Shalen is an honours graduate of the London School of Economics, where he studied mathematics, statistics and economics. He has put all three of those disciplines to good use in his career since graduating, in addition to a natural flair for entrepreneurship.
His first business venture, started when he was still at college, was to open “Pacha Lounge Shisha Cafe” in West London. A pioneering concept at the time, the venture was a huge success and kick started his business career.
After graduating, Shalen began working in the City as an equity finance trader for RBS, where he traded equity derivatives and participated in US and EMEA equity markets. He then moved on to trading utility products at Elexon, making use of his knowledge of both mathematics and markets.
Shalen joined Transputec in 2013, as a support analyst, learning the ropes. He later moved into an external facing role, of vendor manager, where he managed key relationships between the company and its major hardware and software suppliers, including Apple, Cisco, IBM, Hitachi, Intel, Lenovo and Microsoft. In this role, he helped the company to renegotiate contracts with it partners, driving up the company’s gross profit margin by 2.4%.
In 2014 Shalen took over the role of Deputy Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the customer support team (UK and Manila), development team (UK and India) and the technical contractors who make up the project teams. This is one of the two major management roles in the company, with a team of around 80 people reporting to him.
Shalen has always demonstrated single-minded focus, relentless energy and passion to drive operational efficiencies. At just 26 he is the youngest member of the Board and in 2016 his outstanding contribution to driving and executing the strategy of the company was recognised in his appointment as a full Board Director.