Sanjay Patel – Principal, London South
Sanjay (FCMA) is an experienced multi channel retailing Finance Director, with over 25 years of experience within retailers predominately in the online and direct channels. Sanjay was Finance & e-Commerce Director for 6 years at Smythson of Bond Street, a luxury leather goods and stationery multi channel retailer. Whilst here, he grew the online channel to £3m from £0.5m with minimal investment. Also as Finance Director, Sanjay led the sale of the business, raised 2 rounds of funding and maintained relations with investors and bankers and led a £5m UK & international retail expansion capital investment appraisal. Following this, Sanjay was the Managing Director of more2 Ltd, a leading multi-channel retail marketing agency servicing 70 of the top UK retailers. During the four years at more2, Sanjay oversaw annual growth rates of c.30%, set up a US office and acquired a web build and design business to augment the proposition.
Former roles included management of finance, buying & merchandising, creative, logistics, customer services and marketing departments during roles Innovations Group, Freemans plc and greenfindgers.com.