This week's London appointments: Featuring Naked Energy, Shieldpay & Stenn

This week’s round up of London appointments includes Naked Energy, Shieldpay & Stenn. Read on to find out more.

Alex Mitchell, Naked Energy

British solar heat tech disruptor Naked Energy is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Mitchell as the new Head of People. Alex has over 20 years of experience working in HR and specialises in supporting growing businesses, by developing high-performing teams and attracting talent in line with business strategy.

Alex built her career following her degree in Human Resources Management and her Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) qualification.

Prior to founding and successfully running the HR Consultancy Mitchell HR, Alex had over five years’ experience as HR Director for the FTSE 250 company Regus (UK) Ltd. Her career covers the full ‘People’ function across a variety of industries and at different stages of growth, which gives her a unique perspective of the opportunities and challenges that scaling businesses can face.

This year, as Naked Energy continues its rapid global expansion, Alex’s expertise will ensure the business grows strategically to support its mission to change energy for good.

Alex Mitchell said: ’‘I am delighted to have joined Naked Energy at such an exciting time. There is already a fantastic team in place, with individuals who all have the passion and experience to make the company hugely successful. I’m really looking forward to working with them to help accelerate the decarbonisation of heat.“

Andrew Hawkins, Shieldpay

Shieldpay, the market leader in high-value B2B payments, has announced the appointment of Andrew Hawkins as chief executive officer for UK and Europe. Hawkins, formerly chief technology and product officer at Shieldpay, will be taking over the role from Founder, Peter Janes who moves to Group CEO as part of Shieldpay’s strategic plan to prepare for its next stage of growth and expansion.

In his new position, Hawkins will play a pivotal role in helping the business scale in the UK, enter new sectors, and enhance Shieldpay’s positioning in the fintech arena. With several exciting partnerships in the pipeline, Hawkins will be instrumental in accelerating Shieldpay’s growth trajectory in 2023 and beyond, including driving expansion into Europe.

Hawkins brings over 25 years of technology experience to his new role, including seven years at Microsoft before holding senior leadership positions at HSBC and the unicorn challenger bank Zopa. His depth of expertise in technology and leadership in both start-ups and established companies alike makes Hawkins well-equipped to guide Shieldpay into the future.

Andrew Hawkins, UK CEO at Shieldpay, said: “Since joining the business I have been inspired both by the scale of the opportunity and Shieldpay’s ambition. As we look to expand Shieldpay’s market offering, I’m excited to take the reins as CEO, UK & Europe and take B2B payments to new heights.”

Peter Janes, group CEO and founder at Shieldpay, said: “I’m thrilled to announce Andrew as our CEO in the UK and Europe. Andrew has all the experience and knowledge to drive the business forward and position Shieldpay as the expert in high-value B2B payments. We’re excited about this next stage of growth, and we couldn’t be in safer hands with Andrew’s leadership.”

Hubert Larenaudie, Stenn

Stenn, a leading digital marketplace enabling growth for businesses engaged in international trade, today announces the appointment of Hubert Larenaudie as President. It comes as the business looks to expand and scale its market offering of growth solutions.

Hubert Laurenaudie will have responsibility for defining the company’s go-to-market strategy and building a sales and marketing function to execute it. He is charged with scaling the business as it embarks on its journey to becoming a global brand, a role in which he has significant experience.

This appointment follows what was a busy year for Stenn with a total of five senior hires in 2022, across Operations, People and Culture, and Product.

Greg Karpovsky, founder and chief executive officer at Stenn, said: “I am delighted to once again be working with my long-standing mentor, Hubert. He is a highly respected and successful strategist having led businesses to generate billions in revenue, built companies from scratch, scaled teams in emerging markets and brokered major M&A deals.”

Hubert Larenaudie added: “I’m thrilled to be joining Stenn at such a key inflection point in their journey to becoming a global brand. I look forward to working with Greg and the wider team to leverage our success to date and scale the business to new heights, cementing our position as category leader for growth solutions.”

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By Mark Adair – Correspondent, Bdaily

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