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Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team has collectively over 6 decades of experience and a proven track record of completing over $80bn worth of transactions. With deep industry knowledge, we provide strategic guidance to drive growth and add value to our clients’ businesses.

Co-Founder & CEO

Emmett Kilduff

Emmett has had a strong interest in eCommerce since he completed a Masters in eCommerce in 1999. With over a decade in leading investment banks Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse, Emmett has billions of dollars of corporate finance expertise across equity, credit, and M&A. Emmett overseas all the deals that The Fortia Group advises on.

Co-Founder & COO

David Hyland

A chartered accountant with >20 years experience, David leads the financial analysis, due diligence and closing processes for our clients’ exits. Prior to The Fortia Group, he was CFO of a leading SaaS platform that helps over 7,000 eCommerce sellers manage customer support, reviews, feedback and pricing.

Co-Founder & Head Of ecommerce

Paul Hanley

Paul is an expert at both launching and accelerating brand growth on Amazon. He has historically worked with Amazon FBA agency Luzern and a fast-growing FMCG brand WaterWipes growing multimillion online revenues +108% in mature hyper-competitive Amazon marketplaces. Paul runs our Exit Ready programme at The Fortia Group.

Our Advisors

Our leadership team is supported by industry leading advisors who assist them in navigating challenges, identifying opportunities, and formulating effective strategies to keep us ahead of the competition. Our advisors provide invaluable guidance and support, enabling informed decisions that positively impact our growth.

CEO, Kaufland eCommerce

Gerald Schönbucher

Gerald is CEO of is one of the largest online marketplaces in Germany. It is owned by the Schwarz Group, Europe’s largest retail company with €113bn in revenue in 2019. Gerald is leading the growth of and a 500+ person team.
CTO, Swiftline Corp

Anthony Johnson

Anthony was the CTO at Thrasio. In January 2022 he founded Swiftline, an eCommerce SaaS company, that provides an integrated data and technology platform to enable eCommerce sellers with optimization strategies, business-building solutions, and access to growth capital that drives success. He holds an BS and MS in CS from MIT and the MIT Media Lab.
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