Leadership Team

Derek O'Carroll

Derek O'Carroll - Chief Executive Officer

Derek is CEO of Brightpearl, responsible for the overall company strategy and for delivering on Brightpearl’s mission to automate retail.  During the 1990’s Derek founded two IT companies. In 1994 he founded Adnet, Ireland’s first online advertising agency building database driven websites and offering SEO services. In 1999 he founded Vordel which became a leading provider of XML security solutions and was sold to Axway in 2012. Derek joined Brightpearl from Symantec where he held leadership positions across their Enterprise, Small Business and Consumer divisions for the past 10 years. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of field sales and marketing for Norton, responsible for $1.7bn of revenue globally. During his two-year tenure, he led a highly successful transformation of the go-to-market activities returning North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific to growth, enabling the global transition from traditional CD based software delivery to a cloud-based security service.

Andrew Porter

Andrew Porter - Chief Information Officer

Andrew is Chief Product Officer for Brightpearl and is responsible for product strategy and development as well as ensuring the highest levels of reliability and security for the Brightpearl platform.  Andrew's technology career spans over 20 years, in market-leading investment banks, most recently at CIO level. Responsibilities have ranged from running targeted, business critical programmes, to managing a technology organisation of 500+ staff across 5 major locations. Functional areas covered, include; high volume, highly available, transaction processing systems, as well as process automation, workflow and client facing technologies. Andrew started his career as a graduate programmer, after completing an MSc in Information Technology and still likes to occasionally write code, to ensure he retains a deep understanding of what it takes to develop quality software.

Matthew Bruun

Matthew Bruun - Chief Revenue Officer

Matthew leads the go-to-market team for Brightpearl, responsible for sales, implementation and customer success.  Matthew's technology sales and leadership career spans 17 years across leading software and SaaS vendors, including VeriSign, Symantec, where he served as EMEA Head of Symantec.cloud (a $125m+ business he returned to growth), and most recently as VP EMEA at TeleSign.  With a proven track record of growing businesses, shaping and executing go-to-market strategy, and leading highly collaborative teams, Matthew likes to spend as much time as possible with customers and partners.

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Roger Lovegrove - Chief Financial Officer

Roger is an experienced CFO with extensive operational experience with fast-growing, SaaS businesses, and has held senior financial and general management roles in both private and publicly-traded businesses (EMEA, USA, and Asia Pacific) both organically and through M&A (buy and build strategy). Prior to joining Brightpearl, Roger was CFO of Lumi Technologies where he played a pivotal role in the sale of a majority stake of the business to a private equity firm. He studied at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England. 

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Anna Kadaksoo - Head of HR & Recruitment

Anna is Head of HR and Recruitment and joined the Brightpearl team in late 2011. Since then, she has played a pivotal role in growing the team from 20 people in Bristol to a global team of 100 people. Anna has extensive HR generalist experience, working on anything people related for Brightpearl in the UK and US.  Anna holds a CIPD Diploma in Human Resource Management and is a Human Capital Institute certified Strategic HR Business Partner.

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Anthony Payne - VP of Global Marketing

Anthony leads the marketing team at Brightpearl, responsible for demand generation, branding, positioning and PR.  Anthony joined Brightpearl in early 2017 with more than 15 years of experience in B2B technology marketing.  He has held marketing and product management leadership positions at General Electric, GXS and BlackBerry and for the last four years has been building marketing, demand generation and product marketing teams at PE-backed B2B SaaS start-ups including Netbiscuits and Socialbakers. Anthony holds a master’s degree in history from King’s College, London.

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Justin Press - VP of Customer Success

Justin is VP of Customer Success and has been with Brightpearl from the start. He has worked in many areas of Brightpearl ranging from Product Design to Implementation. He has 12+ years experience delivering technology solutions to businesses of all sizes. Prior to Brightpearl, Justin managed teams and projects delivering Sage and other ERP solutions across varying sectors in EMEA; from retail to oil & gas. Justin's key focus is to optimize the process for delivering exceptional customer experiences post sale. 

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