RVP UK&I / MEA
London29th March 2019
Nasdaq listed cloud security vendor Zscaler are delighted to announce the appointment to of Toby Keech as RVP UK&I /MEA. Zscaler created the first security-as-a-platform now used by more than 5,000 leading organisations, including over half of the Fortune 500. The business is expanding rapidly throughout EMEA and Toby will drive accelerated growth in the core region of UK and Ireland.
Toby joins from NetApp having been acquired into the business through SolidFire. He previously helped build 3PAR in EMEA prior to their acquisition by HP.
For further information visit: www.Zscaler.com
This assignment was conducted by John Smith and Jo Clasper.
Madrid9th January 2019
Spotahome is the first platform designed for direct booking of accommodation of 30 days or more, taking away one of the biggest headaches for people planning to move abroad and making/finding a new home secure, transparent, fast and easy. Spotahome operates in 10 European cities (Milan, Rome, London, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Valencia, Lisbon, Brussels, Madrid), with a headcount of more than 270 people, most of who work in its headquarters in Madrid.
The company has raised significant investment, notable from US giant Kleiner Perkins and some of Europe’s leading ‘Founder / Investor’ venture capital firms including Nordic Makers, Samaipata Ventures, and Arthur Kostens, one of the Founders at Booking.com and currently one of Europe’s most successful growth stage investors.
Cleo joined Spotahome to oversee the overall performance and efficiency of the business, she joined after four successful years at Uber as Head of Regional Operations EMEA.
For more information please visit: www.spotahome.com
London17th December 2018
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
Chief Technology Officer
Amsterdam12th November 2018
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.
Spain1st October 2018
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
London21st September 2018
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.
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.
VP EMEA & APAC
Windsor20th September 2018
Datastax is a market leader in data management for Cloud applications, they have raised nearly $200M from a syndicate that includes Kleiner Perkins, DFJ and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Pete Godden has joined to continue impressive growth rates in EMEA and lead the team enabling digital transformation within some of the world’s innovative companies.
Pete joined from Zerto where he spent the previous five years building a high performance go-to-market organisation in EMEA. Earlier in his career he ran worldwide sales for Coraid, Northern Europe for Isilon Systems and he started his career at PTC.
For further information visit: www.datastax.com
This assignment was conducted by Sebastian Kayll and Jo Clasper.
London24th May 2018
Leading private jet charter marketplace Victor officially announces the appointment of consumer tech leader Joe Cohen as CEO. Cohen is tasked with accelerating Victor’s impressive growth to date and realising its ambition to scale globally, by building upon its track record for innovation and superior customer experience.
Prior to Victor Cohen co-founded Property.Works, a commercial property marketplace providing transparency and convenience for SME businesses seeking new work space. Before that he was founder CEO of online ticket marketplace Seatwave, establishing a popular, mainstream model for the buying and selling of tickets to sports, music and cultural events prior to acquisition by Live Nation Entertainment-owned Ticketmaster in 2014. Cohen was also Global COO of Match.com, responsible for the operation and successful technology-driven expansion of several online dating businesses (under the Match.com umbrella) across 43 countries and 18 languages.
“A passion for delivering world-class customer experiences through technology has propelled Victor’s success to date and now, buoyed by recent investment, the company has the means to match its ambitions” Cohen says. “I’m looking forward to elevating product development, and developing a dynamic, values-led culture within the team that, ultimately, allows us to serve the highly fragmented jet charter market with its most seamless and pivotal customer proposition ever.”
Cohen replaces Victor founder Clive Jackson, who launched the business in 2011 and was appointed founder-CEO of investment vehicle Alyssum Group this January. Alyssum Group, whose subsidiary businesses include Victor and aviation flight-planning and services provider RocketRoute, is pursuing a long-term acquisitive strategy as it seeks to create a connected ecosystem for major stakeholders within private aviation.
“Joe is the ideal candidate to lead the next stage of Victor’s journey,” Jackson says. “He has over 20 years’ experience of creating compelling customer offerings in fragmented industries – of growing big tech brands that put customers first and, by making accessibility and acceptability part of their DNA to generate real customer love. Joe also brings great passion and energy to what he does. I’m really looking forward to working alongside another highly-experienced founder-CEO within Alyssum Group.”
Cohen leads an expanding global team of over 115 Victor staff across offices in London, New York, Santa Barbara and mainland Europe. Whilst based at Victor’s HQ in London, the Cleveland, Ohio-born CEO will actively operate on both sides of the Atlantic; particularly focused on developing Victor’s presence in North America, where the business opened new Manhattan headquarters last year. Victor, which made the FT1000 list of Europe’s fastest growing companies for its second consecutive year last month, has seen revenue growth of 726% over a four-year period (to 2016) and 95% year-on-year (Q1 2018 vs 2017).
Victor, part of the Alyssum Group, is a leading on-demand jet charter platform. Launched in 2011, the company has rewritten the jet charter rulebook with a fully-transparent, subscription-free, globally ‘on demand’ marketplace allowing members to swiftly check pricing options and aircraft specifics before booking the flights they need. Victor’s unique combination of smart technology and exceptional ‘high touch’ customer service, means that its B2C and B2B customers – with access to thousands of aircraft via a global network of over 200 partner operators – are always connected and in control.
Raising $38m in Series B funding over the past six months – including key institutional investments from BP Ventures and BBA Aviation – Victor continues to expand rapidly. The company has made the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for the last three years, and both the Deloitte UK Tech Fast 50 and Financial Times FT1000 for the past two.
For more information visit www.flyvictor.com
This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Holly Welstead.
Barcelona24th May 2018
Marc Vicente joins the organisation to lead ABA English in their next period of growth as they continue their international expansion especially into leading target markets such as China and Turkey. ABA English also intend to develop its learning language method into business orientated areas, offering employees the opportunity and tools to improve their English speaking skills in a commercial context. Marc joins ABA English with over 12 years experience gained in the digital and international eco systems. During his career he has held Commercial and General Management positions in the Travel industry, Gaming, eCommerce, Marketplace and with SaaS based businesses.
Originally from Barcelona, Marc was most recently based in Bordeaux, France where he held the position of COO for Cdiscount, part of the CASINO Retail Group. Cdiscount is one of Europe’s largest eCommerce players with over €3 billion in annual sales. He spent the previous four years working for Rakuten initially as the CEO for Spain and ultimately as the COO for the entire European organisation based in Berlin. His early career was spent in Product, Pricing and Analytics for lastminute.com, AVG technologies and Spainair. This breadth of international exposure combined with broad operational experience will be invaluable to ABA English during this next growth period.
“Marc Vicente is the perfect new addition to join and successfully deal with the new challenges we have set for ourselves here at ABA English, and has all our trust. His proven managerial skills, both operational and strategic, his successful track record and his approachable and committed leadership style, are noteworthy qualities of Marc which I believe will be key for developing the company over the next few years”, noted Javier Figarola, Board Director.
ABA English is a Barcelona based online EdTech organisation. Using their own proprietary technology and methodologies they provide remote video based English language learning to over 10 million users worldwide. Their offerings are available in over 170 countries and among the key tech territories are Brazil, France, Italy, Mexico, Russia and Spain. In 2016 ABA English raised $12 million in a growth capital round, led by Kennett Partners, a leading international growth equity firm and supported by Nauta Capital, the preeminent Spanish technology investment fund.
For more information visit : http://www.abaenglish.com/en/
This search was conducted by Sebastian Kayll and Claire May.
VP Small Business Europe
London1st May 2018
Renaissance Leadership is pleased to have completed the hiring of Soldo’s Commercial Leadership team with the following appointments:
Stuart Gammon joins Soldo as Chief Revenue Officer. Stuart is an experienced commercial SaaS leader with a strong track record of scaling and structuring fast growth organisations. He joins the Leadership team at Soldo with the specific remit of building out the Enterprise go-to-market organisation. Prior to joining Soldo, Stuart spent five and a half years working for Box. During his tenure he had responsibility for all Commercial Sales across EMEA, moving to RVP UK&I and ultimately became the RVP for Northern Europe with responsibility for 75% of Box’s EMEA revenues. Stuart has extensive experience leading both Enterprise and Mid Market organisations and earlier in his career he ran EMEA Inside Sales for Qlik, EMEA Mid Market for McAfee and additionally Nimsoft (acquired by CA). His formative years were spent at HP Software.
Darren Upson is appointed as VP Small Business Europe for Soldo. Darren is a highly experienced, hands on SaaS Marketing Leader, with over 12 years’ experience of building high performance marketing teams within hyper growth global technology businesses. He has been hired into Soldo to focus on developing their small business go-to-market strategy and execution. Prior to joining Soldo, Darren spent two and a half years at Xero, one of the world’s most valuable Cloud software companies. During his time he grew the UK subscriber base from 83,000 to over 250,000. Previously Darren spent four and a half years as the Marketing Director EMEA for NetSuite. This combined with the six years he spent at Deltek means that Darren has had exceptional exposure to the ERP and accounting space, which will prove invaluable to Soldo moving forward.
Soldo, a London based fintech startup, address the gap that currently exists between traditional banking organisations and the needs of their commercial customers. Their initial approach is to provide a multi user spending account, complete with MasterCard cards and supported with an intuitive SaaS platform enabling straightforward administration and effortless reporting. Soldo was founded and is led by the CEO Carlo Gualandri, a highly successful Italian technology entrepreneur with a track record of building and exiting businesses in the world of Media (Virgilio), Banking (Fineco), and Gaming (Giococ Digitale). Soldo have raised $11 million Series A funding, the round was led by Accel Partners.
Commenting on the appointments, Carlo Gualandri said ”Working with Sebastian and Renaissance has been one of the best decisions of the year. His support for our C Level executive searches has been outstanding, from brainstorming about the organisation, to selecting high quality candidates to closing really good hires that were the best we could have aimed for. I am looking forward to continuing our relationship.”
For more information visit www.soldo.com
This search was conducted by Sebastian Kayll and Jo Clasper.