Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kent Ertugrul, has been a member of Phorm's Board of Directors since the company began in 2004. Kent has built up a number of businesses in finance and technology over the past 20 years. He started his career in investment banking, working at JP Morgan, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley before going into business on his own.
His early ventures included Migs Etc, which offered tourists flights on Mig aircraft as the Soviet Union embraced market economics. Additionally, as director and chief financial officer, he oversaw the growth of Compass Technology into a leading PC-based voice mail company. In 1991 Compass merged with California based Octel Communications, which in turn was acquired by Lucent Technology.
Kent has worked with the same technology team for more than 17 years specialising in creating and developing technology to enhance social interaction. Prior to starting Phorm, Kent founded Life.com, a desktop software and online interactive diary, and Voxster, a company enabling instant messaging from email. Phorm was publicly listed on the London Stock Exchanges AIM market in 2004. Kent attended St Paul's School, London and holds a Bachelor's degree in Politics from Princeton University.