Chris Sahota

Founder & CEO

Chris is the Founder & CEO of Ciesco. Under his leadership Ciesco has grown to be a leading global M&A advisory firm specialising in Technology, Media & Healthcare. Prior to Ciesco, Chris has held senior executive roles in some of the largest corporations across Technology, Media and Marketing, having lived and worked in London, New York and Brussels.

Chris is a trusted advisor to Ciesco clients, guiding them with their corporate growth strategies and their M&A activities. He has unique deal-making experience from both an industry practitioner’s standpoint and from an advisory standpoint, allowing him to give his clients insight and visibility of what to expect post-transaction. His vision is inspirational, and that inspiration drives the architecting of creative and innovative deals.

Prior to founding Ciesco, Chris held prominent executive positions within the industry. More recently, he served as the Global Head of M&A and Chief Operating Officer of EMEA at McCann WorldGroup. In roles prior to that he managed North American Operations at Initiative Media, as well as International Operations at Foote Cone & Belding (FCB) and Bozell across key practice areas and disciplines, including technology and innovation, health and data analytics.

Throughout his career, Chris has built brands and businesses from the ground up, fostering strong relationships with shareholders and management teams. He has also built valuable relationships with renowned global brands, including automotive giants such as Chrysler and General Motors, as well as technology powerhouses Samsung and Microsoft.

Chris currently sits on the UK Advisory Council of Palantir Technologies. He has also served on the Advisory Board of Accenture UK & Ireland. He has held several other Board Positions in several companies across the UK, US, and Europe, and was also Chair of the Advisory Board for University of Brighton School of Business and Law.

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