From Grad to Great

Find out how life-changing a career in sales can really be…

During our 21 years, Pareto have had the pleasure of assessing, placing and training the highest calibre graduate talent into leading businesses across Europe. We are incredibly proud of what so many have gone on to achieve, here are twenty-one of our brightest Sales stars and their journeys after meeting Pareto.
 



21 Pareto Grad to Greats

Inspirational stories showcasing fantastic careers across a diverse range of industries. Hover over each photo to discover these individual’s stories and watch their short films…
 


Alan Hawley

Alan Hawley

Vice President

After his training, Alan managed teams to help drive rapid business growth throughout his various roles, looking for solutions to help clients goals and their business performance.

Alex Bennett

Alex Bennett

Business Co-Owner

Alex Bennett started in the private client business and later co-founded and progressed within Smart Currency Business, where he is now a shareholder and Head of Corporate Sales. After starting the business from scratch eight years ago they now enjoy a 30-40% year-on-year growth in revenue!

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Andy Matthews

Andy Matthews

Business Founder

Andy’s exceptional career spans over 20 years, from graduate to Sales Director, Managing Director and now Founder and Business Owner. Andy attended Pareto’s first ever assessment day in 1995 and it changed his life.

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Brian Whigham

Brian Whigham

Managing Director

At the age of 30, Brian Whigham, founded his own digital agency – Venn Digital. His hunger motivated him further and six years later his team is 45 strong and currently operates in 14 countries. Read My Story

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Caroline Franczia

Caroline Franczia

Associate Sales Director

Caroline has managed to gain the trust of prospects where nobody else could, develop champions within brands and win hugely influential contracts in her career. She now enjoys a challenging but influential role as Associate Sales Director at Sprinklr.

Daryl Pile

Daryl Pile

Managing Director

Daryl Pile, has successfully coached and managed a team of six senior sales employees for seven years. Daryl did such a fantastic job that four of the six were promoted taking the initial team from £1.5m per annum gross margin to £25m.

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Eleri Gibbon

Eleri Gibbon

EMEA Channel Director

Eleri Gibbon has spent many years hiring; many of the candidates have been graduates who have gone on to have amazing success. When reflecting on her career, Eleri shares how this has brought her the most enjoyment- building engaged, successful teams that have lots of fun along the way is her overall mantra.

Fanni Szabo

Fanni Szabo

Managing Director

Fanni Szabo is an inspirational woman who has taken her learnings from Pareto and become a Managing Director. This Pareto journey, has lead Fanni to move out to Munich and set up an office hiring a team of 20 people, growing the business 30% YOY.

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Georgina Lord

Georgina Lord

Sales Director

Georgina Lord, hit a huge career milestone by making it to Director Level at the age of 30, just 7 years after joining Virgin as a graduate. This achievement made Georgina the youngest and only female Sales Director ever within both Virgin Media's Business.

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Kevin Kimber

Kevin Kimber

Managing Director

Kevin is part of the team that founded ServiceNow in 2005, taking them from zero customers and zero revenue to an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012. The company floated at a €4 billion market cap and is now valued at €13 billion.

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Matt Ashton

Matt Ashton

Head of Sales

Matt’s trajectory since starting his career in sales has been notable, he is now Head of Sales for the Sovereign Beverage Company. Following promotion, he brought on a team of graduates straight from university, he then built up their skill sets and created a solid foundation for their careers.

Michael Lynskey

Michael Lynskey

Senior Director

Michael Lynskey was placed in Pareto’s very first year, 1995. Since then his incredible journey has allowed him to travel the world, he has worked for great companies and provided a fantastic life for his family.

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Neil Davidson

Neil Davidson

Vice President

Placed in 1999, Neil Davidson has built such strong relationships that clients have remained with him for 18 years, some now playing huge roles as global clients today. Neil is passionate that sales is about ensuring that you truly understand each client’s issue, and utilise the resources of your company to meet their objectives in a partnership approach.

Neil Ryland

Neil Ryland

Vice President

Neil Ryland, worked exceptionally hard in his position within a UK start up. An influential leader, he carefully procured a team that took the business from an SMB to an Enterprise.

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Oliver Janicki

Oliver Janicki

Profit Centre Manager

Oliver has gone from strength to strength following his placement in 2009. Throughout his career, Oliver has consistently delivered results; turning business’ operating at a significant loss into healthy profit making ones within 12 months.

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Rebecca Thompson

Rebecca Thompson

Business Development Manager

Rebecca Thompson won the Newcomer of the Year award at the National Sales Awards - her professional accomplishments are rooted in Sales. According to Rebecca, pursuing a career in Sales at a young age creates a platform upon which any direction is possible.

Rob Picken

Rob Picken

Director

Rob, Director at Converge, undertook a project 4 years ago that defined his career. He built a brand new business in the EMEA region- starting with no employees and zero revenue.In June 2016 the business had over 250 direct, repeat-subscription customers, generating over $5m per year in revenue and resulting in the addition of 4 new team members.

Sarah Hengeveld

Sarah Hengeveld

Divisional Sales Manager

Sarah Hengeveld achieved a fantastic promotion at age 25 to manage a team of 13. Following this, at age 27, Sarah was headhunted to run a start-up – turning over half a million in 18 months.

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Scott Clay

Scott Clay

Managing Director

Scott Clay, MD of Profile PI, lives by the saying ‘If not me, then who? If not now, then when?’ Operating by this mantra Scott’s biggest achievement in his career has been securing half a million pounds of investment to start his own insurance company.

Tom Weeks

Tom Weeks

UK Sales Director

Tom Weeks said he simply wouldn’t be where he is today without Pareto. From the first call to attending an assessment day, his whole outlook on sales changed and lead him to where he is today.

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Will Eves

Will Eves

Senior Regional Director

Will Eves won the AMEX President’s Award by achieving a 950% Sales Target in his first year. He attributes his success to the confidence and connections Pareto gave him, sharpening his commercial accumen.

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