24/03/2015

W2 Global Data Solutions appoints Dr Jonathan Pell to its board

Dr Jonathan Pell has joined the board of W2 Global Data Solutions (W2), the provider of SaaS, B2B software solutions and data services that enable organisations of all sizes to achieve regulatory compliance.

Dr Pell joins W2’s board following completion of the company’s seed investment round from  Finance Wales, a group of angel investors and its existing shareholders.

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Jonathan Pell who, as Chief Executive of Datanomic, led the data-quality and software-vendor through a period of significant growth before its acquisition by Oracle in 2011.  At Oracle, he was Vice President of Data Quality Strategy. He is currently a Director of JVP Consultants.

Welcoming Dr Pell, Warren Russell, W2’s Chief Executive said: “Hot on the heels of Finance Wales’s investment, I’m delighted to welcome Jonathan to our board.  As former CEO of Datanomic and Vice President of Data Quality at Oracle, he has an enviable track record of building a venture-backed business in our market and brings with him an unparalleled level of market insight and knowledge. He is an excellent addition to the W2 team and his appointment makes me very excited about what we can achieve in the coming months and years.”
 
Commenting on his appointment, Dr Pell said: “I have been keen to engage with a company in the compliance sector again and W2 is a young company with a bright future.  Nothing else currently available takes the adaptive, flexible approach W2 excels at.  In my opinion W2 is a disrupter that should be taken very seriously.”

Finance Wales’s recent investment in W2 came from the Wales Technology Seed Fund, a Welsh Government-backed fund that helps young technology companies based in Wales to commercialise their innovative products and bring them to market.

The investment was led by Richard Hadden, Deputy Fund Manager in Finance Wales’s technology venture investments team.  He said: “This is a pivotal moment for W2.  It has a strong customer proposition but building a global business will bring new challenges.  Dr Pell is a leading industry figure and his experience will be invaluable in helping W2 execute at scale.”