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San Mateo, CA

19th July 2015
Vorstack announces the appointment of Anne Bonaparte as CEO

Vorstack, a leading threat intelligence provider for automation, curation and collaboration of threat intelligence to fight cyber threats, announced it has hired industry veteran Anne Bonaparte as its new CEO and President. Bonaparte will replace previous CEO and Founder Joe Eandi, who will remain with the company.

Bonaparte brings to Vorstack more than 20 years of technology experience, which includes serving as CEO and president at three companies in the security market, including Solidcore acquired by McAfee, Tablus acquired by EMC, and MailFrontier acquired by SonicWall. She previously held executive positions at Verisign, a leader in cyber security, transforming their international business. Ms. Bonaparte received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard.

Vorstack provides a Threat Intelligence Platform that automates the process of collecting, analyzing, correlating and securely sharing structured and unstructured machine-readable information on current and emerging cyber threats. The Vorstack Automation and Collaboration Platform dramatically increases operational efficiency by reducing the time it takes enterprises to identify and remediate security threats. Vorstack enables secure and anonymous collaboration and ensures control and protection of shared information. Vorstack reduces discovery time, remediation time, and overall risk to cyber-threats.

Vorstack has since re-launched as BrightPoint Security™ – a new company with new leadership redefining threat intelligence sharing.

For more information, visit https://www.brightpointsecurity.com

This search was conducted by Ben Anderson and Mehrnaz Zuie

Global VP Sales

San Francisco, CA

19th May 2015
Hearsay Social announces the appointment of Stephen D’Angelo as Global VP Sales

Stephen comes to Hearsay Social with over 25 years’ experience building high performance global sales organizations. His leadership roles have been in some of the most innovative market segments including social, mobile and big data. Prior to joining Hearsay Social, Steve was Senior VP of Sales for Kony Solutions, the leader in mobile application development solutions. Other market leading companies Steve has held leadership positions with include Jive Software, IMI, and Optum Software. Steve was also co-founder and CEO of Spring Lake Technologies that provided innovative predictive software that enabled companies to hire and develop high performing sales professionals. Steve has spoken to audiences worldwide on the topic of using world-class methods to build and scale high performance, highly motivated sales organizations. Steve sits on the advisory board of early stage companies, a school for children with Autism and Montclair University Business School.

Founded in 2009, Hearsay Social provides an omnichannel predictive analytics platform to help financial services salespeople “hear”important customer signals and based on these, “say” the right thing to the right contact at the right time. Over 100,000 reps use Hearsay’s Predictive Suite to deep customer relationships across social media, web, text, and email channels. Hearsay is the leading sales and marketing platform for Fortune 100 banks, insurers, and wealth management firms from J.P. Morgan and New York Life to Ameriprise, Farmers, Raymond James, and Vanguard. Hearsay is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in New York, Chicago, Toronto, London, Paris, Munich, and Hong Kong, and has raised over $51M in venture capital from Sequoia and NEA.

For more information, visit http://hearsaysocial.com

This search was conducted by Ben Anderson and Mehrnaz Zuie

VP Sales

Menlo Park, CA

19th April 2015
Transifex announces the appointment of Garrick Jang as VP Sales

Garrick Jang joins Trasifex from PagerDuty where he was the Manager Global SMB Sales. Prior to PagerDuty Jang built his sales leadership muscle as a corporate sales executive at Box. Jang is an emerging leader who brings 10+ years of sales and leadership experience selling into the SMB customer segment, where he has met or exceeded 100% of quota for the last 9 years running.

Transifex, founded in 2009, is a Localization Automation Platform that helps developers and marketers publish digital content across multiple languages. Built for companies with agile development cycles, Transifex’s cloud platform helps accelerate the delivery of content with a continuous localization workflow. Customers using Transifex can be assured that new content is always translated, and the latest translations are included with each release. This means faster time-to-market and a better experience for end users.

Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, Transifex is global and digital – with engineers on two continents and customers in nearly 50 countries representing about 40,000 projects and over 320,000 users, localizing content in 150+ languages. Customers include Atlassian, Deezer, Eventbrite, Orbitz, Soundcloud, and Waze.

For more information visit https://www.transifex.com

This search was conducted by Ben Anderson, Mateo C’de Baca and Robert Carter

Chief Marketing Officer

Silicon Valley

21st December 2015
Birst appoints Carl Tsukahara as Chief Marketing Officer

Birst, the global leader in Cloud BI and Analytics, today announced the appointment of Carl Tsukahara as the company’s new chief marketing officer (CMO), bolstering Birst’s executive suite and setting the company up to take full advantage of the ever-growing cloud analytics market opportunity. Tsukahara brings more than 20 years of marketing experience, and in his new role will lead Birst’s marketing strategy to drive continued growth and success.

“Carl brings a proven track record of success driving strategic business results through leading edge go to market strategies, marketing execution, sales enablement and communications,” said Jay Larson, CEO, Birst. “In an era where marketing is being redefined by analytics, he is a natural choice to lead our team and drive a new level of integrated go-to-market execution.”

Prior to joining Birst, Tsukahara was the executive vice president of marketing and product at Evolv, a big data, predictive analytics company that helps solve workforce performance issues, where he helped scale growth and elevate the company’s visibility. He previously held various marketing leadership roles at fast-growing public and private technology companies including Vitria, Oracle and Monitise.

This search was conducted by Ben Anderson.

Contact: ben@ren-lead.com

Senior Vice President of Sales

Silicon Valley

22nd December 2015
Capsilon Appoints Dave Nielsen as SVP, Sales

Capsilon, a provider of cloud documents and data management solutions for mortgage lenders and investors, today announced that Dave Nielsen has joined the Capsilon leadership team as SVP of Sales. Based in Capsilon’s San Francisco headquarters, Nielsen is responsible for managing the entire sales organization including enterprise sales, account management and sales operations.

Nielsen has more than twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur sales leader with a focus on technology and services for the banking and lending solutions at CoreLogic in Irvine, Calif., where he oversaw sales of the entire portfolio of CoreLogic products and services. Previously, Nielsen served as vice president of product development for Fremont Investment & Loan, a wholesale residential and commercial lending bank. Earlier in his career, he held a number of senior sales positions, including national sales manager for Mexico for a global tier 1 automotive heavy vehicle parts manufacturer.

“Dave is a proven sales leader who knows how to successfully scale and manage top-performing enterprise sales teams in high-growth environments” said Sanjeev Malaney chief executive officer at Capsilon. “Dave brings a wealth of experience delivering SaaS solutions to top mortgage lenders, and his deep industry knowledge and established relationships will be a tremendous asset to our company as we accelerate our growth.”

This search was conducted by Douglas Madden and Ben Anderson

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Chief Technology and Product Officer


4th December 2015
Zuto hires Josh Goodspeed as Chief Technology and Product Officer

High-flyer Josh Goodspeed, who has worked at Amazon’s HQ in Seattle and in London in leading roles, has joined Manchester-based car finance firm Zuto. Josh landed the role as the new Chief Technology and Product Officer following a year of growth at Zuto.

He joins the senior team after leading the integration of LOVEFiLM into Amazon Video while working in London. Prior to that he was based in Seattle and was responsible for pioneering the use of cloud computing with the internet giant’s retail platform. He also helped to design and develop an innovative feature for Kindle readers called X-Ray, which allows users to explore the ‘bones of a book’, developing a machine learning system that identifies people, places and interesting terms from a book and related information about these.

Zuto chief executive James Wilkinson said: “Josh is a key appointment for Zuto. “After a successful year of growth, we are now looking to develop our customer journey further with the launch of the My Zuto account area. We’re obsessed with our customers here at Zuto and providing them with a truly seamless experience, so the knowledge and insight that Josh brings will be crucial to our next phase of growth.”

Josh, added: “I’m really excited to join the team at such a critical stage of growth. “What the team at Zuto has already achieved is incredible; they have challenged, and lead the industry, while helping countless motorists make a better buying decision. “At Zuto, I’ll be driving the company’s next stages of development, as we look to innovate our customer journey and add more revolutionary updates to the My Zuto account function.”

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This search was conducted by Tony Willis

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VP Global Sales

22nd December 2015
VMob appoints Bill McHargue as Global Sales VP

San Francisco-based software sales executive Bill McHargue has been appointed into the newly-created Senior Vice President Global Sales role for Kiwi mobile marketing company VMob. With nearly 20 years’ experience in senior sales leadership role in Consumer Internet, Mobile and Enterprise SaaS businesses, McHargue has overseen extensive sales forces and driven impressive results for global companies from Start Ups to Fortune 500.

Overseeing the global sales efforts for VMob, McHargue will manage sales executives from the US, Japan, Europe, UK, Australia and New Zealand, supporting the ambitious expansion of the New Zealand-originated company.

VMob CEO and Founder Scott Bradley says the addition of McHargue to the team will “undoubtedly strengthen” the VMob network at home and abroad. “Not only is Bill an incredibly respected industry expert, but he also has a proven arsenal of world-class expertise that will reinforce our global expansion plans and drive the level of sales service and support that big brands demand” he says.

Former roles held by McHargue include Vice President, Sales at Crowd Science and Rubicon as well as senior roles at StrongMail Systems, Pitney Bowes and Digital Island.  McHargue says there’s a huge interest around the world for VMob’s live marketing cloud platform as the retail landscape evolves. “Retailers know they must transform the traditional brick and mortar retails experiences to stay relevant with their consumers, ” he adds.

“VMob has the expertise and scale to do it. Today the company is delivering phenomenal results for some of the biggest global retailers. I’m thrilled to be joining such talented and passionate team.”

This search was conducted by Ben Anderson.

Contact: ben@ren-lead.com

Head of Marketing

10th December 2015
busuu appoints Lea Hartkopf as Head of Marketing

busuu is the world´s largest social network for learning languages with over 55 million users around the world and acquiring up to 100k new users per day. Selected by Google as one of the best Android apps in the world, busuu has recently raised $6 million in series B funding from McGraw Hill Education with whom they have also signed a strategic partnership.

Lea Hartkopf joins from thetrainline.com where she was Head of Online Marketing leading their digital marketing strategy across multiple markets.

Her career has also included spending 7 years in various senior performance marketing roles across Europe for Paypal, as well as 5 years in digital media management for Universal Music.

SVP Worldwide Sales

Silicon Valley

21st December 2015
Avangate appoints Len Eschweiler as SVP, Worldwide Sales

Avangate, the leading Digital Commerce solution provider trusted by thousands of Software, Cloud and Online Services companies to grow their business worldwide, today announced the appointment of Len Eschweiler as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Eschweiler brings 20 years of Software as a Service (SaaS) and e-commerce experience to Avangate, with a proven track record leading global sales expansion efforts in North America, Canada, China and Europe.

“Len’s deep e-commerce expertise and knowledge of international markets will help to expand our growing customer base and global presence,” said Carl Theobald, President and CEO of Avangate. “He is an industry veteran with remarkable success in building high performing sales organizations. I am thrilled to have Len on the team as we continue on our rapid growth trajectory and expand into new markets.”

“Avangate has built tremendous momentum in the Digital Commerce market by helping businesses rapidly launch new products and maximize their software and online services revenues,” said Len Eschweiler, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales of Avangate. “I’m excited to join Avangate to lead our global sales efforts and help take the company to the next level.”
Prior to joining Avangate, Eschweiler held multiple leadership roles with Amazon including Amazon Webstore and Amazon Payments where he headed up sales, services, and strategic business development for the North American region. As a seasoned sales executive and entrepreneur, he has sustained success in building global sales teams and managing multi-channel e-commerce initiatives, spanning Online Services, Software, Payments and Digital Marketing. Previously, Eschweiler was the Senior Vice President of Sales and Client Success at MyBuys, establishing the company as the top Internet Retailer 500 personalization provider for 6 consecutive years. He also drove significant growth resulting in billions of dollars in merchant sales as the Vice President of Sales and Business Development at MarketLive, a leading SaaS and e-commerce provider.

This search was conducted by Ben Anderson.

Contact: ben@ren-lead.com

VP Engineering

4th December 2015
GoCardless announces the appointment of Nick Stevenson as VP Engineering

GoCardless was founded in 2011 and has quickly become the UK’s leading Direct Debit provider, making accepting recurring payments easy. As one of London’s leading FinTech startups their client base is impressive ranging from organisations like The Guardian and Funding Circle to the UK Government. Their most recent funding round saw them raise $12 million from investors including Accel Partners and Balderton Capital.

Nick Stevenson joins from Amazon where he was Senior Development Manager having led the integration of LOVEFiLM technology including video streaming technology for the Kindle Fire. Nick’s previous role at LOVEFiLM as Head of Development meant he was key to this integration.

Prior to this Nick spent 9 years at the BBC culminating in leading the team that developed the central proposition for the iPlayer streaming service.

For more information visit www.gocardless.com

This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Steve Bishop.

Contact: tony@ren-lead.com, steve@ren-lead.com