Clare Johnston - Disruption Summit Europe

Clare Johnston

Founder and CEO, The Up Group

Clare Johnston – Bio

Clare is Founder and CEO of The Up Group, a 45-person, digitally focused executive search, networking and advisory business, based in London and Barcelona, which she part sold to PE firm, Livingbridge, in 2016.

Clare is one of Europe’s most seasoned talent advisors in digital, and has helped to build the senior management teams and Boards of many of Europe’s most disruptive and transformational businesses.  Clients have included JUST-EAT, FarFetch, Skyscanner, Klarna, Moneysupermarket, Expedia, KRY, Trainline, Vestiaire Collective, Tiquets, Onthebeach, Loveholidays, Photobox, Moonpig, Charlotte Tilbury, WorldRemit, Remitly,, Treatwell, ZPG and NOTHS.

Clare has an extensive global network and founded the Digital Masters series of events, regularly bringing together Europe’s most exciting investors, entrepreneurs as well as senior executives from high-growth start-ups through to listed global corporates.  The programme now hosts three formats of events in New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Stockholm.

Having self-funded and grown The Up Group from the ground up, Clare has been recognised as one of Tech City Insider’s “100 Most Influential People in Tech” and was presented the Athena Award at the NatWest everywoman Awards for female entrepreneurs. She has also appeared in Management Today’s influential “35 Women under 35”, and The Up Group won ‘Service Provider of the Year’ at the Investor Allstars Awards.

Clare is a Network Partner to two VC funds: LocalGlobe and Keen Venture Partners, and is also an Angel Investor with Atomico.

Prior to founding The Up Group, Clare was a Management Consultant for Detica, an international technology consultancy, as well as being co-Managing Director of an executive search firm. She graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Management Sciences from The University of Warwick.