Dr Samuel Waithe
I’m Samuel ‘Sammy’ Waithe, CEO of the company. Originally from the Caribbean island of Barbados I spent most of my career in banking and technology before embarking on this journey. To build the strongest senior team I could, I called upon the great expertise of my brother, Adrian to be COO, encouraged a former colleague and friend Lee Mascall to act as a Non Exec Director and asked a friend of mine, Frederic Feldmann, who represented the fresh approach I wanted, to join the team as COS. Direction I imagined our sales and marketing going, was to build on the difference of our background in the stone industry and to appeal in a different way to our clients and partners. Also, we wanted a part of our pitch to promote the unique traditions and customs of the region and its people, as well as Italian stone generally.
The direction I imagined our sales and marketing going, was to build on the difference of our background in the stone industry and to appeal in a different way to our clients and partners
Samuel Waithe, CEO
I found myself in the leadership
team of a US$1.2B company,
running a global business line out of New York.
I started life as an ordinary scientist
I started life as an ordinary scientist, having done a doctorate degree in parallel processing and large databases before I moved into banking right at the moment the digital revolution really began to pick up. In a case of right place, right time, I found my skills in demand and worked in investment banking before eventually going on to co-found a series of companies called Cresta Group, based in London. We were bought out by a couple of companies, and I found myself in the leadership team of a US$1.2B company, running a global business line out of New York. I did retire for 2 years after that and moved to Berlin, but I was drawn back to working life after I realised that my real passion has always derived from the satisfaction I get from entrepreneurial activities.
After a stint as a senior management consultant, last with Citi Group, I decided to explore this passion again and fate led me to the Saturnia quarry. Now, I try to apply a lifetime’s lessons and experience to a project that I truly love, feel makes a meaningful difference, and I have assembled a strong team to help me.
Lee Mascall, Non Exec Director
This is not just a business for me.
Its a journey for all of us involved
and one I love being part of
I’m Lee Mascall, a non executive director here at Saturnia. From the United Kingdom, I’ve spent 23 years in technology and leadership, holding senior roles in banking technology for a number of international organisations from the United Kingdom to the United Arab Emirates. Since Sammy and I have been involved in a number of businesses together, when he first brought the concept of Saturnia to me I was immediatly interested.
I’ve spent 23 years in technology and leadership, holding senior roles in Banking Technology for a number of international organisations from the United Kingdom to the U.A.E.
I agreed to support the project and having been involved in a SME before I knew I could bring my knowledge and experience to the capability of the management team in what I initally considered to be just a rather quirky investment. But it was once I got on the ground, saw the place and met the people, that I realised the true potential of Saturnia and understood how Sammy and Adrian could become so invested in this Project.
Adrian Waithe, COO
Hi I’m Adrian Waite, COO of the company. Barbados born and raised and then moved to New York. I trained as an Accountant in both the Manufacturing and Construction industries and was the COO at Cresta Testing Inc. and later Program Manager at Keane Inc. I also worked at JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, UBS, Harvard University and Sony. I agreed to join my brother here because I see a complex and challenging work environment in an industry in need of modernization.
I see a complex and challenging work environment in an industry in need of modernization.
I use my skills as a qualified Accountant to manage the financials of the company, and my skills as a programmer and affinity with the digital sphere to ensure that the company maintains cutting edge systems and technology, as well as properly uses the data about its customers and markets to make sure that our customers are best served. The satisfaction I get from pouring my efforts into a business that is small but so connected to the lives of our local community and their families, rather than a massive organisation, truly binds me to this work and makes me consider this to be one of the most rewarding roles of my career.
The satisfaction I get from pouring my efforts into a business that is small but so connected to the lives of our local community and their families, rather than a massive organisation
Frederic Feldmann, COS
I am Freddy, COS of the company. I studied at the Berlin School of Economics and Law before beginning my career working for a commercial property company and then doing a masters in Real Estate Management. I've spent 10 years in commercial real estate offering real estate companies, financial institutions, and other property owners strategic advisory services. Having worked on a lot of high-end developments, I fell in love with natural stone and when Sammy approached me to help him develop and manage a global sales team, I didn’t take long to say yes. Years of team sports (I have a special love for American football) and a work ethic I learned from my single mother has given me a perspective on what success means. For me, Saturnia is a chance to share our beautiful material with the world and I see that, while many of our senior management did not have backgrounds in the stone industry, this was a unique point of difference that will appeal in a special way to our clients and partners.
Years of team sports (American football) and a work ethic I learned from my single mother, has given me a perspective on what success means
Together, the team and I identify market opportunities and develop a strategy which adapts to the trends in construction and the stone industry worldwide. But most of all, I promote the quality and beauty of Italian stone, as well our region, Tuscany, with its beauty, it's history and it's time honored local traditions.
The Sales Team
Customer Support and on-line sales