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Talent Tracker: Switch2Zero, Raptor PR, Inspired Thinking Group and more

Switch2Zero, a pioneer in sustainable technology solutions, has announced the appointment of visionary leader Derek White as the company’s new Chairman. White, CEO at Galileo Financial Technologies, brings a huge range of experience and expertise to Switch2Zero, positioning the company for faster growth and greater impact on its mission to help everyone live and work more sustainably. With an impressive career spanning more than 25 years, White has a formidable history of launching, leading, re-imagining and transforming international companies across both consumer and corporate sectors. Having previously headed up Google Cloud Financial Services, he is also an experienced ecosystem builder – a crucial focus area for Switch2Zero as it looks to create a truly global sustainability hub, connecting people and businesses with everything they need to reduce their environmental impact, work towards net zero emissions and achieve net positive impact.  

Raptor PR, the world’s only pure b2b tech PR agency for the video games industry, has appointed experienced PR and communications expert Clare Wimalasundera as its new Associate Director, expanding the agency’s leadership team as it prepares for a new phase of growth following a string of new client wins. An experienced senior PR professional, Wimalasundera has been delivering award-winning campaigns and communications strategy to B2B tech brands for over 15 years. She has extensive experience in tech PR, having worked at leading agencies including Kaizo and Limelight PR, as well as in-house for tech platform In Diverse Company. She brings skills in media relations, corporate communications, marketing, crisis comms and SEO. With a passion for emerging tech and web3, her previous client experience includes AppLovin, Bitcoin BSV, MediaCom, and Dentsu, as well as ExpressVPN, Paysafe, Merkle, AudienceScience and Mediarithmics. At Raptor PR, Wimalasundera will be responsible for taking the lead on client accounts, driving communications strategy and providing expert counsel. With her extensive contacts with tech and national media, Wimalasundera will help ensure Raptor continues to deliver top quality coverage and support the team in delivering first-class client services and impactful results.

Inspired Thinking Group (ITG), the tech-led end-to-end marketing activation business Team ITG, and Gartner award-winning MarTech brand Storyteq, has appointed industry expert Darren Singer as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to spearhead the company’s global growth charge. Singer will be tasked with leading ITG’s growth plan – seeing the group expand to a truly global, tech-led business delivering localised and personalised content at scale from hubs across the UK, Europe, the US and APAC – through a series of acquisitions and partnerships, alongside organic growth.

Coincover, the blockchain protection company, announces the appointment of its new Chief Commercial Officer, Ridhima Durham, who joins at a critical time following its recent successful funding round in January and rebrand in July. Ridhima joins Coincover from Salary Finance where she spent four years as Chief Commercial Officer. During her tenure Salary Finance achieved 100% YoY growth for four consecutive years and won numerous awards, including UK’s 19th fastest growing tech company in the Deloitte Fast 50 and Europe’s 48th fastest growing tech company by the Financial Times. At Coincover, she will apply her extensive leadership skills, commercial and strategic acumen and her knowledge of start-up innovation to oversee Coincover’s growth. She will head up several teams, including sales, partnerships, marketing, communications, and lobbying.

Pro Carrier, the international eCommerce shipping specialist, and part of DG International Group, has appointed two new senior team members to lead its eCommerce cross-border shipping services in Europe. This is part of an ambitious long-term growth strategy to become one of the largest independent eCommerce cross-border shippers in Europe. Lianne Robinson has been promoted to Head of Pro Carrier Europe. She was previously Head of Business Change and has over ten years of experience within the eCommerce, parcel and freight sectors. Robinson will be supported by Mark Eldridge as European Strategy Advisor. Eldridge has previously worked at a senior level for well-known brands in the Netherlands, including Spring GDS and Post NL Cross Border Solutions, and spent over eight years at Royal Mail International as General Manager in Europe and Head of Commercial Development.

IT and managed networks provider Evolve has announced the appointment of Lee Simpson as Chief Financial Officer. Signalling the next phase in Evolve’s growth strategy, following two acquisitions and a doubling in headcount over the past 12 months, Simpson will bring his considerable experience to the executive team. Simpson’s appointment is the latest in a rafter of strategic hires; Paul Washington has joined as Director of Strategic Partnerships, while Dean Lord has joined as Account Director. Simpson brings significant financial expertise and a track record in driving strategic expansion to Evolve, having previously held the title of Chief Financial Officer at UK Hire Group, where he oversaw an impressive 22% year-on-year revenue growth. Simpson has an exceptional background in the M&A field, having previously served as Head of M&A at law firm Slater & Gordon, Head of M&A at DCC Technology (Exertis), Head of M&A and Programme Office at Ainscough Crane Hire, and Associate Director of M&A at Tyco International.

Onfido, a specialist in automated identity verification, has announced the appointment of Daniel Keller as Chief Technology Officer. Keller brings over two decades of leadership experience to the company’s executive team alongside a track record of transforming and expanding tech-driven products and platforms on a global scale. Keller joins Onfido from Visable Group where, under his direction, the company transformed from a B2B directory provider to Europe’s leading B2B marketplace. As CTO, Keller led the innovation roadmap across product development, engineering, IT and business intelligence. He now brings this experience to Onfido to keep the company at the forefront of digital identity innovation and maintain the company’s growth trajectory.