Directors and Management

Eamonn O’Hare , Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Eamonn has spent over two decades as a Board member and senior executive of some of the world's fastest growing consumer and technology businesses. From 2009 to 2013 he was CFO and main board director of the UK's leading entertainment and communications business, Virgin Media Inc. Eamonn helped lead the successful transformation of this business and it's strategic sale to Liberty Global for US$24 billion, crystallising US$14 billion of incremental shareholder value. From 2005 to 2009, he served as the UK Chief Financial Officer of one of the world's largest retailers, Tesco plc. Before joining Tesco, Eamonn was CFO and main board director of Energis Communications and helped lead the turnaround of this high profile UK telecommunications company. Prior to this, he spent 10 years at PepsiCo Inc. in senior executive roles in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Eamonn's early career was spent in the Aerospace industry with companies that included Rolls-Royce and British Aerospace.

Eamonn is a Director of Tele2 AG, one of Europe's fastest growing telecom operators offering mobile, fixed telephony, broadband and content services. He also currently serves as a non-executive director on the main board of Dialog Semiconductor Plc, a leading edge consumer technology business that provides critical components for the world's most successful mobile device brands.

Eamonn has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Queen's University Belfast and an M.B.A from the London Business School.

Robert Samuelson , Founder, Chief Operating Officer

Robert Samuelson was Executive Director Group Strategy of Virgin Media Inc. from 2011 to 2014, during which time he was centrally involved in the sale of the business to Liberty Global and in the post merger integration process. Prior to this, Robert was a Managing Partner at Virgin Group with global responsibility for developing and realising returns from Virgin’s telecommunications and media businesses. Before joining Virgin Group, Robert was a Director at Arthur D Little Ltd, where he co-led the European Corporate Finance practice, providing strategic advice to major European telecommunications operators. His early career was spent with British Aerospace and Royal Ordnance in engineering and production management roles.

Robert studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and has an M.B.A. from Cranfield School of Management.

Howard Kalika , Founder, Investment Director

Howard Kalika was Director, Strategy at Virgin Media Inc. from 2008 to 2013, where he was responsible for the development of Group Strategy including the identification, evaluation and implementation of Group M&A activity. During his time at Virgin Media, he was a member of the core team that implemented the US$24 billion sale to Liberty Global in 2013, and was the finance lead in the sale of VMTV and UKTV. Prior to joining Virgin Media, Mr. Kalika was Group Vice President, M&A at TransUnion from 2006 to 2008, and previously was CFO of NTL uk (predecessor company to Virgin Media) and held a number of finance and treasury roles in international corporations.

Howard received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from Northwestern University, and an M.B.A degree from the University of Chicago.

Mark Brangstrup Watts , Non-Executive Director

Mark Brangstrup Watts founded Marwyn, the asset management and corporate finance group, in 2002 with James Corsellis. Mark is joint managing partner of Marwyn Capital LLP, which provides corporate finance advice, and Marwyn Investment Management LLP, which provides asset management solutions and investment advisory services. Mark is a director of Marwyn Asset Management Limited, a regulated fund manager and also a trustee of the Marwyn Trust, a charity focused on initiatives supporting education and entrepreneurship for young people in disadvantaged communities. Marwyn has launched 15 companies in partnership with experienced management teams across a variety of sectors, typically executing buy and build strategies. Mark has held board positions on several Official List and AIM listed companies, including Entertainment One Limited, Advanced Computer Software plc, Inspicio plc and Talarius plc.

Mark currently holds board positions on BCA Marketplace plc, Gloo Networks plc, Le Chameau Group plc, Marwyn Speciality Chemicals plc and other Marwyn Group entities.

Mark was educated at London University, holds the Securities Institute Corporate Finance Certificate and the Investment Management Certificate and he serves on the Committee of the Royal Academy School.

Ashley Martin , Independent Non-Executive Director

Ashley brings a wealth of complementary experience to the Zegona Board of Directors. As Audit Committee Chair at Rightmove plc, Ashley has valuable insight into entrepreneurial, high-growth consumer technology businesses. Ashley has also enjoyed a successful executive career in larger listed companies, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions. Ashley was most recently Global Chief Financial Officer of private equity-backed Engine Holding LLC, and was previously the Group Finance Director of Rok plc, the building services group, and Group Finance Director of the media services company, Tempus plc.

Ashley qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Armitage & Norton (now KPMG)

Murray Scott , Independent Non-Executive Director

Murray has almost 20 years of experience in the international telecommunications sector, ranging from the then start-ups Equant and Interoute, to BT Group PLC, where he served as Chief Financial Officer for the £1.6bn UK Products sub-division of BT Global Services. Since leaving BT, Murray’s most recent role was Corporate Services Director for the Integrated Services sub-division of Babcock plc.

Murray studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London.

Richard Williams , Independent Non-Executive Director

Richard has spent most of his career in European Telecommunications, most recently as Director of Investor Relations at Altice, and prior to that, Virgin Media. Richard is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has held financial planning roles at Walt Disney and ITV Digital. He joined Telewest Communications in 1999 in an Investor Relations role, which later merged with NTL and was rebranded to Virgin Media. Richard led Virgin Media’s IR activity through to the acquisition of the company by Liberty Global in 2013. Richard then joined Altice, where he supported the company’s IPO and Altice’s acquisition of SFR and Portugal Telecom.

Richard studied Accountancy at the University of Exeter and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Menno Kremer , Investment Director

Menno was an Executive Director in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology (“TMT”) Investment Banking Group at Goldman Sachs, and has more than 12 years of experience in investment banking. During this period, he worked on a broad range of M&A transactions and debt and equity financings for leading European TMT companies.

Menno received a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Dean Checkley , Chief Financial Officer

Dean has served in senior finance roles in large TMT and international companies for almost 20 years. Most recently, Dean was Group Financial Controller at AB Mauri, a division of Associated British Foods. Prior to this role, he worked at Virgin Media as the Director of Financial Control, where he oversaw the company’s external reporting and accounting policy programs, followed by the post of Group Risk Director, where he led Virgin Media’s operating and financial risk management function and helped develop the integration programme with Liberty Global.

Before Virgin Media, Dean was the Finance Director of the production division of Central European Media Enterprises (CME), a NASDAQ-listed broadcaster, and held senior roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Dean received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the London School of Economics and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.