Emma Stevens, Coffin Mew
Chloe Shakesby

This week's London appointments

Emma Stevens, Coffin Mew

South East law firm Coffin Mew announced that it has promoted Emma Stevens to partner with immediate effect.

Emma joined the firm in September 2013 as a trainee and has been promoted to partner in the dispute resolution team.

She advises clients across all of Coffin Mew’s offices on a wide range of corporate and commercial disputes including contractual claims, restrictive covenant disputes, shareholder disputes and debt recovery.

She is also a member of the firm’s tech sector, with particular specialism in intellectual property disputes, assisting companies and individuals to protect their intellectual property rights, predominantly against online infringements.

Miles Brown, CEO of Coffin Mew, commented: “Coffin Mew is always looking for ways to strategically grow the firm, both organically and through lateral hires.

“Emma is an excellent example of our home-grown talent. As we help clients grapple with the challenges presented by Covid-19, Emma’s addition to the partnership is particularly welcome.”

Ian Dawes, head of dispute resolution at Coffin Mew, said: “I am delighted that Emma has joined the Coffin Mew partnership, she is an exceptional, modern and forward thinking solicitor.

“She will continue to be an excellent commercial litigator and will enhance the overall partnership.”

Emma added: “I am very proud to join the partnership at Coffin Mew.

“I am privileged to be offered this exciting opportunity at the firm I trained with and will continue to support the firm’s values in my new role and as we find our ‘new normal’”.

Marie Wadeson and Simon Campbell, Quantuma

Business advisory firm Quantuma has promoted both marketing expert, Marie Wadeson, and restructuring specialist, Simon Campbell to the position of partner.

Marie joined the firm as head of marketing in 2016. She has more than 15 years’ experience in senior positions, including eight years at global accounting and audit firm Mazars where she was responsible for national marketing activities and stakeholder management.

During her time at Quantuma, Marie has been responsible for driving the growth of the business through setting and delivering the firm-wide corporate marketing strategy and overseeing strategic business development activity.

Marie will continue to lead the growing marketing team through Quantuma’s next stage of growth in the UK and overseas.

Simon has spent four years at Quantuma as a director, specialising in restructuring, insolvency and corporate recovery.

Prior to joining Quantuma, Simon held positions at Grant Thornton and, most recently, he spent almost 10 years in senior positions at a boutique restructuring firm.

His sector expertise includes technology, property, logistics, agriculture and professional and business services.

Marie commented: “In the professional services sector, it is less common for those in non-fee earning roles to secure partnership roles, so this promotion is a real achievement for me personally.

“Quantuma is a people-led business that is not afraid to break with convention, and I am looking forward to continuing to develop our challenger brand as we grow at a rapid rate, both in the UK and in strategic overseas markets.”

Simon added: “I am delighted to have been admitted to the partnership at such a unique firm.

“I have enjoyed being part of Quantuma’s stella growth since I joined four years ago, and I am looking forward to working with Andrew Watling and David Meany to further develop the firm’s presence on the south coast and beyond.”

David Krajicek, JATO Dynamics

JATO Dynamics, a provider of global automotive data and insight, has appointed David Krajicek to the position of CEO.

David is a seasoned business executive and strategist in the information and marketing services industry with over 25 years’ experience, he joins from GfK where he had been at the helm as CEO of GfK Research since 2017.

He commented: “JATO Dynamics is a true insights leader within the automotive industry and I’m delighted to get started.

“I’m looking forward to engaging with the leadership team in the coming weeks as we continue to develop innovative solutions for our clients’ needs.”

Jake Shafran, chairman at JATO Dynamics, added: “David is an excellent business leader, whose drive and focus are wholly welcomed into the firm.

“His commitment to the industry and long-term interests, mean David is not only well-versed in our business strategy, but also with the markets in which we operate.

“He is an exceptional addition to the team, with the core strategic and customer orientation skills necessary to support our customers and lead our teams through periods of significant growth and change.

“Everyone at JATO Dynamics warmly welcomes David to the position and wishes him every success.”

Philip Wright, Chip

Chip, a money-saving app, has announced the appointment of Philip Wright as its new chief financial officer.

As the new CFO, Philip will join the leadership team at Chip and lead the finance function.

Prior to joining Chip, Philip was the CFO at Auto Service Finance and Babylon Health, as well as held leadership roles at Funding Circle and GE Capital.

He commented: “I’m very excited to join the team at Chip. They are doing some amazing things, and it’s brilliant to see how resilient the company is.

“From the recent FCA authorisation and a roll-out of new features (such as giving Chip savers access to FSCS accounts through partner banks), to a lot more news and updates in the pipeline, I’ve joined Chip at a very exciting time.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to play a key role in shaping the future of Chip and helping build an app that can enable people to save for the rainy days, as well as the sunny ones.”

Simon Rabin, founder and CEO, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Phil to the team.

“It has been a turbulent time for everyone, but our savers’ response, and the influx of new savers, are strong indications that not only can Chip weather this storm, but it can also be a very helpful tool in other unexpected financial shocks in the future.

“As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters, I’m very happy to have Phil on board, and have his wealth of experience and expertise to help us steer this ship.”

Gavin Wilson, VIOOH

VIOOH, the digital out of home (OOH) advertising marketplace has appointed Gavin Wilson as its chief revenue officer (CRO).

Gavin brings with him a wealth of contacts and experience with a background in the advertising sector and will be responsible for the buy-side element of programmatic trading of digital OOH, working with DSP and agency partners.

He will be driving the broader engagement and growth strategy of the company as it looks to expand into new markets and territories.

Prior to joining VIOOH, Gavin was regional managing director at dunnhumby where he managed a large revenue and people portfolio for two years for both digital and non-digital products.

Before dunnhumby, he was the CRO at German DSP Sociomantic Labs. He was responsible for growing the businesses globally and working with each region to drive client value and interactions.

Gavin commented: “I’m delighted to be making this move - VIOOH is on the cusp of an exciting period of growth.

“In spite of the current turbulence in the global economy, the fact is the OOH advertising sector is beginning to embrace programmatic.

“This is going to open up new opportunities for those innovative brands looking to take advantage of this and VIOOH is going to be both in a position, and a company, at the centre of it all.”

Nadine Piecha, Badi

Badi, a room rental marketplace, has announced a new hire Nadine Piecha as its head of research.

Nadine brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in developing and implementing UX strategies, including product testing to improve customer retention, loyalty and revenue.

During her time at eDreams, Nadine built and led a strong team of researchers and analysts who conducted quantitative and qualitative research to support product development.

Prior to eDreams, Nadine worked at eBay where she was tasked with managing large-scale, international online surveys to monitor customer satisfaction and help the company focus on product areas that needed investment to enhance customer loyalty and improved customer retention.

She commented: “We are aware that our users currently have other concerns over and above looking to move home.

“But we are also convinced that new opportunities will open up for us in the period after Covid-19. We want to be prepared for that.

“My job is to understand exactly why users behave in a certain way and to draw conclusions for different processes,”

“I’ve always been fascinated by what motivates and drives behaviour.

It’s my job to learn why users act the way they do, and what they need to have a better life.

“There has never been a more important time to apply this thinking and my experience at Badi as we enter a period of huge change for the rental market.”

Carlos Pierre, founder and CEO of Badi, addded: “As we continue to grow, we need the best people to help us shake up the industry to continue to put security, trust and customer satisfaction at the heart of everything we do.

“Nadine’s experience in this field is already proving to be a huge asset to us and we’re delighted to welcome her to the Badi fold.”

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