Stan Laurent - Group President & Chief Executive Officer
Stan joined PhotoBox in 2006 as CEO following the successful merger of the UK business with leading French counterpart, Photoways to form Europe's leading online personal publisher. Under Stan's leadership, PhotoBox expanded across Europe, developed its product portfolio and completed the acquisition of Moonpig.com, the leader in personalized greeting cards in the UK and of StickyGram, a fast-growing online premium print brand which transforms Instagram photographs into high-quality products. The group recorded annual revenue of £148m in the fiscal year ending April 2013, growing proforma revenue by 16%.
Stan joined from AOL where he served as Chief Operating Officer for AOL Europe following his successful turnaround of the German business. He also held positions at London based auctioneer QXL, supervising the company's European expansion and participating in its Initial Public Offering, as well as at AOL Bertelsmann in France and the German Privatisation Agency. Stan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from ESCP-Europe.
Lawrence Merritt is Managing Director of PhotoBox's United Kingdom and Ireland operations: a role he has held since January 2011.
A key member of the PhotoBox team since 2007, today Lawrence is responsible for securing and sustaining PhotoBox's trading success in the UK and Ireland. Day to day, he manages close to 200 employees across this key region, taking a lead role in product development, business strategy and commercial execution.
Lawrence takes a strategic, results-driven approach to his role, supported by significant experience in online marketing and commercial business development. Dedicated to the dynamic, fast paced online sector, Lawrence's efforts are focused on ensuring that PhotoBox continues to lead the market for innovation and execution in an ever more integrated, personalised publishing landscape.
Lawrence first joined PhotoBox in 2007 as Commercial Director. His career first began with an eight year tenure at ZDNET & Ziff-Davis, rising to the position of Advertising Director before moving to become part of the launch team for Expedia in Europe. Following Expedia, Lawrence moved to join Yahoo!, working across key areas of the business, including heading up the European SEM team and ultimately serving as European Director of Central Marketing for the firm.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Alan Burns controls the purse strings at PhotoBox Group: a role and responsibility he has held since 2011. This was the year that PhotoBox completed its acquisition of Moonpig.com, delivering multiple new revenue streams and serving to create a Group with a turnover well in excess of £100m per annum.
Alan is responsible for managing the Group's financials. He works closely with Board colleagues and with senior management to ensure that clear financial objectives are established – and adhered to – in the pursuit of sustainable, profitable expansion.
Under Alan's stewardship, PhotoBox has displayed strong organic growth. Alan's focus and that of his team is to look continuously for organic and acquisition opportunities to expand the Group's global presence, complement its exciting product and service range, and drive earnings growth.
Alan has significant financial experience in addition to strong internet credentials. He joined PhotoBox in 2011 from Autoquake where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer and prior to that he worked for Expedia Inc., helping to globalise that business as VP Finance for Hotels.com Worldwide and Venere.com. Alan has also previously served as VP Finance for Expedia Europe, providing financial leadership for that organisation during a period of major international expansion in Europe. Alan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA) and qualified at KPMG, where he started his career, working for almost six years in both audit and transaction services.