Posted on December 13, 2019 by staff

PayPal Europe founder joins Panintelligence as chair


Scaling Leeds tech firm Panintelligence has appointed Howard Bell, a seasoned commercial and technology growth specialist, as chair.

The data visualisation, reporting and analytics software developer secured £4.5 million Series A investment last month for UK and international expansion.

Bell has built and scaled a number of now market-leading US and UK digital brands. A founder member of PayPal Europe, where he steered growth from start-up to £200m revenues, he was also a member of the leadership team that enabled UK cybersecurity venture, Content Technologies, to achieve a £650m exit, and part of the leadership team which achieved a £100m exit at JustGiving.

A former director and digital leader of international online payments at Barclaycard, Bell is currently a venture partner at Octopus Ventures and sits on the board of a number of fast-growth technology firms.

Led by CEO Zandra Moore, CTO Ken Miller and operations director Charlotte Bailey, Panintelligence was established in 2014 and employs 40 staff at its Leeds head office, opening it second office in Boston, USA in June 2019.

“I rarely see an early-stage tech business with such a relevant, unique and targeted technology solution as Panintelligence, and the opportunity to help the founders in the next stage of growth was compelling,” said Bell.

“I am driven by helping great growth ventures maximise their potential, and from a really impressive platform of triple-digit growth in just a few years, we have a very ambitious plan for expansion in global markets, particularly the US.”

Panintelligence enables organisations to understand and exploit their own data in order to drive strategic decision making. The Panintelligence ‘Pi’ suite of software enables businesses to use data in almost any format to trigger reports, and visualise trends in real time. Panintelligence has over 200,000 users worldwide across a wide range of industry sectors including retail, financial services, local government and healthcare.

“Howard is a hugely talented and experienced addition to our board, and we’re excited to have a chair who has a proven record of leading digital businesses through rapid growth,” said Moore.

“His background mirrors our journey from FinTech start up to maturing specialist data analytics partner, and he really ‘gets’ what we want to achieve.

“I am confident Howard will help us make that happen in international and UK markets over the coming five years.”