Meet our Experienced Multinational Team
Meridian MMi is your introduction to relevant and experienced Direct Selling Industry professionals, with many successful years activity placing talented individuals into key corporate roles, within the most respected Companies throughout the world.
Chris brings exceptional status, cutting edge experience and extensive key contacts to Meridian MMi, having been successfully operational within diverse high profile International Direct Selling companies at Vice President level. Chris also spent time as an entrepreneurial owner of a stand-alone independent business in the same sector, together with delivering complex Consultancy projects. 2013 saw Chris inducted into the UK Direct Selling Association’s ‘Hall of Fame’ in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the industry spanning a period of some 40 years to date.
Owner and CEO
Ian joined the Company in 2003, following 28 years of working in the Direct Selling Industry and now acts in an advisory capacity. He has held positions as Managing Director with Companies in Japan, Italy, France, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and the UK within multinational organisations. Ian has also held operational responsibilities for a three year period working on the European expansion of a blue chip company. His experience encompasses start-ups, turnarounds and the restructuring of major companies.
Alessandro joined Meridian after 30 years professional experience with leading Direct Selling companies in United Kingdom, Italy and Spain, successfully covering every aspect of the business: product development, purchasing, marketing, strategic planning, sales management, new markets start up and general management. With a degree in Economics and a specialisation in General Management, he moved into consultancy being particularly active in Europe and Latin America. He dedicated himself to the successful restructuring of product lines and sales techniques for sustainable sales and profit growth, with special focus in the opening of new markets and general management in Southern and Central Europe. Today, he brings his expertise to Companies planning to expand their activity, focusing mainly but not exclusively on the Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish markets. Additionally, his services encompass Executive Search of senior and mid Management professionals.
Italy, Spain, Portugal and Turkey
Bart brings over 20 years of experience in senior management roles within European manufacturing and selling organisations including operating as Sales Director, Executive Director and President of the Board in multi-various companies. This has given Bart vast knowledge, experience and competence as well as the ability to make high ranking connections in the industry, local organisations, associations and government institutions. Bart’s professional experience has been gained within leading Direct Selling companies, which led him, in 2001 to establish his own business – General Advisors. It is the first and only effective executive search Direct Selling and consulting organisation in Poland, Germany and the CEE regions with specialist consultants in Czech, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. Bart has membership of the Polish Direct Selling Association, the Advisory Board and Juror of the Polish National Sales Award, Economic Advisor to the French Embassy in Poland, President of the Board of Consulting organisation FZ Partners Ltd. and is a former lecturer at the Academy of Economics in Katowice.
Central and Eastern Europe
Jeremy Cosnefroy is a French national and has lived in Russia for many years. A finance graduate of both French and Russian universities, he developed and ran a MLM company in Russia for five years. In 2011, motivated by the sensational potential of Russia and the CIS countries, Jeremy founded the first executive search and consulting company dedicated to the direct selling industry in this region. In 2013 Jeremy enlarged his area of consulting by adding the French market.
Russia and France
Philippe is currently Honorary President of the French Direct Selling Association. For 10 years, he held the position of Managing Director within two major Direct Selling companies in France, at the same time he held positions as the French DSA Chairman, the European Federation Chairman, WFDSA Associations Service Committees Chairman. Following this he served for 11 years as the French DSA General Secretary. Philippe has been awarded a place in the Hall of Fame for his contributions to the direct selling industry by the World Federation of the Direct Selling Association. With 20 years professional experience, Philippe moved into consultancy in 2003 being particularly active in France and Belgium. Philippe is an engineer and studied at the Law University of Paris and we are delighted that he has been a partner with Meridian MMI since 2004.
Born in 1967, after graduating in a Business Administration graduate, he started his professional career in a direct sales multinational company building wide experience and becoming managing director for commercial activities. He continued in the direct selling business supporting various companies, developing a specific know-how in the commercial field, business administration: business planning, negotiation, business strategy, start up, new business development and sales management. Since 2003 Vincenzo has dedicated himself to specialised consultancy, based in Italy, with the goal to offer his competences and energies to different companies, promoting the diffusion of direct sales based businesses.
Michael brings over 23 years of Direct Selling experience with leading International companies both in the person to person and the Party Plan models. As a Senior Executive in these companies he opened new markets and restructured processes and operations to drive sales and maximize results. A Native of Brazil with British ancestry, Michael has lived and worked in the U.S. since 1998. This background has allowed him to work effectively in multicultural environments. Prior to his experience in Direct Selling consultancy, Michael worked for 13 years with a Public Accounting Company and has also, together with his wife, developed a successful Direct Selling business of his own.
Betty Agraviador’ has 45 years’ experience in the Direct Selling industry covering more than 7 countries to include the Philippines, USA, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand & Australia, where she held General Manager & Vice-President positions. Betty’s understanding & appreciation of the unique cultural differences in the Asia-Pacific region harnessed her sales & marketing acumen for start-ups and developing markets, where she has successfully launched product portfolios and sales & marketing initiatives that effectively and strategically drove sustainable business growth. Betty’s professional focus is to tap into her vast experience in competently assisting company’s start-up and development, including key personnel recruitment in the Asia-Pacific region.