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About StarLeaf

StarLeaf enables seamless collaboration through intelligently engineered, reliable meeting room systems, superior video conferencing, and secure messaging. Designed and engineered by StarLeaf, the experience is intuitive and feature-rich, allowing total interoperability across all devices. StarLeaf brings future-proof communications to the enterprise, with a 99.999% uptime guarantee, robust security, ISO 27001 certification, and data jurisdiction control.

Founded in 2008 in Cambridge, StarLeaf is the provider of choice for delivering meeting solutions that exceed enterprise expectations of service, security, and support. 

Since its beginnings StarLeaf has grown rapidly with offices around the world and representation on every continent. In 2017, the company received external funding from Highland Europe and Grafton Capital to further accelerate this growth. 

Meet our Management Team

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Mark Richer

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

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Mark Richer

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Mark Richer has a reputation for success in delivering innovative solutions that solve real-life business challenges. For over 30 years, he has successfully brought to market network, voice and video solutions that have irrevocably improved the way we communicate across the enterprise.

A serial entrepreneur, Mark was the Chairman and founder of Codian, which he established in 2002. Codian delivered a new generation of video conferencing infrastructure solutions, and was acquired by Tandberg in 2007. Prior to this, Mark was the CEO and founder of Calista, a company specializing in Voice over IP products, which was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1999. Calista’s products and technology are incorporated into the Cisco IP Communications product range.

At the very beginning of Mark’s career, he was a founder and Director of Engineering at Madge Networks, a publicly traded company with a market capitalization of close to $1 billion at the time he left.

Mark has a Masters Degree in Theoretical Physics and Chemistry from Cambridge University and is a graduate of the owner-directors program at INSEAD. Mark is a member of the Cambridge Angels and a Fellow Commoner of St Catharine’s College.

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William MacDonald

Chief Customer Officer, Co-Founder

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William MacDonald

Chief Customer Officer, Co-Founder

With a well-founded reputation as a major industry influencer and visionary, Will’s primary role is to optimize the StarLeaf customer experience. His passion is the realization of continual innovation that delivers groundbreaking solutions aligned to customer needs. 

Before founding StarLeaf, he was founder and the General Manager of the Americas for Codian. When Tandberg acquired Codian in 2007, Will was appointed Chief Strategy Officer, which allowed him to help set the strategic vision and direction on a global basis, prior to Cisco acquiring Tandberg in 2010

Prior to Codian, Will held senior management positions at Calista and Madge Networks. He has a Masters degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University

 

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Mark Loney

Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder

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Mark Loney

Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder

Mark is co-founder and the driving force behind StarLeaf’s vision to deliver a global network from which to provide video conferencing services and the manufacture of a new generation of collaboration solutions. He is one of those rare individuals who has great insight into the art of the possible, gained from the successful leadership of engineering, product management and commercial teams.

He joined StarLeaf directly from his position as Vice President of Product Management at Tandberg, where he translated Tandberg’s strategic vision and direction into the world’s market-leading video conferencing infrastructure solutions. Mark joined Tandberg through the acquisition of Codian in 2007, where he served as Vice President of Product Management and Marketing.

Prior to joining Codian in 2002, Mark held engineering and senior management positions at Cisco Systems, Calista and Madge Networks. He has a Masters degree in Electronic and Information Sciences from the University of Cambridge.



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Daren Bigmore

Chief Financial Officer

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Daren Bigmore

Chief Financial Officer

Daren joined StarLeaf’s executive management team as Chief Financial Officer in 2011. 

He has over twenty five years of experience in senior finance roles at technology and communications companies varying in size from start-up to Fortune 500.

Prior to StarLeaf, Daren was Finance Director of Cisco’s Telepresence Business Unit, which he joined after the successful acquisition of Tandberg ASA, where he served as VP Financial Operations. He previously worked in a variety of financial management roles, including at Deloitte, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and holds a BSc in Management Science from the University of Wales.

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Hadar Carmel

VP Global Sales

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Hadar Carmel

VP Global Sales

With 20 years’ experience in video conferencing and unified communications, Hadar leads the StarLeaf global sales organization. 

His track record in developing and executing successful sales strategies from start-up to exit has made Hadar well-placed to accelerate worldwide sales growth. 

Before joining StarLeaf, Hadar gained experience within the video conferencing industry at companies such as Radvision, Codian, Tandberg, and Cisco. 

This wealth of experience and expertise is complemented by a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Penn State University.

 

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Jad El-Hage

Chief Marketing Officer

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Jad El-Hage

Chief Marketing Officer

Jad joined StarLeaf in 2009 as a Software Engineer before moving into Sales and then into Product to take on the responsibilities of Director of Product Management.

As Chief Marketing Officer, Jad’s primary focus is to drive the company’s global marketing, PR, and brand strategy.

Jad holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.

 

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Kevin Bernitz

VP Product

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Kevin Bernitz

VP Product

Kevin Bernitz is VP Product at StarLeaf. Kevin heads up the StarLeaf business unit and is responsible for the StarLeaf product roadmap.

With a passion for product engineering, Kevin has been a driving force behind StarLeaf innovation.
Kevin has spent his career working at several successful start-ups and was a founding member of video conferencing company Codian in 2002.

Kevin has a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

 

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Steve Raffe

Head of Teamline

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Steve Raffe

Head of Teamline

In his role as Head of Teamline, Steve has played a crucial part in developing the go-to-market strategy that has seen the success of our Teamline business unit and now leads the team responsible for the ongoing growth of Teamline.

Under Steve’s leadership, Teamline offers meeting room solutions that drive adoption and productivity while minimising total cost-of-ownership.

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Frank Walsh

Head of Operations

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Frank Walsh

Head of Operations

Frank is Head of Operations with responsibility for Business / Sales Operations and operations infrastructure development at StarLeaf. 

Working with the energetic and motivated Sales and Business Operations team at StarLeaf, Frank is focused on continuing to improve operations and processes.

Frank holds an M.B.A. and qualified with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Production Engineering from the University of Limerick, Ireland.

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Fiona Talbot

Chief People Officer

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Fiona Talbot

Chief People Officer

Fiona joined StarLeaf as Chief People Officer in 2019 to help ensure that everyone at StarLeaf can do their best work.

Fiona brings her extensive experience of working within the executive teams at NewVoiceMedia and MACH, enabling teams across the business to deliver improved operational efficiency. 

Against this backdrop, Fiona enjoys thinking through the data, processes and the human elements that are critical to building successful and healthy organizations.