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COO

Manchester

6th February 2018
Steve Johnson appointed COO at Zuto

Steve Johnson joins market leading online car financing business Zuto as Chief Operating Officer.
He joins from Virgin Money where he was Digital Director responsible for teams across five locations in the UK.  Prior to Virgin he was Group Head of Digital at The Co-Operative Group and has also held senior digital roles at BG / Centrica, Alliance Boots and Dixons.  He will wok closely with Founder CEO James Wilkinson at Zuto as they look continue their rapid expansion.

Zuto, with its headquarters in Manchester and main operations centre in Macclesfield, is the leading on-line car financing business in the UK, with over 300 employees across the two offices. Their mission is to completely transform the car financing experience for customers, changing the industry as a result.

Zuto  was founded in 2006 and is building on strong foundations to bring about industry transformation by applying internet economy business methodologies to completely re-define the customer experience and reset expectations, with the ultimate goal of reducing the process, which currently can take days, to one hour or less.

Once perfected in the UK they believe that the business model can be replicated internationally and that Zuto can become a global enterprise.

Zuto is backed by SEP, the London and Edinburgh based venture capital fund.

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

This search was conducted by Tony Willis.

CTO

London

29th January 2018
Steve Beard appointed CTO at Swoon Editions

Steve Beard joins online furniture designer and retailer Swoon Editions as CTO.  This completes a leadership team build at Swoon by Renaissance which includes a new CFO, COO, CCO and CMO.

Steve joins from online cards and gifts giant Moonpig (part of the Photobox Group).  Steve was Engineering Director at Moonpig and prior to that held senior technology leadership roles at Trainline and Sporting Index.  He has a track record of producing high performance, scalable and reliable business systems and is an agile and lean development expert.  He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Southampton University.

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 http://www.swooneditions.com

This search was conducted by Tony Willis.

Group Data and Analytics Director

United Kingdom

14th October 2017
Zoopla Property Group appoints Jeremy Snyman as Group Data and Analytics Director

Jeremy Snyman joins Zoopla from leading car and home insurance comparison website Comparethemarket.com. At CTM he was Associate Director of Data Solutions for over two years with responsibility for influencing business transformation and a change of culture into a data-led organisation. Whilst at CTM, Jeremy successfully grew the data team from 9 to 42 permanent staff.
Jeremy has extensive experience within the business intelligence industry. Prior to Comparethemarket.com he was Group Head of Business Intelligence at Amazon for four years, as well as holding key roles at Keystone Business Solutions and LoveFilm.
Jeremy joins Zoopla as Group Data and Analytics Director.
Zoopla Property Group (ZPG) was founded in 2007 and has since been one of the fastest growing websites in the UK, attracting over 50 million visits per month. It has become the UK’s most comprehensive property website, focused on empowering consumers with the resources they need to make better-informed property decisions. ZPG owns and operates some of the UK’s most trusted digital brands including Zoopla, uSwitch, PrimeLocation, The Property Software Group and Hometrack.
ZPG helps its users make sense of the residential property market by combining property listings with market value data, local information and community tools. By enabling users to search for homes and do market research, they have become the favoured online marketing partner for UK estate agents, letting agents and property developers. The business listed on the LSE in 2014.

For more information visit www.zpg.co.uk

This search was conducted by Steve Bishop and Holly Welstead

Chief Technology Officer

United Kingdom

13th October 2017
Dhruv Kumar joins Charlotte Tilbury Beauty as CTO from The Hut Group

Renaissance Leadership is delighted to announce the appointment of Dhruv Kumar as CTO into fast growth beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury Beauty. Dhruv joins Charlotte Tilbury Beauty from The Hut Group where he was Group Engineering Director responsible for all retail systems and a team of 200.
Prior to The Hut Group he spent two years with HP Autonomy in their software engineering, research and development organisation.

Founded by world renowned make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, Charlotte Tilbury Beauty is revolutionising make-up with easy to choose, easy to use and easy to gift skincare and color products. The brand has won more than 110 industry awards, and is recognised for its social, community-based marketing strategies. It is also strategically focused on innovation, introducing the augmented reality “Magic Mirror” to Westfield London and the brand’s Covent Garden shop, launching a virtual reality perfume experience involving Kate Moss, and creating the “Hot Lips x Women for Women” lipsticks.

Sequoia Capital, which is based in Menlo Park and has previously backed Airbnb, Alibaba, Apple, Dropbox, Google, Instagram, JD.com, WhatsApp and YouTube has recently invested an undisclosed sum, while Charlotte Tilbury’s other investors include Venrex Investment Management, whose other investments include Samantha Cameron’s new brand Cefinn, Orlebar Brown, Astley Clarke and Lyst.com.

For more information, please visit www.charlottetilbury.com

This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Claire May.

Director of Data

United Kingdom

11th October 2017
GoCardless appoints Jim Anning as Director of Data

Renaissance Leadership is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Anning as Director of Data at GoCardless, the leading online payments solutions company. Jim is tasked with building a team of data scientists & analysts to take data from £4 billion worth of transactions for over 30,000 organisations across the UK and Europe, his new function will build the data-heavy products that will underpin GoCardless’s rapid growth plans.

Jim joins GoCardless from British Gas Connected Homes where he held the title of Head of Data and Analytics. His team managed all aspects of data from Connected Homes’ products including Hive Active Heating and MyEnergy, analysing it to help improve services and developing machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms to give customers the best experience from connected products.

Originally an electronics engineer, Jim has held a variety of technology and leadership roles in the BBC, the Oil & Gas, Education and Utilities industries.

As one of Europe’s leading Fintech start-ups, GoCardless is rapidly creating a new international payments network to rival credit and debit cards. It is breaking down barriers so businesses can quickly and easily take payments from anyone, anywhere in the world. Their API powers recurring payments for companies like the Guardian, Thomas Cook and the UK Government, and also enables partners such as Xero and Sage to help tens of thousands of small businesses to save countless hours spent chasing customers for payments. The business has recently launched its international operations in France and Germany, and has just raised another substantial funding round of $25M million led by Notion Capital. Other investors include Balderton Capital, Accel Partners and Passion Capital.

For more information visit www.gocardless.com

This search was conducted by Steve Bishop.

COO

London

8th October 2017
Swoon Editions appoints Andy Murray as Chief Operating Officer

Renaissance Leadership is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Murray as COO at Swoon Editions, one of the UK’s fastest growing furniture brands. Murray has 20 plus years’ experience in managing and directing commercial operations for blue chip companies. Swoon Editions said he would strengthen the business’ functionality to ensure it is efficiently scalable as the organisation continues to grow.

Murray joins from Tyres on the Drive, the UK’s leading mobile tyre fitting service where he ran their operations teams, including its network of technicians across the country, its distribution centre in Birmingham and its call centre in Holmes Chapel.

Prior to Tyres, Andy spent time at Dixons Carphone, where he was the Programme Director of the group’s operations process for its joint venture with Sprint USA. Previous experience also includes roles at Method Products, Kingfisher and Charles Worthington, after starting his career at Black and Decker as a graduate trainee.

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 http://www.swooneditions.com

This search was conducted by Steve Bishop.

VP EMEA North

United Kingdom

4th October 2017
Code42 appoints Richard Agnew as VP EMEA North

Renaissance Leadership is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Agnew as VP EMEA North at Code42, the leading endpoint security provider.

Richard joins Code42 from Veeam Software, the back-up virtualisation software company where he held the role of VP Northern Europe. Richard has extensive experience in the infrastructure software segment having previously been the Regional Director UK&I at VCE, the virtual computing environment company owned by EMC, Cisco and VMWare. Earlier in his career, he held Sales Management positions at NetApp and EMC.

Richard has been hired by Mike Robins, Code42’s new SVP Worldwide Sales and is tasked with growing EMEA’s revenues in line with the incredible success already being achieved by their North American organisation.

Code42 is a global Enterprise SaaS provider of endpoint data protection and security solutions to more than 39,000 organisations, including the most recognised brands in business and education. Their highly secure Cloud solutions enable IT security teams to limit risk, meet data privacy regulations and recover from data loss whatever the cause. Code42 has raised $140M over 2 rounds of funding from a world leading syndicate consisting of Accel Partners, JMI Equity, New Enterprise Associates and Split Rock Partners.

For more information visit www.code42.com

This search was conducted by Sebastian Kayll

Head of Growth

United Kingdom

27th September 2017
Fora Space appoints Sam Gregory as Head of Growth

Renaissance Leadership is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Gregory as Head of Growth at Fora, the revolutionary new concept in premium pro-working residencies.

Sam joins Fora having spent the last year running his own successful independent consultancy business supporting SMEs with growth strategies and digital marketing services.

Sam’s senior marketing career stretches more than 12 years’ working both technology and client side. As Head of Customer Acquisition at OVO Energy he built a high-performing team from scratch that transformed their website into the most profitable channel for new customer acquisition. At Google, he helped global businesses maximise their revenue growth and customer engagement objectives through innovation and digital excellence.

Designed to meet the needs of all businesses, from start-ups and SMEs through to global corporates, Fora has the ambition to become a category challenger and is leading the way with its revolutionary new concept it calls ‘pro-working’. Fora is reimagining the office experience by employing premium hotel-style service and design, innovative technology and a curated approach to resident activity. Their spaces, service, design and tech ensure the wellbeing of business, people and culture, while the flexibility of their terms ensures residents are controlling their own financial risk.

For more information visit www.foraspace.com

This search was conducted by Steve Bishop.

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

Managing Partner

San Francisco, USA

2nd August 2017
Alastair Mitchell joins EQT Ventures as Managing Partner, San Francisco.

Renaissance is delighted to announce the appointment of Alastair Mitchell, co-founder and CEO of Huddle – the B2B SaaS business – as Managing Partner of EQT Ventures, with the remit of establishing and managing the West Coast advisory office of this Stockholm and London based fund.

Alastair spent nine years building Huddle into one of the leading enterprise document collaboration businesses, starting in London and then building out in the US from their base in San Francisco. This experience in building out a European technology business in the US will be an invaluable resource and offer unique insight for EQT Ventures and the European early stage companies they are funding.

The launch of the €566 million EQT Ventures fund earlier this year is one of the most exciting developments in the global venture capital industry. Founded by a group of the industry’s most experienced investment advisors, most of them company builders themselves, EQT Ventures is part of EQT, a global private equity group with a proven track record of developing companies – with more than 150 investments and 70 exits and an exceptional long-term growth focused strategy in place.

For more information, please visit www.eqtventures.com

This search was conducted by Shane Burgess and Holly Welstead.