Mark Ryan

Executive Chairman

Appointed as Executive Chairman of RouteTrader in the late summer of 2019, with a brief to develop and create an Industry leading Telecom/FinTech Business. A background in M&A with Williams – a Global FTSE 100 Plc – with notable acquisitions including Chubb, a Global Security and Alarms business.


Career Highlights

As CEO of the Caudwell Group (2020 Mobile), Mark built and created one of the fastest growing, privately owned Telecom’s businesses in UK/European Corporate history.

He took a loss making UK mobile phone distributor to become the world’s most profitable value-add logistics and FM providers in the Telecoms arena, growing revenues from £60M to in excess of £1.3Bn via organic global growth.

Mark sold the Group to private equity in 2006 for £1.5Bn cash with no warranties.


Whilst at Caudwell Mark:

  • Introduced Pre-Pay to the UK & International Mobile market.
  • Developed and innovated MVNO concept to major retailers (including Tesco and Virgin Mobile) for total logistics supply and became Nokia’s largest global handset provider.

Post exit, Mark had a successful Portfolio & Investment career – including becoming the major seed capital Investor and Chairman for The Hut (THG). THG is now the largest online global beauty and wellness omni-channel retailer with an enterprise value > £5Bn+ backed amongst others by KKR and Balderton Capital.