Lee Slaughter is the Chief Executive Officer of LWS Communications Ltd, a professional services and technology company that specializes in working with clients on program management and large-scale projects across Europe and the United Kingdom. Here Slaughter has worked on the management buy-ins, acquisition, private equity, and consulting for the past 12 years. Today he is the business owner and provides senior level program director, and executive sponsor to clients at board level.
With LWS Communications, Lee Slaughter is involved with the leadership and transaction support to management buy-out and buy-in teams and private equity partners along with advising on their business plans and strategy. He has also spearheaded major organizational and operational change projects, including compliance with the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment), or TUPE, regulations. His transactional support services experience in operational due diligence across Europe and the United Kingdom has resulted in a combined deal value of over $2.0Bn US.
Slaughter leads with clear vision and leadership, generating success through an inclusive team environment oriented around agreeing & setting goals to achieve desired results. He has the necessary financial skills to make critical appraisals and to propose innovative new financial and commercial solutions as projects evolve.
In his work, Lee Slaughter regularly challenges existing precedent in order to create and exploit new opportunities. However, he still remains sensitive to the aspirations and values that others hold. Through his vision and his rigorous commitment to process based functions and procedures, he is able to create organizational control and capability.
Slaughter is also a leader in transformational change that is adept at working across the many cultures and boundaries of Europe, CIS & USA. He is able to remain comfortably professional while working in an international environment, including liaising with government contacts at the senior level across various countries.
Lee Slaughter has a rich and vastly experienced professional history spanning many positions and responsibilities across a variety of companies and organizations. His training, education, and long experience in the communications, information technology and services industries have coalesced to make Slaughter a top executive in his industry.
Education and Training
Lee began his professional training in electrical engineering with the City & Guilds London Institute. He attained his Electrical Engineering Certifications A, B, and C in June of 1983. Three years later in June of 1986, he also earned his Applications Programming Certification.
From there, He entered the electrical engineering industry, working his way through several fields of engineering, telecommunications and technology. While working as a Head of Integrated Networks in 1999, Slaughter earned his master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Manchester Metropolitan University. His thesis dealt with the issue of global strategy.
Lee Slaughter also benefited from various corporate management and leadership training through corporate programs with both Salford University, C&W College. Slaughter also attended many technical and management training opportunities with industry vendors including Cisco, Juniper, and Ericsson et al, studying both technology, engineering and management aspects.
Early Career Experience
After gaining his initial professional certifications from the City & Guilds London Institute, Lee began his early career in the electrical engineering industry. Here he worked in commercial and industrial electrical engineering, including low, medium, and high voltage transmission and power generation. He also worked on TPNE industrial installations while working with electrical engineering firms such as WH Smith Elect (consulting) Engineers.
In 1988, Lee Slaughter transitioned into telecommunications, joining Pactel. Working in a variety of engineering roles prior to becoming General Manager. In this position he worked primarily in infrastructure development and network planning. During his time here, up to 1992, Lee helped improve revenues (£14m) and reduce capex / operating costs.
In 1992, Pactel was acquired by Nynex Cablecomms, where Slaughter became a General Manager and the Head of Integrated Networks. Notably, this marked the first time that 12 different CATV/Telco/Broadband franchise areas could be run from a single head on a fibre infrastructure back bone. His responsibilities mostly included network and civil engineering, including the design, planning, and building of more than 500,000 kilometers of civil U/G networks, covering £1.1bn serving £1.7m business & consumer premises. He also worked with co-ordination with other utility & service providers under the New Roads and Street Works Act of 1991.
During this Slaughter also worked for Cable & Wireless, who acquired Nynex CC, as their Director of Planning and Network Engineering. Lee ran a staff of 1,800 and a budget of c.£110m Opex, c.£270+m Capex. His responsibilities included the planning and deployment of broadband networks as well as working with data-comms, mobile networks, fixed access networks, and fiber optics.
In 1999, Lee joined GTS – Access Services as the Vice President of Marketing, where he worked to establish the GTS brand and services across 12 different European countries including the United Kingdom. In 2000, he became the Chief Executive Officer of I-Net Communications Group Plc. For the next two years, Lee established the implementation and strategy of the group. He was responsible for establishing the leading converged services – unified-comms business in the UK, and positioning the business as UK’s 5th mobile network. This included restructuring their organization to better take advantage of new technology and markets.
Later Career Experience
After leaving I-Net Communications Group in 2002, Lee Slaughter spent the next decade taking on several interim director roles. One of the most notable of these roles occurred between November of 2002 and June of 2004, when he became the Interim Program Director and Head of Implementation with DTI Broadband Taskforce.
Here Slaughter originated the concept of, and worked with the aggregation of public sector ICT spend, to create more commercially viable projects and contracts to enable private sector businesses to increase broadband availability inline with HMG’s economic development plan.
After a successful career through the telecommunications and electrical engineering industries, leading many original and innovative solutions, Lee Slaughter has reached a position of great professional career success. By utilizing his proven skills with business management and telecommunications, he plans to continue building on this success to achieve even greater business heights in the future as we enter the post-telecommunications era – of truly converged communications solutions.
With Lee’s guidance as their Chief Executive, LWS Communications Ltd has become a leader in the management of projects and programs across the United Kingdom and Europe. Slaughter now plans to maintain this industry leadership going forward by helping their clients to achieve greater certainty in the outcomes of their business through strategic awareness and positive collaborative leadership. By working with the professionals at LWS on their most important programs and projects, clients can expect clear vision, a true understanding of the industry trajectory, tight control of costs, a faster pace of delivery, and enhanced returns on their investments.
Lee Slaughter and his team at LWS all specialize in leading complex change, from strategy and concept through to completion providing delivery of improved business results. The three main things that will set them apart going forward are the same qualities that make them stand out as leaders in their field now. These things are their collaborative style, their exceptional strategic understanding & capability, and their approach to leadership change.
Utilizing these strengths, Slaughter and the highly experienced team of consultants at LWS will continue to deliver high-quality, comprehensive services to their clients in all aspects of program and project leadership. And because they are all experts at working with high degrees of business pressure and complexity, Lee Slaughter and LWS can continue to provide their clients exceptional value for their money.