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Alexandra Kelly is the founder and former managing director of UK pre-employment screening company, Powerchex, and formally the MD of HireRight’s background screening operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Born and raised in Greece, Alexandra moved to the USA aged 25 to study for an MBA. She arrived in the UK in 2000 – interrupting a round the world sailing trip – after discovering she was expecting their first child.
In 2005 she started Powerchex, a pre-employment screening firm specifically targeted at the London financial sector. Seeking investment, she went to face the BBC’s Dragons’ Den to pitch her business. The Dragons rejected her idea and said it couldn’t be done. Alexandra decided to go for it on her own, hired one employee and found a small office. On June 23 2010, California based HireRight Inc., a U.S. background screening company, announced that it had acquired Powerchex, with Alexandra being made Managing Director of HireRight’s background screening operations in the EMEA region.
Alexandra has won several business awards for her work and been featured widely in print and broadcasting media.
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