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Ajaz Ahmed is the Founder of Freeserve, the UK’s largest ISP, now owned by Wanadoo. His eureka moment came when he bought a PC at PC World in Leeds and nobody in the store could tell him how to get onto the Internet. After much persuasion by him, Dixons launched Freeserve in September 1998 and became the UK’s largest ISP in just three short months. It floated just nine months later at a market cap of £1.5bn and entered the FT 100 soon after, in March 2000 it had a market cap of £9bn.
Ajaz was one of the three founding executives to launch the business, seeing it through flotation and the £1.6bn sale to Wanadoo. He was named “number one” in the e-commerce Hall of Fame by Business Age Magazine. Internet Magazine placed him in the top 50 movers and shakers in the UK Internet industry, the Asian community also recognised him with a Special Achievement Award.
Ajaz held the position of Business Development Director until April 2001 when he left the company to pursue a variety of business interests. He now sits a number of boards and has a number of investments which he is actively involved in, he also sits on the Governing Council at the University of Huddersfield and the board of Yorkshire Forward (Regional development agency).
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