Simon Beale

Ann Arbor Michigan United States

Simon Beale

Ann Arbor Michigan United States

I love to get the best out of people. My philosophy has always been to build highly effective teams, comprised of people with the drive and capability to succeed in their roles and take on greater challenges down the road. I've been tremendously fortunate to have built up my identity as a leader through creating and directing teams comprising a handful of people all the way to complex organizations of 300 , in smaller high growth business units all the way to multi $BN public companies.

My career has been spent predominantly with large publishing and information companies. I have extensive experience of working in matrixed organizations and building consensus across diverse corporate structures. My core areas of competency are in leading sales and marketing functions in mid-size companies and in business unit general management.

Although I have decades of global sales and marketing experience, I've lived in the US for the last eight years and worked as an integral part of a privately held mid-size company's senior management team.

I would define my leadership style as charismatic and inspiring tremendous loyalty. I have always been trusted and respected as a true professional who determines strategic direction and delivers against my goals. What has given me greatest satisfaction in my career to date is the level of consistent and sustainable business growth I've achieved in my various roles, combined with the stellar business trajectories of so many professionals who have worked in my teams.

Away from work, my reputation as an adrenalin junkie (sky-diving, bungee jumping, gaining my private pilot's license) is easing off in recent years... However, I'm involved in many sports and outdoor pursuits. I love playing tennis, soccer, running, golf and kayaking. My wife is Brazilian and I've found it's been in my best interest to develop a good grasp of Portuguese over the years! I hold a BA (Hons) in Literature from Loughborough University in the UK and won a scholarship to take an MA at SUNY Brockport in the USA, followed by a vastly enjoyable stint as a wilderness guard ranger for the USDA in the Cascades.

Above all, if you are looking for a leader to set the course and to take the tough decisions required in order to achieve business success, I look forward to hearing from you.