Salman Malik – CEO
Salman joined Brightpearl with 15 years of experience in building and growing Web and business software companies. Prior to his role at Brightpearl, Salman spent 8 years at Siebel Systems, and initiated the development of Siebel's Web-based products. Prior to Siebel, Salman was a co-founder of Firefly Network, an early pioneer of personalization and recommendation technologies, acquired by Microsoft in 1998. Salman also served as VP of Product Marketing at AMEE, a London-based technology business providing a platform for carbon data aggregation. Salman was born in Pakistan and grew up on four continents. He holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chris Tanner – Founder
Having grown and sold two businesses, Chris is vastly experienced in the nature of small businesses and ecommerce, and has a business owner’s insight into the needs of an SME business. Chris studied at the University of Sheffield and has a MSc in Electronic Engineering; he started his first company at the age of 21. Being frustrated by a patchwork of traditional systems such as Sage, ACT! and OS-Commerce, but lacking the budget for the options available, Chris went on to develop Brightpearl. Chris keeps one eye on the wind and is always ready to kite-surf, although he mostly loves to work.
Andrew Mulvenna – Co-founder and USA General Manager
Andrew is a co-founder and having taken on many roles at Brightpearl he is now in charge of Brightpearl in the USA. He holds a BSc in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, and joined Chris to develop Brightpearl in 2007, leaving a career delivering IT projects in both the private and public sectors. Andrew was the Venue Technology Manager for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and director of numerous £2M+ projects. Andrew is passionate about adventure sports, youth organizations and is a member of the Scouting Association. He enjoys mountaineering, surfing and mountain biking when he has the odd day off.
Ben Halstead – CTO
Ben is responsible for the implementation of the Brightpearl platform. He holds a BSc in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. He has long experience designing high performance, high availability enterprise class systems. He was the Head of Software Architecture at BSkyB's web division and was the application architect for www.lastminute.com's global hotel, holiday, restaurant, ticketing and gift businesses. Ben will be putting some nitro under the hood of the Brightpearl system and will make sure that every single thing that leaves our doors is slick, reliable and cutting edge.
Tom Glason – Sales Director
Tom joined Brightpearl in November 2010, initially to head up their Business Development efforts. Having spent 6 months drumming up interest from potential partners, including Banks, ISPs & Telco’s, Tom then took over the management and growth of the direct sales team as well. Prior to joining Brightpearl, Tom worked for Atos Origin, a global IT Services provider delivering consulting, systems integration and managed services to blue-chip clients across the world. He was responsible for managing complex, multi-million pound BPO deals, selling high-tech transactional services into the retail, transport & hospitality sectors. Prior to Atos Origin, Tom was the head of Sales & Business Development at Swiftpass Digital, a start-up mobile ticketing / couponing company that pioneered the use of 2D barcodes on the mobile phone. Tom has a First Class BSc Hons Degree in Sports Psychology and loves to surf, eat good food and play golf (badly!).
James Scott – Senior VP, Alliances & Community
James is responsible for developing relationships with Brightpearl’s strategic global partners as well as building an active and engaged community of users and partners around the Brightpearl app. Prior to Brightpearl, James was European Managing Director for ecommerce platform provider, ChannelAdvisor, as well as Founder of a UK-based real-estate software company. James has a BEng Hons Degree in Automotive Engineering which explains his love of fast cars. He’s also a proud dad (of two lovely girls) and spends most of his spare time trying to work out how to have more spare time. James recently gave up UK fish and chips for Californian sunshine.
Gordon Bazeley - Director of Product
Gordon is responsible for shaping the product to meet the needs of Brightpearl's growing retailer customer base. Gordon has eight years of B2B product management in the eCommerce and telecoms sectors and came to Brightpearl from Just Eat where he headed up the B2B product team. Prior to that Gordon worked in technical telecoms consultancy around the world. Gordon holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Cape Town. He likes travelling the world and mountain biking.
Adam Smith - SVP Finance, Operations
Adam Smith has over 25 years of experience in retail, direct channels and e-commerce. Before joining Brightpearl, Adam was eCommerce Development Director for Dixons Stores Group, and was part of the leadership team that took Sit-up Limited from startup to $400 million sales in just five years. Adam also has extensive experience working with multi-channel retail startups in the US, Asia and Europe. Adam holds a B.Sc. from the London School of Economics, is a qualified treasurer and qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen. In his spare time, Adam enjoys playing tennis with his daughter and, living in beautiful West Dorset, walking his dog and country pursuits.
Andy Young - CMO
Andy Young joined Brightpearl in early 2013, after leading marketing for Intuit’s TurboTax brand, and was a key member of the management team that increased TurboTax revenues by 40% in just three years. Prior to Intuit/TurboTax, Andy was vice president of web marketing for Adobe Systems, and managed all aspects of Adobe.com’s strategy, e-commerce, search / affiliate / direct marketing, analytics and creative services. Before Adobe, Andy was chief marketing officer for Shutterfly, a collection of brands that provide photo-based products and services, where he was responsible for driving revenues from startup through its successful initial public offering. Andy holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Andy, his wife and two girls are trading San Diego sunshine for San Francisco fog and sunshine.