STL Partners specialises in business model innovation in the Telecoms-Media-Technology sector
We provide consulting, research and special event services, as part of the Telco 2.0™ Initiative which we founded in May 2006. We work with visionary leaders who are looking to make market breakthroughs with their business. Our focus is on finding new sources of revenue growth for our clients.
STL Partners is a fast growing organisation with a highly experienced management team and an extensive team of specialist associates.
Chris Barraclough, Partner and Chief Strategist, STL Partners / Telco 2.0™
MD and consulting lead for STL and key report author. 20 years experience in strategy, marketing and finance; 12 years in TMT. During this time he has worked extensively in both the wired and wireless sectors, including stints as Marketing Director at MCI WorldCom UK and Orange Group. He specialises in strategic analysis and proposition development and has developed strategies for new products, services and businesses for several operators and vendor companies in the UK and across EMEA and North America. Additional consulting experience with Bain, Gemini Consulting, Cambrian, Oxford Strategic Marketing, Burlington. MA, Oxford University.
Phil Laidler, Partner and Consulting Director, STL Partners / Telco 2.0™
Over 20 years experience in strategy, marketing and corporate development; 12 years in TMT. Phil has worked for fixed and wireless operators both as a senior executive and consultant. His focus is on strategic planning, corporate development and strategic marketing. He held senior management roles for 7 years at MCI International including strategic development, new product development and business transformation. Additional consulting experience with Braxton Associates, Cambridge Strategic Management Group and DDV-Logica. Phil speaks fluent Italian and French. He has an MSc from the London School of Economics and an MA from Cambridge University.
Andrew Collinson, Partner and Research Director, STL Partners / Telco 2.0™
Andrew leads and manages STL Partners’ research business which underpins the Telco 2.0 and Digital Entertainment Initiatives and the ‘New Digital Economics’ Executive Brainstorm series. 20+ years in telecoms spanning a wide range of senior operational and strategic marketing roles in mobile, fixed line, VOIP, and computing and internet services, specialising the creation and growth of useful and valuable new services and businesses. BSc in Medical Physics at Exeter and MBA from Warwick University.
Bob Brace, Senior Analyst, STL Partners / Telco 2.0™
Researching and commenting on Enterprise Mobility, Cloud, Networking and supporting the STL team on other initiatives including consulting, speaking and events projects. Bob has an extensive background, knowledge and experience in the industry. Previously Global Head of Cloud Services for Vodafone Business Services setting the cloud strategy and developing a wide range of SaaS and PaaS solutions such as Location Based Services; Vodafone Hosted Services and Cloud based telephony solutions as well as launching and integrating with partner SaaS solutions such as Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Vodafone operating companies and worldwide partner network. Prior to joining Vodafone he founded an independent consultancy to advise clients on emerging and new technologies in the areas of Mobility, Convergence, Security, IP Networking, and Unified Communications. Bob has also worked for Nokia in several senior roles including VP of Marketing for their enterprise division. He has also founded and worked for several other high tech US and EU based start-ups and began his career with BT.
Alexander Harrowell, Senior Analyst, STL Partners / Telco 2.0™
Key Telco 2.0 blogger and co-author of the research on Future Broadband Business Models, 2-Sided Business Model, and Voice & Messaging 2.0. Alex used to write for leading industry magazine Mobile Communications International, where he specialised in network infrastructure and related issues. He's been blogging independently since 2003, a passion which saw him short-listed for UK newspaper The Guardian's Political Blog of the Year award in 2004. His specialist subjects include MVNOs, IMS, SDP, core networks, and UMTS-TDD, as well as telecoms policy and economics.
Dean Bubley, Disruptive Technologies and Market Forces Specialist
An analyst with over 16 years' experience, Dean primarily specialises in wireless, mobile, and telecoms fields. His present focus is on wireless technology, especially the evolution of mobile device architecture & software, fixed-mobile convergence, shifts in service provider value chains, enterprise mobility, in-building technologies, mobile broadband, and the integration of cellular and WLAN. Dean is the Founder of Disruptive Analysis, an independent technology industry analyst and consulting firm, and was formerly an equity analyst, covering communications and software stocks. Prior to that, he had spent eight years at UK research firm Datamonitor, where he co-founded the company's Technology business unit, directly managed the Internet & Networking competency area and custom consulting operations, and held the titles of Chief Analyst and Director of Consulting. BA in Physics from Oxford University.
David Pringle, Senior Analyst, STL Partners / Telco 2.0™
David Pringle is an experienced writer, editor and analyst covering the telecoms, technology and media sectors. He researched and wrote STL Partners’ visionary Digital Commerce 2.0 strategy report exploring the opportunities arising from the advent of mass-market smartphones and authenticated personal data. David also co-authored and edited STL's ground breaking report Dealing with the Disruptors on Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Skype. Moreover, he has authored and edited a series of executive briefings for STL, together with reports identifying the key takeaways from STL Partners' Executive Brainstorms in London, New York and San Francisco.
A former telecoms and technology correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, David has moderated keynotes sessions at the past three editions of the Mobile World Congress (the largest event in the mobile industry) in Barcelona. At the past four editions of the Mobile World Congress, David also served as a content director for the GSMA's Mobile World Live television service, which broadcasts live during the event.