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.
Francis Laryea is the Managing Director of Mail Boxes Etc. He re-joined the business in 2010 having previously served as the Finance Director in 1999 for 18 months. He left to take on various senior roles within FedEx Office ending up as European Country Manager.
Francis has over 26 years' specialist financial and operational management delivery experience, 17 years of corporate governance experience and six years’ operating at board level. Francis has a record of success year on year in implementing sales enhancement strategies and building partnerships to facilitate business growth and increased revenues.
Francis is married with 2 sons and a daughter.
*This group photograph of the Mail Boxes Etc. Head Office team was taken at the Mail Boxes Etc. UK & Ireland Franchise Conference in June 2017.