Senior Leadership

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J Schwan, Chief Executive Officer

In August 2018 J became CEO of Kin + Carta, replacing Matt Armitage.

J is the Founder and former CEO of Solstice. After founding the company in 2001, he continued to lead his growing team with the vision of helping industry leading global brands evolve and capitalise on new technology. His mission was to usher these large enterprise corporations into a post-mobile era dominated by disruptive technologies and digital startups.

J received his Bachelors in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and began his career at Andersen Consulting. He is passionate about building a company with a foundation on servant leadership and fostering an innovative culture that puts people first.

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Chris Kutsor, Chief Financial Officer

Chris Kutsor is the Chief Financial Officer at Kin + Carta.

Chris is a seasoned executive with more than two decades of experience in global technology. He has led finance organizations spanning billion-dollar operations, venture capital investing and corporate investor relations. Kutsor also served as a board adviser for over 10 years to a university technology management program and board director to a privately held design and manufacturing company. Kutsor holds an MBA in strategy and finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Charlie Wrench, Chief Connective Officer

Charlie Wrench is the Chief Connective Officer at Kin + Carta.

Bringing nearly four decades of experience and network expertise to the role, Wrench is responsible for working directly with the heads of Kin + Carta’s seven strategic businesses to offer clients seamless digital solutions.

Wrench’s track record includes managing successful relationships with global clients such as Colgate, P&G, and Lufthansa in leadership roles at a diverse set of agencies including Landor Associates, The Engine Group and ROI Communications.

Board of Directors

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Richard Stillwell, Chairman

Richard Stillwell joined the Board on 1 September 2006 and was appointed Chairman of the Company on 26 April 2011.

Richard was executive vice president of ICI plc, where he had held various posts for 26 years until 2000, before changing career and qualifying as a barrister. More recently Richard has held Non-Executive Directorships at Penna Consulting plc, Scott Bader Ltd, TBI Ltd and Fibreweb plc, as well as Albertis Motorways UK Ltd and Albertis Overseas (UK) Ltd.

Richard is currently a Non-Executive Director of Curo Group (Albion) Ltd, a not-for-profit company involved in the provision of housing and community services.

Richard chairs meetings of the Nomination Committee.

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John Kerr, Independent Non-Executive Director

John is an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman designate. He will become Chairman at the Company's Annual General Meeting in November 2019, succeeding Richard Stillwell, who will step down as part of a planned succession process outlined in November last year.

John was Global Vice Chairman of Deloitte Consulting from 2016 to 2018, after serving as Chief Executive from 2011 to 2015. He previously served in a number of senior leadership roles at Deloitte Consulting, steering the business through a period of significant revenue growth driven by a focus on helping businesses develop their digital capabilities. He led the creation of Deloitte Digital in 2012, the first dedicated digital consulting business, and grew the business organically and by strategic acquisition to $4 billion in revenue with operations in 30 countries.

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Helen Stevenson, Independent Non-Executive Director

Helen Stevenson joined the Board on 1 May 2012. Helen was Chief Marketing Officer UK at Yell Group PLC from 2006 to 2012 and, prior to this, served as Lloyds TSB Group Marketing Director.

Helen started her career with Mars Inc where she spent 19 years, culminating in her role as European Marketing Director, leading category strategy development across Europe. Helen has in the past served as a Non-Executive Director on the main board of the Department of Work and Pensions.

She currently holds Non-Executive Directorships with the Skipton Building Society and Trinity Mirror plc; serves on the Strategic Advisory Board of Henley Business School; and is a partner in Navitas IP.

Helen is the Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.

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Mike Butterworth, Independent Non-Executive Director

Mike Butterworth, ACA joined the Board on 1 August 2010. Mike had served for 8 years as Group Finance Director of Cookson Group plc, a FTSE250 company, until December 2012 when Cookson was de-merged.

Previously, Mike was Group Finance Director of Incepta Group plc for 5 years, an international marketing and communications group, prior to which he spent 5 years as Group Financial Controller at BBA Group plc, the international aviation and materials technology group.

Mike currently holds Non-Executive Directorships and is Chairman of the Audit Committee at Cambian Group plc, Johnston Press plc and Stock Spirits Group plc.

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Nigel Pocklington, Independent Non-Executive Director

Nigel Pocklington joined the Board on 1 June 2016. Nigel joined Moneysupermarket plc as Managing Director of TravelSupermarket in July 2016, was subsequently appointed to Managing Director, Insurance and Home Services in March 2018 and was recently appointed as Chief Commercial Officer. He has previously held a variety of senior management positions within Expedia, including President of eBookers and Chief Marketing Officer of Hotels.com. Nigel spent a decade of his early career at Pearson plc, including a period leading the digital operations of the Financial Times.

Nigel chairs the Remuneration Committee and serves as a member of the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee.

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David Bell, Independent Non-Executive Director

David joined the board on 4th August 2018.

David has served as CEO of two of the world's largest Advertising Marketing Services ​companies, NYSE-listed True North and Interpublic Group (IPG). He was also CEO of Bozell Worldwide, which he helped grow to a top-ten global agency. From 2006 to 2009, David was a senior advisor to Google and has been in a similar position with AOL/Oath since 2009. David was elected by his peers into the Advertising Hall of Fame in the USA in 2007 and in 2013, the Hall of Fame established the David Bell Award which is given to one inductee who has best demonstrated this level of service.

David is currently an independent director of Creative Realities Inc., was an independent director at Time Inc. between 2014 and 2018 and has previously served on numerous other USA listed company boards, as well as many growth stage companies in the marketing and media technology sectors.

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Michele Maher, Independent Non-Executive Director

Michele Maher joined the Board on 15 May 2019. Michele is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds an Executive MBA from Cranfield. She trained with KPMG and has held various positions at Dell Computers and the Hogg Robinson Group PLC ("HRG"). Latterly, Michele was CFO of HRG up until its sale in 2018.

Michele will take over as Chair of the Audit Committee with effect from 1 October.