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Business Development Director @
Born:
February 23, 1971
Gender:
Male
Location:
Barrowford
Website:
http://www.stewarttownsend.com
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Stewart has spent fifteen years in a variety of roles within Pre-sales, Partner Relations, Marketing and Business Development in the IT industry. Recently he developed the channel partner programme for DataSift a $30m funded startup based in Reading which will accelerate their revenue growth, as of January 2013 he joined the EMEA management team at Zendesk in a senior role as Business Development Director to build out a channel team across Europ.

His role at Oracle was to develop a lead generation social media strategy for the Enterprise 2.0 business unit which gave Stewart a deep understanding of the corporate account base, for the previous nine years at Sun Microsystems, Stewart has worked with independent software vendors, channel partners and small businesses/startups and has gained a deep understanding or corporate and small business processes and requirements.

He built out a role as the EMEA Manager for the Emerging Business Team at Sun Microsystems focused on developing and executing a EMEA strategy to support start-ups and early stage companies, working with the investor community, startup community, entrepreneurship groups, government and Academia.

Stewart has negotiated alliances with key partners such as UKTI, Bebo, MySpace and NTT Europe to help enable expansion and support of the programme on a global scale, outside of his EMEA remit.

He is a regular speaker and ambassador at key industry events in Europe on the subject of entrepreneurship, innovation, growing sales in/out of region and using social media as a sales enabler.

A keen advocate of supporting organisations, Stewart is a mentor for Seedcamp, an advisor/mentor to the difference engine, and gives time and advisory support to NACUE (National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs)

Outside corporate land, Stewart is a social entrepreneur and runs with The Alternative School (www.thealternativeschool.co.uk) an education provider focused on delivering education in a more holistic manner, is a mentor to The Next Women organisation, and on advisory boards for Media140 and WhiteBull.

Stewart holds one of the first MA Social Media to be awarded in the UK and is recognised as an advisor on the strategic and business benefits of a fully integrated social media plan in order to drive revenue back into a sales funnel.

Stewart is known for his global events and lead generation, one of the largest is a global event focused on Big Data which is Big Data Week (www.bigdataweek.com) which sees a global week of events in 30 countries, 200 cities and 40000+ attendees all community focused.

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Business Development Director

Jan 7, 2013 - Current   (over 3 years)
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Aug 1, 2011
2013
Head Business Development
Mar 1, 2010
Oct 11, 2010
Business Development
Jan 8, 2001
Mar 1, 2010
Manager EMEA Startup Essentials

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  • Advisor - Distribution Channels
    Feb 15, 2016

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