|University of Cambridge, MA|
Robert Dighero has over 20 years operational experience, the last 15 working with the internet. He is a partner at White Bear Yard and an active investor across Europe focused on early stage e-commerce, payment and marketplace businesses. He has led a number of investment syndicates and taken on a number of board and advisory roles.
Robert was previously CFO of QXL ricardo from 1998 to 2008, overseeing development from start-up to its eventual sale to Naspers. He managed a diverse range of corporate actions including its dual listing IPO, consolidating the European online auction market with nine acquisitions, the largest over $1 billion and launching an MBO.
The QXL Group was the best performing share on Main Market in both 2004 and 2005 and in the All-Share in 2007 with an over 35,000% share price increase in 5 years. Robert was short-listed for CBI / Real FD, FD of the Year in 2007 and the following year negotiated the Â£1 billion sale of QXL via a public take-over offer.
Prior to QXL, Robert was CFO of AOL UK and previous roles included that of M&A at Bertelsmann USA and at Verulam Investments. Robert started his career at Bain & Co, having left Cambridge with a First class degree and a post-graduate degree in Engineering and has an MBA from Insead.