Kaveh Mir is a serial entrepreneur with more than 15 years of CEO and senior executive experience. He has started several businesses, grown them into multimillion-dollar operations, and led them through major transformational changes, mergers and acquisitions.
Mir provides occupational ability and behavioral assessments, executive coaching, CEO advising and consultative advisory. He has completed advanced certifications and training in the full gamut of senior executive and C-level executive assessments. In addition, he has significant expertise helping first and second-line managers to grow their skills in execution, relationship, management and leadership. Through SOLIDleaders, Mir provides clients with broad-based executive coaching, CEO advising and management consulting. He has particular expertise in over 11 behavioral and psychological assessments and plays a lead role in SOLIDleaders’ Executive Assessment Practice.
Mir launched his first venture in 1997 and has been in a number of executive and CEO positions since. His executive experience runs the gamut from project manager to the C suite. After shifting his focus from CEO roles to coaching and consulting senior executives, he completed in-depth training in the behavioral sciences, organizational design and organizational development. He acquired specialized knowledge regarding change management initiatives, corporate cultural transformation and best practices in how to ensure alignment with a CEO and/or Board’s business strategy.
In 1997, while an employee of the company, Mir acquired PSI2000 Ltd., a financially distressed software house specializing in providing Health and Safety solutions. He negotiated capital infusion with the lead investor and, as the newly installed MD, assembled a new management team, developed a customer retention strategy, created a financial model to ensure adequate cash flow, designed and took to market three new products and led strategic oversight of the company. Under Mir’s leadership, PSI2000 grew into a $1.6 million operation with only 10 employees and three managers.
Having taken PSI from a loss position to a 20 percent net profit, Mir sold the company for $2.4 million in 2008 and merged it with Ace, an asbestos mitigation and management firm. AcePSI Group now has more than 120 employees, a 10-member management team and annual revenues exceeding $9.5 million. As MD/CEO, he led all M&A activity including due diligence (with FD), commercial negotiations (with lawyers) and post-merger integration/restructuring.
During the past three years, through almost 20 engagements, Mir has advised and assisted several business organizations on a variety of topics including executive coaching, leadership development, organizational development and change, organization design, employee engagement, talent management, succession planning and team development. Mir began his career in 1993 as a developer and business analyst with Performance Support International (PSI), where he was attached to KPMG.
Mir earned an MBA from Cranfield School of Management (UK), as well as an MSc in human computer interaction and a BSc (with honors) in computer science, both from Queen Mary and Westfield College (University of London). He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Directors, an ICF-certified coach, a British Psychology Association–certified User Test occupational ability and personality assessor, and a certified project manager.