Dean Forbes

Dean Forbes

Dean Forbes is a British tech entrepreneur and business leader with a reputation in mid-market software business transformations. He’s one of Britain’s top 50 business leaders according to Lloyds Bank and The Daily Telegraph. He is also named on the Black Powerlist as one of the one hundred most influential black people in the United Kingdom.

Dean has turned around three once struggling enterprise technology organisations, building them into success stories for investors by delivering over $1bn in exit transactions. In March 2021, he accepted his forth such role, becoming CEO at Forterro, a manufacturing ERP software firm, where investor Battery Ventures has entrusted him with reinvigorating the company across Europe. His earlier transformation successes include the rapid expansion of human resources software firm CoreHR (sold in 2020 to The Access Group), travel & expense software company KDS (sold to American Express) and spearheading the EMEA and APAC operations of Primavera Systems (sold to Oracle).

Keen to ‘put something back,’ Dean founded the Forbes Family Group through which he actively coaches, mentors and invests in young entrepreneurs and leaders. He is also an unwavering champion of social mobility initiatives, both as investment opportunities and through sponsoring projects within the local communities with which he is connected.