Graham Norton-Standen, SMIG Managing Director, is a highly-respected, senior executive, infrastructure manager and advisor with a rich background with top tier organizations and utilities. He has served as chairman, CEO, board member, senior advisor and in other senior capacities for a number of the world’s top companies and fund managers, as well as other established companies and start-ups.
Mr. Norton-Standen has led or participated as a senior advisor in closing merger, financing and other complex transactions with an aggregate value exceeding $10 billion, including acquisitions of businesses, hotels and other real estate, including Earls Court/Olympia in London and the privatization of public utilities. He has led, turned-around and grown companies with tens of thousands of employees and many billions of dollars of annual revenues, including as CEO of information technologies leader Gartner Inc. and division president for technology leaders Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and Electronic Data Systems (EDS, now DXC Technology).
Among the other industry leaders Mr. Norton-Standen has served as a senior executive, board member or advisor are: British Telecom, Cable & Wireless, Deutsche Bank, Hewlett Packard, P&O, Reuters, Tata Group, Unisys, and other organizations. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Verdant Corporation, which develops products and solutions for energy storage and acts as a holding company for energy assets; Chairman of Totara, a New Zealand-based technology company specializing in business learning solutions with operations in New Zealand and United Kingdom; Chairman of VSL, a Hong Kong-based program management trading company; and Chairman of Smartcockpit, a Swiss software company providing security and audit solutions to financial institutions, international airports and other commercial organizations.
During his tenure in various organizations, Mr. Norton-Standen also acted as an advisor to professional and government bodies, including the British Government, European Commission, World Energy Council, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Centre for European Policy Studies and the Governments of Sweden, Australia and New Zealand in the run up to privatization of certain industries. He also was a member of the boards of the United States Trade and Investment Council based in Brussels.
Mr. Norton-Standen was educated in Great Britain. He is a British citizen. Mr. Norton-Standen is based in London and frequently travels throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States.