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Chris Jackson joins Thomas International as CTO

Pioneers of psychometric assessments, Thomas International is the leading global provider of people assessment solutions. We are delighted to announce that following a search process by Renovata, Thomas has appointed Chris Jackson as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

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Lisa Morgan

Consultant

Insights

How Fintechs can Come Out on Top in today’s Talent War

In the space of five years, the world’s big banks have reversed a major talent outflow. Where once, challenger banks could rely on the brightest and best; Big Finance is...

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George C. Mazzella

Consultant

Industry News

Monzo Forms New Partnership with PayPoint

Crowdfund Insider reports that Monzo is the latest and most high-profile of a crop of digital banks to ink a deal with Renovata client, PayPoint.

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Alex Zaharia

Senior Associate

Client News

Vikas Seth joins ID Now as CPO; search by Renovata

Based in Munich, Germany, IDnow is the European leader in customer identification and Know Your Customer (KYC), delivered on an as-a-service platform. Continuing our long-standing relationship with the company, Renovata is pleased to announce the appointment of Vikas Seth as Chief Product Officer.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Renovata News

Renovata welcomes Yuting Goh to London office

Renovata is delighted to announce the appointment of Yuting Goh as Senior Associate in the London office.

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Administrator

Industry News

TECSYS acquires OrderDynamics

Congratulations to Renovata client, OrderDynamics, which has concluded a successful $13M sale to TECSYS, as reported by Modern Materials Handling (MMH).

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Industry News

F&S Commends Rapid7 for Capturing Nearly a Quarter Share of the Global Vulnerability Management Market

Renovata client Rapid7 (NASDAQ: RPD) has gained plaudits and a 2018 Global Market Leadership Award from independent analysts, Frost & Sullivan, for a remarkable commercial performance. The business has achieved a market share of 24% and year-on-year growth of 28% in its highly competitive sector.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Insights

Breaking America – How to make your US transition painless

Over the past few years we have witnessed a growing trend: many European businesses are expanding into the US. There is a confidence among the European tech community today that...

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Client News

N Brown appoints Adam Warne as CIO; search by Renovata

N Brown Group plc; the Manchester-based online fashion retailer, has appointed Adam Warne to the role of CIO, following an executive search led by Renovata.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Industry News

Criteo Acquires U.S.-Based Manage To Dig Deeper Into Apps

Renovata client Criteo has established a strong track record for growth by acquisition in the past five years, accelerating its reach in the complex web of segments that make up the Adtech market. Just two months ago it completed the acquisition of Storetail, the e-commerce marketing operation.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Industry News

Universe Group plc Launches Scan and Go App

The focus of “Scan & Go” functionality in retail has always been on the seamless consumer experience, but of course the underlying workflow demands the participation and integration of payment/point-of-sale providers.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Lucy Brealy

Consultant

Client News

Baxter Denney joins Red Points as CMO following search by Renovata

Founded in 2011 in Barcelona, Red Points is the all-in-one SaaS solution for detecting and enforcing online IP infringements. Following an in-depth executive search by Renovata, the company is delighted to announce the appointment of award-winning growth marketing leader, Baxter Denney, as CMO.

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Kate Harrison

Partner

Michael T McDonnell

Partner|Stockholm

Industry News

Birmingham IT firm snapped up by PE-backed counterpart

Insider Media reports on Babble Cloud’s acquisition of Arden Group. Renovata client, Babble, is a London-based communications IT provider specialising in SaaS Unified Communications and Contact Centre solutions; and is backed by private equity firm, LDC.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Industry News

Applift and Criteo both in the news, extending their reach

Advertising technology is becoming increasingly complex, and all the major players have extended their offerings in recent years from the core services with which they made their name, to a broader set of tools to meet changing customer and consumer need.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Mannie Gill

Partner

Client News

Omnicare appoints Sandra Rauch as CDO, search by Renovata

Omnicare is the leading innovator in oncological care to the German pharmaceuticals market. Following a successful search by Renovata, the business has appointed Sandra Rauch as Chief Digital Officer.

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Vanessa Dill

Consultant

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Industry News

Teads Inks Deal With ‘The Economist’ To Deliver Video Ads

MediaPost reports on a deal inked by Teads, the video outstreamer and Renovata client, to become the exclusive video advertising provider into pages for The Economist.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Client News

Mike King takes CTO role at Universe Group plc; search by Renovata

Universe Group plc is a leader in developing and suppling point of sale, payment and loyalty systems in convenience store and garage forecourt markets. The company has appointed Mike King as CTO following an executive search by Renovata.

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Lucy Brealy

Consultant

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Insights

How tech used VC know-how to conquer the NBA

If you thought there were a lot of tech entrepreneur team owners in sport, you’re right. But sports teams are not just playthings for the wealthy. They’re also the high-risk,...

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Alex Zaharia

Senior Associate

Industry News

Shares of luxury online marketplace Farfetch surges 53 percent in IPO’s first day of trading

Many congratulations to London’s Farfetch, the fashion marketplace and Renovata client, on a hugely successful market debut. CNBC reports that the business opened 50% up on Friday September 21st, peaking on the day at $30.60 per share following a purchase peg of (an already increased) $20.00.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Client News

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Named Trailblazer 2018 Company of the Year by PM360

Congratulations to Renovata client, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, for scooping one of the more prestigious awards in the sector; PM360’s Trailblazer 2018 Company of the Year (Medical Device/Diagnostics category). PM360 is the #1 magazine for marketing decision makers in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Client News

Another Renovata search for Lobster Ink: Alexander Draaijer joins as CRO

Lobster Ink, the leading online learning  platform for the hospitality industry, has appointed Alexander Draaijer as Chief Revenue Officer, following an executive search led by Renovata.

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Lucy Brealy

Consultant

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Industry News

Guestline, Duetto announce technology partnership

Travel Daily News reports on a partnership between two travel industry platforms:  the UK’s Guestline, a long-standing Renovata client, and San Francisco’s Duetto.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Industry News

IDnow Releases AI-powered Blockchain-Based ID Verification Service

If there’s one segment of the tech industry which is both hyped and in need of identity management, it’s Blockchain and its associated nascent cryptocurrency industry.

Identity is a challenge in the crypto world because real value is at stake in transactions that could ultimately be faster than any stock exchange can offer, serving global audiences, and without regulatory oversight.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Lucy Brealy

Consultant

Industry News

Taking Startups to the Next Level: TransUnion Partners with University of Chicago’s Polsky Center

Fintech is a blossoming sector for digital entrepreneurship right now, and key opportunities include: Digitising consumer finance experiences (e.g. the wave of new mobile-first banks) Serving the underserved and unbanked...

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Client News

Kristof Roemer takes Guestline Germany MD role after search by Renovata

Based in Shrewsbury, England, Guestline is the end-to-end marketing and management solution for the hospitality industry. In the latest of a number of successful executive searches by Renovata, the company has appointed Kristof Roemer as MD, Germany/DACH region.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Vanessa Dill

Consultant

Industry News

Apica raised $12.7M in new funding

Nordic 9 reports on Renovata client, Apica Systems’ latest raise. Apica, the Stockholm based network performance monitoring and testing business specialising in critical digital systems, has announced $12.7M in new funding from a Series D round.

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Michael T McDonnell

Partner|Stockholm

Client News

Print disruptor, Gelato, appoints Steve Harding as SVP Gelato Globe; Search by Renovata

Headquartered in Oslo and founded in 2007, Gelato is delivering eco-friendly print management and printshop optimisation to 50 countries worldwide. Following a successful Executive Search conducted by Renovata, Gelato has appointed Steve Harding as SVP, Gelato Globe, the company’s key service offering.

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Michael T McDonnell

Partner|Stockholm

Industry News

Deezer Just Raised Another $185M, at a Valuation of $1.16B

Digital Music News points out that the music streaming world is both highly competitive and saturated with money from investors with deep pockets (think Apple, Spotify and Amazon).

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Client News

Yasemin Swanson takes Operations leadership role at GoCardless, search by Renovata

GoCardless, the London-based fintech business devoted to building a global bank-to-bank payment network, specialising on recurring payments, has appointed Yasemin Swanson as Director of Operations, following an executive search led by Renovata.

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Michael T McDonnell

Partner|Stockholm

Lucy Brealy

Consultant

Industry News

Stamps.com Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire MetaPack

BusinessWire reports on Nasdaq-quoted Stamps.com’s announcement of an agreement to buy UK-based Metapack for around $230M. E-commerce is a path well travelled, and marketing to consumers on both sides of the Atlantic is a scientific discipline. But fulfilment of products once a sale has been made is all too often a challenge and a drain on resources.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Insights

Why People Leave… And how leaders can fix it

It’s incredible how often you hear leaders complain about their best employees leaving. They really do have something to complain about: after all, we all know how costly and disruptive...

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Michael T McDonnell

Partner|Stockholm

Industry News

Pipedrive Prague, challenge accepted

In a LinkedIn post, Tomas Rehor, Engineering Manager at Pipedrive, announces that he will be heading up a plan to open a new office in Prague. Renovata client, Pipedrive, is a hyper-growth, global cloud software company founded in 2010 in Estonia (like Skype – hence the flow of Estonian talent between the two companies) and has become the leading CRM platform in the SME sector.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Industry News

Business Insider: “Criteo Invests €20M in Paris AI Lab to Define the Advertising Technologies of the Future”

Renovata client, Criteo, is the acknowledged leader in programmatic advertising technologies. Business Insider reports that the Paris, France-based business has announced a three-year, €20M commitment to an AI Lab which will develop the machine learning techniques to create and deploy the AI-driven advertising engagement programmes of the future.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Client News

Uniplaces appoints Cyril Jessua as CEO following Renovata search

Uniplaces, the marketplace for student accommodation headquartered in London and Lisbon, has appointed Cyril Jessua as CEO following an executive search led by Renovata.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Lisa Morgan

Consultant

Industry News

Index Ventures closes 2 funds, $1B for growth rounds and $650M for early-stage investing

Techcrunch reports that Index Ventures, one of Silicon Valley’s most respected venture capital firms and a regular partner to Renovata, has announced the closure of its ninth venture capital fund,...

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Renovata News

Renovata welcomes George Mazzella to New York office

Renovata is delighted to announce the appointment of George Mazzella as a Consultant in the New York office. Despite being co-opted at university by the FBI, law enforcement’s loss was...

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Uncategorised

Renovata continues its association with Spring Inc., places Satwik Seshasai as CTO

Spring Inc., the New York-based e-commerce venture dubbed “The Shoppable Instagram” by TechCrunch, has appointed Satwik Seshasai as Chief Technology Officer following an executive search led by Renovata. Spring is...

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Industry News

Monzo and Transferwise Partner Up for International Payments

CBR reports on the partnership between Forex giant and Renovata client, Transferwise, with UK-based challenger bank, Monzo. The app-based banking world is proving to be a crowded market, so partner-driven...

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Client News

Atlas Obscura appoints GM, Trips with Renovata

Atlas Obscura, the Brooklyn-based travel website that makes the world’s wonders accessible to all, has appointed Mike Parker as General Manager, Trips, following an executive search led by Renovata. Founded...

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Industry News

Coty, Zenith Announce AI Winners For Accelerator Program

MediaPost reports on the winners of Coty’s latest Digital Accelerator program, in partnership with media house, Zenith. Renovata client, Coty, has built its multi-billion pound beauty business by focusing not...

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Industry News

Kahoot! launches in-app quiz creation and hosting tools to turn students from learners into leaders

Renovata client, Kahoot!, the game-based learning platform used by more than half of U.S. K-12 students, has launched a mobile update that allows users to create and host their own...

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Industry News

Pipedrive, a CRM and sales tool, raises $50M to take on Salesforce and Microsoft

Techcrunch reports on Pipedrive, a Renovata client, which has raised a new $50M round of funding. Pipedrive is carving its niche in the $40BN CRM space, with a specific focus...

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Industry News

Finovate: “Intelligent Environments Rebrands as ieDigital”

Fintech blog Finovate reports on the news that Renovata client, Intelligent Environments, is rebranding to ieDigital. Renovata conducted the executive search that led to the appointment of Jeremy Young as...

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Alex Zaharia

Senior Associate

Client News

Sean T. Flynn takes Gympass US GM role; search by Renovata

Gympass, the business which connects employee wellness programs with local fitness centres, gyms and activities has appointed Sean T. Flynn as US General Manager, following a successful Executive Search by...

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Insights

Recruitment Guide: Chief Financial Officer

20 years ago, a CFO would have been judged on their technical skills. The CFO was the ‘bean counter’: a proceduralist with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the tax code. Today,...

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Client News

Renovata conducts successful search for Theory; Michelle Cutter joins as SVP, Digital & E-Commerce

Theory, the New York based fashion retailer with an uncompromising focus on quality and innovation, has appointed Michelle Cutter as SVP, Digital and e-commerce; after a successful executive search led...

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Renovata News

Three new faces for Renovata’s research team

In-depth market knowledge is at the heart of the Renovata promise. We are therefore delighted to announce that we are boosting our research capacity on both sides of the Atlantic....

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Sam Keen

Research Analyst

Emily LaMantia

Project Co-ordinator

Insights

Worthy of Westeros: why businesses are like empires

Civilisations rise and fall. From the Mayans to the Romans, history has proven that size and resources are no protection from the forces of scale and complexity. Businesses are the same. Particularly given today’s feverish rate of innovation and development, recent business history is littered with tales of household giants which have fallen by the wayside: Borders, Lehman Brothers, Polaroid, Enron.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Michael T McDonnell

Partner|Stockholm

Industry News

Klarna acquires universal shopping cart Shop.co

Ecommerce News Europe reports on the acquisition of Shop.co by Klarna. Klarna, a Stockholm-based ‘unicorn’ and Renovata client, is now one of Europe’s largest banks. It serves 60 million consumers across 89,000 merchants in 14 countries; and is best known for broadening consumers’ online payment options (e.g. pay after delivery, instalment plans) while simplifying and optimising   the payment process.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Vanessa Dill

Consultant

Industry News

Venturebeat: “Candy Crush is still a beast, helping King hit a quarterly revenue record”

Venturebeat reports on Renovata client King’s optimistic earnings report; with revenue hitting a new high in Q1 of 2018.

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Kate Harrison

Partner

Mannie Gill

Partner

Industry News

StepStone, an Axel Springer SE Company, Completes the Acquisition of Universum

Axel Springer’s Stepstone, the e-recruitment and jobs website, has successfully completed the acquisition of Universum, the employer branding specialist headquartered in Stockholm. Both companies are longstanding Renovata clients.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Anne Lucas

Consultant

Client News

Renovata finds new CEO for leading property crowdfund platform, Property Partner

Property Partner, the London-based pioneer in property crowdfunding has appointed Marshall King as its new CEO, following an executive search led by Renovata. Launched in 2015, Property Partner offers an alternative route to access the property investment market. Investors are able to buy individual shares in properties across the UK, earning rental income each month. They can then sell shares on a secondary market to realise any uplift in value of the property. The business received £5.2M in Series A funding just 12 days after launch and has continued to impress business investors, raising a £15.9M Series B funding in 2015 (investors included Index Ventures, Octopus Ventures and Dawn Capital).

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Lucy Brealy

Consultant

Client News

The Register: “Scality swallows $60m to tame the multi-cloud data management beast”

The Register reports on the latest round of funding for Renovata client, Scality, the cloud storage platform that leverages software-defined objects for optimised data management in multi-cloud environments.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Client News

Renovata places Rupert Spiegelberg as new CEO for IDnow

Based in Munich, Germany, IDnow is the DACH regional leader in customer identification and Know Your Customer (KYC). We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rupert Spiegelberg as CEO; following a successful executive search led by Renovata.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Lucy Brealy

Consultant

Client News

Renovata continues to build out Market Logic Sales Team

Renovata is delighted to announce the addition of another talented leader to the Market Logic senior sales team. Following Kevin McShane’s appointment as Chief Sales Officer, based in Chicago; we have concluded a further successful search with the appointment of Nick Sharp as SVP Sales, EMEA and APAC, based in London.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Renovata News

Phoebe Holland joins Renovata as EA/Project Co-ordinator

Renovata is delighted to welcome Phoebe Holland to the team. She joins as Executive Assistant to Managing Partner, Thomas Jepsen, and will also support Renovata consultants as a Project Co-ordinator.

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Phoebe Holland

Project Co-ordinator

Industry News

Finextra: “NMI to buy Creditcall”

Finextra reports on the signing of a definitive agreement by Renovata client, Creditcall, to be acquired by NMI.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Industry News

The Drum: “Coty focuses on AI with growth accelerator competition”

Marketing industry bible, The Drum, reports on the launch of Coty’s second annual accelerator programme, designed to expose the business to the best digital startups in exchange for bounties of between $10,000 and $50,000.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Client News

Gary Higham takes WonderBill VP Eng. role following search by Renovata

Founded in late 2016, London’s WonderBill is rapidly becoming the modern consumer’s champion; making managing utilities and other consumer services easier and cheaper than ever. We are delighted to announce the latest appointment at this fast-growing business; where after a successful search by Renovata, Gary Higham has taken the role of VP, Engineering.

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Lisa Morgan

Consultant

Alex Zaharia

Senior Associate

Industry News

Crunchbase: “Dropbox Prices IPO Above Expectations At $21”

Two Renovata clients, Dropbox and Spotify, hit IPO within a fortnight of each other – and we are not the only keen observers of their market performance.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Renovata News

Renovata adds Anne Lucas to the team

Renovata is delighted to announce the appointment of Anne Lucas as a Consultant in the London office. Anne has worked in recruitment for 18 years, consistently tackling the most complex executive search assignments – to the extent that one consultancy dubbed her – gratefully – “The Nutcracker”, for her ability to handle the most challenging recruitment puzzles.

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Anne Lucas

Consultant

Industry News

Financial Times: “Four takeaways from Spotify’s market debut”

Hot on the heels of Dropbox’s market debut; on April 3rd, Spotify, the music streaming innovator and Renovata client, hit the New York markets.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Insights

From the Penthouse to the Ground Floor

Matching exceptional talent to exceptional companies is about a meeting of minds: attitude, culture, skills and specialisms, and expectation. The ambitions of candidates is therefore as important as the trajectory of the business. Many senior executives come to us because they have cut their teeth in corporate life and are now looking to bring their experience to a high-growth startup. But just like an investment, sometimes "past performance is not an indicator of future value". Here is our primer for top corporate performers considering the move to a startup...

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Client News

UKTN: “Property Partner founder Daniel Gandesha steps down as CEO

UKTN (UK Tech News) reports on Property Partner, a Renovata client and the UK’s leading property crowdfunding business, whose founder Daniel Gandesha has announced that he is standing down.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Lucy Brealy

Consultant

Industry News

Bloomberg: “Octopus Ventures Raises $284 Million Fund for European Startups”

Renovata is pleased to be working with the portfolio companies of several leading venture capital firms on both sides of the Atlantic. One of the most consistently successful is Octopus Ventures; whose portfolio includes Renovata clients Outfittery, Property Partner and Secret Escapes.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Client News

Shahzad Umar joins superstar fashion e-tailer ELOQUII as CTO

ELOQUII is the contemporary women’s fashion destination for sizes 14 – 24. Once shuttered on the closure of holding company, The Limited, the business was reborn after outcry from a...

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Client News

Organics e-tailer Thrive Market appoints Sunil Kaki as SVP Marketing

Founded in 2013, Los Angeles’ Thrive Market is an e-commerce club with a conscience. The business is on a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. Thrive...

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Client News

Oden Technologies lands John Turek for CTO role

Oden Technologies, the global manufacturing data and analytics SaaS provider headquartered in New York City, has appointed John Turek to the role of CTO, following a successful executive search led by Renovata.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Industry News

A stake in tech star IP Solutions has been snapped up by private equity firm LDC

City AM has reported on an investment by LDC (the highly successful private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group) in IP Solutions, the innovative UK communications technology firm and Renovata client.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Industry News

Index Ventures launches guide to stock options for European startups

Leading Venture Capital investor, Index Ventures, has launched a much needed guide to the incentivisation of talent in European startups. Remarkably, Index says, “In Europe, startups aren't sufficiently rewarding the risk people take by joining them. On the whole, they’re not offering enough people a meaningful stake in the business. As a result, Europe is currently failing to attract and retain the talent it needs to produce the next global tech giant”.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Renovata News

Renovata welcomes Sarah Clark as EA/Project Co-ordinator

Renovata is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Clark to join our growing support team. Sarah will serve as EA to Partner, Kate Harrison, and provide additional support to the Renovata consultants in the London office.

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Administrator

Client News

Renovata finds VP, Logistics and Operations for MakeSpace

Founded and based in space-poor New York City, MakeSpace is the market-leader in the ‘full service’ storage business. Renovata is delighted to announce the appointment of Jesus Flores del Bosque to the role of VP, Logistics and Operations.

MakeSpace provides storage (of physical items), pickup and redelivery, all for a price cheaper than traditional self-storage. MakeSpace customers don’t have to worry about muscle, square footage limits or getting a vehicle - they just use an app or website, which also includes the ability to track individual items. The business has raised over $60M in four rounds, the most recent being a $30M Series C in April 2017; investors include 8VC, Upfront Ventures, Harmony Partners along with actor Ashton Kutcher, rapper Nas, and basketball player Carmelo Anthony.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Client News

Another Renovata success with Coty: Eric Long joins as VP Global eCommerce Operations

Renovata continues its successful partnership with New York beauty products company, Coty, with the appointment of Eric Long as VP, Global eCommerce Operations; following a successful executive search by Renovata....

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Client News

Miles Williams joins JW Player as Chief Marketing Officer

JW Player, the world’s largest network-independent video platform, today announced the appointment of Miles Williams to Chief Marketing Officer, following a successful search by Renovata. Backed by e.ventures, Greenspring Associates and Greycroft Partners, JW Player has attracted $46.5M in investment, most recently a $20M Series D in early 2016. Reaching over 1.8 billion unique devices across 193 countries each month, JW Player offers an advanced and flexible, yet lightweight media player for publishing videos and streaming. It is designed for a consistent viewing experience across devices, codecs and playout environments, in addition to offering customizations that include advanced interactive functionality that appeals to users, advertisers and media owners.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Client News

Renovata’s third leader for Fuse Universal: Tim O’Donoghue joins as CTO

Renovata is delighted to announce a third appointment to the senior team at London-based blended learning platform, Fuse Universal. Taking responsibility for the platform at the heart of Fuse’s learning engagement offering, Tim O’Donoghue joins as Chief Technology Officer. Fuse Universal is an award-winning learning and communications platform, designed to support learning experiences which leverage social and mobile technology to engage and drive continuous improvement. Fuse Universal successfully raised $10m from private equity house Education Growth Partners, in June 2015 and today has 85 employees and over 100 clients in the UK alone, including: Vodafone, Panasonic, Lloyds Banking Group and GSK.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Lucy Brealy

Consultant

Industry News

TechCrunch: “Vimeo acquires Livestream, launches its own live video product”

TechCrunch reports on the acquisition of Livestream, the live video streaming platform and Renovata client, by hosting and streaming leader, Vimeo. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but it is likely to close by the end of the year.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Industry News

The Street: “LittleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit Named To TTPM Most Wanted List”

Renovata client, LittleBits, is the leader in invention-based learning. The company’s simple yet multi-functional electronic blocks unlock a world of creativity with a very low bar to engagement.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Client News

Pat Shores joins Shapeways as Chief Commercial Officer; search by Renovata

Based in New York City, Shapeways is the world's leading 3D printing and manufacturing community and online marketplace. Following an executive search led by Renovata, the business has appointed Pat Shores as Chief Commercial Officer. Founded in 2007, Shapeways is the ‘Etsy of 3D printing’, helping individuals, artisans and businesses turn their ideas into a physical reality by making product design more accessible, low-risk and personalized. As an example, there is no minimum run requirement, meaning that individual artworks and prototypes may be economically produced.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Client News

Laurence Bret-Stern takes CRO role at sales management platform, pipedrive

New York’s pipedrive, the sales automation platform, has appointed Laurence Bret-Stern as Chief Revenue Officer; following an executive search led by Renovata.

pipedrive has attracted over 50,000 customers by tipping the balance of sales automation from CRM to the salesperson experience. Grounded in the philosophy of activity-based selling, pipedrive gives its users exactly the tools and guidance they need to sell effectively. Founded in 2010, the business has now attracted $31.7m in funding across 7 rounds from backers including Bessemer Venture Partners and Storm Ventures, $17.5m coming in a B-round in January 2017 led by Atomico.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Industry News

Fortune: “Albertsons Challenges Amazon and Buys Meal-Kit Startup Plated”

Several sources have reported on the acquisition of Plated, the fast-growing meal-kit business and Renovata client, by national grocery chain, Albertsons. The full terms have not been disclosed, but the deal values Plated anywhere between $200m and $300m.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Industry News

Finsmes: “Apica Raises USD$12M in Funding”

Finsmes, the Private Equity and Venture Capital newswire, reports that Sweden’s Apica, a Renovata client, has secured a further $12m in funding. Apica is a fully cloud-based performance platform for optimising and monitoring loads on complex and distributed web and mobile services. It allows companies and developers to test applications to full capacity, predict loads, manage web delivery performance and protect online services from peaks.

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Michael T McDonnell

Partner|Stockholm

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Client News

BI specialist Florian Berger joins MyToys as VP, Analytics

Based in Berlin, Germany, and part of the Otto Group of companies, myToys has appointed Florian Berger to the role of VP, Analytics. The executive search was conducted by Renovata.

Founded in 1999, myToys is Europe’s #1 online retail brand for family shopping, catering to the needs of babies, children and teens; and also supporting a strong sports brand offering. As well as myToys, the business includes the ambellis (women’s fashion) and mirapodo (shoes) brands, together turning over more than €500m in FY2015/16. This makes myToys one of the most successful e-commerce companies in Germany; the online business is now also augmented with 14 stores. With over 1,500 employees, myToys is the third largest employer in Germany’s digital sector.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Insights

How important is Talent to the Founder/CEO?

Ask any CEO what the most important piece of their business is, and most will say our “talent & people”. That’s ahead of security, technology, sales, the lot.

Yet look at the “Our Team” section of early/earlier stage/growth technology companies’ websites, and you will probably find an HR leader who is a process/functional HR Generalist, and who rarely, if ever, reports to the CEO. Why?

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Michael T McDonnell

Partner|Stockholm

Insights

Who’s going to help you build a billion dollar company?

Before you read this as a ‘how-to-manual’, let’s be clear: if there was a paint-by-numbers way to reach $1B, everybody would be doing it. There isn’t a magic formula. But you can build a team with the structure and skills to dramatically improve your chances of success. And I don’t want to talk about just $1B valuations – after all, many “unicorns” can be as much about a bet on individual star founders as solid metrics such as revenue and profit. That’s not to denigrate those founders: clearly many are worth the bet! But we’re going to concern ourselves with the inherently more valuable $1B in sales.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Industry News

“Receipt Bank raises $50 million to help bookkeepers automate data extraction from invoices”

VentureBeat, along with much of the tech press, reports on London’s Receipt Bank, which has raised a $50M B-round from sole investor, Insight Venture Partners.

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Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Client News

Daryl Paton joins Universe Group plc as CFO

Universe Group plc (UNG.L), a leading developer and supplier of point of sale, payment and on-line loyalty systems, is pleased to announce with immediate effect the appointment of Daryl Paton as Chief Financial Officer of the Group. The executive search was conducted by Renovata.

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Lucy Brealy

Consultant

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Industry News

Samsung: “Meet Samsung NEXT’s MD of Europe, Felix Petersen”

Samsung NEXT is the Korean technology giant’s innovation partnership, designed to help grow and scale new businesses which can help the Samsung ecosystem continue to thrive through an entrepreneurial culture.

Founded in 2013, Samsung NEXT has become a global organization partnering with innovators everywhere, with hubs in Korea, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and Berlin.

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Lisa Morgan

Consultant

Thomas Jepsen

Partner

Industry News

“Visa takes a strategic stake in Klarna, the finance startup out of Sweden”

Finance sites (Bloomberg, FT), the Fintech press and TechCrunch have all reported on Visa’s investment in Renovata client, Klarna.

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Mannie Gill

Partner

Vanessa Dill

Consultant

Renovata News

Renovata welcomes new Partner, marketing specialist Kate Harrison

Renovata is delighted to announce the appointment of Kate Harrison, who joins the London office as a Partner.

After graduating with a First Class Honours BA in Business from Nottingham Business School, Kate spent the first half of her career in top-ranked global advertising agencies. She progressed to Executive Board level at Leo Burnett London, running a 75-strong client service department for clients like P&G, Mars and Fiat, and claims shared credits for the world’s first mainstream TV commercial to be shot on a mobile phone.

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Kate Harrison

Partner

Client News

Taylor West joins zeotap as SVP, Sales, North America

zeotap is a Berlin-headquartered Big Data platform which delivers telco-sourced data assets to the digital advertising market. The company has appointed Taylor West to the position of SVP, Sales, North...

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Mannie Gill

Partner