Karen Oddey

Karen has held various CEO and MD positions at board level in technology and engineering companies (both large multinationals and equity funded SMEs). She has particular experience shaping and delivering focused growth strategies in various (often challenging) market conditions; completing acquisitions, divestments and equity investments; delivering operational turnarounds and improving the way companies operate, organise and engage their teams for success. Karen is also experienced in strategy, product management and marketing.

Most recently Karen was CEO of an early stage company, Amantys, where she focused the business and secured additional investment through a major partnership agreement with a blue chip supplier. Prior to Amantys Karen was CEO of C-MAC Aerospace (an equity funded SME) where she grew the business organically and through acquisition and sold the resulting company to API Technologies Corp.

The majority of Karen's career was in large corporates as Group Managing Director of various businesses including divisions of QinetiQ and Thales (providers of technology based products, systems and services to the defence and security sectors) and 3Com (a US company developing and supplying communications products and systems worldwide). 

Prior to 3Com Karen was a Production Engineer with NEI Parsons (a heavy engineering company). 

Karen has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from London Business School and an Honours Degree (1st class) in Mechanical Engineering from Leeds University.