Nick East

Co-founder and CEO

Nick is co-founder and CEO of Zynstra, the award winning leader in purpose built retail edge software. Zynstra is transforming edge computing for retailers. Its intelligent infrastructure delivers high reliability and flexibility, with powerful automation capabilities that reduce cost in every store.

Prior to Zynstra, Nick was an early employee of Cramer, a software leader in Telecoms, from start-up through to its $425m acquisition by Amdocs, where he was GM of their OSS division.

Brian Buggy

Co-founder and CTO

Brian is co-founder and CTO at Zynstra, responsible for the vision and strategy of the Zynstra software suite. Brian also works closely with premier clients globally to design retail software solutions that deliver new levels of cost saving, efficiency, and innovation in store. Brian is frequently published in the IT press on new ways that technology can address the challenges facing the retail industry.

Prior to Zynstra, Brian was the first employee of Cramer, a software leader in Telecoms, where he was a driving force in most of the key customer engagements throughout the growth of the business. Upon its acquisition by Amdocs, he became VP OSS Strategy.

Jon Craton

Non-Executive Director, Chairman

Jon is a founder investor in Zynstra, and a non-executive member of the leadership team.

He brings to the business over 25 years of experience in the software and communications industries. His technical background combined with extensive experience of sales, marketing and general management allows him to make a substantial contribution to Zynstra’s success.

In 1996 Jon co-founded Cramer and was CEO of the business for 6 years, leading the company through two stages of VC financing that raised over $27 million of capital for the business. Thereafter he was a senior executive with the company until its sale to Amdocs in 2006 for $425m in cash.

Since then Jon has been an angel investor, advising a variety of companies in the technology sector.

Don Gibson

Non-Executive Director

Don is a founder investor in Zynstra, a non-executive director, and board member.

In 1996 Don co-founded Cramer and was CTO of the company throughout its evolution and sale to Amdocs in 2006.

Don is widely respected as a visionary and technology leader. He was instrumental in driving the thought leadership behind Cramer’s success, changing the way service providers perceived, managed and provisioned their most expensive asset – their network resources.

Don supports the Zynstra team at board level with both technology insight and strategic direction.

Bob Willett

Non-Executive Director

Bob is a highly respected international retail specialist and technology innovator.

He has an impressive track record in multi-channel retail and technology industries from hands on operational roles in Marks & Spencer, Best Buy, Kingfisher Group and Littlewood’s Ltd as well as years of experience as Global Managing Partner of Accenture’s retail practice and a member of the Executive Committee.

In particular, Bob developed and led the successful partnership with Carphone Warehouse to form Best Buy Mobile and was Chairman of Best Buy Europe until his retirement in January 2010. He was named in the CIO Hall of Fame in 2008 to honour his significant contributions to the IT discipline and use of technology in business.

Andy Burton

Non-Executive Director

Andy is Chief Executive Officer of Tryzens Group, an eCommerce Systems Integrator and IT managed services firm specialising in solutions for the Retail market. Prior to this, Andrew served in an interim capacity as Chief Revenue Officer for Zynstra, driving the early stage go-to-market strategy for the company.

Having worked in Executive roles in the technical sector for over twenty years he was formally Chief Executive of Fasthosts Group, the UK-based web hosting and Cloud Service Provider from 2009 to 2013 and held the same office as Chief Executive of Centennial Software, from 2004 until its acquisition by FrontRange Solutions in 2008. Andrew also held Executive Director roles at Securicor, Chubb, Baltimore Technologies and Clearswift.

In addition to his Non-Executive responsibilities at Zynstra, Andy is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Concorde Solutions and a Non-Executive Director of Outsourcery plc where he Chairs the Operational Risk committee. He was the Founder of the influential Cloud Industry Forum.

Ian Perry

Non-Executive Director

Ian has over thirty years sales, operations, general management and board level experience in the Technology industry spanning Saas, direct enterprise, channel and consumer business models.

For the past sixteen years Ian has operated as Chairman, Independent Non-Executive Director, Advisor and investor, working alongside European and US based Venture Capital firms to a wide variety of technology businesses both in Europe and North America.

Prior to setting out as an independent, Ian has experienced three NASDAQ IPO’s having held senior positions at Ingres, Sybase and Portal Software, where he started and grew the EMEA business from scratch to rapidly become the dominant platform for monetising internet services for the large service providers, reaching $65M in revenue and 250 people in eight countries in less than 2.5 years.

In addition to his plural roles, in December 2013 Ian joined Octopus Ventures initially as Entrepreneur in Residence and then as Venture Partner, working closely with the management teams of portfolio companies to help accelerate growth, revenue and market traction. Having had experience as both an investor and as a hands-on sales and general management executive, Ian is well placed to understand the demands facing early stage businesses and has now worked with over sixty different technology start-ups.

Advisory Board Members

Bridget Karlin

Managing Director, Internet of Things Group, Intel Corporation

Bridget Karlin is the Managing Director of the Internet of Things (IoT) Strategy and Integrated Products Division at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for Intel’s IoT Platform and Product Portfolio Marketing and for managing the IoT commercialization and product marketing across Intel’s silicon, software and services assets, including development of strategic business objectives, driving industry and partner alignment to deliver foundational IoT technologies for IoT solutions and services. Bridget also works closely with government agencies and organizations to influence policy and programs that leverage IoT to deliver value through business and social transformation across a global marketplace.

Bridget is an authorized spokesperson for Intel, and provides critical company updates and briefings to media, industry and financial analysts, and members of Congress. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USAToday and appeared on FOX Business’ Opening Bell, TheStreet, CBS and The Deal. Bridget is a recipient of the 2016 IoT 5G Industrialists and Innovators award, the Malcolm Baldrige Software Quality award, listed in the top Fast 50 Tech CEO’s, and recipient of the BellSouth Technology Innovator award.

Prior to Intel’s IoT Group, Bridget served as the General Manager of the Intel Hybrid Cloud business, managed Intel’s Datacenter Software portfolio and has held executive management positions with CompuCom Systems Integrator, KPN/Getronics, Redleaf Venture Capital, Union Bank, and was President and co-founder of Thinque Systems. She serves on the advisory board of Zynstra, a UK cloud-based software company, and on the CTA/CES Board of Industry Leaders. Bridget brings over 25 years’ experience in building successful technology businesses and driving innovation.

Hans Robertson

Hans Robertson co-founded Meraki in 2006 and served as its Chief Operating Officer and VP Product. Cisco purchased Meraki in 2012 and Hans continued to build the Meraki business whilst a VP at Cisco until 2015. Before Meraki, he was in sales and partnerships at VMware and led the product team for a storage virtualization system at EMC. Hans began his career as a business analyst at McKinsey & Co. He holds an S.B. and M.Eng in computer science from MIT.

Tom Vari

Tom is a veteran of the Information Technology field of more than 40 years. He was a professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at York University in Toronto for 25 years and has consulted to major corporations in Canada, the US and the Caribbean.

He joined Rogers Cable in 1997 as CIO and was responsible for all applications delivery and architecture and innovation for Rogers Communications, from where he retired in 2011. Tom has served on a number of advisory boards of technology companies, as well as a number of boards of directors of non-profit organizations. Tom did his graduate studies at Cornell University.

Dave Ettle (RIP)

Co-Founder and CTO

Dave was a co-founder of Zynstra and, serving as CTO, played an instrumental role in the software, architecture and product development of Zynstra’s cloud management and virtualization technology.

Sadly, Dave passed away as a result of sudden heart attack in late 2017, whilst on Christmas vacation with his family. Dave was a friend and colleague for many of the team for over 25 years, and those who knew him well are both saddened by his loss and comforted by the knowledge they have been privileged to work with a truly brilliant engineer. Dave was one-of-a-kind, loud and opinionated, passionate and argumentative and with the sharpest of intellects. He was also a great family man and friend.

As one of the UK’s leading software engineers from IPL to Cramer and Amdocs, and in jointly founding Zynstra, his legacy is long lived, both through the software he created and the way in which he instilled teams to challenge the norm and innovate. Rest in peace Dave.

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