Bailey Fisher is pleased to have assisted Undo, a pioneer in the development of new software execution record and replay technology, with the appointment of Barry Morris as its new CEO with immediate effect.
Barry will take over the role from co-founder Dr Greg Law, who has to date been performing a dual CEO/CTO role. Greg will now dedicate his time and focus to operating as Undo’s CTO, developing Undo’s technical capabilities in line with evolving customer demand.
Barry has swapped one Cambridge for another, moving from Cambridge, Massachusetts based NuoDB, to operate out of Undo’s Cambridge UK headquarters. A serial entrepreneur, Morris founded NuoDB in 2008 and most recently served as its Executive Chairman.
With over 25 years’ experience working in enterprise software and database systems, he is a prodigious company builder, scaling start-ups and publicly held companies alike. Morris, who was CEO of distributed service-oriented architecture (SOA) specialists IONA Technologies between 2000 and 2003, built the company up to $180m in revenues and a $2bn valuation.
Greg Law commented, “We have achieved our early stage goals. With the industry-changing technology we have built, the customers we have signed up and the funding we have secured, it is time to move to the next stage of the plan, with an A-player to lead the company in its high-growth phase.
“Despite a really strong short list of candidates, the result of a worldwide executive search, we were unanimous in our agreement about who the right person to lead the company should be, and that’s Barry.”
Barry Morris added, “Greg and the team at Undo have built incredible foundations for the company, with technology that was thought by many to be an impossibility, and an enviable customer list including IBM, SAP and Micro Focus. My focus will be on the next evolution of the company, as we strengthen our positioning in strategically important markets like the US and Europe.”
“There is a substantial opportunity for Undo right now. All businesses are becoming highly dependent on software reliability, and Undo uniquely delivers reliability solutions across the software lifecycle. The industry wave of investment in continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) is part of a drive for software quality, but the absence of a modern software reliability platform remains a pervasive challenge in these environments. Undo is perfectly and uniquely positioned to address this challenge.”
Undo has grown rapidly in recent years, growing headcount to 40, with a world-class engineering team in Cambridge and an experienced enterprise sales organisation in San Francisco. In July, the company announced that it had secured $14 million in series B funding, and has to date, raised over $20 million in venture funding from leading venture capitalists.
Greg Law concluded, “We reached the size and complexity where it was impossible for one person to be both CEO and CTO. It’s a fantastic coup for the company to bring in someone with Barry’s international experience of putting innovative companies firmly on the map, raising finances, and building sustainable revenue streams.”
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Fourex, the World Money Exchange Self-Service solution, with the search for a CEO, resulting in the appointment of Anthony Rice.
Fourex serves customers across the UK at automated locations by providing currency exchange for 150 currencies in banknotes and coins, including domestic cash. Offering a first to the global market, Fourex is set to revolutionise the way in which consumers exchange money. Fourex kiosks are able to accept unsorted coins and notes, that are both in and out of circulation, from over 150 currencies at the same time, and pay out in either GBP, Euros or American Dollars in a fraction of a second.
The CEO search for Fourex was led by John Bridger, Technology Associate at Bailey Fisher, and resulted in the successful appointment of Anthony Rice. Anthony has extensive global experience within dynamic currency conversion, including global leadership roles within Travelex based in both the UK and US.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted Apple with the search for a Head of Software Development.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to run a global search to identify an experienced individual with the combination of excellent technical and managerial skills, to take responsibility for managing and leading the team that owns the Siri product.
The search resulted in the appointment of Rob James, who brings experience of working with a range of customers globally, and leading teams to deliver technologies within extremely challenging time frames.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have led the search for a Sales Director for Cambrionix.
Founded in 2007, Cambrionix develops and supplies a range of highly-sophisticated electronic components and intelligent USB device management products to a variety of customers globally. Its technology can be applied to any environment where there is a need to synchronise data, manage and control updates and charge USB connected devices reliably and quickly. The company’s customers include hospitals, schools, consumer homes, and SME and large corporate organisations.
Bailey Fisher was engaged to lead the search for a dynamic and technically credible evangelist with extensive experience in a high-growth environment. The search was led by John Bridger, Technology Associate at Bailey Fisher.
The search resulted in the appointment of Andrew Matthews, who brings substantial international sales and business development success, delivering profitable growth within start-ups and multinationals.
Victoria Tyson, Managing Director of Cambrionix says “We engaged Bailey Fisher to lead the search for a dynamic and highly credible sales leader with extensive growth experience. John Bridger conducted a very professional search, keeping us well informed at every stage, providing in-depth research and presenting a high-calibre shortlist. We appointed an excellent candidate who is an ideal fit for our business. I would thoroughly recommend John and Bailey Fisher.”
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have assisted GeoSpock with the search for a CEO, resulting in the appointment of Richard Baker.
Founder, Dr Steve Marsh, who has led the company from inception and built a world-class computer science team, will transition to the role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Steve will remain on the Board and will continue to lead research, development, and engineering and will provide strategic guidance for the company.
Richard brings extensive blue chip and start-up experience combined with proven leadership having held commercial senior executive and board roles in telecoms, technology, media, and financial services companies. Most recently, Richard was the co-founder and CEO of Cleartrade Exchange (CLTX), a fintech commodity futures exchange headquartered in Singapore, that was sold to the European Energy Exchange, part of Deutsche Börse Group, in 2016.
Steve Churchhouse, Chairman of GeoSpock said “Bailey Fisher supported our recent search for a new CEO for GeoSpock, a Cambridge start-up offering real-time extreme scale database and analytics solutions. We were seeking a commercially focused CEO with eBusiness track record to complement the skills of our tech founder. Bailey Fisher conducted a highly professional search, surfacing excellent candidates in a sellers’ market. Throughout the process I felt very well supported personally by Paul Bailey and I’m confident that we have hired one of the best candidates available.”
“We are delighted to welcome Richard to the company. We are confident that his leadership style and commercial experience will be invaluable assets to GeoSpock. Richard brings an interesting mix of strategic thinking, practical hands-on management experience and a firm handle on what is needed to scale commercial growth, driving adoption of GeoSpock technologies. I am very grateful to Steve for all he has done to lead GeoSpock, and equally pleased that Steve will be remaining on the Board as CTO.”
Steve Marsh, CTO commented: “It is a pleasure to welcome Richard to GeoSpock. I am looking forward to working closely with him and am excited about the next phase of the GeoSpock journey, as we strive to create a fun and intellectually engaging environment and attract the best talent to help the company grow. Our executive team now has the right blend of commercial, strategic, and technical leadership to reach its ambitions. This is an amazing time for the company.”
Richard Baker, CEO said: “I am incredibly impressed with what Dr Marsh has achieved to date and I am looking forward to working with Steve and his team to take the GeoSpock analytics technology to customers around the world. We live in a very dynamic and hyper-connected world. The data-driven economy is shaping many aspects of our daily lives from location-aware mobile advertising and interactive media services, through to hyper-connected Smart Cities. The ability to make real-time, action-orientated, insightful decisions in this new world will be the critical differentiator for many companies in the future. GeoSpock is at the heart of this exciting market transformation.”
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with TAB on the search for a Sales Director, resulting in the appointment of Craig Rowland.
TAB (previously Crowdsurfer) is the world’s most sophisticated marketplace finance intelligence. TAB interprets billions of financial data points from thousands of crowdfunding and P2P platforms globally, allowing clients to identify fresh opportunities and make better decisions.
Bailey Fisher was engaged by the board to manage the search for a first sales lead for the business, with familiarity in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment and experience selling to the aligned and complementary customer base.
Bailey Fisher assisted loyal client u-blox with the search for a Director of Market Development – Automotive, resulting in the appointment of Saroj Panda.
u-blox is a global leader in wireless communications and positioning semiconductors and modules for the industrial, automotive and consumer markets. A lot of companies are developing and distributing chips and modules for wireless communication and positioning, but u‑blox is dedicated to do it in an excellent way and with the focus on the customers and their applications. The company invests heavily in R&D to provide the market with products and solutions for the Internet of Things.
Bailey Fisher was retained by u-blox to manage the search for a Director of Market Development with a focus on the automotive industry.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with PragmatIC on the search for a VP Marketing, resulting in the successful appointment of Gillian Ewers.
PragmatIC is a world leader in ultra-low cost flexible electronics, enabling the potential for trillions of “smart objects” that can sense and communicate with their environment. Their unique technology platform enables integrated circuits thinner than a human hair to be embedded in any surface, introducing interactivity into a wide range of everyday items. At a fraction of the price of conventional silicon chips, PragmatIC’s products enable a vast range of new applications from intelligent packaging of fast-moving consumer goods, to wireless traceability of documents for security and identification.
PragmatIC is headquartered in Cambridge, England and has a production facility based at the National Centre for Printable Electronics in Sedgefield. Their growing customer base includes large multi-national customers across a number of sectors, including consumer goods, packaging, security printing, and mainstream electronics.
Having recently secured £18 million funding, PragmatIC engaged Bailey Fisher to identify an experienced marketing executive to help drive the commercial growth of the company at this exciting stage of development.
Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with Spectral Edge on the search for a CEO, resulting in the appointment of Rhodri Thomas.
Bailey Fisher was engaged by image fusion technology leader Spectral Edge to manage the search for a CEO to drive the next stage of the company’s development.
Spun out of the University of East Anglia (UEA) Colour Lab, Spectral Edge aims to improve the viewing experience of images, videos and TV content by delivering the perfect picture for each individual viewer. This is achieved with patented image fusion technology which can combine visible and invisible information in real-time on consumer devices, to enhance detail, aid visual accessibility, and create ever more beautiful pictures.
Rhodri Thomas joins Spectral Edge from London-based predictive keyboard technology pioneer SwiftKey, which was acquired by Microsoft in April 2016. As Chief Commercial Officer of SwiftKey, Rhodri oversaw significant company growth and was responsible for all business development activities including relationships with major mobile platforms, other apps and technology partners, as well as establishing the company’s San Francisco Bay Area presence. Prior to SwiftKey Rhodri held a number of product management and business development roles at companies including Unisys, Convergys, Texperts and kgb.
Rhodri’s appointment followed Spectral Edge’s oversubscribed £1.5 million 2016 funding round.
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Bailey Fisher Executive Search is pleased to have worked with FinTech company Netwealth on the search for a CMO.
Netwealth provides an online discretionary wealth management platform direct to the consumer market. Bailey Fisher Executive Search was mandated to identify and attract a Chief Marketing Officer to lead the online and offline marketing strategy for the business. The search resulted in the successful appointment of Francisco van Zeller.
Francisco brings to the role a wealth of experience in digital marketing and sales within both global corporates and venture-funded start-ups. His background comprises senior marketing roles across Europe and Asia, including for Samsung in both London and Seoul.