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Zarir 'Zed' VakilOffline

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About me

I am...


Founder and CEO

Commercial Director

Sales & Turnaround Leader

Start & Scale Up Expert

Investment Director

Change Specialist

Independent Director

Mentor and Coach

I navigate and inspire business start up and scale up founders, CEO’s and investors to achieve their entrepreneurial ambitions.

What I'm working on

Start Up Idea Development - From the Kitchen Table to the Office Table

Highly confidential development of equality, diversity and inclusion enabler. Ideation, Business Hypothesis, Identification of markets and market personas, and associated value propositions. End to End product market fit. Work on grant and private capital funding.

Looking for

Investors seeking commercial strategy
Scale Ups seeking improved performance
Start Ups needing help/advice
Founders and CEOs seeking advice

Non Executive Director

Long term Board position, going on for 7 years. Appointed by shareholders on purchase of a distressed business with the objective of creating value. Strategic direction, governance and fund raising. Currently involved with merger, which would exit the company at x20 initial value.

Looking for

Other Non- Executive Director positions

Mentor

As alumni of London Sport's incubator programme, Sport Tech Hub, a couple of years ago, I was invited to be a mentor for successive cohorts of the programme. Mentoring and advice to start ups and scale ups founders and CEOs joining the programme.

Looking for

Mentoring and advice to others

Experience & achievements

BUSINESS GROWTH AND PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT as Interim CEO

Absolute was a small disruptive insurance claims BPO organisation that had secured investment from a plc investor to significantly develop their business. The investors board invited me to take the role on a part time interim basis as a condition of the final part of their investment and turnaround.

CHANGE AND TRANSITION GlaxoSmithKline, as Interim Project Manager

Project and change management of divisional transformation programme to Target Industrial Model (TIM); as part of the overall divisional strategy. This included organisational and business process change. Overall responsibility and accountability for timely delivery of project.

INTERIM COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR at Hamilton Bradshaw

I was hired to provide oversight, build processes, accountability and direction of all non recruitment companies; property investment portfolio, new real estate division, and social enterprise joint ventures and the Caan charitable foundation.

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR at WRLD Inc.

To advise on WRLD Inc's (previously Eegeo) next stage of growth, providing leadership, strategy development, change and transformation, and performance and culture improvement. Ultimately to prepare the company to achieve larger growth funding rounds.

CEO

Turnaround of health tech scale up. Succeeded in overhauling company; developing an effective sales organisation and ensuring client centric culture throughout business. Direction and empowerment of sales, marketing, operations, client services and development teams in London and Cornwall.

My top skills

A people and business chameleon able to change colour as necessary!

My diverse skillset comes from having been a corporate executive, a founder, a CEO, a Commercial Director, and from my time as an SME investment portfolio director; all experiences I can draw from.
Start Up and Scale Up business growth
Sales team management and organisation
Product Market Fit
Value Proposition Design
Change, Transformation and Turnaround
Leadership and mentoring

About me

I am...


Founder and CEO

Commercial Director

Sales & Turnaround Leader

Start & Scale Up Expert

Investment Director

Change Specialist

Independent Director

Mentor and Coach

I navigate and inspire business start up and scale up founders, CEO’s and investors to achieve their entrepreneurial ambitions.

What I am available for

Open to provide mentorship
Open to be mentored
Open to new projects
Provides freelancing services
Open to advise companies
Interested in permanent opportunities

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