Meet the people who will put your company’s success first

Our team is made up of seasoned operators, functional experts, and M&A professionals.

Board Level

Upliift team member Alex Myers
Founder & Co-CEO

Alex

Myers

Primary focus: Platform and Portfolio Management

Alex brings operational experience as a full-time member of executive teams at various $50m – $2bn EV European B2B software/software-enabled services companies backed by HG, Apax, KKR, and EQT. He brings an investor and operational perspective on value creation and a playbook focused on growth – having experience across strategy, M&A, transformation, product management, pricing, and go-to-market. 

Before Upliift, Alex was leading strategy, product and transformation as a member of several executive teams. This included architecting a fundamental strategic pivot, product management and go-to market transformation at Exact Software, building out the product function at capital markets data leaders, RIMES, and working with private equity firms on strategy projects at McKinsey and Company.

Alex studied at INSEAD MBA school and Oxford University, where he graduated with an MPhysPhil in Physics and Philosophy. Outside of work, he enjoys cycling, sailing and spending time with his wife and two young children. 

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Upliift team member Michael Hammerstom
Founder & Co-CEO

Michael Hammerström

Primary focus: M&A

Michael brings deep experience of executing a disciplined software holding company acquisition strategy.

He spent more than 8 years at Constellation Software as the Head of M&A at one of the portfolios.

Michael led a team of investment and business development professionals based out of Europe and oversaw all aspects of the M&A process, from deal sourcing to transaction management and integration.

Outside of work, he loves to be with his family and is focused on Triathlon and CrossFit.

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Upliift team member Oliver Thomas
Co-Founder & Chairman

Oliver

Thomas

Alongside his role as Non-Executive Chairman at Upliift, Oliver is the Founder and Managing Partner of Expedition Growth Capital 

Backed by some of the world’s leading charitable endowments, entrepreneurs and institutional investors, Expedition is a pan-European growth equity fund. The firm is focused on €10m-€30m investments in rapidly growing, bootstrapped software companies with leadership positions in emerging segments of business software.  

Oliver was instrumental in shaping the Upliift vision and bringing this to life. Expedition and Upliift’s shared DNA enables a symbiotic appreciation for durability, growth and software operating excellence, with visibility and experience across the widest possible view of the bootstrapped European software landscape.  

Oliver holds a MA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an honorary fellow of Jesus College, Oxford. 

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Advisory Board

Advisory board member

Bernd

Mährlein

Bernd is a seasoned revenue leader with a proven track record in establishing and expanding European operations for mostly US-based technology companies.

He currently leads the EMEA expansion for eCommerce Product Discovery Platform Constructor.io and previously built Cloud Security Scale-Up Lacework in Central & Southern Europe, following successful ventures in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland for Endpoint Security Company Cybereason, as well as the Database platform MongoDB (Nasdaq: MDB).

Bernd’s software Go-to-Market career began with direct sales roles at SAP HQ and M&A data room provider Intralinks. Currently, he collaborates with select SaaS startup CEOs to build and evolve their GTM operations.

Bernd grew up playing competitive Rugby and in his free time, enjoys being immersed in the world of sports with his two kids or exploring the great outdoors with his wife and dog Wilma.

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Advisory board member

Jessica

Venturini

Jessica brings more than 20 years of Go-to-Market experience in the software and services industry.

After starting her career in global corporations like Siemens and Yahoo!, Jessica was part of the leadership team at Board International, where during her 10+ tenure she was instrumental to the growth of the business from a niche regional player to a global market leader.

In her various roles, Jessica has developed and executed growth strategies through international expansion, business development and sales excellence, creation of strategic alliances, customer success.  She was nominated among the “Top 50 Women in SaaS 2019” by The Software Report.

Having lived in Ireland and Germany in the past, Jessica is based in the north of Italy, where outside work she enjoys horse riding and spending time with family and friends.

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Advisory board member

Onno

Krap

Onno is an International Finance Executive (CFO) with an extensive experience in public, private as well as PE backed companies. Combining innovation and technology into sustainable value creation has been his passion throughout his career. 

 He was previously CFO of Exact Software BV (International software company headquartered in the NL) while the company was taken private in 2014 and subsequently successfully transitioned through various ownerships cycles. More recently, Onno was the CFO of Kinly Holding BV, an international visual collaboration company. 

Onno is on the supervisory board of Planon BV, a truly global leading software provider for IWMS (Integrated Workplace Management Systems), serving the world’s most successful companies.  

 Onno lives in The Hague Netherlands, is married and has two children. Running, golf and sailing are his other occupations.

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Upliift team member Phill Robinson
Advisory Board Member

Phill

Robinson

Phill is one of the most accomplished Chairpeople, CEOs, and Non-Executive Board Members in the European software industry. 

Having been most recently CEO at European software leaders Exact Software (NL) and IRIS Software (UK), Phill spent his earlier career as part of the founding EMEA Executive teams at Siebel Systems and Salesforce – during which he moved to Silicon Valley to take up the position of Chief Marketing Officer before returning to the UK. 

Phill is also the Founder of Boardwave, a powerful community of European Founders, CEOs, Chairs, Independent NEDs and their investors – building strong connections that accelerate success in European software. 

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Advisory Board Member

Pietro

Ferrari

Pietro is the former Chief Technology Officer at Board International where he started his career, where he was part of the founding team who built the company from inception to global leader.

Pietro brings more than 20 years of software experience as a technologist. As CTO, he was responsible for the product strategy, product development, and operations. He built the R&D and the Product Management teams, developing and promoting a culture of innovation and execution. Over the course of his tenure, he led the team through major technology transitions such as the advent of in-memory computing, the shift to the Cloud and SaaS model.

Pietro was also part of the leadership team that developed and executed the growth strategy and value creation plan.

He is originally from Milan, now enjoys living in Como with his wife, two kids and infinite equipment for all water sports that he has no time to practice.

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Advisory board member

Sion

Lewis

Sion joined Ciphr as its CEO on 1 February 2023. Ciphr operates in the fast-growing human capital management (HCM) market and is backed by ECI.  

Sion has considerable leadership and management experience in growing successful SaaS businesses, and most recently served as general manager of EMEA at GoTo, a business communications and IT support specialist and one of the world’s largest SaaS companies.  

Prior to GoTo, Sion spent most of the last decade as a member of the IRIS executive team, as CEO of the Accountancy and Education divisions. IRIS is the UK’s largest privately held software company backed by Hg. 

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Portfolio Team

Upliift team member Suzane Bader
Finance Director

Suzanne

Bader

Suzanne is a very accomplished CFO with over 20 years of experience in Capital Markets.

Suzanne started her career in banking at Close Brothers. Most recently Suzanne was the CFO / COO at Clarity Capital before that at Seaport Global.

Suzanne spent her earlier career contributing to and leading finance & operation teams in Capital Markets. She specialises in setting up scalable international finance and operations for young business whilst maintaining the integrity of financial systems in larger organisations.

Outside of work, Suzanne is a netball player having played at the national club and county level, she now enjoys social netball, rugby & spending time with her son.

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Upliift team member Sebastien Jacquemoud
Performance Director

Sebastien

Jacquemoud

Before joining the Upliift team, Sebastien had been focusing on providing cross functional operational support to portfolio companies at Vitruvian Partners and Expedition Growth Capital.

Prior to this, Sebastien held hands-on operational roles at PE-backed software companies where he ran a portfolio of value creation initiatives focusing on GTM, pricing, and related areas.

Sebastien spent nearly 7 years as a consultant for Oliver Wyman and The Boston Consulting Group.

He holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University and a MA in Economics – Econometrics from the University of Geneva.

Outside of work, Seb enjoys travelling, playing a wide range of sports, socialising and spending time with his two children and his wife.

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Upliift team member Darren Pick
Portfolio Managing Director

Darren

Pick

Darren is responsible for the strategy, growth, and operational leadership of all acquisitions in our largest vertical market.

Prior to joining Upliift, Darren held leadership roles in various Business Units within Jonas Software – a Constellation Software Inc operating group, where he lead businesses in various vertical markets, including Energy & Utilities, Salon & Spa, Marina, Education, and Leisure.

Outside of work, Darren enjoys running, travelling, and long walks in the countryside with his dog.

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Chief Marketing Officer

Lucy

Jacobs

Lucy Jacobs is a marketing professional with a 30-year career in high-growth software companies. She has made significant contributions to renowned companies including Oracle, Siebel Systems, and Salesforce during periods of rapid growth in Europe.

Lucy gained experience of marketing a European niche software business, while VP Marketing at Invenias. Her tenure was marked by expanding the customer base to over 1,000 clients and profitability, ultimately resulting in the successful acquisition by Bullhorn, backed by Insight Partners.

More recently she transitioned to professional services marketing when she assumed the role of Chief Marketing Officer at Erevena, a leading executive search firm specializing in investor-backed start-ups.

In her spare time she enjoys walking in the countryside with her cockapoo and going to the gym.

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M&A Team

Upliift team member Sebastian Quarterman
M&A Director

Sebastian Quarterman

Sebastian’s responsibilities include deal origination, execution and oversight, along with supporting the other members of the M&A team.

Prior to Upliift Sebastian spent 5 years as M&A Director at Jonas Software, a division of Constellation Software Inc., and a year as M&A Director for ClearCourse.

He closed 22 acquisitions over that time and worked on countless others.

Sebastian is from the UK and lives in the Chilterns.

He originally has an accounting background, moving into M&A in 2017, for the excitement that deal making brings.

In his spare time Sebastian enjoys watching Arsenal, playing golf (poorly), karting and spending time with his wife and 3 daughters.

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Upliift team member Darko Mucic
M&A Director

Darko

Mucić

Darko’s responsibilities include investment origination and execution.

Prior to joining Upliift Darko was part of the investment team at Constellation Software Inc., where he spent three years focusing on European software companies.

He started his career at Ernst & Young for five years, followed by eight years as an investment professional in the private equity industry.

Darko lives in Zagreb, Croatia. He is a CFA charter holder.

In his spare time, Darko enjoys hiking and spending time in nature.

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Upliift team member Jeremy Prats
M&A Manager

Jérémy

Prats

Jérémy focuses on investments in France & Spain.

Prior to joining Upliift Jérémy was part of the M&A team at Believe, a French Music-Tech listed company.

He previously spent 7 years working in M&A (advisory and corporate) / investment roles in various tech-related sectors, prior to joining Believe.

Jérémy is originally from Perpignan, France, and now lives in Paris. He is a graduate from SKEMA Business School where he studied Corporate Finance.

Besides French, Jérémy speaks English and Spanish.

In his spare time, Jérémy enjoys exercising, cooking, spending time with his family and learning bass.

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Upliift team member Valentina Kralj
M&A Manager

Valentina

Kralj

Valentina is as an M&A Manager supporting investment origination and execution.

Prior to joining Upliift, she spent three years at Constellation Software working on a number of transactions within European portfolio.

Valentina started her career working as a sell-side advisor in an M&A boutique.

Valentina lives in Zagreb, Croatia.

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Upliift team member Nicola Maffei
M&A Manager

Nicola

Maffei

Nicola is an M&A Manager focusing on investments in Italy.

Prior to Upliift, Nicola spent the last year as CFO of RE-Lender, a lending crowdfunding company.

Before this Nicola was at Bain and Company where he focused on working with Banks and Telco firms and in Intesa Sanpaolo in the CIB division as VP in the Coverage and M&A team for Telecom, Media & Technology industry.

He studied at L. Bocconi University in Milan, where he graduated with a Master of Science in Management.

Outside of work, Nicola enjoys CrossFit and kick boxing along with spending time travelling.

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Upliift team member Kristina Ivancic
M&A Analyst

Kristina

Ivancic

Kristina is an M&A Analyst, and as a part of the Upliift M&A team she supports the entire transaction journey, from identifying potential target companies to finalizing deals.

Before joining Upliift, Kristina worked in Financial Advisory at UniCredit where she gained valuable experience in financial analysis, investment strategies and client interactions. During her studies Kristina served as a student assistant at the department of finance and won prestigious Rector’s awards for academic and community contributions.

Outside work, Kristina finds joy in cultivating her passion for cuisine and staying active at the gym.

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Research Associate

Marlon Don Schmidt

Before joining the Upliift team, Marlon (Anthony Don) Schmidt spent nearly two years at a strategy, M&A, and transformation consulting company in Dubai, where he worked on various projects in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, gaining valuable international experience. Prior to that, he completed internships in the USA and Croatia within the healthcare industry. 

He holds a BSc in International Management and an MSc in Management from Modul University Vienna, where he graduated with distinction and received the Dean’s List award for academic excellence. 

Outside of work, Marlon enjoys staying active by going to the gym and taking his dogs for strolls around the city. He also likes socializing with friends, cooking, and exploring new cities when possible. 

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