Simon Calver

Former CEO of LOVEFiLM, chairman of and Chemist Direct and head of a new £200m fund for start-ups

Simon started off with a career in large blue chip companies. However, he has also lead early-stage businesses and was CEO of LOVEFiLM, which he led for seven years from post VC backed start-up to the ultimate sale to Amazon Inc in 2011. In 2010 he was a finalist of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and has completed a book on his experiences at LOVEFiLM.

He previously worked in brands and marketing with Unilever and PepsiCo, in charge of the UK business launching Pepsi Max, Pepsi Blue and the development of the Pepsi Music activity. At PepsiCo he also moved to the US as VP of sales and operations, managing worldwide franchise partners and best practice sharing.

After Pepsi he was GM and VP for Dell Home and Small Business operations based in Ireland and also COO and President of Riverdeep Inc., the interactive digital education company.

From 2012 to 2014 Simon Calver was chief executive officer of Mothercare plc leading its transformation and growth turnaround plan. He is currently chairman of, an online printing and design company, and chairman of Chemist Direct, the UK’s largest online pharmacy. He also advises/invests in technology/e-commerce businesses in the UK and will be heading up a new £200m fund for UK technology start-ups alongside MMC Ventures’ Rory Stirling and Balderton Capital’s Harry Briggs.


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