Andy Cockburn (CEO), Tim Boughton (CTO); Stuart Whyte & Ben Henshall
Chloe Shakesby

This week's London appointments

Stuart Whyte, Ben Henshall and Thibaut Behaghel, Mention Me

Marketing technology business Mention Me has announced the appointment of Stuart Whyte as chief revenue officer, Ben Henshall as data and insights analyst and Thibaut Behaghel as general manager of the newly opened Paris office.

Stuart Whyte joins from marketing technology business Thunderhead where he was executive vice president. Stuart brings 24 years experience across martech businesses including Adobe and as CRO will be focussed on honing Mention Me’s approach to partnerships and owning the revenue number across every team in the business.

Ben Henshall joins from data driven analytics business Incline in Cape Town. At Mention Me Ben will be spearheading a drive towards making data-science driven decisions across the business.

Thibaut Behaghel brings more than 30 years of expertise in developing teams, products and services, within high growth technology and marketing businesses. Thibault will be focussed on accelerating growth, expanding the business’ French client base, building strategic partnerships and further adapting Mention Me’s proposition and platform for the French market.

These appointments to the Leadership team follow on from Head of Legal Gavin Walles, Head of People Valerie Mann and Finance Director Robert Thorogood joining in 2019.

Andy Cockburn, CEO and joint founder of Mention Me commented: “We’re incredibly excited to be bringing in such experience and talent into these three new roles, all of whom will be instrumental in powering the business forward through our next phase of fast growth.

“It’s been a successful journey so far, but we have no intention of standing still.

“These newly created roles will be central to shaping our business model and direction of the business; supported by our new products designed to tangibly enhance the customer journey further, quickly creating high numbers of advocates and driving loyalty and lifetime value”.

**Paul Swift, Offices iQ **

Offices iQ has today announced the appointment of Paul Swift as enterprise solutions director.

Paul’s role will include working with corporate clients in developing strategic plans for the integration of flexible space into commercial real estate portfolios.

Paul joins Offices iQ following five years co-running the business development team at the instant group and previously worked at MWB Business Exchange and Regus/IWG, with over 17 years’ experience in the flexspace and coworking sector across sales, account management and training.

Kurt Mroncz, managing director at Offices iQ, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Paul to the team.

“His experience of working with some of the largest companies in the world on flexspace and flexspace strategies will be a real asset to our business and our clients.

“His appointment is testament to the Offices iQ stature as a leading flexspace broker and signals an exciting year ahead for us all.”

Paul added: “Throughout my career I’ve enjoyed leading strategies on flexspace, especially with large, international companies.

“The opportunity to join Offices iQ was perfect as we share the same vision and goals.

“I look forward to bringing new clients into the fold, and being a part of the process as Offices iQ expands its worldwide operations.”

Anurag Sharma, LendInvest

LendInvest has announced the appointment of former CBRE senior director and head of loan advisory, Anurag Sharma, as fund manager.

Anurag has worked with LendInvest in an advisory capacity for several years whilst leading the loan advisory team at CBRE Capital Advisors.

He brings over 14 years’ financial services experience to the team, with 12 of those spent specialising in debt finance. Before joining CBRE in 2016, Anurag held structured finance positions at Barclays, Deloitte, and PwC.

At LendInvest Anurag is responsible for managing the multiple portfolios of assets for investors, including that of LendInvest’s flagship fund, the real estate opportunity fund. Additionally, Anurag sits on LendInvest’s credit committee playing an integral part in the business’ assessment of credit risk and deal viability across all loan types, with a particular emphasis on large and complex bridging loans.

Ian Thomas, co-founder and chief investment officer at LendInvest, commented: “Anurag has worked closely with LendInvest for a number of years, and we’re delighted he’s agreed to join our team full-time.

“Anurag has a valuable understanding of how our business works and a deep knowledge of best practice loan valuation.

“Anurag brings important expertise to both sides of our platform - from pricing debt portfolios for our investors, to contributing to credit decisioning with our credit risk and underwriting teams.”

Adam Noel, Abigail Stephenson and Matt Jones, VMLY&R

VMLY&R has announced the appointment of Adam Noel as creative partner at VMLY&R London.

Noel most recently freelanced at the BBC Creative. Before that he was a creative director at BBH London working on key accounts including Virgin Media, Google.

VMLY&R has also hired Abigail Stephenson and Matt Jones as junior creatives.

The team has worked at agencies in London such as Droga5, Lucky Generals and BBC Creative.

Adam Noel, creative partner at VMLY&R London, said: “VMLY&R has a special combination of creative excellence, great culture and an insane drive to do things differently. I’m very excited to see how many buttons we can push.”

Laurent Simon, CCO at VMLY&R London, said: “I’m pleased to count one other Cannes Grand Prix winner in the department.

“Adam knows the vital difference between making ideas social and simply sticking ideas on social. He also understands business, strategy, creative, and how to best connect with the public, regardless of the demographics or interests - as well as being nice, funny, brave, caring. The sort of guy you’d want to introduce to your parents.”

Alan Hughes, Lichfields

Planner Alan Hughes has re-joined planning and development consultants Lichfields as an associate director after a five year break.

He joins the London team and will focus on regeneration projects, mixed-use, residential and commercial planning work in the capital and South East.

Alan said he is delighted to be back and is already settling into Lichfields’ new head office in the Square Mile.

One of his first tasks is assisting on the delivery of the £8.4bn Greenwich Peninsula project for Knight Dragon.   Alan initially joined Lichfields in 2011 as a graduate planner, progressing to senior planner before leaving to join DP9 in 2015.

He recently returned from a year’s travelling in Asia and South America, after four years with DP9.

James Fennell, Lichfields’ chief Eeecutive, said: “We are delighted to have Alan back on the team and look forward to seeing him develop his career with Lichfields, once more.”

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