Chief Executive Officer

St. Louis, MO

1st September 2017
RGAx appoints Dennis Barnes as Chief Executive Officer

RGAx, the innovation accelerator of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA) announced the appointment of Dennis Barnes, Jr. as Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for global leadership of RGAx and is a member of RGA’s Executive Committee.
Dennis has more than two decades of experience as an entrepreneur and innovator in insurance direct marketing. His company Marketing Direct, Inc. (MDI), an integrated healthcare marketing services company which he founded in 1997, was acquired in 2010 by WPP, the world’s largest provider of marketing and communication services. There, he was president of Wunderman St. Louis and Chief Client Officer of Wunderman Health, a digital agency for life insurance, pharmaceutical, medical devices and other health and wellness verticals.
RGAx is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RGA (Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated) a leader in the global life reinsurance industry. RGA serves clients from operations in 26 countries around the world, delivering expert solutions in individual life reinsurance, individual living benefits reinsurance, group reinsurance, financial solutions, facultative underwriting and product development.
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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.

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Chief Revenue Officer


1st August 2017
GoCardless appoints Andrew Gilboy as Chief Revenue Officer

Renaissance Leadership is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Gilboy as Chief Revenue Officer at GoCardless, the leading online payments solutions company.

Andrew joins GoCardless from enterprise cloud eCommerce solutions specialist Demandware where he was VP EMEA for five years, culminating in a successful acquisition by Salesforce in 2016 for $2.8bn.

Andrew has extensive experience in senior enterprise solution sales leadership roles prior to Demandware. He was VP EMEA -Enterprise at Oracle (moving across as part of the Stellent acquisition) and has also held key roles at BMC, Interlink and IBM.

During a highly impressive career to date Andrew has been involved in several IPOs and successful trade sales to global technology giants like IBM, Oracle and Salesforce. Andrew joins the GoCardless executive team working alongside founder CEO Hiroki Takeuchi and CTO / CPO Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas. Andrew has a BSc in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester.

GoCardless was founded in 2011 and has quickly become the UK’s leading Direct Debit provider, simplifying direct debit and opening up access to companies who could never previously use it.

As one of London’s leading Fintech start-ups their client base is impressive ranging from organisations like small gym or scout groups up to enterprise customers like The Guardian and the UK Government. They have recently launched international operations in France, Germany and other European centres. Their latest funding round in 2016 saw them raise $13 million in investment led by Notion Capital. Other investors include Balderton Capital, Accel Partners and Passion Capital.

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EVP and Chief Revenue Officer

Waltham, Mass.

1st August 2017
Carbon Black Appoints Thomas Hansen to Lead Worldwide Sales

Carbon Black, the leader in next-generation endpoint security, today announced the company has hired Thomas Hansen as chief revenue officer and executive vice president.

A former global executive at both Microsoft and Dropbox, Hansen will lead Carbon Black’s worldwide sales, sales engineering, channel sales, customer success, and customer services.

Prior to joining Carbon Black, Hansen worked as Dropbox’s global vice president of revenue from 2015 to 2017 and played a key role in making the company the fastest SaaS company to reach $1B in revenue, according to IDC. During his tenure, Hansen led the company’s significant growth with a global, multi-channel, go-to-market strategy that helped Dropbox surpass $1B in annualized revenue run rate.

At Microsoft from 2001 until 2015, Hansen most recently served as the worldwide vice president of the SMB organization at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, WA, where he was responsible for a global team of sales, marketing, and partner management professionals and led a multi-billion dollar, fast-growing business. While at Microsoft, Hansen’s team recruited and built one of the world’s largest cloud ecosystem of partners.

“We’re excited to welcome Thomas to the Carbon Black team,” said Patrick Morley, Carbon Black’s president & CEO. “His extensive experience in managing and growing global teams will help Carbon Black accelerate our go-to-market strategy around the globe and guide our transition to becoming a leading cloud company.”

Born, raised, and educated in Denmark, Hansen has also lived in South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey. He holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. He is married with three children and currently lives in Seattle.

“As the market leader in endpoint security, Carbon Black is well-positioned to empower customers around the globe to prevent, detect and respond to the most advanced cyberattacks,” Hansen said. “I am honored to be working with the Carbon Black team as we continue to grow our global footprint and mentor our employees to advance in their careers.”

About Carbon Black

Carbon Black is the leading provider of next-generation endpoint security. With more than 9 million endpoints under management, Carbon Black has more than 3,000 customers, including 30 of the Fortune 100. These customers use Carbon Black to replace legacy antivirus, lock down critical systems, hunt threats, and protect their endpoints from the most advanced cyberattacks, including non-malware attacks.

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Chief Marketing Officer

San Francisco, CA

30th July 2017
Everwise appoints Anirban Datta as Chief Marketing Officer

Everwise, a platform that helps professionals boost their careers by connecting them with expert mentors,  appoints Anirban Datta as Chief Marketing Officer.
Anirban was previously Chief Marketing Officer at Boardvantage where he led all aspects of marketing. Previously, he was Co-Founder and CEO of Shopilly, a commerce start-up, and VP Product at MyWire, a digital media marketplace led by the founder of Webvan and Borders. Prior to that, Anirban had positions at companies including eBay, Skype, and Blue Marin Software, a leading eCommerce technology company that IPO’ed in 2000.
About Everwise
Everwise connects employees with the people, resources and feedback they need to be more productive and successful at every stage of their career. Over 250 customers include Visa, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, PayPal, Genentech, Twitter, Pinterest and Lyft. Everwise is backed by Sequoia and Canvas Ventures. For more information visit
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Chief Information Officer


28th July 2017
Addison Lee appoints Ian Cohen as Chief Information Officer

Renaissance Leadership is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Cohen as Chief Information Officer at Addison Lee, the premium car service and courier company.

Ian joins from insight consultancy Lumen 360 where he helped start-ups and growth companies scale out their technology and product organisations. His previous technology leadership roles include Group CIO at Jardine Lloyd Thomson, Group CIO/CTO at Associated Newspapers and CTO/Global IT Director for the Financial Times/

Ian is a specialist in directing and delivering “digital enabled business transformation” and joins the leadership team at Addison Lee to work with CEO Andy Boland and his new executive team. Ian studied Chemistry at the University of London.

Founded in 1975, Addison Lee is a premium car and delivery services business operating out of its HQ in London, where it has a fleet of 5,000 cars and transports over 10m customers each year. It is the leading private hire car operator in the UK and has the biggest fleet of any operator across Europe where their business grew by 40% last year. The business now has a supply chain of executive car services across 80 countries, boosted by the acquisition of Tristar and Flyte Tyme. Recently the business has made a number of acquisitions to extend its reach in the UK and internationally. The business is owned by Private Equity Group Carlyle.

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Chief Technology Officer

United Kingdom

22nd July 2017
The Green Deal Finance Company appoints Owen Batt as Chief Technology Officer

Renaissance Leadership is delighted to announce the appointment of Owen Batt as Chief Technology Officer at the Green Deal Finance Company, a fast growth consumer brand in the home energy and renewable energy space.

Owen has extensive experience in starting and building businesses in the tech and digital sector, initially in Australia with as Founder and CTO. went on to run asset management and workflow management for global enterprises with offices in Australia and Europe. Working out of the UK since 2011 he went on to provide technology guidance and due diligence for a number of early stage disruptive digital businesses across media and healthcare in the UK and Berlin.
The Green Deal Finance Company is a consumer loans / fintech business focused on the renewable energy / energy efficiency space in the UK. The business was recently acquired by a consortium of investors for £40m led by Greenstone Finance, Aurium Capital Markets and Honeycomb Investment Trust in January 2013. The new owners have significant aspirations for the business, beyond being a finance business alone. Transformational changes in energy markets (the emergence and growth of solar PV, battery storage, smart meters, home heating controls, distributed generation) have created a large and growing market. The market for these products today is c. £7 billion and is estimated to be c. £10 billion by 2020.
“Graeme and team did an excellent job in assisting us around a very key search. They spent a good amount of time getting to understand the senior team, the aspirations of the business, and the type of individuals whom we might be interested in having join us. Overall we were very pleased with the work which Renaissance completed, and we have recommended them to a number of other companies. Their process was efficient, clever and the outcome has been excellent.”
Kilian Pender – CEO, The Green Deal Finance Company

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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.

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Head of Digital Product and Head of UX & Design


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.

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Chief Executive Officer, North America

Orlando, FL

21st June 2017
Magic Memories announces the appointment of George Reider as North American Chief Executive Officer

Magic Memories, the global leader in capturing, creating and sharing memories, today announced the appointment of George Reider as North American Chief Executive Officer. Reporting to Group CEO Chris Warhurst, George will be responsible for the growth and direction of Magic Memories’ operations in the United States and Canada. This announcement follows Magic Memories’ recent appointment of two Silicon Valley veterans to its board, Jeff Ryan and Sanjay Dholakia.

“George’s appointment marks another exciting milestone in the development of our North American operations,” said Warhurst. “The combination of his retail ecommerce experience with our growing business will create a solid foundation on which to build our future efforts.”

George is a highly experienced retail industry executive who has held senior leadership roles within fast-paced, digitally-driven environments. For the last three years, he has worked closely with retail technology and online apparel startups at various stages of development. Prior to his consulting role, George served as White House Black Market’s SVP of Stores and Operations where he oversaw both the full-priced and outlet divisions. He also previously held leadership roles at Ann Taylor Corporation, Polo Ralph Lauren and Gap, Inc.

Founded in New Zealand in 1995, Magic Memories is the global leader in helping guests capture, create and share their experiences at the world’s best-loved tourism, sport, cultural, and leisure attractions. We help 150 million guests share over 300 million memories each year. Now operating in 10 countries, Magic Memories continues to invest in the evolution of personalized experiences for guests at major entertainment venues across the globe.

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