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Company: Glasses Direct
Title: CEO, Glasses Direct
Location: London, United Kingdom
Fields of operation: Digital, Technology
Kevin Cornils is Chief Executive Officer of Glasses Direct, the leading global online direct seller of glasses, backed by venture capitalists Index Ventures, Highland Capital Partners and Acton Capital Partners. Kevin joined Glasses Direct from buy.at, now the UK's leading specialist affiliate advertising network, where he was recruited following an investment by venture capitalists DFJ Esprit in 2006 to work alongside the two founders as CEO. Kevin and the team grew the business from £12m in turnover with 25 staff to over £40m in turnover and 70+ staff, including a launch into the US market and negotiating a strategic acquisition. In February 2008, he successfully led the sale of the business to AOL's Advertising.com. AOL then extending his role to UK Managing Director of Advertising.com, which operates the industry's largest advertising network. Prior to buy.at, Kevin spent 4 years with consumer internet blue-chip Match.com where he was ultimately Managing Director, Europe and successfully led the development of the business to become the European market leader in online dating with revenues in excess of $75m. Kevin's previous experience also included work as a strategy consultant with Bain & Co. in London and as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, Moscow and London. Kevin holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors degree in International Economics from Georgetown University. Kevin lives in London with his wife Katya and daughters Lydia and Mila.