NeedleSmart are thrilled to welcome new director Michael Ricks. Michael’s focus is to enable the team to scale the business through acquiring capital, growing revenue and profitability, and expanding geographies served.

As partner with a London investment bank, he specialised in advisory and capital raising for fund managers and corporates, focused on high-tech and health-tech. While partner with three of the “Big Four” consultancies, he held leadership roles in national, regional and global financial services / insurance practices, focused on delivering business strategy through technology and process design and implementation, as well corporate finance and M&A.

As a board member, advisor, mentor, and investor, Michael teams with entrepreneurs and their investors to grow businesses leveraging scalable technology, from inception through exit. He is particularly interested in practical application of data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, geospatial, and distributed ledger technologies to improve health and quality of life.

NeedleSmart’s CEO, Cliff Kirby, added, “I am so pleased to welcome Michael to the NeedleSmart board. His experience in investment and capital funding is invaluable and i look forward to working with him more in the coming months.”

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