Executive Team

Our founders remain the Directors of the business. They have distinguished records in major UK and international firms and now devote themselves to building a team of first-class CIOs and CTOs who have an aptitude and passion for the mid-market sector.

Steve Clarke

Co-founder and President

New York

Steve co-founded Freeman Clarke in 2012 having held senior leadership positions at UK and international companies in the telecommunications, consultancy,...

Steve co-founded Freeman Clarke in 2012 having held senior leadership positions at UK and international companies in the telecommunications, consultancy, internet and not-for-profit sectors. Steve leads the operational and people side of the business which includes recruitment and selection ensuring we only get the best of the best. In addition, Steve leads the continuous professional development programme for all our Principals so our clients get IT Leaders at the top of their game. To find out more about joining Freeman Clarke, go to our Join Us page.

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Graeme Freeman

Co-founder and President

New York

Graeme co-founded Freeman Clarke in 2012 having run IT services businesses, built commercial software products, and been a corporate IT...

Graeme co-founded Freeman Clarke in 2012 having run IT services businesses, built commercial software products, and been a corporate IT director and non-executive director. Graeme is responsible for our marketing and sales strategies, oversees our marketing team, and coaches and leads our Regional Directors. His aim is to ensure we build our community of clients and partners, engage with opportunities, and maximise the growth of the business.

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David Birnbaum

Regional Director

New York

David has provided IT leadership in financial services, telecommunications, medical education, and cyber security, including stints as a Managing Director...

David has provided IT leadership in financial services, telecommunications, medical education, and cyber security, including stints as a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and CTO at BlueVoyant. Earlier in his career, he merged his Internet 1.0 ISP with a regional telco specializing in the SME space, and had a successful exit after almost ten years as president of the combined entity.  He has worked extensively in Asia, including two years in Tokyo, and is the managing member of a brewery/distillery located in Kent, CT.

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Jerry Karson

Principal

New York

Jerry has a long and successful track record as a strategic IT leader. He has demonstrated an ability to build...

Jerry has a long and successful track record as a strategic IT leader. He has demonstrated an ability to build value and create market differentiation for his clients, which have ranged from Fortune 500 to small businesses and start-ups. Jerry has successfully identified and delivered complete systems that solved business problems, reduced operating costs, optimized business decisions, and improved competitive advantage, revenue potential and the timeliness and usefulness of information for many organizations.

Prior to Freeman Clarke, Jerry launched an IT managed services (MSP) company, which he grew at an average rate of 50% per year until he successfully sold it. Jerry was also the CIO for a mid-sized financial services company. His fanatical focus on customer service, building relationships and client retention was developed during his tenure as consulting practice lead at one of the Big 4 firms. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys playing hockey and tennis.

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Jim Affleck

Principal

New York

Jim Affleck is an information technology leader with over 20 years of experience in translating business needs into technology processes...

Jim Affleck is an information technology leader with over 20 years of experience in translating business needs into technology processes and solutions and setting technology strategy to drive growth, improve the bottom line, and deliver business and customer value. Throughout his career, Jim has led successful IT transformations in senior leadership roles for global companies like Nielsen, Comcast, Chubb, and International SOS, and, most recently, as Interim CIO for alphabroder.

Jim has completed his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business and Mathematics from Lafayette College, as well as several IT certificate programs from Harvard Extension School and MIT Professional Education. He is currently completing his Master of Liberal Arts, Information Management Systems from Harvard Extension School.

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We have more than 60 Principals in nine teams in the US, UK and Singapore.

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Client stories

We are more than a recruitment agency or “hit-and-run” consultancy. Every person in our team has been hand-picked to work with clients for their long-term business success.

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Simplify Digital

The experience to help you lead expansion and prepare for due diligence Read more

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British Pathé

Expertise to rescue projects and create a secure platform for growth… Read more

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AllTruck plc

Real-world strategy, supplier management and operations… Read more

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Crown Golf

A proven IT director to oversee management of costs and risks… Read more

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What we do

Our CIOs and CTOs oversee digital innovation, systems, and infrastructure with a long-term view. One of our executive-level IT experts can join your senior team.

Clients often ask for our help with the following challenges...

Stuck projects

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IT Integration Challenges

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IT Team Weaknesses and Gaps

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IT Vision and Strategy

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Management Information Problems

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Custom Software Problems

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IT Supplier Selection and Management

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Risks and compliance

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Business insights

Our plain-English executive-level briefings, videos and posts focus on the issues and challenges facing mid-market businesses.

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A Concise Introduction to Integration Problems Part I: How to Spot Them

Integration problems can cause your business quite a bit of damage. When systems don’t talk to each other, it inhibits...

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A Concise Introduction to Integration Problems Part II: How to Solve Them

(This is the second of our two-part series on integration problems. Click to read Part I: How to Spot Them.)...

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ERP Explained: The Basics

At Freeman Clarke, clients frequently ask for our help with their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects. We’re not surprised, because...

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