James Cornell co-founded the Lowell Group back in 2003 and has since served as its Group Chief Executive. Lowell is renowned within its industry for being one of the leading and most successful investors in consumer debt portfolios across Europe. James has been instrumental in the strategy and development of the business which has resulted in significant year on year profitable growth for each of the past 12 years despite the macroeconomic environment it’s operated within.
Lowell has a very successful track record in its field having generated impressive returns on equity for its current and past shareholders over the years. Lowell also focuses heavily on its customer and people centricity resulting in Lowell being accredited with the highest accolades it can by Investors in People and Investors in Customers.
Previously James Headed up a Commercial Finance and Risk team for a major UK Telecommunications supplier during the explosive growth of the UK mobile industry as well Senior Roles within the Global Credit Bureau giant Equifax Plc.
In April 2016, James was appointed as sole CEO of the Group.
Colin joined Lowell Group in January 2013.
Colin was previously Chief Financial Officer for First Direct and HSBC contact centres and has also held the role of general manager for both businesses. From 2002 to 2008 he held a variety of positions at GE Consumer Finance.
Prior to that Colin benefitted from over 10 years practice experience having undertaken various audit and consultancy assignments with Arthur Andersen and Deloitte.
Colin holds a first class Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern History from the University of Leeds and an MSc in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics.
Marc joined GFKL group in 2002 as a project manager leading the international expansion. In 2005 Marc became responsible for the international GFKL subsidiaries and from 2007 was managing director in Spain. In 2010 he set up the key account management unit as a central sales function for the GFKL group and has led the unit since then.
Marc has held a series of leading management roles in sales and marketing at EnBW AG and Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA.
In 2015, the GFKL Group merged with British financial services provider Lowell Group to form the new Lowell. Marc Schillinger is a member of the Group Executive Committee and is as Chief Sales Officer responsible for all sales operations at Lowell.
Marc holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the Anglia Ruskin University and an MBA from Thunderbird University School of Global Management.
Chris joined the GFKL-Lowell Group in February 2016 and leads the global Decision Science function responsible for asset valuation, predictive model development, financial forecasting, and consumer science research and development. Chris is also an Operating Partner in Fenway Summer LLC's venture capital fund focused on the intersection of financial services and technology.
Prior to joining, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Encore Capital Group and also served at Wells Fargo Bank and McKinsey & Company.
Chris holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and has completed postdoctoral work in Neurophysiology and Behavioural Economics.
Gary was appointed as Chief Information Officer of Lowell in November 2012 and has over 37 years’ experience in IT and business transformation, predominantly within the Finance sector, holding positions in the UK, USA and Europe.
Prior to joining Lowell, Gary was Group Chief Information Officer at Thomas Cook Plc. He has also held senior roles at Lloyds Commercial Banking, Barclays and Barclaycard.
Gary is a qualified engineer.
Christoph Grandpierre joined Lowell as Group Chief People Officer in January 2017.
As CPO he leads one of the Group's core functions covering all Human Resources and Colleague Communications aspects and is a member of the Group Executive.
Christoph has a wealth of experience having worked from 2011 to 2016 for Barclays in London as Managing Director and Global Head of HR Services and Transition. Before that he worked for 15 years at IBM in different leadership positions such as Managing Director Human Resources for IBM Germany and DACH, Global Head of Labour Relations, Head of Employee Relations and Business Development EMEA in Paris and several more. He has a degree in law and also founded his own consulting business.
Thomas Dold was appointed as DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) Regional Manager in November 2016 and as member of the Group Executive Committee. Thomas spent the first 13 years of his career at IBM (working in Germany and other locations across EMEA) before heading into the new media and technology sectors, culminating in 9 years as Managing Director of Dun & Bradstreet Deutschland. His breadth of industry insight and experience is a fine complement to Lowell’s specialist sector expertise. Early in 2015, he joined Tesch Inkasso Group and successfully led its continued growth. Tesch Group became part of Lowell in September 2016.
Laurence joined us in September 2017, from Wells Fargo’s Corporate Risk division in London, where she was the EMEA Head of International Risk Oversight. There her responsibilities included operational risk management, regulatory compliance risk management, financial crime, information security and technology risk management for all jurisdictions, countries, legal entities and businesses in the EMEA region.
As Group Chief Risk Officer, Laurence is responsible for ensuring that the governance, risk, compliance and control frameworks of the Group are operating effectively and that Risk Management is built into strategic planning. She provides leadership on the further development and application of the overall risk framework across the Group’s operation.