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Chief Product Officer

Berlin

9th October 2017
Oberlo appoints Davide Vitiello as Chief Product Officer

Renaissance Leadership is pleased to announce the appointment of Davide Vitiello as Chief Product Officer at Oberlo, the leading marketplace for entrepreneurs to search and find products to sell online.

Davide has been recruited to drive end-to-end product strategy and execution for Oberlo. Managing, developing and expanding the current product teams he will be strongly contributing to an overall strategy which is successfully flipping the ecommerce market upside down.

Davide joins from the Berlin based streaming platform SoundCloud where he led their listener experience division as a Product Director. Prior to SoundCloud, Davide spent time in the tech entertainment industry with Aspiro in Norway and has also worked at a number of Norway’s darling tech companies such as Opera Software, Telenor, and 1881, as well as international brands like Oracle, Compaq/HP and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Oberlo is the leading business for finding and selling ecommerce products. The platform connects merchants with suppliers who ship products directly to consumers. This method, known as dropshipping, significantly lowers the barrier to entry for entrepreneurs. Since the company’s founding in September, 2015, Oberlo merchants have sold over 85 million products around the world.

For more information visit www.oberlo.com

This search was conducted by Steve Bishop and Kay Souter.

Chief HR Officer

United Kingdom

12th September 2017
MotorK hires Klarna’s Martin Kemp as Chief HR Officer

Renaissance Leadership are pleased to announce the recent hire of Martin Kemp, who joins MotorK as Chief HR Officer from Klarna. Martin will play a key role in building out the HR and Talent function at MotorK as the company expands rapidly.

Martin joins from Klarna, the consumer payments solution business where he was VP HR responsible for the global build out of the HR capability of the eCommerce payments business backed by Sequoia, GA and Atomico. Prior to Klarna Martin held senior Global and EMEA Talent Acquisition roles at Betfair and Dell.

Founded in 2010, MotorK is an international company focused on sales and marketing for the car industry and has quickly become one of the most important players in the digital automotive arena. Started in Italy, it has rapidly expanded its business in Spain, France, UK and Germany and is now entering other European and extra-European markets.

With a unique mix of digital knowledge, online marketing expertise and strong technological background, MotorK has developed and consolidated a broad offering of products and services for the automotive industry such as DriveK, DealerK and Internet Motors. The company has now more than 200 people in Europe.

For more information, please visit www.MotorK.io

This search was conducted by Shane Burgess and Holly Welstead

Chief Revenue Officer

United Kingdom

20th July 2017
MotorK hires Criteo’s Phil Coxon as Chief Revenue Officer

Renaissance Leadership are pleased to announce the recent placement of Phil Coxon who joins MotorK as Chief Revenue Officer, moving from his previous role as Vice President of Central Sales and Sales Operations at web marketing giant Criteo. Phil will play a key role in assisting the company in its mission to digitise the automotive sector across its wide range of touch points including direct to consumers, via manufacturers and through the dealerships.

At MotorK Phil will be in charge of the company’s revenues and operations with the remit of developing the international sales teams. He will be implementing both internal and external training strategies to ensure the company’s explosive growth as the go-to provider of digital services to the auto trade is supported by the continued improvement of internal business management processes.

“We are delighted to welcome Phil to MotorK. The company is experiencing rapid growth following successes throughout Europe in helping companies in the motor trade to grow their business through digital strategies. Phil’s experience at Criteo and, previous to that, Microsoft and Yahoo! will prove invaluable both internally and externally for our clients,” said Marco Marlia, Co-Founder & CEO of MotorK.

Founded in 2010, MotorK is an international company focused on sales and marketing for the car industry and has quickly become one of the most important players in the digital automotive arena. Started in Italy, it has rapidly expanded its business in Spain, France, UK and Germany and is now entering other European and extra-European markets.

For more information, please visit www.MotorK.io

This search was conducted by Shane Burgess and Holly Welstead

Head of Digital Product and Head of UX & Design

Italy

25th June 2017
Sky Italia hires Chei Amlani as Head of Digital Product and Giovanni Spagnoli as Head of UX & Design

Renaissance Leadership continues its successful partnership with Sky Italia with two key appointments to their Digital Hub in Milan. Chei Amlani joins as Head of Digital Product and Giovanni Spagnoli as Head of UX & Design, reporting to Aldo Agostinelli, Chief Digital Officer.

Chei adds real digital product management depth and business transformation expertise, introducing the necessary structure, process and leadership skills needed to grow the digital product team in Milan. He was previously responsible for leading the successful transition to digital at the Telegraph Group.

Giovanni brings with him extensive experience in designing and implementing customer led UX and Design solutions for some of the most recognised global brands such as Alfa Romeo, Lavazza and Google. His career to date includes work experience in Milan, New York and more recently London. Giovanni has worked mainly agency side on complex and ground breaking online and digital solutions.

Sky is Europe’s leading entertainment company with 21 million customers across five countries: Italy, Germany, Austria, the UK and Ireland. Sky offers the best and broadest range of content, delivering market-leading customer service and using innovative new technology to give customers a better TV experience, whenever and wherever they choose. Sky Italia, established in 2003, has a 4.73 million subscriber base and is part of Sky plc. Sky Italia has always pursued cutting-edge technology as a means to enhance its subscriber viewing experience. It was the first company in Italy to broadcast in High Definition and to introduce a channel entirely dedicated to 3D broadcasting.

For more information visit www.sky.it/

These searches were conducted by Graeme Bilsland and Kay Souter

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 Strategy Officer

United Kingdom

13th March 2017
MotorK hires Google’s Brian Coleman as Chief Strategy Officer

MotorK, the European company providing unique technology and services to the automotive distribution industry, announced its first key hire following a notable funding round to expand globally.

Brian Coleman, previously Global Account Executive at Google, has joined the rapidly expanding AutoTech company as Chief Strategy Officer, as the company looks to expand its successful range of digital tools and technology that service the motor trade’s entire supply chain. Previous to Google, Brian was Senior Manager of Brand & Advertising Strategy at Toyota Motor Europe.

Marco Marlia, Founder and CEO of MotorK, enthused, “We are delighted to accelerate our expansion across Europe with such a key hire and are extremely happy that Brian will be joining us for the next stage of a very exciting adventure. His arrival signals the start of fast expansion for us and we look forward to similar announcements in the coming months as we add to our expert team.”

Founded in 2010, MotorK is an international company focused on sales and marketing for the car industry and has quickly become one of the most important players in the digital automotive arena. Started in Italy, it has rapidly expanded its business in Spain, France, UK and Germany and is now entering other European and extra-European markets.

For more information, please visit www.MotorK.io

This search was conducted by Shane Burgess and Holly Welstead