The board


Sean Zimdahl - CEO

After graduating, Sean undertook search projects in the UK, building a European contract business from start-up, and then becoming a partner in a recruitment training organisation. Sean co-founded Aston Carter in 1997 with the vision to proactively build a global brand based on integrity and loyalty to key stakeholders. Having built a strong, sales-focused team, by 2007 Aston Carter had grown to a turnover in excess of £75m. Sean then led its sale to Baird Capital Partners Europe (51% shareholding), and remains in his capacity as CEO, where he is instrumental in driving Aston Carter’s continuing rapid growth.


Sammy Benisty – COO

After qualifying as an FCCA, Sammy gained experience across both the private and public sectors in significant consulting and hands-on roles. Sammy joined Aston Carter in 2000 as a consultant, before being appointed Finance Director working to build the business prior to its sale. Sammy was then asked to lead the business operationally as its COO, where he has successfully built world-class teams in IT, HR, compliance and legal.


Stephen Segel - CFO

Stephen qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa in 1991, before becoming Audit Manager within the international affiliate PKF International. He consulted to blue chip businesses on change management and taxation, and then moved to the UK where he worked within the software and recruitment sectors at international businesses, start-ups and turnarounds.Stephen has extensive experience in building fast growth businesses (including refinancing, strategy, fundraising and exit), where returns to shareholders at excellent multiples have been achieved.