Stephen Reidy, GoCardless
Chloe Shakesby

This week's London appointments

Stephen Reidy, GoCardless

GoCardless, the fintech for recurring payments, has appointed Stephen Reidy as VP and general manager for the UK and Ireland.

Based at GoCardless’ London headquarters, Stephen will drive future growth by leading the Sales and Account Executive team.

He joined GoCardless in 2019 as director of sales for the UK and Ireland. Prior to this he was responsible for technology and media clients globally at Google Cloud and also held senior sales roles at Cisco across London and the Middle East.

Even Walser, chief revenue officer at GoCardless, commented: “As an expert in high-growth technology and SaaS companies, Reidy has brought a wealth of sales experience to the team and will be instrumental in leading our next phase of growth in the UK and Ireland.”

Stephen said: “I am very excited to be part of the GoCardless journey, helping customers in the UK and Ireland get paid faster, improve cash flow, and significantly reduce admin and payment costs.

“I believe GoCardless is pioneering the way companies think about recurring payments, and I am looking forward to developing strategic relationships with our clients and partners, whilst helping each of them to enhance their payment strategy.”

Peter Ryan-Bell, AVIDA Global

AVIDA Global, a British producer of cannabis oils and isolates, has appointed senior banker Peter Ryan-Bell as its chief financial officer.

Peter has spent the last 22 years in the financial sector, most recently at NatWest where he was responsible for running the banks’ large corporate and institutions business and sat on the executive committee.

Prior to this, as managing director, he headed up NatWest’s corporate risk solutions teams across the UK and Western Europe. He has also held senior posts at Schroders and Bank of America.

David Kirby, CEO at AVIDA Global, commented: “Peter’s appointment is a real coup for AVIDA Global.

“His vast experience and business acumen are a huge asset for AVIDA Global as we look to scale and achieve our ambition of becoming the leading B2B producer of high-quality cannabis oils and isolates.”

Peter said: “I have had the privilege of working with many companies of all sizes and scale in my career and it is rare to find a company with such potential as Avida Global.

“I am confident that not only will we deliver outstanding returns to our investors, but we’ll also be an organisation with sustainable and ethical values at our core.

“When we talk about the Avida family we really mean it, from our people through to our customers and suppliers!”

Anabelle Bexiga and Simon Collins, Quantexa

Quantexa, the data and analytics software company pioneering contextual decision intelligence, has today announced that Anabelle Bexiga and Simon Collins have joined its advisory board.

Annabelle Bexiga brings over 30 years’ experience in financial services technology, having held C-Suite roles and led large technology teams at several global financial services firms, including CIO roles at TIAA, Bain Capital, AIG, and JP Morgan Chase.

Annabelle is also currently a CIO Advisor at Zoom Video Communications and a non-executive director on the boards of DWS Group, Stonex Group, and Triton International.

Simon Collins was chairman and senior partner of KPMG LLP until 2017. He holds a variety of chair, board and advisory roles with UK and international technology-enabled companies including Decoded, Signal-ai and Mind Maze.

He is also a non-executive director of the Royal Air Force, chairman of the University of Manchester’s Global Leadership Board, chairman of the Catalyst Board for Cancer Research UK and Chairman of Resilience First.

Vishal Maria, Quantexa’s CEO, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome Annabelle and Simon to Quantexa’s advisory board.

“Their extensive executive experience will complement our board’s existing world-class business, financial and technology experience gained at some of the most successful global businesses including Oracle, Tableau, Accenture, MI5 and ABN AMRO.

“As Quantexa scales into new markets and further develops its userbase and market footprint, our advisory board will continue to support us in shaping our strategy and execution, playing a key role in our growth journey.”

Marcus Sly, Sim Local

Sim Local has appointed long-standing industry expert, Marcus Sly, as its head of eSIM business development.

Marcus brings extensive knowledge and experience of the telecommunications sector, having worked in the industry for over 23 years.

Prior to joining Sim Local, Marcus was sales director at IDEMIA and Giesecke & Devrient, where he supplied SIM cards and SIM based solutions from Tier One to Tier Four MNO and MVNOs worldwide.

Killian Whelan, founder and CEO at Sim Local, commented: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Marcus to Sim Local.

“With over 20 years’ experience in the sector, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this role, which will be vital as we continue to strengthen our business partner relations and grow further as a company.

“At Sim Local, we are continually looking to strengthen the team and are delighted to have Marcus onboard.”

Marcus added: “I am extremely excited to join the business and to work closely with the talented team at Sim Local, to drive innovation, raise awareness and lead the digital transformation brought by eSIM technology.

“I’m looking forward to delivering a full end-to-end eSIM solution for mobile operators and showcasing the incredible benefits it brings to MNO’s and consumers alike.

“It’s a great time to be part of this new and exciting market, and I’m looking forward to contributing to Sim Local’s ongoing success.”

Bob Ivins, TVSquared

TVSquared, the global leader in unified cross-platform measurement, has announced that Bob Ivins has joined as chief strategy officer (CSO).

A three-decade industry veteran, Ivins is widely recognised for pioneering data-driven advertising, and promoting better transparency and collaboration throughout the TV ecosystem.

Ivins joins TVSquared from Ampersand, where he was chief data officer, leading the development of its advanced TV and media offerings.

Bob said: “TVSquared has not only built a world-class, always-on platform, but has also worked tirelessly to push the industry out of its comfort zone to change it for the better.

“From the start, TVSquared has focused on one thing – improving TV measurement.

“As CSO, my focus will be on continuing to provide the buy- and sell-sides with the tools needed to measure TV in the way people consume it, across time, devices and platforms.”

Jo Kinsella, president at TVSquared, added: “Bob is an industry veteran with experience and vision to help us continue to drive the industry forward.

“He is an excellent addition to the TVSquared team, and will be instrumental in supporting the adoption of authenticated audiences and simplified cross-platform measurement to our global client base.”

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