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John Leese

Finance Director

CFO CloudPay

Swindon, United Kingdom

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John Leese's Work Experience


Finance Director

November 2012 to Present

London, United Kingdom

Star Technology Services Ltd

CFO and Joint CEO

July 2005 to November 2012


Group Financial Controller

September 2000 to July 2005

Reading, United Kingdom

John Leese's Education

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales

Chartered Accountant First time passes

1990 to 1993

University of Leicester

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Economics 2:1

1987 to 1990

About John Leese's Current Company


Following the acquisition of Star Technology Services by Claranet, I was appointed the Finance Director of the UK operation, an £85m revenue business. Key to the role is the establishment of an effective combined finance team and the realisation of cross business synergies.

About John Leese

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CFO / Finance Director specialising in the technology sector. I have over 20 years experience, including 10 years within the accounting profession, of which I spent over 3 years working in Silicon Valley. On coming back to the UK in August 1999 I left the profession after a year and have since worked in technology businesses having responsibility for all aspects of the finance function as well as procurement, sales operations, legal and HR. I have worked in international businesses as well as UK-only, having responsibility at various times for finance functions in Europe as well as the US and Australia. I have significant transaction experience including assisting clients to list on Nasdaq and being involved in the sale of 2 businesses. In particular, I was part of the buy out team that purchased Star Technologies from the MessageLabs group in 2007 and led its subsequent sale to Claranet in 2012.Finance Director @ Following the acquisition of Star Technology Services by Claranet, I was appointed the Finance Director of the UK operation, an £85m revenue business. Key to the role is the establishment of an effective combined finance team and the realisation of cross business synergies. From November 2012 to Present (3 years 2 months) London, United KingdomCFO and Joint CEO @ I joined the Messagelabs group, of which Star was part, in July 2005 as their VP of Finance, becoming the CFO of Star in November 2005 and Joint CEO in January 2012. As part of the buyout team, I was involved in the purchase of Star from Messagelabs in July 2007 for £17.5m and then led the exit in November 2012 through a sale to Claranet for £55m. From July 2005 to November 2012 (7 years 5 months) Group Financial Controller @ I joined Clearswift (a VC backed business) in April 2002 as Group Financial Controller following their purchase of the Content Technologies division of Baltimore Plc, of which I was CFO having being appointed in August 2001. Prior to becoming the divisional CFO I was the EMEA Financial Controller of Baltimore Plc. As Group FC of Clearswift I had responsibility for the finance functions in the UK, Germany, US, Australia and Japan. From September 2000 to July 2005 (4 years 11 months) Reading, United KingdomSenior Audit Manager @ From August 1999 to September 2000 (1 year 2 months) Audit Manager @ From January 1996 to August 1999 (3 years 8 months) Auditor @ From January 1994 to December 1995 (2 years) Luton, United KingdomAuditor @ From August 1990 to December 1993 (3 years 5 months) Birmingham, United KingdomChartered Accountant, First time passes @ The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales From 1990 to 1993 Bachelor of Arts (BA), Economics, 2:1 @ University of Leicester From 1987 to 1990 John Leese is skilled in: Forecasting, Financial Reporting, Change Management, Financial Audits, Outsourcing, Business Strategy, Financial Analysis, Management, Business Analysis, Risk Management, Accounting, Business Process Improvement, Strategy, Finance, Business Planning, Process Improvement, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance

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Average Tenure

3 year(s), 8 month(s)

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