Ray Anderson – Executive Chair
Ray has over 30 years experience in starting, growing and selling businesses. He was named ‘Business Person of the Year’ in 2012. Ray co-founded Bango in 1999 after realising that the convergence of the internet with the ubiquity of mobile phones could open up huge opportunities for content and service providers. Prior to Bango Ray established IXI which created the industry standard network GUI – X.desktop. IXI was an early leader in the creation of the web. It sponsored the first ever WWW conference at CERN and shipped the world’s first commercial web browser.
Paul Larbey – Chief Executive Officer
Paul leads the talented Bango team as they continue to innovate with industry leading technology. With years of experience scaling up businesses, Paul has a passion and track record in driving growth and transformational change which aligns to the creation of an ecosystem where merchants and payment providers converge, grow and thrive.
Paul joined Bango following his role as CEO at Velocix, a global leader in streaming technology. Paul grew Velocix from a small start-up to the world’s leading IP video streaming specialist. As CEO, Paul led the Velocix team through its integration into Alcatel-Lucent and then Nokia. In 2018, Paul orchestrated the spin out of the division from Nokia to create a pure-play streaming technology company.
With over 20 years experience in the telecoms market, having held leadership positions in Cray Communications, Lucent, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia, Paul has a strong track record of successfully bringing new technologies to market.
Anil Malhotra – Chief Marketing Officer
Anil is responsible for Bango’s marketing activities and app store partnerships, including device makers, app store providers and global network operators. Anil has extensive experience of creating successful partnerships between technology innovators and major market players in online technologies and OEMs. Before co-founding Bango, Anil developed the major partnerships for Cyberlife Technology, one of Europe’s leading computer games technology developers, which resulted in the licensing of the company’s ‘artificial life’ technology by the world’s leading games publishers including Warner and Hasbro. Before that he worked with Bango Exec Chair Ray Anderson to establish a technology called X.desktop, which became the global standard for the user interface software on networked computers.
Carolyn Rand – Chief Financial Officer
Carolyn is responsible for overall financial management of Bango, for corporate financial functions and financial relationships with Bango partners. The global reach of Bango requires a wide range of financial models, Carolyn ensures the smooth running of the team delivering this commercial flexibility. Carolyn has responsibility for innovation and management in critical finance functions, and is closely involved in budgeting, forecasting and monitoring the projected performance of Bango. Carolyn works with product development to ensure the Bango Platform can scale and handle complex requirements. Experienced in CFO roles at fast growing technology businesses and public companies, Carolyn is accomplished at maintaining tight financial control and driving profitability in global businesses. Before joining Bango Carolyn held executive roles at, Zinwave, Isogenica, Birdlife and Sepura PLC. Carolyn is a Fellow and Chair for Chartered Institute of Management Accountants East Midlands and East Anglia Region and Chair for the Institute of Directors Cambridgeshire Region.
Sir Eric Peacock – Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Sir Eric Peacock joined Bango as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, to guide and support the expected rapid growth of Bango as it builds on its global relationships and capitalizes on its data monetization technology.
Sir Eric has unique experience of fast-growth businesses with broad experience in a range of CEO, Chair and NED roles in public and private companies including Stage Technologies (sold to Tate Corporation in USA), Achieve Global, Halo Intl., and Baybygro plc. He has a track record of growing shareholder value during periods of rapid growth by creating cultures that result in competitive advantage and customer service excellence.
In addition to his experience in financial services and expertise in corporate governance, Sir Eric has served in several government bodies including UKTI (Board member), FCO (Board) and BIS (Directorate) and UKEF (Non-Executive and Member of the Audit Risk Committees) bringing extensive regulatory insight to Bango as it expands its data monetization business.
He is currently Chairman of Buckley Jewellery Ltd and Stevenage Packaging Ltd and is also the Chairman of The Charity Big Cat Sanctuary which has the largest collection of endangered species of big cats in Europe and focusses on conservation, education, breeding and return to the wild.
Gianluca D’Agostino – Non-Executive Director
Gianluca is an Angel investor and a pioneer in the mobile industry. He has more than 25 years’ experience of founding, growing and investing in international mobile content and payment businesses. Gianluca has today a Non-Executive role on the OnMobile Global Ltd and on Coolgames BV boards, and on several UK and Italian startup boards. As Founder and CEO, he grew the Neomobile business organically and via M&A to become a leading mobile monetization enabler across Europe and Latin America. Before Neomobile, he held senior management roles at KPMG, Freever, TIM and Telecom Italia. He was named in the ‘Top 50 Mobile Execs’ 2009, 2010 and 2011 and ‘Media Momentum Man of the Year’ in 2011.
Nancy Cruickshank – Non-executive Director
Nancy is a serial technology entrepreneur & NED. She presently leads a Digital Business Transformation programme at Carlsberg group, as a member of its Executive team. Her last startup, MyShowcase, was named by the Sunday Times as one of the 15 fastest-growing start-ups in the UK in 2016. The business was acquired by Miroma Group in Feb 2018.
Nancy is also a NED at OnMobile (US$100m turnover, listed in India). She chairs the Nomination and Compensation committee at OnMobile and is a member of the Risk & CSR committees. From 2012-16, Nancy was a NED at TelecityGroup [FTSE 250], one of Europe’s most successful technologies companies, with data centres in 14 European markets. The business was sold to Equinix for £2.35bn in January 2016.
Nancy has worked in the digital industry for over 20 years, including launching Conde Nast online in 1996, overseeing Telegraph Media Group’s Digital business and developing the Fashion & Beauty market leader, Handbag.com between 2001- 2006, leading to a successful sale to Hearst Corporation in 2006.
Nancy lives in Copenhagen and London with her husband and two teenage daughters.
Frank Bury – Independent Non-Executive Director
Frank Bury is managing partner at Bury Fitzwilliam-Lay & Partners LLP (BFLAP), a UK-based venture capital partnership focused on early and development stage technology investment. BFLAP has backed a number of successful UK tech companies that have gone onto a listing including Bango plc, Financial Objects and Servicepower Technologies plc. Frank is a Director of Domainex Ltd, Smartlogic Holdings, and TS Lombard. Prior to founding BFLAP in 2005 Frank spent 12 years in the City of London; first at Cazenove & Co and then at Sloane Robinson Investment Management where he was a partner. Frank has an MBA from IESE in Barcelona.