Simon Cowie, the chairman of Mail Boxes Etc. (UK) Ltd. (MBE) joined the business as an area franchisee in 2000 and over the following three years built up a chain of 13 successful MBE stores in central London. He led the takeover of the UK franchise in 2003.
A graduate of the London Business School and the City University, London, Simon spent much of his working life in the oil industry, initially with Esso Petroleum. He was a main board director of Kuwait Petroleum (GB) Ltd. for six years until 1995 when he set up his own business consultancy, investing in and managing small businesses. He also developed a successful Specsavers franchise in Buckinghamshire which was sold in 2000 before his move to MBE.
Simon is married with a son, daughter and grandchildren and lives in Gloucestershire.