Ritz Steytler

Business & Executive Leadership Coach

About Abacus Partners

Abacus Partners is the culmination of everything I have enjoyed most in my career: making transformation and change happen and leveraging technology. I love helping leaders unleash fresh ideas, motivation, and focus to improve their performance and achieve their goals. If it involves technology, then even better.

I studied Engineering, Computer Science and Business at Stellenbosch in South Africa and worked as a management consultant and systems integrator for Accenture and IBM for 16 years. In 2007, I enrolled in London Business School to pursue an MBA, hoping to find a more entrepreneurial career.

At LBS, I discovered the concept of search funds and launched my search journey two weeks before the birth of my fourth child at the end of 2008. In 2011, I acquired payment processor Servebase Computers (later rebranded as PXP Solutions). I spent three very challenging and eventful years transforming PXP before exiting to Kalixa in 2014.

Since then, I have worked in private equity and AI-based fraud detection and co-founded a B2B marketplace that sells advanced industrial technology to mines and energy companies worldwide. I now work with several promising technology businesses and search funds as a board member, consultant, and coach.

I have chaired and sat on the boards of several remarkable charities, primarily focusing on education, poverty alleviation, and supporting underprivileged families and young people in the UK and abroad.

I am currently completing Meyler Campbell’s Mastered business coaching programme, which is accredited by the Association for Coaching (AC) and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). I am also a graduate of Seth Godin’s altMBA, an accredited Nervous System Mastery practitioner, and an accredited Mindshop Independent Advisor.

I live in Hertfordshire in the UK, happily married for over 27 years, the father of four exceptional children, and the owner of a slightly mental Jack Russell terrier. I’m always happy to talk about technology, guitars, rugby, test cricket, fly fishing, and woodworking over a pint of real ale.

I look forward to meeting you and hopefully working together!