1st May 2019
7digital appoints John Aalbers as CEO

7digital is delighted to announce the appointment of John Aalbers as CEO. AIM listed 7digital are global leaders in end-to-end B2B digital music solutions, providing robust and scalable infrastructure to create music streaming services for a diverse range of enterprise customers.

John has significant scale up and exit experience having previously built and sold Arts Alliance Media and Volubill as CEO.

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This assignment was conducted by John Smith and Kay Souter.


Chief Operating Officer


15th April 2019
Tim Critchley appointed as COO at Squared Up

Squared Up is delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Critchely as Chief Operating Officer. Tim will work closely alongside Founder and CEO Richard Benwell to further accelerate the dramatic growth of the business. Squared Up provides market leading enterprise application monitoring and visualisation solutions to more than 500 enterprise class customers in Europe and North America.

Tim joins from Semafone where as CEO, he supported the Founders from an embryonic stage to build a significant business in Europe and North America.

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This assignment was conducted by John Smith and Jo Clasper.




29th March 2019
Toby Keech appointed as RVP UK&I / MEA at Zscaler

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.

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SVP Global Sales


31st January 2019
Freespee appoints Paul Albert as SVP Global Sales

Renaissance is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Albert as SVP Global Sales at Freespee.  Freespee is a leading Cloud communication platform for enterprise customers, making marketing, sales and service teams better at what they do. The business was founded by Swedish software engineers in 2009 and has subsequently raised over €20M investment.

Paul joins the business reporting to CEO Anne de Kerckhove, to lead global new business sales. Paul joins from ZappiStore where he built the go-to-market operations in EMEA. He previously launched Vision Critical in the UK and Europe.

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9th January 2019
Spotahome appoint Cleo Sham as COO

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 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.

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9th January 2019
Vic Darvey appointed as COO at Purplebricks

Vic Darvey has joined AIM listed Purplebricks as Chief Operating Officer, starting in January 2019.  Purplebricks announced that “Vic brings a proven record of technology delivery and leadership of cutting-edge data-led, customer-focused, commercial innovation”.

Before arriving at Purplebricks, Darvey has spent 20 years’ as a digital leader specialising in consumer brands.  His most recent role has been a five year stint at price comparison giant MoneySupermarket Group where he was Managing Director of its three key businesses MoneySuperMarket, TravelSupermarket and MoneySavingExpert, which Martin Lewis sold to the company for £87 million during Darvey’s time there.

Before that he held senior roles at online travel company, starting out his career building a tech firm that is the power behind the websites of many leading travel firms including Expedia, Opodo, Thomas Cook, TUI and Kuoni.

About Purplebricks:

Purple Bricks is an online real estate agent that helps its clients to sell, buy, and let their properties.  Their mission is to be the world’s most innovative, caring and modern real estate agency that has their people and customers at the very heart of everything they do.

Founded in 2014 by two highly experienced industry professionals, Michael and Kenny Bruce, Purple Bricks has since seen phenomenal growth.  The Bruce brothers invested all of their money into building technology, employing an infrastructure, creating TV adverts and a brand in addition to the recruitment and training of Local Property Experts for launch. They then attracted further outside investment to scale quickly post launch. The company now operates in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Purple Bricks successfully floated on the London Stock Exchange in December 2015.  Since then the Company has expanded its market share considerably, launched into the £3.3bn Australian estate agent market in September 2016 and more recently into the US in September 2017 and Canada in 2018.

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17th December 2018
Couchbase appoints Huw Owen as VP EMEA

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.

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VP Sales


29th November 2018
Paddle appoint Adam Kay as VP Sales

Paddle is a UK headquartered software company that provides an all-in-one commerce platform for independent software vendors. Regularly cited as one of London’s fastest growing software businesses, Paddle is backed by a syndicate that includes Notion Capital, British Growth Fund and Kindred Capital.

Adam joined Paddle from Conversocial where he spent the previous three years running global sales. His task is to continue their exceptional growth rate both by revenue and team size.

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1st October 2018
Renaissance are pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Cassedy as the new CEO of Wallapop

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.

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This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Holly Welstead.


VP and GM Europe


21st September 2018
Olivier Van Calster joins StockX as VP & GM Europe

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 and eBay before moving to, 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.

About StockX

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.

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This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Claire May.