Day 1 - Big Tech M&A
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Lori Vokes is Chief Commercial Officer at Wireless Innovation.
Prior to this, Lori Vokes was the Sr Director of Sales Acquisition Integration. She led the integration of all sales capabilities of Cisco acquisitions from early due diligence and go-to-market strategy through to full integration.
During Lori’s 13 year career at Cisco she had a number of positions both in Sales and Strategy and Planning. Lori was the Director for the British Telecom account leading the partnering business globally. BT is a significant partnership for Cisco covering all geographies, market segments and technologies. Delivering over $650M in revenue, it is one of the largest partners in Europe and Globally. To expand her background into the Consumer space, Lori also held the role of Operations Director for Linksys Service Provider where she was responsible for establishing the foundation to build and scale this business from $99M to over $400M in 3 years by selling Consumer and Small Business solutions through targeted SPs worldwide. Lori also spent many years as a Director of Strategy and Planning for Cisco’s European Markets, where she led the development, implementation, and measurement of Europe’s long range plan. Her key focus areas were organizational alignment, sales readiness and accelerating the time to market of strategic initiatives. In this capacity she led a core and virtual team, and incorporated all aspects of the business including countries, customer segments, marketing, operations, and technology and services. Some key strategic projects she led were Scientific Atlanta integration, start-up of the Emerging Markets theatre and development of the EMEA Vertical Go-to-Market model. Lori was also a member of Cisco’s Worldwide Sales Strategy and Planning team.
Prior to Cisco Lori was a management consultant with a Canadian consulting firm, Turnkey Management Consulting, leading and growing the Cisco EMEA account. She was also part of the leadership team that started up and took Group Telecom public when the Canadian telecommunications market deregulated. Throughout her career she has worked with various industries including oil and gas, manufacturing, airline, transportation, automotive, consumer goods, and medical technologies.
Lori has a Masters of Arts from Royal Roads University, Canada where she focused on Leadership and Growth in High Tech. She also has a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies from Queen’s University, Canada.
Martijn joined Endeit Capital at the start as Partner in 2006. Today, he is responsible for deals in DACH, UK, Nordics.
Until 2006 he was a member of the Executive Director team of Endemol Group, the world’s largest independent provider of multi screen content. He joined Endemol in 1996.
In 2004, Martijn acted as Interim Director at mobile game developer/publisher Overloaded and exited to Norwegian telco Telenor. Early 2005, Martijn became Executive Director at Endemol for International Operations, responsible for managing the worldwide key subsidiaries, especially related to developing new business and new markets. Prior he was heading the M&A activities at Endemol. Martijn Hamann gained extensive experience in various M&A transactions until 1996 as consultant of the Dutch M&A boutique Reitsma & Wertheim (Investec). He holds a BA Economics and MsC Business Administration from the Erasmus University – Rotterdam School of Management – Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
He is currently Boardmember at portfolio companies Chronext (CH/DE, new & pre-owned luxury watches platform), TourRadar (AT, multi-day travel tours booking platform) and Blis (UK, global leader in location & movement data technology). Martijn was previously on the Board at (exited) portfolio companies Contorion (DE), Gastrofix (DE, online POS for gastronomy), Unruly (UK), Smartclip (DE), Improve Digital (NL), Spil Games (NL), Advance (NL), CBV (PT) and Accepte/Paylogic (NL).
Prior to joining Partech, Jean-Marc was a partner at Finovelec, a Paris based venture capital firm and managed Genèse Investissements, the first French seed capital fund. He started his career as an engineer with Cegelec and worked in the Nuclear Power Plant division.
Jean-Marc currently serves on the board of Alltricks, DayUse, Happytal, Novasparks, Sensee, Sigfox and Privitar.
He has a long track record of successful exits including IPOs with Lannet (GIAN), RadVision (RVSN), ALLOT (ALLT), Buongiorno (BGN.MI), and Alvarion (ALVR) and trade sales with Fluxus (acq. by British Telecom), Digitick (acq. by Vivendi), ISDNet (acq. by Cable and Wireless), Jungo (acq. by NTS), Jobpartners (acq. by ORCL), Apogee (acq. by Colt), LaFourchette (acq by TRIP) and Teads (acquired by Altice).
He earned an MBA from HEC and an MS in Engineering from SUPELEC both in Paris. Married, with three children, Jean-Marc lives in Versailles. He has sailed on most of the oceans, is a Commander of the French navy and has climbed numerous peaks in the Andes, the Cascade Mountains, the Tetons, and the Alps. He is also an avid cave explorer and flies every week over the Vallee de Chevreuse.
Francesca heads merger control coverage for Mergermarket publications Policy and Regulatory Report (PaRR) and Dealreporter out of the Brussels bureau.
In her role she coordinates coverage and reports on regulatory risk associated to major global M&A. She also reports on other EU and national competition law and policy developments.
Francesca has 12 years' experience in media from both the journalism and public relations side, gained in Milan and Brussels.
A graduate of the College of Europe, she has an in-depth knowledge of EU affairs, from both an academic and practical day-to-day perspective.