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Commercial Director

London

7th June 2017
uSwitch.com appoints Mathew Shepherd as its new Commercial Director

Mathew joins the impartial comparison and switching service from energy and home services supplier SSE where he was Director of Propositions. Prior to that Mathew was Commercial Director for Laithwaites Wine, the world’s largest direct wine business. 

He also held senior commercial and marketing roles with Cigna Insurance, Hastings Direct, British Gas and RAC.

Mathew has a BA Hons from Durham University and a Marketing Diploma from CIM. 

 

Headquartered in London, uSwitch was founded in 2000 and is an impartial price comparison site for a range of energy, personal finance, insurance and communications services. Based on site traffic it is the third largest comparison site in the UK and in 2015 it was acquired by the Zoopla Property Group in a deal that valued the company at over £150 million.

 

For more information visit www.uswitch.com

 

This search was conducted by Steve Bishop

Logistics Director

London

31st May 2017
matchesfashion.com appoints Becky Lombardo as Logistics Director

Becky Lombardo joins the luxury online retailer matches fashion.com from Dunelm/WorldStores Group, where she was Head of Fleet and managed over 1m consignments annually.
Previously she held senior operations and logistics roles at ASOS, Arcadia, Millet Sports and Dorothy Perkins and has significant experience in 3PL Contract Management across multiple UK and international sites.
Becky has a BSc in Physics from Birmingham University

Matchesfashion.com was founded over 30 years ago by Tom and Ruth Chapman and is an established pillar of high-end fashion retail in London and of the UK fashion industry, and more recently has become one of the most exciting and fastest growing eCommerce businesses in the world.
The business services the global market with over 400 international designer labels across womenswear and menswear, with names including Gucci, Balenciaga, Valentino and Isabel Marant, and ships to customers in over 170 countries worldwide.
The company vision today is to become “The reference point in online luxury shopping”. The business is headquartered in The Shard in London and is backed by leading VCs Highland Capital Partners and Scottish Equity Partners.

To learn more visit www.matchesfashion.com

This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Claire May

COO

London

2nd April 2017
The Property Software Group (a ZPG business) appoints Jonathan Dees as Chief Operating Officer

The UK’s leading supplier of software and technology solutions to the Property Industry, The Property Software Group, has appointed Jonathan Dees as Chief Operating Officer.

Jonathan joins from the Fairtrade Foundation, an ethical charity working to empower disadvantaged producers in developing countries, where he was Interim Finance and IT Director. Prior to working at the Fairtrade Foundation Jonathan was Managing Director of Holiday Lettings, a TripAdvisor company. His early career included work in strategic planning and analysis roles for HMV Group.

He is a qualified accountant and began his career at information and news specialists Reuters.

The Property Software Group is part of Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) and is the largest supplier of advanced software and technology to the UK’s property industry. Its portfolio includes market leading enterprise SaaS, cloud-based CRM and financial Property Management accounting software. Group brands include: Alto, Jupix, Vebra, CFP Software, Core Systems, MoveIT and MyPropertyFile.

This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Steve Bishop

For more information visit www.propertysoftwaregroup.com

Group CFO

Milan, Italy

1st April 2017
Jobrapido appoints Giuseppe Trettenero as Group CFO

Jobrapido, the Milan based international job search engine, has appointed Giuseppe Trettenero as Group Chief Financial Officer.

Before joining Jobrapido Giuseppe was the Regional CFO for PayPal Central EMEA. Prior to PayPal he was the Regional CFO and Group Controller for eBay Classified in Northern Europe and worked in a number of other senior finance roles for eBay.

Giuseppe has an MBA from the HEC School of Management, is a qualified accountant and has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Verona.

Established in 2006, Jobrapido is now the second largest global player in the fast growing job aggregator segment providing a one-stop platform for job-seekers to connect with employers. From its headquarters in Milan, Jobrapido conduct business in 58 countries, matching the right candidates with the right roles at thousands of companies around the world. Their search engine analyses and aggregates job listings from all over the web, so that candidates can find relevant jobs in one place using pioneering technology and innovative products. In 2014 Jobrapido was acquired by the Symphony Technology Group.

This search was conducted by Steve Bishop and Kay Souter

For more information visit www.jobrapido.com

Deputy Head of Gaming

London

31st March 2017
Improbable announces the appointment of Ryan DeSanto as Deputy Head of Gaming

Improbable , the ground breaking software simulation business, has appointed Ryan DeSanto as Deputy Head of Gaming.
Ryan joins Improbable from the Chinese online games giant NetEase where he was a Senior Producer and Head of Business Development for the North American market. Prior to working at NetEase he founded two other gaming companies; TinySpark and Playhem, raising capital, leading development teams and driving business development for both companies.
Improbable was founded in 2012 in London and now has over 125 staff helping them revolutionise the software industry with their simulation technologies. Simulations as large and complex as the real world are the next fundamental breakthrough technology. Like in the real world, objects in these simulations will change in response to their environment, and their interactions will combine to form massive, complex systems. Improbable are building the platform to make these simulations possible. Their first product for reality-scale simulations is SpatialOS; a distributed operating system capable of producing consequential, persistent simulations at unprecedented scale. SpatialOS is being deployed in many progressive game studios and the most critical government institutions across the world.

In 2015 Improbable closed a Series A funding round worth $22 million led by silicon valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz with Marc Andreessen joining the board of Improbable.

This search was conducted by Shane Burgess and Kay Souter
To find out more visit www.improbable.io

Chief HR Officer

London

6th March 2017
matchesfashion.com appoints Heidi Coppin as Chief HR Officer

Heidi Coppin joins the luxury online retailer from Not On The High Street, where she was People Director. Previously she held senior HR roles at Net-a-Porter, Asos, Unilever, Warner Music and Anheuser-Busch.

Commenting on her appointment, she says: “Matchesfashion.com has exceptional talent and, as it grows, we need to ensure that it continues to have the best if it is to keep innovating, leading the field and delivering for its customers. I’m thrilled to be joining the team.”

The firm’s Chief Executive, Ulric Jerome, adds: “It’s very important that, as we see such continued accelerated growth across the business, we have the right people to help us think ahead and maintain our momentum. For us it is vital that we have the best technology, and the best digital innovators and engineers who are thinking ahead for our business. Culture and talent are at the core of Matchesfashion.com and, as we grow at this accelerated rate, it’s crucial we nurture both within our business to attract, inspire and retain people. Heidi has an important role to play as we develop globally.”

Matchesfashion.com was founded over 25 years ago by Tom and Ruth Chapman and is an established pillar of high-end fashion retail in London and of the UK fashion industry, and more recently has become one of the most exciting and fastest growing eCommerce businesses in the world.

The business services the global market with over 400 international designer labels across womenswear and menswear, with names including Gucci, Balenciaga, Valentino and Isabel Marant, and ships to customers in over 170 countries worldwide.

The company vision today is to become “The reference point in online luxury shopping”. The business is headquartered in The Shard in London and is backed by leading VCs Highland Capital Partners and Scottish Equity Partners.

CFO

London

1st February 2017
Swoon Editions appoints Adam Woodhouse as Chief Financial Officer

Adam joins Swoon Editions from Global Fashion Group (GFG) where he was Director of Corporate Finance and Project Management. GFG are an ecommerce group that operates across 27 countries and has revenues of over €1 billion, whilst there Adam led a $300m funding round with Goldman Sachs and Citi.

Prior to this Adam spent 4 years as Head of Finance at online fashion giant ASOS where he saw the company grow from £150m to £1billion turnover.

He has also worked in senior finance roles at social retail site Shopa and at the Burton Group.

Adam holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Management from Kings College London

London based Swoon Editions was founded in 2012 by former Telegraph Media Group colleagues Brian Harrison and Debbie Williamson, after each became frustrated with the cost of stylishly furnishing their homes. They set up Swoon Editions to offer consumers high quality, craftsman-made furniture designs, at affordable prices. They design, make and sell furniture, using technology at the heart of the business to build a forward thinking, innovative company. Swoon Editions is backed by funding from Octopus Investments and Index Ventures.

For more information visit www.swooneditions.com

This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Claire May

CRO

london

24th January 2017
DueDil appoints Pierre Berlin as CRO

Renaissance is extremely proud to announce the appointment of one of EMEA’s finest SaaS leaders, Pierre Berlin, as the Chief Revenue Officer of DueDil.  Headquartered in London, DueDil is widely recognised as one of the most exciting and innovative members of the UK’s Fintech community.   Pierre joins Damian Kimmerman (CEO) and Justin Fitzpatrick (COO) as the third member of the core leadership team.  For the past five years, Pierre has been responsible for leading LinkedIn’s talent solutions (B2B data division) growing it from $4m to $500m p.a. and to 800 people across the region.

Commenting on the appointment Damian Kimmelman, CEO Duedil, said;

 “We enlisted the services of Renaissance Leadership three months ago and I couldn’t have been more impressed with their service. Seb ran a super slick process, he was available day and night to speak about candidates and was the perfect go between for all of the stakeholders associated with the process. I was impressed by the level of commitment that he and Vania had to sourcing the role. I have worked with many recruitment firms and a few head hunting firms but Renaissance Leadership was the first firm that I have used that not only sourced a superb candidate but really taught me to be a better recruiter personally. I would highly recommend them to anyone apart from our competitors”. 

 Chris Tottman, Partner at Notion Capital observed;

“Great searches are when something truly out of the ordinary happens as a consequence of the search partner and the way you partner with them. This certainly happened with Seb when we were running the Duedil CRO search and had the incredible challenge of a richness of options with final candidates. We’re tremendously excited about Pierre Berlin who has joined as a consequence.”

Headquartered in London, DueDil is seen as one of the most exciting and innovative members of the UK Fintech community. Founded in 2011, DueDil is building a worldwide database of all companies bringing full transparency to the way global business is conducted. Based in London, DueDIl has raised £30m from respected investors in the US and UK, including Oak Investment Partners, Passion Capital and Notion Capital.

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

This search was conducted by Sebastian Kayll and Vania Pickles

Commercial Director - B2B and International Development

London

21st November 2016
Addison Lee appoints Robert McGinn as Commercial Director – B2B and International Development

Addison Lee, the premium taxi and delivery services business, has appointed Robert McGinn as Commercial Director B2B and International Development.

Robert joins Addison Lee from Experian (the international credit and information Services group) where he was Sales Director EMEA returning the region to top line growth with revenues of over $200m. Prior to his role at Experian Robert worked in senior commercial roles for BT Global Services and Verizon.

Founded in 1975, Addison Lee is a premium taxi and delivery services business operating out of its HQ in London, where it has a fleet of 5,000 taxis and transports over 10m customers each year. Addison Lee is the largest private hire car operator in the UK and has the biggest fleet of any operator across Europe.

The business has a staff of 700 and is owned by Private Equity Group Carlyle.

www.addisonlee.com.

Global Head of Sales Development

London

21st November 2016
Just Eat appoints Siddarth Bajeva as Global Head of Sales Development

Just Eat, the FTSE listed global consumer internet company, has appointed Siddharth (Sid) Baveja as Global Head of Sales Development.

Sid joins Just Eat from Viagogo (the online ticket marketplace) where he spent five years, most recently as Director of Sales Operations and New Markets, where he launched the Sales Operations Group across 14 countries. Prior to Viagogo Sid worked as a financial analyst with Goldman Sachs out of their Houston office. Sid studied in the U.S. and attended the Tuck School of Business.

Just Eat is one of the most successful global consumer internet companies to launch in Europe in the past decade. The business is approaching $4.5bn in valuation and has continued to expand its global footprint since their IPO. This role gives a rare opportunity to play a lead role driving the international expansion of a European headquartered internet company.

In his new role Sid will influence growth strategy across Just Eats’ global markets by supporting, leading and managing initiatives to bring a more data centric, innovative approach to driving revenue growth.

www.just-eat.com