Senior Vice President of Global Sales

Palo Alto

15th August 2018
Luminate Security appoints Senior Vice President of Global Sales Jason Stutt

Luminate Security was founded in 2017 by security and product veterans from leading international companies.

It is designed to help IT teams to create Zero Trust Application Access architecture by connecting any user from any device to any corporate application through a powerful, safe and easy way to use to access corporate applications hosted in Multi-Cloud and hybrid data centers. Luminate Security became the first provider of a universal platform access to corporate applications in hybrid clouds.


About Jason Stutt

Prior to Luminate,  Jason played an extraordinary part at Duo Security by growing the company from a few million dollars into more than $75 million within 3 years. The sales team went from two to 65 employees and the Duo recently got acquired by Cysco System Inc. for $2.35 Billion dollars.

As a professional, Jason is motivated by the opportunity of shaping and transforming teams to accomplish more and meet larger results inside a corporation.

For more information visit www.luminate.oi

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Chief Executive Officer

San Francisco

12th July 2018
Mercedes Ellison gets appointed as Chief Executive Officer by Everwise

Everwise, a platform that helps professionals boost their careers by connecting them with expert mentors appoints Mercedes Ellison as Chief Executive Officer.


About Mercedes

Mercedes was previously Senior Vice President at HEAT Software for almost 2 years until parting ways when the company was acquired by Clearlake Capital and merged into LANDESK.  The CEO opportunity at Everwise is very intriguing to her, as it marries her GTM expertise, domain in HCM, and personal passion around mentoring/career development and advancing women in leadership.

In her recent interview to Everwise, Ellison said: “I am truly honored to lead Everwise and build on its success. Helping others learn has been my lifelong work, so I was instantly drawn in by the life-changing impact Everwise has on individual careers. After digging into the business, I was thrilled to see that Everwise is helping its customers deliver such value across the enterprise, through shared learning experiences that drive results. Not every company has the opportunity to change the professional lives of millions, but we do. I can’t imagine a better match for me”. Needless to say, it was a perfect match.


Everwise is backed by Sequoia and Canvas Ventures and it has over 250 customers include Visa, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, PayPal, Genentech, Twitter, Pinterest, and Lyft.

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24th May 2018
Victor Appoint Marketplace & eCommerce Leader Joe Cohen as new CEO

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, responsible for the operation and successful technology-driven expansion of several online dating businesses (under the 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.

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24th May 2018
ABA English appoint Marc Vicente as CEO – based in Barcelona

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, 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.

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Chief Sales Officer

San Francisco

15th May 2018
Degreed, the world’s first career-long skills-building platform announces the appointment of Scott Lindeman as Chief Financial Officer.

Scott is an accomplished finance executive with a degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Simon School at the University of Rochester and he is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Prior to Degreed, he has worked for Silver Vue as Chief Financial Officer and has been successful in both large and small companies and has been in higher positions since 2002.  His expertise includes vast expertise in forecasting, cash management, sales cycle conversion metrics, and incentive compensation expertise in a hyper-growth environment as well as strong SaaS software startup experience.


About Degreed
Degreed is an award-winning learning platform built to help people and businesses develop, measure and share the skills they need. Degreed integrates organizations’ internal talent systems with the world’s largest ecosystem of open learning resources — millions of courses, videos, articles, books, podcasts and more from thousands of sources. As a result, organizations and their people can discover, curate, share and track all their learning and development, however, and wherever they learn. Founded in 2012, Degreed is headquartered in San Francisco with additional offices in Salt Lake City and Amsterdam.

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General Manager

San Francisco

10th May 2018
Karlie Jessop is appointed as General Manager at Creative Live

CreativeLive is the world’s largest and best online creative education platform, with more than 10 million students and 2 billion minutes of video consumed on its platform. Featuring classes in photography, video, design, music, and entrepreneurship – CreativeLive classes
are taught by the world’s top experts– Pulitzer-, Grammy-, Oscar winners, New York Times bestselling authors thought leaders and legendary entrepreneurs. Launched in 2010 and now reaching every country on the planet every month – CreativeLive has created more than 1,500 classes, 25,000 lessons, 2,000 articles and over 10,000 hours of highly curated HD video education since its inception.

Karlie moved to the Bay in 2015 to run large enterprise accounts for ADP, with a focus on technology companies. Not long after settling into East-Bay, Karlie began to full the pull of startup companies. Always loyal, Karlie was committed to contributing another year at ADP to honor the investment they made in her to bring her to the Bay. In tandem, in late 2016/early 2017, an opportunity to lead a strategic investment ADP made in The Marcus Buckingham Group presented itself and Karlie was tapped to lead the initiative.

While this opportunity was going well, Karlie believed the timing was right to step out and join a fast-growing startup to scale to significant growth. Karlie interest is to expand her span of control to evolve beyond sales, top-line revenue, and to include responsibility for the whole business, top and bottom line revenue and the associated functions to support an enterprise business. Karlie has been really excited about creativeLIVE as it is in a space and targeting a buyer she has a track record of success selling to.

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VP Performance Marketing


8th May 2018
Cristina Sagarduy appointed as VP Performance Marketing at MotorK

Cristina joins MotorK from Net-a-porter where she held the title of Group Performance Marketing Director. Her team managed all aspects of the company’s global performance marketing function with primary responsibility for global acquisition and profitability from all its investments in performance media.

MotorK are a leading player in the digital automotive arena and trusted partner to more than 90% of car brands in Europe. As their new VP Performance Marketing, Cristina is tasked with building a best in class marketing function that will help digitise the automotive sector for consumers, manufacturers and dealerships. For more information visit

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Marketing Director


8th May 2018
Claire Howard-Jones joins busuu as Marketing Director

Claire joins busuu as the company’s first ever Marketing Director hire having previously led digital and brand marketing teams at Amazon, Ancestry, TripAdvisor and ebookers.

Bringing more than 20 years full mix marketing experience to the table, Claire will be leading the marketing charge, developing new acquisition and retention strategies across all digital channels and pushing on with innovative new brand campaigns to help the business continue to grow and communicate with its international customers and communities.

busuu is the world’s largest social network for language learning, providing courses in 12 different languages on web and mobile to more than 80 million learners worldwide.  Learners can sign up for free, or subscribe to a Premium Membership to unlock further features like grammar lessons, McGraw-Hill certification or their adaptive vocabulary trainer. For more information visit

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Chief Marketing Officer


8th May 2018
Bookatable appoints Tess Tucker as Chief Marketing Officer

Tess joins Bookatable from where she held the title of Chief Marketing Officer.  Prior to this her career in the restaurant industry began more than a decade ago leading CRM activity at TopTable and more recently, five years in the food industry as International Marketing Director at JustEat.

Tess has been appointed as the new CMO at Bookatable to help the business develop its international digital and brand strategies, as well as developing its competencies and talent to help keep them in front of a fast moving and competitive sector.

Bookatable by Michelin is Europe’s leading restaurant marketplace, powering over 20,000 restaurants with award-winning technology, and driving over 5 million covers to its restaurant customers each month. Headquartered in London, and with offices in Hamburg and Stockholm, Bookatable has restaurants in over 39 countries. For more information visit

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VP Small Business Europe


1st May 2018
Renaissance complete the hiring of Soldo’s Commercial Leadership team with two appointments – CRO and VP of Small Business Europe

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.”

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