Chief Executive Officer
I’m a CEO, Investor, builder of world-class teams, champion of diversity and continuous learner, and I’m passionate about people. From my first leadership role in the Boy Scouts, to exec positions in the tech industry, my career has revolved around elevating, engaging and enabling people. I joined Unit4 to get the market as excited in our unique approach to enterprise tech as I am. We’re building systems that change how people experience work, and the impact will be huge.
Chief Financial Officer
I’ve worked across a diverse range of businesses serving global markets and truly believe that finance is critical to leading change. The CFO’s leadership responsibilities and opportunities have grown beyond managing finances, measuring performance and delivering reports. I learned early on that a holistic understanding of the business and industry is essential to driving growth and success.
Chairman of the Board
Léo Apotheker became Chairman of the Unit4 Board in 2016. He has 29 years' experience in the technology industry and is currently Chairman of KMD in Denmark. He also holds positions as Vice Chairman and Lead Director for Schneider-Electric S.E, and Non-Executive Director at P2 and Nice Systems Inc. He is the former President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Corporation, and the former CEO of SAP.
Board member and co-Chairman
Chris Ouwinga has been a member of the Unit4 Board of Directors since 1986. He co-founded Unit4 in 1980 and under his leadership the company became one of Europe's leading suppliers of business software.
I am an engineer by heart and by education. So, no surprise that I’ve embraced an engineering career, which took me from developing Fortran code for IBM (yes, that was long ago), to leading significant R&D teams at SAP and Amadeus (not so long ago), and now acting as a strategic partner for B2B software companies. I’ve always enjoyed solving problems, and the most interesting ones are related to the alignment between people, strategy and technology.
I have spent my career driving business change through People and Technology. I try to help businesses to be market leaders through having clarity of purpose, focus, customer success and the best team. I want everything to be high quality, impactful & distinctive. I joined the board as Unit4 has an opportunity to become the global software leader, helping mid-market companies to manage their People, Finances, Projects & Plans.
Over my ten or so years in private equity investing, I have had the pleasure of working with a range of companies across the technology, business services and industrial sectors. I’m a Director at Advent International and currently sit on the boards of Unit4, FinancialForce (observer), Industria Chimica Emiliana and Equinova. I’ve also been involved with Advent’s investments in Ammeraal Beltech, KMD, Trustpilot and Vitaldent.
My career in the tech sector, working with the world’s largest telecoms organizations including Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone, has taught me the importance of great leadership and effective teamwork. I’ve worked on five continents as the CFO of a PE-owned company, the Awaze Group, Europe's Leading Vacation Rentals Group and in board positions including Scout24 AG and Metro AG. Prior to Awaze, I was CFO of two PE-backed businesses, Arqiva and Unify.
Fred Wakeman is a Managing Partner of Advent International, joining in 1998 and has 19 years’ of private equity experience, as well as being a Non-Executive Board Member of KMD in Denmark, Oberthur Technologies in France and DFS in the United Kingdom. Fred was a Director in GE Capital's equity capital group, where he specialized in later-stage growth capital investments, primarily in the media and business services sectors in both the US and Europe. He previously held positions as Non-Executive Board Member at Radio 538, Radio Zet, HMV Media, Venere, Fat Face and Poundland.