The Leadership Team

At What Digital, we take our corporate responsibilities seriously.

Whilst we are a private limited company, we still believe that being a caring business that puts people first should always be the main focus of our leadership teams.

Alexander Paterson

CEO and Founder,
London, UK

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Alexander serves as the Global CEO and board member of What Digital. He is also a founder member with Shane McGourty. Alexander started his career within the recruitment industry in early 2005 by creating, one of the first job search aggregators in the world.

In 2011 he rebranded the business to AdView.Online. Eight years later, he co-founded to take the brand mainstream. Alexander is based in London, England.

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Shane McGourty

Managing Director and Co-Founder,
Dublin, Ireland

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Shane serves as the Global Managing Director and board member. Shane is also a founding member of What Digital and is responsible for taking the business from being a UK operation to trading in 50+ countries. Shane started his career in online recruitment in 2005 with Monster Ireland.

After various successes throughout the next 14 years, Shane co-founded with Alexander Paterson in 2019. Shane is based in both London, England and Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.

Adil Rehman

Chief Operations Officer,
Bangalore, India

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Adil serves as the COO and board member. Adil joined What Digital in 2019 after 20 years as the Managing Director of Gigajob, the German job search giant acquired by Indeed in 2018. His success with Gigajob caught the attention of What Digital, and he was invited to join forces with Shane and Alexander to create a global brand with Adil is based in Bangalore, India.

Alex McDowell

Global Partnership Director, London, UK

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Joining the business in 2019, Alex leads the Partnerships team across What Digital. He has worked in the recruitment advertising sector on and off for over 10 years. He is passionate about matching the right candidates to the right jobs and ensuring that every opportunity for someone to find their next job is realised.

Known for his problem solving and quick thinking, Alex is a core part of the What Digital management team and is responsible for year on year traffic growth across all countries.

Hugh Fort

Head of Content and News

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Hugh Fort joined the team as the Head Of Content in January 2022, adding 17 years of experience as a senior reporter with Reach Plc.

Hugh looks after the news, career advice, employers’ advice, and social media. Hugh lives in Reading, United Kingdom.

Sudhakar Gunaseelan

CTO and board member, Bangalore, India

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Sudhakar serves as the CTO and board member. Sudhakar joined What Digital in 2019 after 20 years as the Technical Director of Netzmarkt India.

Sudi has led teams on various job search and advertising projects in 110 countries covering every primary language. His ability to deliver on a global scale caught the eye of What Digital, and he was invited to join the board in April 2019. Sudhakar is based in Bangalore, India.

Robin Thomas

International Sales Manager, Bangalore, India

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Robin has extensive experience in Sales, Marketing and Business Development, with over 2 decades of experience in Multi-national Corporations, Enterprises and Start-ups across diverse domains – Online Domain Sales, Electronics & Engineering Products & Services, and Telecom & Internet Sales.

Robin has 20 years experience in Management and has worked with which is a leading Indian and Internationally recognised job board. He has also worked for a number of other businesses such as Reliance Communications, Elcoteq SE and L&T.

A Mechanical Engineer by qualification, Robin comes with the experience of growing a customer base through a consultative approach and fostering this mindset amongst the team members; consistently exceeding revenue targets, business objectives, and larger company goals.

At WhatJobs Robin is responsible for leading a team of sales and business managers to drive revenue and growth targets across WhatJobs global markets.