Board of Directors

Anthony Reeves

Anthony (Tony) Reeves

Non-Executive Chairman

Appointed to the Board: 7 October 2015

Committee Membership: Member of the Audit Committee, Chairman of Remuneration Committee


Tony has over 45 years’ experience in the recruitment sector and was the executive chairman of Kellan Group plc, the AIM listed recruitment business. Prior to this, he was chairman and chief executive officer of the hotgroup plc from 2001 until its acquisition by Trinity Mirror Group plc in 2005. In 1986 Tony formed Lifetime Corporation, an overseas recruitment agency operating primarily in the Middle East, which was reversed into a business listed on the American Stock Exchange and sold to Olsten for $660 million with $1 billion sales. He is also a private investor in various early stage companies and vice president of Chelsea Football Club.



Raffaele Boccard

Raffaele Boccardo

Non-Executive Deputy Chairman

Appointed to the Board: 4 August 2017

Committee Membership: None


Raffaele is an entrepreneur and President of the BV-Tech Group, which he founded in 2005 to become one of Italy’s leading independent corporate IT solutions providers. He received the Order of Merit of the Republic from the President of Italy in 2010. He is one of BV-Tech’s nominated directors and speaks fluent Italian and English.



Alessandro Poerio

Alessandro Poerio

Chief Executive Officer

Appointed to the Board: 20 November 2017

Committee Membership: None


Alessandro Poerio joined Defenx in November 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. He is an experienced finance and management executive in the technology sector. From 2005 to 2017, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Oberthur Technologies Italia (“OTI”), the Italian subsidiary of Oberthur Technologies Group S.A.S, the global embedded digital security company. Prior to taking up the position of Chief Executive Officer at OTI, Alessandro was the Chief Financial Officer having been appointed in 2002. Before joining OTI, he held various finance roles including at L’Oréal Italia. Alessandro has a degree in Business Administration from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. He is presently based in Milan, Italy and is fluent in Italian, French and English.



Philipp Prince

Philipp Prince

Chief Financial Officer

Appointed to the Board: 21 July 2015

Committee Membership: None


Philipp has 20 years’ experience as a chartered accountant, having qualified with Stoy Hayward (now BDO LLP) in 1995. He spent 16 years in corporate finance, becoming a partner in 2002, and spent two years building BDO’s government and infrastructure team. Prior to joining Defenx, he was CFO of Enecsys, a Silicon valley based solar micro-inverter business. Philipp is responsible for financial management, governance and investor relations. He has an MA in Natural Sciences from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, and he is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Philipp is currently based in London and is fluent in English and French and speaks German.



Leonard Seelig

Leonard Seelig

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board: 7 October 2015

Committee Membership: Chairman of the Audit Committee, Member of the Remuneration Committee


Leonard has had a successful career in finance spanning over 25 years and including senior positions in the US and Europe with America’s largest banks. He is currently actively involved both at an operating and board level in several companies in the technology sector and was until recently non-executive chairman of APC Technology Group Plc, an AIM listed ‘green-tech’ company. Leonard’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University in America.