Ridgeway is comprised of two Directors – Sarah Rowell and Scott Mackenzie. We are a wife and husband team. We met in graduate school in 2002 in California and have been married for the last 10 years. We have spent the vast majority of our married life working together. We have two amazing energetic boys.
BEGAN AS STRATEGY CONSULTANTS
We began our careers in the late 90s at the Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company and collectively spent ~13 years working in London, US, continental Europe, Australia, and Central/South America for our respective firms. In late 2007, we moved from London to Uganda without specific job prospects, but with a desire to move into operations and entrepreneurship and to actively participate in a developing economy.
BECAME ENTREPREUNERS AND OPERATORS
Shortly thereafter, we started working with a prominent business leader with his local conglomerate of businesses, the Simba Group. Initially, we worked directly together running the conglomerate’s flagship mobile phone and airtime sales & distribution business (www.simbatelecom.com). This time was focused on transitioning the business from an entrepreneur led small family business, to a medium sized professional organization with systems and processes required for a business of its size. Since that point, we have founded, and run, a number of new businesses (e.g. www.electro-maxx.com) within the same conglomerate of businesses. The largest business we have run together had >$100M revenue with approximately 1000 direct and indirect employees. The largest business we have helped found has EBITDA of >$10 million. Our most recent start-up is a 40 acre solar power plant which is under construction now. Collectively we have successfully concluded 8 rounds of fund raising totalling >$100M in capital raised. We also have experience sitting on and/or managing multiple Boards.
COMMITTED TO RUNNING THE BUSINESS TOGETHER
We both enjoy the general management aspects of these businesses and are not wedded to any one industry, but rather the enjoyment of growing businesses together in a sustainable way. We have spent the past ~9 years working together either directly as co-CEOs or indirectly sharing an office and serving as day to day advisers to one another. We have learned we work well together and are committed to continuing to do so.
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND SUPPORTS OUR PASSION
We obtained our MBAs from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2004. Sarah earned a first-class BA and MA in Economics from Trinity College Dublin. Scott earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with High Honors from the University of Texas.