Dean Forbes named tech CEO of the year in UK tech awards

Dean Forbes won the accolade ‘Tech CEO of The Year’

Photo: Rosh Wijayarathna, Head of Corporate Finance EMEA, Silicon Valley Bank; Gareth Murfitt, UK Technology Industry Leader, PwC; Carly Burrows, Director, Corporate Finance, Silicon Valley Bank (award sponsor); Dean Forbes, CEO, Forterro (winner); Babita Sharma (awards host).


CEO recognised as he leads Forterro towards new growth, innovation and value for customers, investors and employees

London, UK, November 4, 2022

Forterro®, a European provider of software solutions to more than 11,000 small and mid-sized industrial companies, is delighted to reveal that its CEO, Dean Forbes won the accolade ‘Tech CEO of The Year’ at the UK tech awards held on November 2 in London.

Sponsored by PWC and produced in association with Silicon Valley Bank, the UK tech awards celebrates success, rewards achievement and raises the profile of the UK tech community.

“I am honoured to be recognised by the UK tech awards, especially given the significant achievements of the other tech CEOs; people I admire, my peers competing for the award,” said Forbes

“It’s just over 18 months since I joined Forterro and with such an incredible team around me we have grown to become a ‘Tech Unicorn’ valued at over one billion Euros and are shortly to execute an exciting new growth strategy and bring new innovation and value to our customers.”

Dean won the award by impressing the judges with his clear passion for the tech industry, being determined and motivated with a strong vision and flair. He was considered to be an inspirational role model. Judges saw Dean as a vital ingredient helping Forterro’s success, inspiring everyone around him and a prominent figure in the IT industry.

At Forterro, Dean is the driving force behind a programme of acquisitions, organic growth and dynamic internal transformations. He is committed to each Forterro brand being local, whilst giving each region the power to accelerate growth through access to exceptional talent, strategic skillsets, and resources offered by the full Forterro organisation.

In recent weeks, Dean was also the recipient of the best in business Boabab award for leadership. He was also named in the J.P.Morgan sponsored Powerlist as the 2nd most influential Black person in the UK.

About Forterro

Founded in 2012, Forterro is a category-leading provider of specialised software products and services for the industrial market.