20th September 2018
Mal Minhas leaves Amazon to join rapid growth Index-backed Kano as CTO

Renaissance led the search for Kano to appoint a CTO to join this ground-breaking build-your-own computer success story. Key to the success was to find a tech leader with experience spanning hardware and software as well as a background in growth stage businesses.

Founded in 2013, Learn-to-code startup Kano, whose products aim to turn kids into digital makers is a new kind of computer company. Their mission is to make it simple and fun for anyone, anywhere to make and play with technology. Their first kit, which broke records on Kickstarter, gives young people the chance to build and code their own computer, with simple steps, powerful projects and creative tools. Kano closed a $28M Series B last year — and has raised some $44.5M in total.

For further information visit www.kano.me

This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Hannah Hill.




18th September 2018
Peter Anderson announced as CTO for The Office Group

Renaissance are pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Anderson as CTO for The Office Group (TOG).  Having led technology deployment for Soho House during its highly successful international expansion programme, Peter is ideally suited to lead all things technology related at TOG as they embark on a major international growth journey.

TOG is home to one of the most creative, exciting and forward-thinking working communities in the UK. They have pioneered the concept of the shared workspace in Britain. In June 2017 Blackstone (a global leader in Real Estate investing) acquired a majority interest in the business, beginning a new era for TOG. As a result there is a huge amount of excitement about what the future holds in terms of opening new locations and defining innovative ways of addressing how people wish to work.

For further information visit www.theofficegroup.co.uk

This search was conducted by Graeme Bilsland and Hannah Hill.




10th September 2018
Eve Sleep appoint James Sturrock as their new CEO

Eve Sleep has announced the appointment of James Sturrock as its new Chief Executive, replacing Co-Founder and Chief Executive Jas Bagniewski, who resigned two months ago.  Eve Sleep is a pioneer of luxury sleep solutions, promising the perfect start to every day thanks to a guaranteed great night’s sleep.  They starting trading in 2015 and have since grown the team to over 100, with offices across Europe and North America.

Sturrock, who was previously Managing Director of online gifts and card retailer Moonpig, steps into his new role at the online bedding this September. During his leadership at Moonpig, he delivered four consecutive years of double-digit revenue and EBITDA growth, expanded the product offering and led the successful rebranding of the business in 2017.  Prior to Moonpig, Sturrock was part of Direct Line Group and formerly Direct Line Insurance where he held a number of senior divisional and marketing roles across the company before becoming General Manager of the Commercial Direct Division within the Direct Line Group in 2012.

Alongside Sturrock’s appointment, Nikki Crumpton has independently been appointed to Eve Sleep’s Board as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director with immediate effect, replacing Peter Hepworth who has decided to step down from his role.

Today’s appointments are a major coup for Eve and a strong endorsement of our business and its growth potential,” Chairman Paul Pindar said. “I am delighted that such a high calibre Chief Executive in James is joining the business. His proven experience in leading and developing online companies will be essential in driving Eve forward to seize the substantial market opportunity ahead.”

Sturrock added: “I am excited to be joining the business at this point in its journey. Eve is a brand-leader with an outstanding product range, operating within an exciting and developing market place with a real opportunity ahead. I look forward to building on the strong foundations in place and taking the business on to achieve its potential.”

For more information visit: www.evemattress.co.uk

This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Claire May.


Worldwide Sales Vice President

San Francisco

4th September 2018
Moovit Appoints Frank Kopas as Worldwide Sales Vice President


Moovit is the world’s largest urban mobility data and analytics company and the #1 transit app with over 2500 cities logged into their system, across 83 countries, and can be used in 44 languages. More than 100 cities and global events, including Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics.


About Frank Kopas

Frank Kopas was the General Manager of Americas at Aconex acquired by Oracle for $1.2B, he was responsible for revenue growth and executing the go-to-market strategy in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America and globally for all Americas-based key accounts. During his stay, he led a growing sales and services team across 13 offices. P&L management with a focus on exceeding bookings, revenue and profitability goals, are some of his abilities. Frank also has experience working at iPhrase Technologies, Banter systems, Xoriant, Brio Technology, and HP.

Frank holds an MBA from The Ohio State University and BSEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.


For more information visit www.moovit.com

This search was conducted by Mateo C’de Baca and Ryan Goodridge




20th August 2018
Jonathan Chong takes on CTO role at Victor following recent investment from BP Aviation.

Jonathan is tasked with leading the development of innovative and customer led digital products and services to a fast expanding international customer base.

Victor (www.flyvictor.com) is a rapidly growing online marketplace for private jet charter. The innovative online portal and mobile app enable transparent online bookings of private jets backed by experienced Customer Support, Sales, Commercial and Operations teams. Following its launch in August 2011, Victor has grown to over 14,000 members and as an internet-based company sees no barriers to growth. Victor has built Europe’s leading charter brand and is now growing its presence in the US.  The company was voted 1st in the Deloitte Fast 50 internet firms in 2016 and came in at number 33 in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 in 2017.

For further information see www.flyvictor.com

This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Hannah Hill.


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

This search was conducted by Mateo C’de Baca and Ryan Goodridge




20th July 2018
Renaissance announce the appointment of Mark Ash as CEO

Mark Ash joins Pure360 having held a number of senior leadership roles, most recently as Global VP of services at conversion platform Yieldify. Prior to this, he was UK General Manager and SVP Digital Marketing Services at Mapp Digital (formerly Teradata Marketing Applications) and as Managing Director of Teradata Interactive (formerly eCircle Media). Ash started his career at DoubleClick during the early days of digital advertising and has also led the growth of a number of digital marketing business units, as Commercial Director at TMN Media & Affiliate Future and Head of Digital at media agency Tri Direct.  With 20 years’ experience in digital marketing technology, Ash will use his passion for data driven marketing to build on the business’ strong heritage of marketing solution development. His appointment will play a pivotal role in the development of Pure360’s core platform as well as helping clients reach new levels of marketing performance.

Mark Ash, CEO, Pure360 commented, “I am incredibly excited to be leading Pure360 at such an important time in the company’s history. I share, alongside the fantastic Pure360 team, a commitment to help clients succeed in the rapidly evolving digital marketing landscape. My goal is to put our customers in the position to be the best they can be, by harnessing our innovative technology solutions and services, enabling them to exceed their marketing goals.”

David Kelly, Chairman, Pure360 added, “There couldn’t be a better time for Pure360 to hire someone like Mark and I’m excited we were able to attract such impressive talent. Mark has a vast experience in the digital marketing space and this will be invaluable as we deepen the relationships with our existing customers and further develop the platform and services offering. Helping clients achieve marketing results has been central to the DNA of Pure360 and Mark has a proven track record in achieving this throughout his career.”

Combining best of breed technology with strategic services and step by step guidance on how to better deliver email and web personalisation, Pure360 recently audited the performance it was delivering for its clients.  Customers achieve an average of 1000% return on investment (ROI) and experience a 22% average uplift in revenue having used Pure360’s behavioural marketing and personalisation tools. Half of Pure360’s eCommerce clients achieve ROI after just 33 days. Pure360 is the only UK marketing automation business to hold the Customer Service Excellence Award.

For more information visit: www.pure360.com

This search was conducted by Tony Willis and Holly Welstead.




16th July 2018
Badrudin Khan steps up into the CTO role at Auction Technology Group

Badr brings a wealth of experience in leading high performance technology and engineering teams in established as well as early stage businesses.

The Auction Technology Group is leading the transformation of two of the world’s last remaining industries not to have moved meaningfully online.  Annually, £40-50 billion of Arts & Antiques are traded globally.   For Industrial & Consumer items the number surpasses £200 billion traded annually.  With less than 10% of auctions closed online today but with the online portion growing at 15-20% annually, ATG is in an excellent position to acquire majority market share in a growing sector.

For further information visit www.auctiontechnologygroup.com/

This search was conducted by Graeme Bilsland and Hannah Hill.


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.

For more information visit www.geteverwise.com

This search was conducted by Ben Anderson and Linda Tice




20th June 2018
John Sotiropoulos joins one of the hottest start-ups in InsureTech as CTO

Renaissance are pleased to announce the recent appointment of John Sotiropoulos who joins Buzzmove as CTO.

John brings extensive experience in leading technology functions through rapid growth and his experience also includes tech leadership roles in fintech as well as enterprise software/SaaS.

Buzzmove is a fast-growing company that spans proptech and insuretech with the impending launch of its latest business venture, Buzzvault. Operating under the Buzzmove umbrella organisation, both businesses can rightfully claim to be truly disruptive in their field. The business is built around functional and technology experts as well as customer service specialists with one goal: to make moving house easier.

For further information visit www.buzzmove.com

This project was conducted by Graeme Bilsland and Hannah Hill.