London / Paris
CEO of Iron Group
Anne de Kerckhove is a self-described startup addict. At 17 years old, she started her own theater company and never forgot the excitement and fulfillment it brought her. So after working as a banker in Canada and then a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in London, she walked away from what promised to be a stellar corporate career to join her first startup and create its UK operation. She was 27 years old.
Anne now has over 15 years experience in leading some of the fastest-growing technology, media and entertainment companies in Europe. She is currently the CEO of Iron Group -a company specialized in building and investing in digital subscription businesses- where she also spearheads Iron Capital. Previously, Anne was the Managing Director EMEA for Videology, one of world’s largest online advertising technology platforms, where she drove the company’s expansion in over 16 countries in just under three years.
Prior to joining Videology, she was Global Director of Reed Elsevier, responsible for the B2B Entertainment Division, which included leading events such as Midem, Mipcom, MIPTV and Le Web. From 2003 to 2009, Anne was COO and International Managing Director at Inspired Gaming Group, the worldwide leader in server-based gaming, overseeing the company from its launch to IPO and expansion into 12 countries.
Anne is also an angel investor and mentor for early-stage startups and entrepreneurial funds including Metail, CRE and Daphni, and currently holds board positions with 7digital, WeMoms and Snowite. She is actively involved in promoting women on boards and within the tech industry. As an advocate for gender equality, she regularly attends events hosted by TLA WiT (Women in Tech). Earlier this year, she opened the London Stock Exchange with some of the key women in the industry. Helping them develop and manage their businesses, she is part of The Inspiring Fifty France 2016, revealing the top women in French technology. She is a regular speaker at business conferences and events such as Fidelio Board Institute, Midem, MIPTV, les Sommets du Digital, IAB Europe, IAB UK, La poste Bootcamp among others.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and an MBA from INSEAD, and lives between London and Paris.