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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



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.



18th September 2018
Peter Anderson joins The Office Group (TOG) as CTO in the run-up to international business expansion

Peter has a distinguished career in technology leadership in the hospitality sector and has won several awards whilst building out the technology capability at Soho House during its international expansion. Peter is ideally suited to lead all things technology related at TOG as they embark on their own international growth journey following investment from Blackstone.

TOG is home to one of the most creative, exciting and forward-thinking working communities in the UK. They have pioneered the concept of the shared workspace in Britain. In June 2017 Blackstone (a global leader in Real Estate investing) acquired a majority interest in the business, beginning a new era for TOG. As a result there is a huge amount of excitement about what the future holds in terms of opening new locations and defining innovative ways of addressing how people wish to work.

For further information visit www.theofficegroup.co.uk

This search was conducted by Graeme Bilsland and Hannah Hill.



10th September 2018
Eve Sleep appoint James Sturrock as their new CEO

Eve Sleep has announced the appointment of James Sturrock as its new Chief Executive, replacing Co-Founder and Chief Executive Jas Bagniewski, who resigned two months ago.  Eve Sleep is a pioneer of luxury sleep solutions, promising the perfect start to every day thanks to a guaranteed great night’s sleep.  They starting trading in 2015 and have since grown the team to over 100, with offices across Europe and North America.

Sturrock, who was previously Managing Director of online gifts and card retailer Moonpig, steps into his new role at the online bedding this September. During his leadership at Moonpig, he delivered four consecutive years of double-digit revenue and EBITDA growth, expanded the product offering and led the successful rebranding of the business in 2017.  Prior to Moonpig, Sturrock was part of Direct Line Group and formerly Direct Line Insurance where he held a number of senior divisional and marketing roles across the company before becoming General Manager of the Commercial Direct Division within the Direct Line Group in 2012.

Alongside Sturrock’s appointment, Nikki Crumpton has independently been appointed to Eve Sleep’s Board as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director with immediate effect, replacing Peter Hepworth who has decided to step down from his role.

Today’s appointments are a major coup for Eve and a strong endorsement of our business and its growth potential,” Chairman Paul Pindar said. “I am delighted that such a high calibre Chief Executive in James is joining the business. His proven experience in leading and developing online companies will be essential in driving Eve forward to seize the substantial market opportunity ahead.”

Sturrock added: “I am excited to be joining the business at this point in its journey. Eve is a brand-leader with an outstanding product range, operating within an exciting and developing market place with a real opportunity ahead. I look forward to building on the strong foundations in place and taking the business on to achieve its potential.”

For more information visit: www.evemattress.co.uk

This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Claire May.

Worldwide Sales Vice President

San Francisco

4th September 2018
Moovit Appoints Frank Kopas as Worldwide Sales Vice President


Moovit is the world’s largest urban mobility data and analytics company and the #1 transit app with over 2500 cities logged into their system, across 83 countries, and can be used in 44 languages. More than 100 cities and global events, including Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics.


About Frank Kopas

Frank Kopas was the General Manager of Americas at Aconex acquired by Oracle for $1.2B, he was responsible for revenue growth and executing the go-to-market strategy in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America and globally for all Americas-based key accounts. During his stay, he led a growing sales and services team across 13 offices. P&L management with a focus on exceeding bookings, revenue and profitability goals, are some of his abilities. Frank also has experience working at iPhrase Technologies, Banter systems, Xoriant, Brio Technology, and HP.

Frank holds an MBA from The Ohio State University and BSEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.


For more information visit www.moovit.com

This search was conducted by Mateo C’de Baca and Ryan Goodridge

Vice President of Human Resources

San Jose, CA

30th August 2018
Quantenna appoints Shelly Morales as Vice President of Human Resources

Quantenna Communications Inc., a leader in high-performance WiFi solutions, has appointed Shelley Morales as Vice President of Human Resources.

Shelly Morales was the Head of HR at Cadence Design System and joined the business partners for R&D. She led a 15-person team of multinational professionals.  Prior to this role, she held the title of Head of HR Business Partners at Atlassian and Human Resources Business Partner at LinkedIn. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHRM) certificate.

Quantenna is a global leader and innovator of leading-edge performance Wi-Fi solutions that offer superior performance, and establish benchmarks for speed, range, efficiency, and reliability. Quantenna is Wi-Fi Perfected.

For more information, visit www.quantenna.com
This search was conducted by Ben Anderson and Mehrnaz Zuie





20th August 2018
Jonathan Chong takes on CTO role at Victor following recent investment from BP Aviation

Jonathan is tasked with leading the development of innovative and customer led digital products and services to a fast expanding international customer base.

Victor (www.flyvictor.com) is a rapidly growing online marketplace for private jet charter. The innovative online portal and mobile app enable transparent online bookings of private jets backed by experienced Customer Support, Sales, Commercial and Operations teams. Following its launch in August 2011, Victor has grown to over 14,000 members and as an internet-based company sees no barriers to growth. Victor has built Europe’s leading charter brand and is now growing its presence in the US.  The company was voted 1st in the Deloitte Fast 50 internet firms in 2016 and came in at number 33 in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 in 2017.

For further information see www.flyvictor.com

This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Hannah Hill.