The Team

The Kendal management team includes experienced Sports & Leisure and Consumer Goods industries executives and a first class team of non-executives with a variety of industry experiences.



Executive Directors
Daniel Gestetner - Director
Leo Gestetner - Director
Mark Hammersley – Director
Mike Jeans – Group Finance & Operations Director    
Non-Executives/Investors
Brian Smouha – Non-Executive Chairman
Chris Allner – Non-Executive Director
 



Executive Directors

Daniel Gestetner - Director    
Daniel has retail experience with Tesco and FMCG experience with Revlon – the latter involving launching Revlon into Eastern Europe. He then co-founded ShopSmart Ltd and with his brother Leo, built it into one of the leading dot com’s across Europe. Daniel is joint founder of The Kendal Group.


Leo Gestetner - Director back to top 
Leo has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years after setting up his first company at the age of thirteen. After graduating, Leo launched an IT consultancy company providing outsourced IT solutions to SMEs. In 1999 Leo co-founded a successful internet shopping portal with his brother Daniel which was sold to Barclaycard in 2001. Brands etc was co-founded in 2001 by Leo as a vehicle to buy, sell and actively manage a group of brand driven companies. Current investments include the following businesses: Zoggs, theFitCo, Myla and Handbag Holdings.


Mark Hammersley – Director    
Mark has 20 years experience in the sporting goods industry in a variety is sales and marketing roles with companies such as Dunlop Slazenger, Reebok and Rockport culminating in him being President International of Speedo from 1993 to 1998. He is currently CEO of Zoggs Ltd and a director of The Kendal Group. Mark is also President of the UK Sports Federation.


Mike Jeans – Group Finance and Operations Director back to top 
Before joining The Kendal Group in 2004, Mike had 20 years finance and management experience in multi-national FMCG. Starting initially with the toy division of General Mills, Mike's career took him to publicly listed Scholl PLC as Group controller, market leading preschool company Fisher-Price as International Finance Director and latterly to global cosmetics giant, Revlon, as CFO Europe, Middle East & Africa. Mike is responsible for the finance, legal and administration function within both Kendal and Zoggs as well as the global supply chain and operations functions.

 


Non-Executives/Investors

Brian Smouha – Non-Executive Chairman    
Brian is currently Deputy Chairman of Dawnay, Day International Limited and was a senior partner at Deloitte & Touche. He started their financial services practice and led a number of major assignments, including the winding up of Banco Ambrosiano and BCCI. He also spent three years leading the audit of the World Bank, and is experienced in working with governments, regulators and in bank acquisitions and disposals.


Chris Allner - Non-Executive Director    
Chris is currently a Director of Octopus Asset Management and has over 20 years of venture capital experience at some of Europe's leading venture capital houses and has an excellent track record of generating consistent returns. Chris started his career at 3i in 1982 before joining Charterhouse Development Capital in 1987. In 1989, he moved to NatWest Equity Partners and recently, Chris was a Director of ProVen Private Equity.