it should be communicated to the wide range of stakeholders that today’s global organisations need to reach.

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Justin Walters Advisor

Justin was Investis’ founder and was CEO before stepping down in October 2012. He continues to be a great friend of the company and to work with Investis in an advisory capacity.

Justin combines an academic background (he’s a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford) with his experience as a management consultant at OC&C and as Head of New Media at the Guardian, in which role he launched Guardian online.

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