Bill Spruill: Leadership Lessons from Growth & Exit

Bill will share three leadership lessons in his 10+ year journey co-founding, building and selling Global Data Consortium to the London Stock Exchange Group in 2022.

GDC delivers electronic identity verification for trusted customer transactions using identity data from multiple countries that meet global Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance standards, and Counter Terrorist Finance (CTF) obligations. GDC has experienced 120% YoY growth with a global team of employees across six time zones.

He will discuss his experience building and selling the company successfully so that he could pursue a new goal, to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Raleigh.

Bill Spruill

Co-Founder & President Global Data Consortium

Bill is co-founder and former CEO of Global Data Consortium (GDC), the most widely channel distributed global identity platform through a single API, before its acquisition by London Stock Exchange Group in May 2022.

He started his career working with SAS Institute before working in a variety of companies focused on international address verification, matching and data quality that had a habit of being acquired successfully including AddressDoctor, Loqate, Identity Systems and Intelligent Search Technology.

Bill is an active angel investor. Past exits include Union Metrics (sold to Trendkite/Cision); Magnus Health (private equity acquisition) and Loqate (acquired by GB Group UK). As part of his volunteer work with the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) Bill has mentored over 80 companies through early, mid-stage growth and exit challenges.

He attended Northrop University in Los Angeles, California and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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