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Simon Woodhead

United Kingdom
Simon Woodhead's early career was in finance as a fund manager, within what became Deutsche Bank and Barclays Wealth. Simon had discretion to manage over 40m+ of funds before age 21, becoming the youngest qualified member of the Securities Institute. Simwood (https://simwood.com) was founded in 1996 (as 'eSMS': the world's first global gateway between the Internet and Mobile Phones), and Simon left finance in 1999 to focus on it and a number of other start-ups, eventually exiting all of them except Simwood by 2005. In 2016 he was elected a Director of the London Internet Exchange (http://www.linx.net), the world's largest member-owned peering exchange operator, and in 2018 was elected Deputy Chairman, then Chairman in 2019. LINX operates peering exchanges across the UK and in North Virginia USA. As CEO and architect of Simwood, he shaped the current business of Simwood to be the wholesale voice and mobile operator it is today. He speaks widely at industry events, often around the company's extensive research on voice fraud and infrastructure.