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Dean Forbes

CEO, Forterro Group

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Dean Forbes is one of the UK’s most successful transformational tech leaders.

In a 20-year-career marked by many high points, he has successfully turned around several ailing tech firms, building them into success stories for investors by delivering over €2bn in exit transactions, the latest of which was the acquisition of Forterro, a leading European mid market ERP technology company which was bought by Private Equity house Partners Group, from Battery, in a deal seeing the company valued at €1bn. Dean continues to serve as CEO of Forterro.

Prior to Forterro Dean has held numerous leadership positions, most notably as CEO of CoreHR, the JMI backed HCM technology provider which was acquired by The Access Group in 2020, and prior to that he was CEO of KDS, a Paris based Saas Travel and Expense platform which was acquired by American Express, in what was then their largest technology acquisition to date.

Dean has been named one of the UK’s 50 most ambitious business leaders by Lloyds Banking Group and The Daily Telegraph. He was also named in the J.P.Morgan sponsored Powerlist 2021 and 2022 as one of the 100 most influential Black people in the UK.

Under his foundation, Forbes Family Group, he provides investment and development support to young people and entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds. It has helped more than 1100 young people move from difficult situations into education or into promising careers. The foundation has also been active in providing meals, nappies and baby clothes to mothers in need and are investors in a chain of not-for-profit pre- and after-school clubs which provides free childcare for parents facing financial hardship.

Dean is a board trustee of the London-based African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, and a Partner with Corten Capital, a London based technology focused Private Equity house.