Simon joined Cyan as a Non-Executive Director in March 2010 and was appointed CFO in October 2013. He is an experienced financial executive with over twenty five years’ experience in the Software and Semiconductor sectors.
Prior to establishing himself as an independent adviser and technology company board member in the period from 2007 to 2013, Simon had held the position of Chief Financial Officer/Director of Finance at multi-national businesses in both the UK and USA since 1997 and his experiences include multiple business acquisitions/disposals, fund raising, business planning, cash management and customer contract negotiation.
In the period from 2001 to 2007, he was Chief Financial Officer at semiconductor IP company Elixent, which was venture capital funded and sold to Panasonic Japan. In the period from 1997 to 2001, he worked at the Silicon Valley (USA) software company McAfee as Senior Director of Finance and then CFO of their Software as a Service (SaaS) subsidiary myCIO.com with McAfee acquiring 14 companies during this period. Before 1997, Simon was a Management Consultant in both the UK and USA where he managed a team of consultants on multiple implementations of ERP systems. Simon qualified with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales in 1991.