Research Team

Our team of analysts creates and presents hard-hitting research and insight

Shaun Collins

CEO

Shaun founded CCS Insight in 1993, and he and his team have built the business into one of the world’s best analyst houses. Earlier in his career, Shaun was European account director for Motorola when it led the European market, and he has held senior roles in digital markets in the UK, Europe and the US. Shaun was recently appointed Chair of Judges for the GSMA’s GLOMO awards until 2021. He has also been a judge for the KPMG Mobile Start-Up of the Year awards in the UK. He can regularly be seen interviewing and moderating discussions with global technology leaders and CEOs, and is often quoted in the media.

Michael Walker

Chairman

Michael is an entrepreneur with considerable experience of leading acquisitions, company restructuring and start-ups in the wireless, telecom and electronics industries, including IPOs in the UK and Hong Kong. He has experience in all major world markets, particularly Europe, India and the Asia-Pacific region. He was managing director of Bush Radio and vice president of Champion Technology Holdings, a global telecommunications company, where he was responsible for 51 countries. Michael also has extensive experience of the leisure and entertainment industries.

Ben Wood

Chief of Research

Ben joined CCS Insight in 2006. He oversees all research areas at the company, with a focus on smart devices including mobile phones and the smart home. He has over 20 years’ experience in the mobile sector, including a period as research vice president at Gartner, where he led a global team of analysts. Prior to that he was a director of Mobile Streams, and has held positions at Lucent Technologies and Vodafone, involved in launching SMS and mobile data. Ben is a notable industry figure, frequently quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Business Week, and regularly appearing on the BBC and other media outlets.

Martin Garner

Chief Operating Officer

Martin holds a BSc in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Bristol and an MBA from City University in London. He was at Ovum for 17 years, where he built up the mobile practice, was director of research and established the Wireless Intelligence joint venture with the GSMA. At CCS Insight, Martin leads research into Internet agenda-setting companies, the services and experiences they offer, and the wider role of technology in various sectors of the economy, including machine-to-machine connectivity and the Internet of things.

Geoff Blaber

Vice President Research, Americas

Geoff heads CCS Insight’s Americas business from our California office and supports the company’s wide range of clients located in North America. Geoff’s research focus spans a broad spectrum of technology and is designed to provide a holistic view of dynamics in areas including artificial intelligence, connectivity, the Internet of things, mobility and semiconductors. Geoff has more than 15 years of experience in the technology industry, is a well-known member of the analyst community and provides regular commentary to leading news organizations such as Reuters, the Financial Times and The Economist.

Marina Koytcheva

Vice President, Forecasting

Marina has an extensive background in market analysis and forecasting. Before joining CCS Insight in 2012 to develop our wide-ranging forecast portfolio and methodology, she was part of Nokia’s global strategic intelligence team, building market forecasts for consumer mobile and Internet services. Prior to that, she delivered market and competitive intelligence to Nokia’s mobile phones business at a time when Nokia was the global market leader. In addition to more than 10 years in technology, Marina has experience from a variety of industries and markets. She holds an MSc in finance, and an MBA.

Nicholas McQuire

Vice President, Enterprise Research

Nick has over 18 years’ experience in enterprise technology advisory services, most recently as managing director of the Global Enterprise Mobility Alliance. He is a former vice president at IDC, where he led the enterprise mobility strategies practice in London. Nick leads our enterprise research, focussing on cloud computing, machine learning and the digital workplace, including trends in mobility and end-user computing, productivity, collaboration and IT security. Frequently quoted by the BBC, CNBC and Reuters, he is a regular speaker at leading industry events. He has been named among the top social media influencers in artificial intelligence.

Bola Rotibi

Research Director, Software Development

Bola has over 25 years of expertise spanning engineering, software development and IT analysis. She is the founder of Creative Intellect Consulting, and has worked at MWD Advisors and Ovum. Bola is a Chartered Engineer and has industry experience of application development and network computing in several sectors. She has worked as a senior software developer for Reuters and a chemical and process control engineer for Air Products. As an analyst, Bola has built a wide portfolio of product evaluations, strategy reports and competitive analysis reports. She is regularly sought to provide input into and drive supplier and product selection processes.

Kester Mann

Director, Consumer and Connectivity

Kester has more than 15 years’ experience in the mobile industry and curates our research into consumer and connectivity services. He is an informed commentator on network operator strategy, European markets, telecom mergers and acquisitions, 5G networks and regulation. He is frequently quoted in industry publications and national media. Kester joined CCS Insight in 2010 from Nokia, where he held the position of market analyst. He was previously a senior research analyst with Informa Telecoms and Media.

Angela Ashenden

Principal Analyst, Digital Workplace

Angela has over 15 years’ experience as an industry analyst for enterprise software, advising clients about technologies to support collaboration, innovation, knowledge-sharing and employee engagement within an organization. Before joining CCS Insight she held roles at MWD Advisors and Ovum. Angela is a highly accomplished writer and public speaker, contributing to publications including CIO UK, CMSWire, AIIM, Computer Weekly, Information Week and IT-Director.com.

Fiona Vanier

Senior Analyst, Forecasting

Fiona is an experienced researcher with more than 15 years in the telecommunications industry. She has previously worked for research companies including Frost & Sullivan, IHS Markit, Point Topic and Informa Telecoms and Media. She has undertaken extensive research on fixed and mobile broadband markets globally, and has covered topics including 5G and the Internet of things. She has data analysis skills that cover forecasting, data interpretation and quantitative data analysis.

Leo Gebbie

Senior Analyst, Wearables and VR

Leo‘s research focuses on wearables, virtual reality and augmented reality, covering a wide range of devices. Prior to joining CCS Insight, he worked in BT’s Global Services division in analyst and consultant relations, and previously worked with Huawei on a work experience programme based in Shenzhen. Leo is especially interested in technology related to health and fitness and is a keen runner in his spare time. He holds a BA in Geography from the University of Oxford.

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