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About us

About alva

alva is a leading solution for integrated Reputation Intelligence analytics. We collect, analyze and report on stakeholder sentiment to help the world’s leading companies better manage their stakeholder relationships and link reputation metrics to value creation.

Our Approach

From noise to actionable insight
With millions of pieces of publicly-available content produced every day across print, online, broadcast and social media, there has never been a better opportunity for businesses to understand what their key stakeholders think, feel and expect from them, and to use this intelligence to make better informed decisions.

But making sense of what’s being said about you – from vast amounts of publicly available content – can be complex and challenging.

alva makes this simple. Our powerful content monitoring and analytics technology will tell you what’s happening in real time, 24/7, so you can make the right decisions, create value and drive positive change.

Management Team

We are very proud of the alva team, and we don’t mind saying so. Our team is the critical component of alva, it is what makes us strong.

Our team is made up of product and software engineers, data analysts, sector experts, editors and experienced marketing and communications practitioners. We are a truly diverse and international business representing more than 20 different countries amongst us.

Alberto Lopez-Valenzuela
Alberto Lopez-Valenzuela
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Alberto is the Founder and Chief Executive of alva and a Visiting Professor at Cass Business School.

Alberto has spent the past 25 years working in the Business Information and Analysis sector developing decision-intelligence solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to founding alva, Alberto worked for at a number of global business information companies where he held executive roles in the areas of Marketing, Strategy and Corporate Development.

Alberto has a First-Class BA Hons degree from the University of the Arts London and an MBA from Cass Business School.

Richard Goldsmith
Richard Goldsmith
Chief Financial Officer

Richard is Chief Financial Officer at alva, overseeing financial strategy and operations. Prior to joining alva, Richard was CFO at Quintessentially, a global business with over 60 offices worldwide and total annual revenue in excess of £60m.

Previously, Richard also held a senior finance position at Wall to Wall (a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.).
Richard trained as an accountant at BDO and gained an ACA qualification in 2007. He holds a BEng (Hons.) degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from UMIST.

Alex Hughes
Alex Hughes
Chief Operations Officer

Alex is the Chief Operations Officer of alva, a seasoned executive in the client management and information services space. Prior to joining alva, Alex was Vice President and Head of Client Services for Research Now.

Alex has an extensive education background including attendance at Yale School of Management, Haas School of Business at the University of California and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Alastair Pickering
Alastair Pickering
Co-Founder & Chief Strategic Officer

Alastair has held management and leadership positions in the media intelligence and reputation management industry for the past 10 years. Alastair is a passionate believer in the science of corporate reputation analysis and its practical application to drive stakeholder value. He works closely with customers, analysts and academics to ensure alva’s methodology remains leading edge and constantly evolving.

Alastair holds a Bachelors degree from University College of London in French and German.

Richard Fleming
Richard Fleming
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Richard is a published research author and qualified financial analyst. Prior to alva, Richard successfully built the first global infrastructure team for Clifford Chance, and co-founded a wireless tech company, taking the business from concept to profitability.

Richard has also spent several years in equity research, with listed tech companies in the UK on M&A, strategy review and financial forecasting.

Jeremy Lehman
Jeremy Lehman
Non Executive Director

Jeremy has led product management and engineering for among the globally largest analytic platforms in capital markets and digital marketing. He has guided banks, fintechs, hedge funds, and ecommerce companies adopting artificial intelligence and machine learning. Previously, he led product and technology for the digital marketing business of Experian, served as CTO for equities at Citi, and as CTO for investment management at Thomson Reuters.

Jeremy holds a BBA and MBA from University of Miami, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

William Haney
William Haney

William is currently CEO of Credit Benchmark, a London-founded credit analytics company. Before joining Credit Benchmark, he served as the CEO and director of BISAM, a financial technology business acquired by FactSet Research Systems in March 2017. Currently, he is chair of the board of alva and a director of Big Win Philanthropy, a foundation that invests in children and young people in sub-Saharan Africa.

William received a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA in Finance and Public Policy from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Oliver Glyn Thomas
Oliver Glyn Thomas
Board Director

After a decade with leading growth company investment firms, Summit Partners and HgCapital, Oliver founded CIT Growth Capital to bring capital and partnership to profitable, growing businesses in three sectors: software, information services and online marketplaces. He also sits on the boards of Third Financial Software and Sportpursuit.

Oliver has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MA in Economics & Management from The University of Oxford.

Quentin Boyd
Quentin Boyd
Non-Executive Director

Quentin Boyd is a Senior Adviser at Edmond de Rothschild where he has spent over 20 years as a corporate financier.

Quentin qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London and has an MA in History from Cambridge University.