I’m very fortunate as I love and have loved all my roles in transformational technology. With every role I am lucky to be further challenged and rewarded. It’s an exciting journey. I travel to work with a wonderful range of the most exciting clients on the planet and help to change how they think about social media
I’m very fortunate as I love and have loved all my roles in transformational technology. With every role I am lucky to be further challenged and rewarded. It’s an exciting journey. I travel to work with a wonderful range of the most exciting clients on the planet and help to change how they think about social media within their business.
Enjoying great success in all previous roles, from helping Ford Motor Company to become more efficient and design cars faster, to changing the way Retail Banks interact with their customers. Enabling global organisation to move in and capitalise on developing markets, always innovating, learning, wining and having fun.
I feel very comfortable at CxO levels across the globe, delivering consistent over-achievement of sales targets, execution of strategic plans and motivating and exciting my colleagues.
I travel the world and love working in different cultures and it’s great to be currently leading the Oracle Social business in Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. It’s an exciting time in social and I get great satisfaction working with Intelligence Agencies using our platform to fight crime and terrorism and helping global brands connect better with their customers.
I have 20 years experience helping companies accelerate growth, increase efficiency and bring their products and solutions to market faster. I have assisted some of the world’s leading companies transform their business.
I specialise in providing a consultative approach, working with senior decision makers in organisations that have the same passion as I do for business transformation, through the use of cutting edge technology to provide a competitive advantage.
My background is in corporate advisory services, business development and private equity. I have experience working in Finance, IT, Legal, Defence, Retail and Manufacturing verticals all on an international level.
Head of Social Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa @ I help Oracle’s clients use social media to increase revenue, improve customer service and speed up time to market. By setting a digital strategy it enables our clients to be more innovative and to better understand how they can use social media to engage their clients and gain competitive advantage.
I am responsible for helping clients integrate social media into their business and lead the sales process at both a strategic and an operational level.
Oracle Social Cloud is a cloud service that helps manage and scale relationships with customers on social media channels. Oracle has integrated the best-in-class social relationship management (SRM) components – social listening, social engagement, social publishing, social content & apps, and social analytics into one unified cloud service to give the most complete SRM solution on the market. From September 2014 to Present (1 year 4 months) London, United KingdomPartner @ I’m a partner in Venezia Capital a UK dynamic mid-market private equity firm. We invest in all sectors, although our primary focus is on investing in Technology, Business Services and Life Sciences. Our Corporate Advisory Services and Business Operations Group provide the strategy and foundation to rapidly accelerate growth.
I specialise in providing expert due diligence in the technology and media sector. My due diligence is unique in the level or detail and evaluates the business, people and the technology, most importantly the sales results and the route to market. My “real life” due diligence and my background working for some of the world’s largest technology companies puts me in a unique position to give insight not normally available to most VC/PE organisations. From June 2008 to Present (7 years 7 months) London, United KingdomHead of Cloud Services (interim position) @ I am passionate about transformational change within technology organisations. Taking the Damovo
engagement enabled me to use my experience to help a traditional technology reseller extend their portfolio to offer market leading Cloud solutions and so give their clients the benefit of moving applications to the cloud.
I was brought in to create and develop the Cloud solution business within Damovo. I launched Collaboration as a Service (CaaS), Cisco HCS and Cisco private Cloud Solutions. Hosted Microsoft Collaboration including Lync and SharePoint. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and virtual desktop.
I developed a consultative sales methodology where Damovo communicates at C-level, addresses business challenges and engages in transformational projects. From November 2013 to May 2014 (7 months) London, United KingdomGlobal Account Director @ I was responsible for a $35m a year global account. My role was to lead a global team and help our client become more efficient, break into new emerging markets and use technology as competitive advantage. This enabled them to build their brand and make full use of social media for engaging customers leading to an increase in sales.
Through using technology such as Cloud, Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Cisco Collaboration, I was able to drive transformational projects that added real business value and elevated Verizon to a trusted advisor status across multiple lines of business. From December 2012 to November 2013 (1 year) London, United KingdomCollaboration/Social Media Transformation Consultant @ I was responsible for working with the Tier 1 financial organisations in changing the way they do business through collaboration and digital marketing. I used my consultative approach to work closely with the business (mostly non IT) to engage in transformational projects.
I helped one leading bank save over £150m in relocating to a low cost country. I enabled several of the leading retail banks sell more mortgages and engage their clients better though digital and social media.
My portfolio included Telepresence, DMS, VXI, VDI, Contact Centre, IP Telephony, WebEx, Jabber, Social media/contact centre, workspace licensing, Unified Communications and Cloud solutions (CaaS and HCS). I delivered several multi million pound projects into some of the largest financial institutions. My success was down to the ability to deliver business change messages to CxO level contacts.
I was lucky enough to represent Cisco as a Game Maker (Team Leader Event Services) at the 2012 Olympics. From July 2008 to November 2012 (4 years 5 months) London, United KingdomGlobal Account Director - Ford Motor Company @ With Ford I considered myself fortunate in being able to combine my business passion and my love of cars. In my time there I lead projects that enabled Ford Motor Company & P.A.G. (Jaguar/Land Rover/Volvo) to design cars quicker through increased collaboration across design teams and I enabled marketing to launch new models in exotic locations with full network and press data connections. I delivered transformational projects to drive plant efficiencies to save money and increase the amount of cars made per day and a ground breaking project to let design and engineering test new models in some of the most inhospitable places in the world.
I was responsible for delivering over 300 projects spanning 60 locations in 24 countries. My team included Account Managers, Finance and Pre-Sales. From September 2001 to May 2008 (6 years 9 months) London, United KingdomManagement Consultant @ Management Consultant providing corporate advisory and private equity services to the Information Security and Business Intelligence sector. From February 1999 to August 2001 (2 years 7 months) London, United KingdomMajor Account Manager - IT Manpower @ I was responsible for Financial Services and led a new business team. To increase productivity I introduced the Alexander Mann methodology which specialised in time management, planning and goal/achievement setting. From May 1998 to February 1999 (10 months) London, United KingdomIT Recruitment Consultant @ I placed senior IT developers/Project Managers into large international banks helping them recruit top teams to drive competitive advantage. From November 1995 to April 1998 (2 years 6 months) Business Development/Sales @ After my A levels I decided that I wanted to develop my entrepreneurial skills rather than go on to higher education. My first project was with a theatre production company and I took over the management of a local theatre. From September 1993 to October 1995 (2 years 2 months) London, United Kingdom
A Levels, Economics, Business Studies, Politics, Geography @ Colchester Sixth Form College From 1992 to 1993 GCSE @ St Benedict’s From 1987 to 1992 Alex Blakeway is skilled in: Strategy, SaaS, Business Strategy, Global Business Development, Collaboration Solutions, CXO level engagement, Cloud Computing, Business Development, Social Media Marketing, Management Consulting, Venture Capital, Social Networking, Social Media Measurement, Social Meida Marketing, Solution Selling
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