Brian Collins, an experienced public and private company CEO, founded Horizon Globex in 1999 and listed the company on Nasdaq between 2012 and 2017. Prior to the formation of Horizon Globex, Mr. Collins worked as a software engineer for Credit Suisse First Boston Equities in Zurich. Between 1993 and 1996, he worked as a software engineer for Sybase, an information technology company, in California and Amsterdam. Mr. Collins graduated in 1990 with a BSc Hons in Computer Systems from the University of Limerick, Ireland. He also undertook further software research and development at International Computers Limited between 1990 and 1993.
Prior to his role as CCO at Horizon Globex, Laplana founded and served as managing principal of Nesting Partners LLC, a patent incubator and software company builder. Having created the company’s investment thesis and business model, Laplana played a role as an investor, partner, and promoter in Nesting Partners’s various portfolio companies. To date, Nesting Partners has transacted in over 40 patent portfolios and founded over 9 companies, producing 2 successful exits for a 7.5X return. Laplana continues to oversee Nesting partners as a principal. Laplana, on an individual capacity, has directly invested in and/or raised over $20 million in seed stage funding for over 15 start-ups. Laplana, his teams and partners (in orchestration) have additionally developed, designed and successfully commercialized over 150 products and technologies for internal portfolio companies, partners and clients.
Laplana additionally advises the Venezuelan Congress on IP strategy and serves as a member of the technical steering committee that is tasked with reforming the country’s IP legislation. Laplana and his companies have been invited to speak at forums hosted by: Amazon, the Venezuelan and Colombian Congress, the Metropole global forum, the IP Deal Makers forum, the Urban Land Institute, Harvard Business School and the Clinton Global Foundation.
Peter Hall, aged 43, joined Horizon Globex in 2011 and was appointed Chief Information Officer in August 2014. Before joining the Company, he worked at Microsoft within the Premier Field Engineering Division (2008-2011). Between 2004 and 2008 he worked as a Security Consultant for Atos Origin and a CRM software company, AIT Group plc, between 1998 and 2002. Mr. Hall has held the CISSP certification since 2010. He graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1995 and also holds an MSc (Distinction) Degree from University College London in 2006.
Dr. Andrew Le Gear, aged 34, joined Horizon Globex in 2013 and was appointed Chief Globex Architect in September 2015. Before joining the Company, he worked as a Senior Solutions Architect at Dell Inc. (2012-2013), and as an Equity Trading Software Engineer at Lehman Brothers Inc. and Nomura Plc. (2007-2012). Prior to this he was co-founder of Juneberi Ltd., a research driven software tech start up (2004-2007). Dr. Le Gear graduated from the University of Limerick in 2003 and again in 2006, with a B.Sc. in Computer Systems and a Ph.D. in Computer Science respectively.