Chris Boobyer – Senior Partner, London, UK
Formerly Director of Strategy and Planning for one of the UK’s largest banking operations, Chris brings vast experience and strengthens our ability to operate with decision-makers at the highest level. With over 30 years in the asset finance industry, Chris has held board appointments as CFO, Sales & Marketing Director and Managing Director of Structured Asset Finance, as well as Supervisory Board Chairman of a German bank. He was a Board Member of the UK Finance & Leasing Association and chair of its Asset Finance Division. He has led several domestic and international acquisitions, strategic alliances and JVs, and delivered record results for one of the largest sales teams in the asset finance industry.
T: +44 7780 913392
Richard Guilbert – Partner, London, UK
An experienced general manager and chartered accountant, Richard’s career includes senior European roles with international leasing companies, one of which involved the setting up and running of a European financing joint venture with a major global IT manufacturer. More recently, he was COO of an innovative vendor leasing services/software company operating in the US and Europe.
Richard has broad leadership experience covering strategy development, financial management, M&A, operational restructuring, international vendor programmes and business start-ups.
T: +44 7880 787805
Mike Roberts – Partner, London, UK
A highly experience strategic marketer, Mike has held senior roles including European Marketing Director and Strategic Marketing Leader within major international leasing businesses.
Mike has broad commercial experience on a pan-European basis in both the vendor programs and the direct finance market, including the development of new markets and products, the implementation of channel strategies, the development of strategic marketing plans and customer relationship management. Mike has built and managed successful marketing teams across Europe.
T: +44 7747 165647
Richard Ryan – Partner, London, UK
Richard is a highly experienced marketer and market researcher, with particular expertise in the financial services and IT sectors. Having worked for major financial services businesses and as the director of a number of management and market research consultancies, Richard’s deep knowledge lets us offer a wide range of insightful research, intelligence and forecasting capabilities. Of particular relevance to many leasing companies, Richard has considerable expertise in researching and analysing the IT and SME markets.
T: +44 7768 081837
George Tonks – Partner, London, UK
A chartered accountant with extensive experience across the whole of the leasing market, including the UK’s largest leasing transaction, leasing company acquisitions and disposals, and acting as an expert witness. George is actively involved in the training programmes of the Finance & Leasing Association, and works with the FLA in developing technical policy decisions and negotiations with regulatory bodies. He is also editor of the most comprehensive guide to the UK tax treatment of equipment leasing.
T: +44 7730 987286
Ludwig Fischer – Partner, Tübingen, Germany
A Pan-European general management professional with extensive knowledge of the financial services industry, Ludwig has a proven track record in managing and growing a financial services operation with a European scope. His previous roles include Managing Director and Sales Director for IT captive and independent financial services organizations with a direct & indirect sales channel as well as in-depth experience of the vendor financing business.
Ludwig brings broad cross-functional experience in Sales, Human Resources, Finance & Operations as well as extensive change management and organisational development skills.
T: +49 160 9681 9791
Paul Johnson-Ferguson – Partner, Paris, France
An experienced change management and asset finance professional specialised in delivering business integration and process improvement across Europe. Formerly Finance Director in France for a major international leasing company, Paul has an impressive track record in integrating leasing businesses against aggressive timescales.
As a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and an acknowledged specialist in process improvement, Paul has delivered bottom line benefits to a number of European leasing & fleet operations. He has also driven a $50m+ project to implement an Oracle-based application suite to replace legacy administrative operating systems in Europe.
A chartered accountant and fluent French, German & Spanish speaker Paul was Finance Director of a major US investment Bank in France and Germany prior to moving into leasing.
T: +33 664 082 142
Thomas Scharrenberg – Partner, Solingen, Germany
A highly experienced senior manager with over 15 years experience in the leasing industry, Thomas has a demonstrable track record of developing and shaping asset finance businesses in Germany. Thomas has held board appointments as Managing Director and Chairman for an international independent lessor as well as senior regional and sales management roles in a major technology captive.
He brings an extensive range of general management, sales and HR skills having overseen the acquisition and integration of leasing businesses and successfully implementing new business streams such as big ticket finance.
T: +49 178 6329222
Ian Robertson – Alta Asset Management Global Practice Head, Zurich, Switzerland
Formerly Global Head of Asset Management and Remarketing at De Lage Landen. Ian brings vast experience of all aspects of asset management and lifecycle management and is experienced in a very diverse range of collateral types.
Ian has over 15 years of international leasing experience having with Dell Financial Services, CIT, Siemens Financial Services as well as DLL.
In his 6 years at De Lage Landen, Robertson managed a diverse €25bn leasing portfolio with €3.4bn of residual risk and a staff of 150 asset management and remarketing staff.
His asset management advisory services spans the full spectrum from asset risk governance and control through to portfolio and installed base management and end of lease optimization and remarketing strategy development.
Ian is increasingly called on by clients to advise on residual based market entry and expansion, asset information led value proposition development, exploitation of the internet of things and big data as well as exploiting the potential of servitization and digitization.
Ian is a regular speaker at global industry events including the World Operating Lease conference, Leasing Life, Middle East Leasing Summit, the China Leasing Summit and the Latin American Leasing Summit.
T: +41 791 530 155
Adriana Ahciarliu – Partner, Bucharest, Romania
Head of Diplomat Consult, based in Bucharest, Romania, Ariana is an acknowledged authority on asset finance in her country and throughout Eastern Europe. As Secretary-General of the Romanian Non-Banking Financial Institutions’ Association she brings over 15 years of experience of the region to Invigors. Adriana has worked for international bank subsidiaries, as an advisor to the National Bank of Romania and departments of Central Government and was a board member of Eurofinas for three years.
Prior to Diplomat Consult, Adriana was engaged in senior Marketing & Communications roles for BRD Sogelease (Romanian leasing subsidiary of Société Générale) and the Turkish Romanian Bank for three years. She has also acted as Senior Policy Advisor and spokesperson for the National Bank of Romania as well as advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
T: +40 37 278 31 73
Kieran O’Brien – Associate, Dublin, Ireland
Kieran is a chartered accountant with over thirty years experience across a range of major financial services multinationals. He built out and operationalised captive infrastructures in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, UAE and Russia.
Most recently, he was EMEA Operations Director of a large global IT multinational and was on the board of ten of its financial services companies across EMEA. He previously held roles as CFO and Chief Accountant in global financial services organisations.
He is a trained six sigma/black belt project manager whose global projects include captive setups, services outsourcing, compliance infrastructure and captive governance projects.
T: +353 879598003
Angelo Dijkstra – Associate, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
T: +31 612 885654
Peter Forrest – Associate, Brussels, Belgium
With deep expertise in equipment leasing, vehicle fleet management, and inventory financing, both across Europe and in the US, Peter has enjoyed roles in General Management, Commercial Leadership, and Risk Management. Having engineered and executed the restructuring of the in-country business of a major international financial services company, and transformed under-performing sales teams, both in direct large-ticket structured leases and also in the IT vendor space across Europe, he has a unique combination of knowledge and experience in asset based financing.
As a recognised growth leader, Peter has driven volume, margin, and sundry income penetration in new products and markets throughout his career. He is based in Brussels, and Peter is fluent in French.
T: +32 478 66 41 37
Hans Geijsen – Associate, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Hans Geijsen is a specialist in vendor leasing and has senior management experience with major international financial institutions (ABN AMRO NV, Fortis NV and De Lage Landen International BV). Hans brings over 30 years’ international experience to Invigors EMEA and its clients.
Hans has an impressive track record of building high-performing vendor leasing programmes in Europe, the US and Canada. He has a thorough understanding of the requirements for developing, implementing and successfully running vendor programmes especially in office technology and utility.
He also developed in close cooperation with governmental institutions and utility companies financial products for stimulating energy saving measures. Hans’s particular strengths are in business management and development of vendor programmes.
T: +31 6 8355 2986
Pierre-François Degand – Associate, Paris, France
Pierre-François is a highly experienced financial services professional, specialised in the leasing industry and financial markets. He has a successful track record of senior management positions in Sales, Operations and General Management and was most recently Sales Leader Vendor Finance for a major leasing company both at European and French level. He was previously CEO of the French leasing captive of a large global OE manufacturer and prior to that Executive Board Member of a French bank specialized in Interest rate markets.
Pierre-François has excellent abilities to understand business challenges, develop winning strategies and drive change with an efficient and pragmatic approach. He is graduate of the HEC business school and a Master in Law.
T: +33 6 37 02 85 00
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