Richard Lamsdale: CV / Resume

Senior Technical Sales and Account Director with extensive Project / Program Management and team leadership skills.

Successfully delivering new sales and managing accounts, currently for Nuance’s digital customer service solutions for mobile, web and voice channels. Focus primarily on Intelligent Virtual Assistants (i.e. Siri for enterprises) incorporating cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language understanding and voice biometrics.

Previously worked in senior roles for Vodafone, Orange, Alcatel-Lucent and start-ups, managing accounts and projects to £20M pa, departmental budgets to £5M.

Full entitlement to work in the EU and Japan as a British citizen and spouse of a Japanese national.



Sales, Account Management, Project / Program Management:

  • Technical Sales and Account Management: complex software solution sales, cloud services, mobile and enterprise platforms.
  • Sales and Account Planning: strategy, modelling, forecasting, KPI and performance analysis, reporting.
  • Project and Program Management (PRINCE2 Practitioner): product customisation, market research, pilots and market trials, international product launches.


  • Thorough understanding of mobile telecoms, IT and electronics, together with tech market dynamics and trends.
  • Web and Mobile Apps: strategy, design, integration, development, distribution, usability.
  • Speech recognition (ASR), natural language understanding (NLU), voice biometrics, text to speech (TTS).
  • Mobile Network Engineering: planning, rollout, optimisation, integration, GSM, EDGE, UMTS, 2G – 3.5G.
  • Operating Systems: Windows, Mac OS X, UNIX, DOS, iOS, Android, Symbian.
  • Desktop Software: Salesforce, Apple iWork, Microsoft Office and Project, HTML, XCode, Eclipse.
  • Enterprise: TIBCO, Tuxedo, Web Services, REST / SOAP, JSON, SOA.

Vendor/Supplier, Leadership and Other:

  • Management and Recruitment: global teams up to 25 people, building winning teams, coaching and on-going management.
  • Supplier / Vendor Management: planning, product customisation, feature requests, delivery and launch.
  • Cultural and Language: Understanding and sensitivity towards international business culture. Basic-intermediate Japanese, French and German language.


Technical Account Director, Nuance Communications, Inc

April 2006 – Present

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Nuance is the market leader in redefining and delivering customer experience through solutions for mobile operators, handset manufacturers and enterprises such as virtual assistants, speech recognition, natural language understanding and voice biometrics. 6,000 employees, 35 countries, $1.8 billion revenue.

From April 2006 to October 2008 worked for SNAPin Software, a US-based tech start-up, as Technical Account Manager. Nuance Communications acquired SNAPin Software in October 2008.

  • Technical Sales and Account Management of mobile and enterprise customers and app developers across EMEIA for Nuance’s web and mobile products including virtual assistants, speech recognition, natural language understanding and voice biometrics.
  • Subject matter expert for web, mobile app, network and cloud products in EMEIA, supporting Sales Managers to achieve quota and develop / expand market penetration.
  • Build credible, trusting technical customer relationships to board / C-level that deliver value and maximise revenue opportunities.
  • Deliver compelling presentations, demonstrations, and technical workshops to board / C-level. Develop and manage effective trials and proof-of-concepts.
  • Manage requirements and customer expectations, analyse business metrics, solution design and proposal / SoW (Statement of Work) preparation.
  • Deal modelling, ROI (Return-On-Investment) and KPI (Key Performance Indicator) analysis, performance modelling. RFP (request-for-proposal) and bid response preparation and presentation.
  • Management of an international team of Technical Account Managers in UK, Portugal and India.


  • Managed SNAPin’s first trial of mobile self-service and integration into Orange’s business systems.
  • Key team member (Technical Sales, Account Management) winning a £20M global deal with Vodafone.


Japanese Language and Culture Studies, Kudan Institute

December 2005 – April 2006

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  • Full-time study of Japanese language and culture, gaining basic-intermediate level Japanese language skills and a thorough understanding and appreciation of Japanese social and business culture.


Senior Program Manager, Vodafone Group

September 2002 – December 2005

Vodafone logoVodafone was the worlds largest mobile telecommunications company, with a significant presence in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the United States through the Company’s subsidiaries, joint ventures and investments, generating £46 billion revenue in 2011.

  • Global Program Management of the development and rollout of products such as Blackberry and Datacard into Vodafone networks.
  • Program Management of Vodafone’s first Partner Market product launch, working with EMEA Product, Brand, Marketing, Supply Chain, Legal and Technology teams to define strategy, processes and policy.
  • Supplier/vendor management and Product Management, gathering, analysing, prioritising and communicating requirements and product roadmap.
  • Telematics (M2M) and SIM Product Management, investigating and analysing market and technology trends, building financial models, defining product requirements and managing product roadmap.


  • Programme Management of the launch of the first products with Vodafone’s global Partner Networks.


Broadband Operations Manager, Alcatel Lucent

December 1998 – September 2002

A leader in telecoms: mobile, fixed, IP and optics, a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost centres of research and innovation in communication technology. Operations in more than 130 countries Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of €15.3 billion.

  • Project Management of rollout for three broadband networks for BT and Thus, totalling £30M expenditure over 3 years.
  • Supplier/vendor management of equipment suppliers, performance analysis, contract management.
  • Operations Management, recruitment and management of Alcatel’s specialised Broadband Operations department, leading, coaching and managing performance, defining working practices and structures to maximise effectiveness.
  • Management of a regional office with a budget of £3M (forecasting, budgeting, tracking), reporting to Director-level.
  • Subsequently led the team to win an addition £10M contract.


  • ‘Alcatel Business Enabler Award’ for stabilising failing project, rebuilding team, winning £10M contract.
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner.


Support Group Manager, Orange

August 1995 – December 1998

Orange logoOrange is one of the UK’s most innovative and successful mobile networks and brands, growing from zero customers at launch in 1994 to almost 28 million customers, 15,000 employees and 700 stores in 2011 through a combination of network excellence, targeted services and innovative marketing.

  • Managed a department of 25 Planning Engineers, Network Survey Teams, and Project Managers.
  • Supported Sales and Marketing with short-term coverage and capacity enhancements at events.
  • Enhanced network coverage through rollout of enhancers and microcells.


  • Awarded the ‘Orange Award’ for project managing critical coverage targets.
  • Reduced costs by 20% and increased productivity whilst increasing quality and reducing staff-churn.



Sponsored Electronics & Communications Engineering (GEC-Plessey Telecoms)

Achievements: GEC-Plessey Award for ‘Best Student’ and voted Student Representative.



Address: Marlow, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Nationality: British.

Japanese Visa: Full working entitlement (spouse of a Japanese national).

Languages: English (native), Japanese, French (basic).

Fascinated by technology and design: follow mobile and technology industries closely, collect and use post-war hi-fi and mid-century furniture. An Alfa Romeo and Rover P5 fan, owning a 1960’s Alfa coupe and a Rover P5, and enjoy kart racing, mountain biking and photography.

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