Protégé makes senior appointments

Craig McCallum and Brian Aiken have been taken on as part of Protégé's expansion programme.

Technology incubator Protégé has appointed Craig McCallum and Brian Aiken as senior vice president of business development and portfolio vice president respectively.

McCallum will lead business development in the US, with a focus on international expansion strategies for existing and potential clients. He said: “In the current volatile economic climate, technology companies are unsure how to open up new revenue streams. Now more than ever, the way to do that is by seizing the opportunities offered by international markets. Drawing on our track record and infrastructure, Protégé’s portfolio clients will continue to enjoy the benefits of moving into new global territories.”

As portfolio vice president, Aiken will be responsible for all Central European new business development and for the pan-European build-out of Protégé’s portfolio companies, especially in the wireless and digital media sectors. Aiken believes that Central Europe is a crucial market for both European and US technology companies to break into. “However, without a sound understanding of the region’s diverse business cultures, it’s incredibly difficult for companies to succeed. Protégé’s experience in supporting companies developing globally eases that transition and allows our clients to grow by focusing on their core areas of expertise,” he added.

Aiken joins the Protégé team from RealNetworks, where he was vice president of Europe. McCallum was previously the chief operating officer of StreamSearch.com, where he was responsible for marketing, business development, network operations, and product development.

Protégé calls itself a ‘global accelerator in building technology businesses internationally’. Partnering with emerging or established innovative technology companies, it offers consultancy services, funding, back office support and a network of established contacts and partnerships. The company has offices in the UK, France, Germany, US and Australia.

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