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17th December 2018
Couchbase appoints Huw Owen as VP EMEA

Renaissance are pleased to announce the appointment of Huw Owen as VP EMEA at Couchbase.

Couchbase is a leading enterprise transformation organisation using NoSQL database solutions. They are at the forefront of disrupting the $40B database market with a platform that revolutionises digital innovation. The solution delivers scale, performance and agility, enabling the most demanding organisations to fundamentally redesign and architect their digital architecture. Couchbase is currently used in over 20 of the Fortune 100 and has raised over $150M in funding from leading funding Venture Capitalists including Accel Partners, Mayfield Fund and Sorenson Capital.

The incoming VP EMEA, Huw Owen, joins from Tanium where he held the title RVP for Northern Europe. Earlier in his career Huw was number two in EMEA for Symantec, VP EMEA at Good Technology and ran the entire Services organisation for Lenovo in EMEA.

For more information visit www.couchbase.com


VP Sales


29th November 2018
Paddle appoint Adam Kay as VP Sales

Paddle is a UK headquartered software company that provides an all-in-one commerce platform for independent software vendors. Regularly cited as one of London’s fastest growing software businesses, Paddle is backed by a syndicate that includes Notion Capital, British Growth Fund and Kindred Capital.

Adam joined Paddle from Conversocial where he spent the previous three years running global sales. His task is to continue their exceptional growth rate both by revenue and team size.

For more information please visit: www.paddle.com

Chief Technology Officer


12th November 2018
Brendan Bank appointed as CTO for MessageBird

Brendan Bank was appointed Chief Technology Officer for MessageBird in early 2019. In his role, Bank is responsible for scaling the team and driving platform development on behalf of MessageBird’s global customer base.  Prior to MessageBird, Bank architected the technology roadmap at global travel leader Booking.com as Chief Technology Officer, where he led growth and development of the engineering and technical teams. During his 9 year tenure at Booking, Bank managed 32x growth in the technical teams that supported 50x growth in daily customer transactions.

Over 15,000 global customers rely on MessageBird to solve their communication challenges by routing important messages and calls on their behalf. Its SMS, Chat, and Voice APIs continue to revolutionize company-customer interactions, making contact easier, more efficient, and more accessible than ever before.

For further information see www.messagebird.com

This search was conducted by Shane Burgess and Kay Souter.

Chief Sales Officer

San Francisco, CA

31st October 2018
Rich Anstett Appointed Chief Sales Officer at Culture Amp

Culture Amp is a provider of people analytics platform designed to offer data-driven insights on employee engagement and company culture. The company’s platform allows an organization to create surveys to gauge engagement within that organization, enabling them to collect, understand and act on employee feedback.


About Rich Anstett
Rich Anstett has a 15+ years high-performance track record of success in SaaS Cloud Computing Enterprise Software companies. He has extensive experience developing and driving Corporate Strategy as well as creating, leading, and motivating high impact leadership teams that consistently surpass revenue objectives and grow market share.


For more information visit https://www.cultureamp.com/
This search was conducted by Ben Anderson and Nick Michaels.

Chief People Officer

San Francisco, CA

31st October 2018
Golbie Kamarei Appointed Chief People Officer at Culture Amp

Culture Amp is a provider of people analytics platform designed to offer data-driven insights on employee engagement and company culture. The company’s platform allows an organization to create surveys to gauge engagement within that organization, enabling them to collect, understand and act on employee feedback.


About Golbie Kamarei
Golbie Kamarei is the Chief People Officer of Culture Amp – the world’s leading People and Culture platform. Prior to joining Culture Amp, Golbie held various roles in investing and organizational development at BlackRock, global investment manager with $6.4 trillion in assets. Golbie is a frequent speaker at international conferences on the topics of culture, wellbeing, and mindfulness in business. She earned a MS in business management (Sloan Fellow) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in psychology with honors from Stanford University.


For more information visit https://www.cultureamp.com/
This search was conducted by Ben Anderson and Nick Michaels.

Sales Director

Redwood City, CA

23rd October 2018
Jean Tali Appointed Sales Director at Zum

Zum is a provider of on demand ride and care services intended to offer reliable child transportation and care for children. The company’s ride sharing service provides safe and reliable child transportation for schools and parents by providing flexible ride options, through highly vetted drivers via its mobile application, enabling parents to save time spent driving children to school and other activities.


About Jean Tali
Jean Tali is a seasoned sales executive with 20 plus years of SaaS and Enterprise software sales, management, and operational experience in both small, to very large technology organizations. She is passionate about building and leading high performing teams with integrity and providing outstanding customer experiences.


For more information visit https://ridezum.com/
This search was conducted by Mateo C’de Baca and Ryan Goodridge.

Sales Vice President

Mountain View, CA

20th October 2018
Chris Vercelli Appointed Vice President of Sales at Treasure Data

Treasure Data is a provider of a cloud-based data analytics platform created to simplify data management. The company’s data analytics platform stores and analyzes data from a variety of sources, including multi-structured web, application, mobile and sensor data. It make the tools that empower everyone on the team to break down data silos, learn faster and make data a differentiator for the business, enabling marketers to understand customer behavior across devices, locations and time.


About Chris Vercelli
Chris is responsible for worldwide sales operations. Prior to joining Automic, he held sales leadership positions within the software technology space at IPSoft, BMC Software and CA Technologies—specifically within the areas of cloud automation, enterprise software and mobility.


For more information visit https://www.treasuredata.com/
This search was conducted by Mateo C’de Baca and Ryan Goodridge.



1st October 2018
Renaissance are pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Cassedy as the new CEO of Wallapop

Wallapop has appointed Rob Cassedy as their new CEO who will bring his expertise in high volume consumer technologies to help guide the company towards a new stage of growth.

Cassedy has spent the last three years as CEO of eBay Kleinanzeigen in Germany, the largest classifieds business in Europe with nearly 500 million monthly visits and 30 million active ads. Earlier in his career, he led the European expansion for eBay Inc. Prior to this he started his career in strategic consulting at Mars & Co.

I am delighted to join Wallapop in this exciting stage of its evolution and wishing to work with a great team that has demonstrated a solid trajectory in customer-centric innovation,” Cassedy said.

Agus Gómez, who co-founded and directed Wallapop during the first six years, will assume the role of President for the company from where he will support Rob in this new stage.

Rob and I share the same vision about the new generation of online classifieds that Wallapop is leading,” Gomez said.  “Rob’s experience in managing high growth and profitability in classifieds in Europe is a great reinforcement for Wallapop and our future ambitions.”

Wallapop is the leading internet classifieds company in Spain and one of the key global players of a new pure mobile approach that is disrupting the industry. With over 40 million users and more than 100m products uploaded onto the Wallapop website they have taken the industry by storm. The company aspires to make a collaborative and more sustainable world by launching a hyper-local mobile marketplace for buying and selling second hand goods. Founded in Barcelona by Agustin Gomez in 2013, by 2015 Wallapop had expanded across the globe into countries including France, UK, Mexico, Brazil and the US where it was the top downloaded app in a matter of weeks. In 2015, Wallapop had their greatest achievement to date, receiving the TechCrunch Europe Award for best mobile application of the year. Investors include; NEA, Insight Venture Partners, Accel and Naspers.

For more information visit: http://www.wallapop.com

This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Holly Welstead.

VP and GM Europe


21st September 2018
Olivier Van Calster joins StockX as VP & GM Europe

Experienced Digital Executive Olivier Van Calster is joining the fast-growing StockX to lead its European expansion. StockX, one of the fastest growing online marketplaces in the world, was founded in 2015, and launched in February 2016 out of Detroit in the U.S.

Olivier joins after a successful three-year stint with talent management platform Talmix, where he served as CEO.

His early career encompassed senior Marketing and Commercial leadership roles with FT.com and eBay before moving to Ancestry.com, where he spent five years building its international business across Europe, Australia and Canada as SVP, International. Ancestry is the world’s largest Family History Platform.  Olivier is an INSEAD MBA.

About StockX

Co-founded in February 2016 by CEO Josh Luber, StockX COO Greg Schwartz, and Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and chairman of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit-based StockX launched in February 2016. Known as the world’s first “Stock Market of Things,” StockX enables the buying and selling of high-demand consumer products, including sneakers, watches, handbags and streetwear. StockX connects buyers and sellers by the same methods as the world’s stock markets – using anonymity and standardization to provide real-time market pricing and complete transparency. All products are physically inspected and authenticated by StockX. The platform also supplies in-depth market analysis, individual portfolio tracking, historical sales and volume metrics.

Operating in a market where the sneaker resale market alone is estimated at $1bn and growing, StockX averages more than 8M unique visitors per month, more than $2M per day in total marketplace sales (GMV), and is nearing a $1bn annual GMV run rate in just over two years of operation.

StockX is backed by leading Silicon Valley-based VCs including GV and Battery Ventures, as well as noted celebrity investors such as Eminem, Mark Wahlberg, famed DJ Steve Aoki, model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss, streetwear designer Don C, Salesforce Founder Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff, Ted Leonsis, AOL’s Tim Armstrong, Scooter Braun and Ron Conway.

For more information visit: www.stockx.com

This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Claire May.



20th September 2018
Mal Minhas leaves Amazon to join computer code kit company Kano as VP Engineering

Renaissance led the search for a VP Engineering to join this highly regarded build-your-own computer success story. Key to the search was to find a tech leader with experience spanning hardware and software as well as a background in growth stage businesses.

Mal Minhas joins from Amazon where he led the Amazon Video Distribution Software Engineering team. Mal has also held technology leadership roles at Vertu, Adobe and Apple, he has an MSc in Computer Science from Imperial College London.  Founded in 2013, Learn-to-code start-up Kano, whose products aim to turn kids into digital makers is a new kind of computer company. Their mission is to make it simple and fun for anyone, anywhere to make and play with technology. Their first kit, which broke records on Kickstarter, gives young people the chance to build and code their own computer, with simple steps, powerful projects and creative tools.

Kano closed a $28M Series B last year — and has raised some $44.5M in total. Investors include Index Ventures and Breyer Capital.

For further information visit www.kano.me

This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Hannah Hill.