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Our Graduates Become Leaders in Sales

Looking to take your career from grad to great?

Wondering how life-changing a career in sales can be?

Explore two decades of success

Since 1995, Pareto have had the pleasure of assessing, training and placing the highest calibre of graduate talent into leading businesses across the world. To celebrate the success of these individuals, each year we host our Grad to Great ceremony to recognise the achievements a handful of our alumni have accomplished.

These Greats have won international awards, grown huge businesses from scratch, become MDs or CEOs. Their stories showcase their journeys and act as an example to graduates and companies of what can be achieved if sales potential is realised.

This year we've added a new category - Ones to Watch - to recognise those placed within the past five years who we believe will become leaders in their industries.

Looking for advice and inspiration?

Meet the Pareto Greats

  • Stuart Watts

    Strategic Account Manager


    We saw so much promise in Stuart when he left the University of Reading that in 2007 we took him on ourselves and he'd reached Senior Account Manager by the time he left in 2010.

    He's now been a Strategic Account Director at Deltek, global ERP software provider for Professional Service Organisations, for over 7 years and most impressively has just returned from rowing across the Atlantic.

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  • Patrick Totty

    Head of UK Sales

    With a first class degree in the History of Art from the University of Manchester, Patrick obviously realised sales was a far better pursuit and was placed by Pareto in 2002 at Premiere Global Services.

    Via management positions at several companies, Patrick is now Head of UK Sales at Ayming, Europe's largest specialist Tax Consultancy and generates over £10m of business each year.

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  • Adanna Welch

    Head of Tech and SCM for Partner Markets


    With a degree from Kingston University, we placed Adanna at Computacenter in 2007.

    Having since moved to Vodafone, including several years based in Luxembourg, Adanna has been promoted an impressive 6 times in 6 years. She's now Head of Technology and SCM for Partner Markets.

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  • Andrew Carvell

    Managing Director

    One Voice AS

    A graduate of Law from the University of Nottingham, Andrew was placed by Pareto in 2011 at Access Intelligence plc. Just six years later, he was promoted to Managing Director of their company One Voice AS.

    The fact that Andrew is considered a Great, just six years into his career, is a remarkable achievement. He’s testament to just how quickly it’s possible to progress in business using sales as a starting block.


  • Dan Cunliffe

    Founder & Managing Director

    Pangea Group

    Graduating with a degree and PGCE in Mathematics from Stellenbosch university, Dan wisely didn't go into teaching and came through Pareto to be placed at The Cloud in 2007.

    Via some great success at O2, increasing wholesale revenues by 1000%, Dan founded Pangea Group in 2014 and is its Managing Director. Pangea is a leading provider of SMART global connectivity and applications to the M2M and IoT market.

  • Gautam Rishi

    Sales Director


    A business graduate from Demontfort University, Gautam was placed at Empirix in 2004. Having held VP and Director roles at several companies, Gautam has recently joined Cloudbees as their Sales Director. Cloud bees offer solutions for automating software development and delivery.

  • Richard Ward

    President of the Americas

    Testplant Ltd

    Graduating from the University of Bath with an Engineering degree, we placed Richard at Testplant Ltd in 2009. TestPlant is an international software company delivering software QA tools to enterprise businesses.

    Having been promoted many times, Richard is now President for the Americas and in the last 8 years has taken its turnover from under $1m to $35m.

  • Roy Wood

    Managing Director

    Advanced 365

    As a graduate of the University of Exeter, we placed Roy at BSG in 2000, where by 2008 he'd reached Director level.

    After 16 years, he made it to Managing Director at the same company, now known as Advanced 365, who provide software solutions for public sector, enterprise, commercial and health care organisations.

  • Georgina Hammond

    Tier One Account Director


    A graduate of Business, Management and Economics at Brunel University, we placed Georgina at Fidessa, a trading and investment software provider, in 2008. Nine years later, she continues her success as the youngest Tier One Account Director at Fidessa.

    Georgina waxes lyrical about the opportunity that a career in sales presents "[Sales] is a great career to go are constantly learning no matter how long you have been doing it for."

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  • Christopher Batten

    Business Intelligence Consultant


    With a Networking Computing degree from Oxford Brookes, Christopher was placed at Oracle in 2015. He is already having great success at Oracle, having progressed from Technical Consultant to Business Intelligence Consultant.

    "My greatest achievement thus far, is my gaining of employment from Oracle. Whilst here, I feel I have improved tenfold, I know I would not have had that opportunity for growth elsewhere.'

  • Taya Lau

    Enterprise Account Manager

    MRI Software

    With a BA from the University of Leeds, we placed Taya at MRI Software in 2015. They should be glad we did because last year she hit 277% of target and is now an Enterprise Account Manager. MRI Software provide property and investment management solutions.

    "Working in sales is a great opportunity to explore new sectors of the market and challenge your adaptability in every deal you come across."

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  • James Groom

    Business Development Manager

    ITC Secure Networking

    This is not James' first award and we were very proud to see him presented with the title of Best Newcomer at the Professional Sales Awards last year. We placed James, who has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds, at ITC Secure Networking, a network security consultancy, in 2016. He's already been promoted to Business Development Manager.

    "Sales gives a great opportunity for people who are driven to learn new skills in a people based environment and earn a very good living doing so.'

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  • Kay Kamdar

    Global Account Director

    Zones UK

    Kay is a Law graduate from the University of Hertfordshire who we placed at Zones UK in 2013. Kay has risen in the ranks to become a Global Account Director. Zones UK provide network and data centre solutions.

    "If you believe you are driven and are willing to work hard at whatever you face – in sales, your income is based on your performance."

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  • Nick Langlois

    Account Director

    Endeco Technologies

    Nick was placed at Endeco Technologies in 2016, after working in Engineering for a couple of years following graduation. Nick is now an Account Director, having achieved promotion in less than a year. Endeco are now called GridBeyond, who offer solutions to energy providers.

    "Every business has a sales element so you can almost definitely find something in the field that you are passionate about. Mostly I love the way you can control your own success and progression."

  • Robyn Eames

    European ADM Manager


    With a Business degree from Nottingham Trent, we placed Robyn at Adobe in 2014. Robyn was a runner up for Best Newcomer at the 2017 Professional Sales Awards. Following several promotions, Robyn is now Northern Europe ADM Manager.

    "Sales is a career that keeps you highly motivated and challenged, encouraging you to constantly push yourself to new strengths."

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