Felix Velarde: chairman, non-executive director and board advisor

Felix Velarde, industry leader, growth accelerator, leadership mentor and agency non-exec

In 1994 I started one of the first specialist web design companies, Hyperinteractive. This led to a career as an industry leader and founder of several innovative digital creative and strategy agencies, including being chairman at pioneering eCRM firm Underwired and CEO of The Conversation Group.

Along the way I acquired an unusual amount of M&A experience (and today I advise owners on how to prepare for sale and how to get the best possible multiple on exit). I’ve given what feels like a zillion keynotes, and lectured for many years both at the Institute of Direct Marketing and as Adjunct Professor at Hult International Business School (MBA and Masters programmes). You can read more on LinkedIn.

Since 2016 I’ve been on the central organising team of People-Centered Internet, chaired by the Internet’s co-inventor and architect Vint Cerf and co-founded by CRM pioneer Mei Lin Fung.

I’m a practical, growth-oriented chairman and non-executive director working with agencies and tech startups. My consultancy work focuses on agency proposition development, strategic growth planning, how to maximise exit value, and M&A including preparation, negotiation strategies and due diligence. I also run workshops for people thinking about launching their own agency, covering all the fundamentals.

Outside of work I’m an adventure-lover, traveller and regular crew member at Sharkey’s Bar & Lounge at Burning Man.