The Team

The Proactiveinvestors Team:

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    Ian Mclelland - Managing Director, North America & Partner

      Before starting Proactiveinvestors in 2006, Ian spent many a year wandering the earth while investing in equities and futures, chalking up several great investment successes and failures along the way. Ian started a biology degree in Canada, hopped on a plane to Dublin half way through, and ended up finishing a business degree in England many moons later. Ian now resides in Toronto.

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    Craig Ribton - Managing Director & Partner, United Kingdom

      Graduated with a BA Honours in 2002 before moving on to become a project manager where he co-ordinated a variety of large scale projects while furthering his knowledge of the stock market. In 2003 Craig began investing in companies with a natural resource focus and in 2005 qualified in advanced web design. With growing experience in the implementation of finance media and a keen interest in investing, Craig is tasked with client communications and development, as well as growing the Proactiveinvestors’s brand, awareness and reach.

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    Andrew McCrea - Managing Director & Partner, Australia

      Andrew McCrea is an emerging companies specialist and small company analyst with a focus on emerging companies. Andrew has worked for Citi in New York and London. He has been a “Small Cap” fund manager as well as share market columnist and contributing writer for national newspapers and magazines in Australia and Asia and most recently for Virgin Blue magazine. Andrew has also been extensively involved in corporate finance, progressing early stage companies to IPO in Australia and North America.

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    Sam Kiri - Group Analyst & Partner

      Sam is in charge of Proactiveinvestors' North American operation and is also one of the analysts of the group. He has over 10 years of capital markets and asset management experience in both North America and the Pacific Rim, with primary focus on Resources and Oil & Gas sectors. He spent three years with Scotia Bank as an International Equity analyst, and was responsible for the management of the Scotia Pacific Rim Mutual Fund. Sam is a CFA Charter Holder, a qualified Management Accountant (ACMA) and has a MBA in Finance. He also has considerable academic experience spanning over 10 years teaching Financial Analysis in England.

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    Ian Lyall - Editor, United Kingdom and North America

      Ian moved to Proactive from the Daily Mail, where he was City News Editor and Investment Editor and brings with him a wealth of experience in business and finance. At the Mail Ian directed the coverage of some of the biggest stories ever to emerge from the City as the credit crunch and banking crisis felled some of the nation's biggest financial institutions. In his 15 years as a business reporter and editor Ian has worked for Dow Jones, writing stories for the international news wire and the Wall Street Journal. He also led the London company coverage for AFX News, now part of Reuters. Ian's career began on local newspapers in Kent, before moving to a national news agency. His specialist areas are pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and growth stocks.

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    John Phillips - Chief Operating Officer & Editor Australia

      John has over ten years’ experience in financial markets including four years internationally, with roles predominately focused as a Treasury Dealer and Treasury Manager, within both the corporate and banking sector. John has also worked as a financial writer and analyst, with qualifications including being recognised as a Fellow of FINSIA since 2005.

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    Deborah Bacal - Deputy Editor, North America

      Deborah started as an equities reporter in the Toronto office of Proactiveinvestors in August 2010, before becoming deputy editor. Prior to this, she was deputy editor of private equity trade journal unquote" UK in London, England, where she graduated with a  Masters in International Journalism from City University in 2008. She has covered a range of topics in finance since starting her career, writing in depth about both public and private markets. Deborah has also completed stints at The Times, The Independent and The Economist.

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    Ryan Tapping - VP, East Coast, Canada

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    Peter Murray - VP West Coast, Canada

      Peter brings a strong business journalism background to Proactive Investors, having co-managed Nikkei’s English financial news desk in Tokyo for several years. While in Japan he also ran his own consulting firm with major European investment banks as clients. His career to date spans the fields of journalism, equities research, shareholder communications and small-cap advisory/finance. In addition to his role with Proactive, Peter is Vice President, Investment Banking, at IS Capital Markets Inc.

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    Brian Keane - VP, United States

      Brian Keane manages business development for Proactive Investors USA. He has over a decade of investment banking experience specializing in originating, placing, and structuring financing for emerging growth companies in the US and China. He has successfully closed over 50 investments and reverse mergers totaling over $700 million across every major industry around the globe. Brian has also advised and managed several buy side institutions including Paragon Capital, Keating Capital & Four Springs Capital and YA Global Investments. Prior, he was an associate at Rodman & Renshaw and held banking positions at Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. and Techvest, He began his career as an equity trader in the capital markets division of National Discount Brokers Group.

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    Alison Holditch - VP Events and Marketing, North America

      Alison joins ProactiveInvestors North America as VP Events and Marketing. Her duties include sales, event management, on-air corporate interviews, and assisting with the company`s EMD division, IS Capital. Prior to joining ProactiveInvestors, Alison was with Toronto-based investment bank NCP Northland Capital Partners Inc. in Institutional Equity Sales. Alison is an IIROC-Registered Advisor, having completed her CSC and CPH. She holds an Honours Degree in English from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Diploma in Broadcast Television from Conestoga College.

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    Sasha Sethi - Corporate Development, United Kingdom

      Sasha joined Proactive Investors in 2011 at a crucial stage in the firm’s expansion with the opening of new offices and a dedicated studio in London. Previously, Sasha consulted within large bulge-bracket financial organisations to deliver strategic change within the derivatives space as well as project managing major initiatives following merger or divestment activities within the banking sector. The combination of his formal financial training and a long-term passion for the small and mid-cap equity space has equipped Sasha with strong instincts to help him spot high quality growth companies for our audiences.

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    Gomati Jagadeesan - Equities Journalist & Analyst, Australia

      Gomati Jagadeesan is Proactive Investor's Africa-based reporter. A graduate of Boston University, she started her career at CNN in New York, before moving to Washington DC to cover the intrigues of energy politics and policy-making. After a stint in Singapore, she washed ashore in Sydney with a role as a financial writer covering mergers & acquisitions.

    With over a decade as a writer covering small and large cap. equities, policy-making and markets, the journey from being a Red Sox supporter to following Aussie rules has been thrilling.

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    Richard Badauskas - Equities Journalist & Analyst, Australia

      Richard has extensive experience in the resources, mining and industrial sectors including consulting as well as report writing. He practiced as an attorney for 10 years before establishing a consulting firm that assisted a number of Australian Resources, Mining and Environmental companies. He also provided a bridge for Australian companies to North American stakeholders for funding, public relations, communications and corporate development; and has actively promoted Australian companies and technologies on an international level.

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    Bevis Yeo - Equities Journalist & Analyst, Australia

      Bevis is an energy writer with nearly a decade of experience covering the oil and gas as well as alternative energy sectors both globally and in Australia. He was previously the editor of a leading Australian industry energy publication.

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    Philip Whiterow - News Editor, United Kingdom

      Philip has more than twenty years experience writing about companies, general finance and investing matters for a variety of publications. His career has involved spells at the Investors Chronicle, where he was small companies and companies editor, Investors Week and most recently as editor of online financial newswire Sharecast. He has also contributed to a wide range of financial-focused publications on a freelance basis.

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    Mourad Haroutunian - Senior Equities Journalist, North America

      Mourad Haroutunian is a Toronto-based financial news reporter covering Canadian and U.S. equities. Prior to joining Proactive Investors, Mourad worked for Bloomberg News as a speed-desk reporter based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. An internationally trained media professional with twenty-year experience, Mourad has worked as an output producer in the newsrooms of Alhurra TV in Washington D.C., Dubai Business Channel and CNBC Arabiya in Dubai, U.A.E., and Nile TV International in Cairo, Egypt. Mourad holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the American University in Cairo.

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    Giles Gwinnett - Sub Editor, United Kingdom

      Giles Gwinnett is a qualified journalist and has worked for a number of newspapers and for a press agency. He was formerly a news analyst on the German team at Thomson Financial, now Thomson Reuters. He has a Bachelors degree in English Literature and German and a Masters in Film Studies. He currently manages content on Proactiveinvestors Germany.

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    John Harrington - Senior News Editor & Equities Reporter, United Kingdom

      John has been covering financial markets since before the FTSE 100 existed, starting out on the Industries and Commodities team at Dun & Bradstreet, before moving on to Datastream where he was head of the news team for several years. After a succession of management roles at Thomson Reuters he returned to front-line journalism in 2006. Prior to joining Proactive Investors he was Managing Editor at Sharecast.

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    Jeremy Naylor - Equities and Market Reporter, United Kingdom

      Jeremy was a news anchor and show presenter on Bloomberg Television for 14-years, is currently with the BBC. Having had a wide range of experience in breaking news headlines, Jeremy has had the privilege of interviewing some of the biggest names in global business. Prior to joining Bloomberg Jeremy had freelance contracts with LBC, IRN and British Forces Broadcasting. He has a Law and Industrial Relations Degree, from University of Kent.

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    Stefania Barbaglio - Producer & Production Assistant

      Stefania graduated in 2008 in Communication and Public Relations before moving into visual production with a Master's degree in Television, Cinema and New Media in Italy. After working in Mediaset, she moved to London and graduated with a MA in International Journalism at the University of Westminster after which she started to work as freelance video journalist and video producer. Stefania has being trained at BBC Television and Raw TV production . She is joining Proactive Investors in January 2013 as a Trainee Producer.

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    Jamie Nimmo - Equities Journalist, United Kingdom

      Jamie joined Proactive Investors in March 2012. He graduated from Warwick University with a degree in English and French and it was there he developed his passion for writing. His subsequent stint at the People newspaper gave him valuable experience in journalism. He has a strong interest in business, particularly in oil and gas stocks, and is a fluent French speaker.

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    Jamie Ashcroft - Equities Journalist, United Kingdom

      After graduating with first class honours in Economics from Lancaster University 2006, Jamie spent a number of years as a Private Client Equity Dealer gaining front-line experience in the Investment industry during the most fast paced and volatile period in financial history. Having acquired an insight from both professional and individual investors, Jamie joined our growing editorial team in 2009.

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    Ruth Gemmell - Communications Manager, United Kingdom

      Ruth joined Proactive Investors UK team as Communications Manager in August 2010, she previously worked for a charity specialising in fundraising and events, she also has a degree in journalism which has been very useful for her role at Proactiveinvestors.

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