2019 was another record year at Renaissance as we notched up over 100 executive searches during the 12 months. This total reflects our investment in new Partners and Researchers, and the continued buoyancy of the digital technology sector.
Funds continue to pour into the sector and in 2019 it has allowed us to complete European assignments in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich, Berlin, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Milan.
We continue to work with leading global investors, entrepreneurs and founders as they look to scale up and build world class leadership teams.
Highlights include 11 leadership hires at Cazoo working with Alex Chesterman, more of which below (alongside some of our other notable assignments).
We enter 2020 at full pace and look forward to working with investors, clients and candidates in what is set to be another fantastic year.
Below is both a sample of clients, and a brief selection of notable projects that kept us busy in 2019:
Renaissance have been working with Cazoo Founder Alex Chesterman since he first set-up Zoopla back in 2008, hiring executives onto his leadership team from inception, through to their IPO in 2014, and right up to the sale of the business to PE giant SilverLake for £2.2bn.
Alex called us in December 2018 to let us know of his plans to disrupt the UK’s used car market with a his new venture called Cazoo - and could we partner with him to help build a world class leadership team of the highest quality, as fast as possible.
Naturally, we jumped at this unique opportunity to build something from complete scratch with one of Europe’s premier entrepreneurs, and fast forwarding the first six months of 2019 Renaissance could reflect on a job well done with 11 industry heavyweights hired into new leadership roles at Cazoo.
These hires included digital technology industry leaders such as; Jonathan Howell (from made.com) as CTO, Darren Bentley (from Moneysupermarket) as CCO, Alex Gersh (from Betfair) as CFO, and Piers Stobbs (from Moneysupermarket) as CDO. Leadership hires were also made across functional areas such as Product, Customer Experience, Operations, Talent, Pricing, Logistics and Analytics.
Having now formally launched at the end of December 2019, Cazoo aims to make buying a used car no different to buying any other product online today by letting consumers select from thousands of cars online and have it delivered to their door in as little as 48 hours.
“These hires each bring with them deep retail and digital experience and proven track records in their respective fields. Thanks to the efforts of Renaissance we have now assembled a genuinely world class senior management team at Cazoo, and we are now entirely focused on delivering the UK’s best used car buying experience.”
Alex Chesterman, Founder and CEO
For more information, please visit: www.cazoo.co.uk
Chief Financial Officer
In 2019 Renaissance continued to work with Madrid based, digital property rental business Spotahome and their charismatic founder Alejandro Artacho. On the back of some amazing fund raising and hyper growth internationally, Alejandro was keen to expand his leadership team to include a CFO - and to pivot the full c-suite team to London from Madrid.
Spotahome is one of the most exciting high growth consumer internet companies to emerge in the past decade. The company’s mission is to reinvent real estate and change the way of renting forever by delivering the best consumer rental experience.
Operational in 17 countries and 33 cities the business employs more than 400 people and has recently completed the relocation of its senior team and HQ to London.
Working with Renaissance, Spotahome successfully hired Alan Burns as its new Chief Financial Officer. Alan joins from Photobox having spent the last eight years as Group CFO, leading that business through a period of significant growth and evolution, including the acquisitions of Moonpig, Hofmann, posterXXL and Greetz. Prior to that, he spent several years at Expedia.
“I couldn't be more excited to report that Spotahome has hired its first CFO. Few times in life you have the privilege to connect with someone so fast; and that was the case with Alan. I’m sure we’ll accomplish wonders together and wish him all the success with us!”.
Alejandro Artacho, Founder and CEO
For more information, please visit: www.spotahome.com
Chief Product Officer
Letgo, America’s biggest and fastest growing app to buy and sell locally recently announced that it has hired Josh Crossick as the company’s first Chief Product Officer. Josh will help guide the company’s efforts to accelerate monetisation, develop new features and technology, and grow its popular marketplace. The four-year-old startup passed 100M downloads, 400M listings and 6B messages sent between users worldwide last year.
Crossick joins letgo after nearly a decade at Hotels.com, part of Expedia Group, where he was most recently Vice President of Global Product, leading the platform’s vision and strategy across 35 countries. He previously held product leadership roles with Vodafone and on-demand video startup Blinkbox.
Speaking about the appointment, co-founder Alec Oxenford commented:
“Josh has an extraordinary track record in e-commerce and a deep understanding of what it takes to operate and scale a marketplace of our size, he will play a crucial role in helping us take the international platform we’ve built over the past four years to the next level.”
For more information, please visit: www.letgo.com
VP Digital Technology
Carlos Morgado joined Lilium in May 2019 as SVP Digital Technology after seven highly successful years with Just Eat as CTO, the unicorn food ordering and delivery service which successfully IPO’d on the LSE in 2014. Carlos built the technology function at Just Eat to a peak of 800 engineers. He holds a Ph.D in High Energy Particle Physics from the University of Bristol.
Lilium enables you to travel 5 times faster than a car by introducing the world’s first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet. Its mission is to make air taxis available to everyone and as affordable as riding a car, while preserving the environment and working towards a sustainable future. Able to fly distances of up to 300km at a speed of 300km/h and operate without need for runways or airports, it is the technology that will change travel forever. The business is backed by leading global investors Atomico and Tencent and has a stellar Board. Lilium has raised $101m to date.
For more information, please visit: www.lilium.com
Renaissance is a leading Executive Search and Leadership firm based in London and Silicon Valley, specialising in the Digital and Enterprise Technology sectors.
For over a decade we have been building Board and Leadership teams for some of the most exciting start-ups and fast growth companies, often VC or Private Equity backed. We also work with leading corporate organisations in the technology sector, and those undergoing rapid technology or digital transformation.