Stilo International specializes in helping organizations automate the conversion of their content into different XML formats. Our solutions are used by commercial publishers, technology companies and government agencies around the world and include organizations involved in the production and maintenance of technical documentation. Stilo operates from offices in the UK and Canada.’
Following an initial spell in corporate planning at Mobil Oil, Les has spent his entire career in the IT industry, holding a variety of sales and executive management positions at ICL, Prime Computer and Research Machines. At Research Machines he was responsible for achieving rapid sales growth from £11million to £40million over a four year period. Experienced in venture capital backed technology companies, he has successfully developed business on an international basis, particularly in North America and Europe, and founded his own company re-publishing and marketing software applications. Having joined Stilo in 1999 as Sales and Marketing Director, the company's fourth employee, he went on to become CEO and manage Stilo's IPO the following year, subsequently leading the company's acquisition and growth strategy. Les holds a Joint Honours Degree in Mathematics/Operational Research obtained from Leeds University and attended Cranfield School of Management, one of the world's leading international business schools.
Richard Alsept, Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary
Richard is a qualified Chartered Accountant. After graduating from Durham University with an Honours degree in Economics, he trained and qualified as an accountant with Touche Ross & Co. He then spent a number of years in general practice, dealing with all aspects of owner-managed businesses, before becoming a financial director in various industries and forming his own accountacy practice specializing in accounting, taxation and financial direction. Through his practice, he became involved with Stilo as Chief Financial Officer and subsequently also became Company Secretary in 2003. Having sold his practice in 2008, Richard took time to pursue other personal interests, prior to rejoining Stilo in 2010.
David Ashman, Non-Executive Director and Chairman
David held various accounting positions at Unilever, Reeds International, Letraset, Borg Textiles and Marley before joining Bowater Paper Group where he became Finance Director. It was there that he was a key member of the management team which carried out an MBO from Bowaters, subsequently floating the company on the London Stock Exchange and accepting a bid two years later valuing the Company at £300 million. His main focus today is investing in small undervalued companies.
Patrick Baker, VP, Development & Professional Services
As VP, Development and Professional Services, Patrick heads up all new product development at Stilo and is actively engaged in the successful deployment of content processing solutions for publishing clients. Major ongoing product development efforts include OmniMark 10, the leading high-performance content processing platform, and Migrate, the world's first cloud XML content conversion service.
Patrick has been associated with best practices for complex content processing for over a decade, and has successfully delivered custom solutions on behalf of organizations in the automotive, airline, defence and commercial publishing sectors. With a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from McGill University, he leads an expert team of highly talented content processing specialists.