My First Eight Months at Princedale: From Corporate HR Director to Talent Advisor & Headhunter

by Jamie Homer, Partner at Princedale Partners, July 2017

As you might not know, I’ve just passed the eight month stage as a Partner for a small growth digital leadership executive search and talent advisory firm.

Considering you’re reading this right now, one thing you probably do know is that it’s a digital leadership Search & Talent Advisory firm called Princedale Partners, a business set up only a few years ago.

Truth be told, I’m the first Partner to the Founder & Managing Director Rupert Jupp. I met Ru back in my Urban Outfitters days, where I was Group HR & Business Development Director. We did some work together and I always liked his honesty and style.

Returning to my executive search roots made perfect sense for me. I grew up in retail initially in executive search way back in the day, and the opportunity of partnership at Princedale was simply too good to pass up. I needed a change, I wanted to do something different anyway.

Since making the switch, I’ve traded weekly visits to Paris, Barcelona & Munich and quarterly trips to New York and Hong Kong for train rides to Redditch, Manchester, Cheltenham and Bath to name a few more local places.

Having grown up in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, it seems crazy to say but after seven years as the Group HR & Business Development Director for URBN Urban Outfitters Inc with an EMEA remit, I was actually getting bored of visiting Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Munich. I mean, how many times can one person travel on the Eurostar to Paris for work anyway?! It felt like I was neither seeing nor doing much in Paris and the process became repetitive as well: station, hotel, retail, walk, dinner, bed, station, home.

The story of business travel being boring is indeed true. It took me a while, mind you, to bore of travelling for work, a long while… but I finally did. It was also hard to maintain any kind of personal life when I was gone in the week, each week, and then on dad duty each weekend.

While I traded a seemingly ‘glamorous’ international travel developing business and interviewing the global retail community, I’ve also traded a big team (who truthfully did most of the work anyway), a large expense account, company credit card and big budget to play with, for now having to be conscious of every penny we spend – I’m talking about printing, ink cartridges, taxis…you name it.

The transition from big corporate into smaller (not quite, but almost) start-up has been a big leap for me. Probably not quite the kind of leap I was expecting, but certainly the kind of leap I needed. It’s a totally different skill-set that is now being asked of me and it’s been wonderful for my day-to-day to become truly hands-on, detailed and grounded. It takes me back to my early days at Urban when I was the standalone Talent Director and even to my first few years building the search capability for the Selfridges Group internally – all by myself.

After ten years of being client side, in-house or corporate (whatever term you fancy), I was ready for something new, something different and something truly more entrepreneurial. And that’s what I have. Now, if I don’t do it, it doesn’t get done. No more delegating. No more outsourcing. No more passing the ‘corporate’ buck of responsibility down the chain. It’s all on me.

A great example of this is the creation here of a new offering, namely the proactive Digital Talent Pipeline. The concept – one I first built ten years ago running global recruitment for the Selfridges Group – is something I am very proud to have helped create at Princedale Partners so far. We’ve essentially turned a traditional, reactive, outsourced service into a proactive, talent proofing offering – it’s the kind of thing that search firms and talent advisers will need to adapt to moving forward. It’s an evolved and forward thinking talent sourcing model that, in my opinion, represents the future of smart hiring and in fact good business management.

So far I’ve done some pretty cool work too on the executive search side too including with Boohoo, one of the most talked of ecommerce businesses in Europe, recently placing their new Marketing Director in Manchester. We are also now working with another much loved ecommerce business, LoveHoney – helping them to define their technology roadmap for the next few years. A couple of examples of the range of work, amongst other brilliant businesses and clients we have been retained by recently.

Ultimately, I love this space that we work in. How do retailers and consumer-facing businesses evolve and meet the changing needs of the consumer? It’s just fascinating. Being an omni-channel business doesn’t just mean trading in multiple formats; it also means creating an internal structure where the right people own the right remits to adapt and react in an agile and effective way. This convergence of Digital and Customer is the space that we here at Princedale Partners are proudly playing in, and it’s an incredibly exciting and interesting place to be. Things move in dog years here and it’s fun trying to keep up.

Digital People Moves Report – Summer 2017

Since our last report in March, the hottest moves in the industry have been as exciting, unexpected and interesting as ever. Here is our summer report for Digital People Moves – appointments that have taken place across the wider marketplace in the last few months. It has been great to see such high levels of activity before we enter the quieter months of July and August.

If you would like to discuss the digital talent market or you have digital hiring needs we can help with, do get in touch.

Best regards,

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Rupert Jupp
Managing Partner

  • Mary Homer / x Topshop / Joins The White Company as CEO
  • Gavin Williams / x eNova / Joins Joins Farfetch as Product Director, Store of the Future
  • Nicola Huet / x Practicology / Joins Ralph Lauren as Digital Marketing Director EMEA
  • Jerry Dakin / x Carat / Joins Diageo as Head of Digital Media Partnerships
  • Murray Beckett / x Green Man Gaming / Joins Boohoo as Marketing Director
  • Angela Morrison / x Direct Line /Joins Debenhams as IT & Supply Chain Director
  • Jennifer Pasiakos / x Nasty Gal / Joins The Business of Fashion as Head of Marketing
  • Richard Clark / x Boohoo / Joins N Brown as International Director
  • David Buttress / x Just Eat / Joins 83North a General Partner
  • Ray Gammell / Etihad Airways / Moves to Interim CEO
  • James Williams / x Jigsaw / Joins Phase Eight as Director of Marketing and Online Trading
  • Gwynn Milligan / x Jaeger / Joins Jojo Maman Bebe as Commercial Director
  • Alex Williamson / x Goodwood / Joins House of Fraser as CEO
  • Alex Horstmann / Thomas Cook / Moves to Group Digital Director
  • Glyn Williams / Card Factory / Moves to Multichannel and Customer Director
  • Christian Woolfenden / x Lyst / Joins PhotoBox as Managing Director
  • Jason Merron / x Sainsbury’s / Joins Amazon as Director of Inventory Management Automation
  • Sean Foster / x Crowdtap / Joins Coty as SVP Global Ecommerce
  • Sarah Speake / x Clear Channel / Joins Truphone as Interim Global Marketing Director
  • Andy Harding / x HoF / Joins Mothercare as Chief Customer Officer
  • Claire Hennah / x Selfridges / Joins Unilever as Global Ecommerce Director, Personal Care
  • Jason Trout / x Exponential / Joins Unruly as MD EMEA
  • John Veichmanis / Farfetch / Moves to CMO
  • Jonathan Dees / x The Fairtrade Foundation / Joins The Property Software Group as COO
  • Hugh Fahy / x Notonthehighstreet / Joins MYOB in Australia as GM Engineering
  • David Knowles / x 4Finance / Joins Matches Fashion as Interim CTO
  • Mark McClennon / x Unilever / Joins Burberry as Global CIO
  • Rob Silsbury / x Ralph Lauren / Joins Dune as Ecommerce and Marketing Director
  • Robin Philips / x Boots / Joins Kurt Geiger as Director of Digital

Digital People Moves Report – Spring 2017

Here is our first Digital People Moves Review of 2017, appointments that have taken place across the wider marketplace in the last few months. Good to see such high levels of activity and we expect this to keep momentum through March, April, May and June before the quieter summer months of July/August.

If you would like to discuss the digital talent market or you have digital hiring needs we can help with, do get in touch.

Best regards,

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Rupert Jupp
Managing Partner

  • Ian Blackman / x Amazon / Joins Honest Grapes as CEO
  • Alessandra Bellini / x Unilever / Joins Tesco as Chief Customer Officer
  • Mark Brooker / x Betfair / Joins Trainline as COO
  • Nick Jones / x Visa Europe / Joins HS2 as CDO
  • Rob Hattrell / x Tesco / Joins eBay as UK VP
  • Andy Sleigh / x Skyscanner / Joins ClearScore as Chief Commercial Officer
  • Will Kernan / x The White Company / Joins Wiggle as CEO
  • Miriam Lahage / x Navabi / Joins Figleaves as CEO
  • Phil Reynolds / x Travelex / Joins Newable Business Finance as MD
  • Eric Benz / x Credits / Joins Cryptopay as MD
  • Alex Gallagher / x 4Finance / Joins Uni Days as CMO
  • Robert Crowley / x Nutmeg / Joins RateSetter as Head of HR
  • Nick Yockney / x Property Partner / Joins Lystable as Head of Talent
  • Anna Rafferty / x Pottermore / Joins BBC Worldwide as Global Director Digital Marketing
  • Matthew Walls / x Expedia / Joins TravelSupermarket.com as Marketing Director
  • Claudia Roggenkamp / Levi Strauss / Moves to VP Europe from Senior Director Ecommerce Europe
  • Madeleine Melson / x House of Fraser / Joins Amara Living as Chief Customer Officer
  • Kath Brown / x Mountain Warehouse / Joins Emma Bridgewater as Trading Director
  • Michael Durbridge / x B&Q / Joins Andrew Martin as CEO
  • Natalie Massenet / x Net a Porter / Joins Farfetch as Co-Chairman
  • Gary Kibble / x Mothercare / Joins Sainsbury’s Argos as Marketing Director
  • Peter Brooks Johnson / Rightmove / Promoted to CEO from COO
  • Denise Dunne / x EE / Joins Paddy Power Betfair as Director of Gaming
  • Tim Thurman / x Australian Securities Exchange / Joins Paysafe as CDO
  • Maud Bailly / x Paris Cabinet Office / Joins AccorHotels as Chief Digital Officer
  • Nick White / x Thomas Cook / Joins Samsung as Online Director
  • Mark Lewis / x John Lewis / Joins MoneySupermarket as CEO

Digital People Moves Report, Q4 2016

2016 provided us with ups and downs aplenty but of one thing we can be absolutely sure: digital people moves within the consumer marketplace in October, November and December were as prevalent and exciting as ever. Here is our quarterly report on those moves.

To be clear, this is an overview of appointments that have taken place across the wider marketplace and are not necessarily all our placements.

Let me know if you would like to meet and discuss the digital talent marketplace and any hiring needs you may have.

Here’s to the New Year and I look forward to hearing from you if the team and I can help in any way.

Best regards,

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Rupert Jupp
Managing Director

  • Lisa Harris / x Netflix / Joins HBO Eur. as VP Consumer Insights and BI
  • Jonny Woolridge / x The Cambridge Satchel Company / Joins EE as Director of Dev and Ops
  • Robin Terrell / x Tesco / Takes up NED at Wilko and WIlliam Hill Online
  • Peter Donovan / x Paddy Power / Joins CarTrawler as CPO
  • Robbie Feather / x Sainsbury’s / Moves over to Argos as Commercial Director
  • Anna Rafferty / x Pottermore / Joins BBC Studios as Global Digital Marketing & Content Director
  • Tamsin Todd / x Tui Travel / Joins Addison Lee as Chief Customer Officer
  • Jim Cruickshank / x Picsolve / Joins M&S as Global Head of Digital Product & UX
  • Andy Lightfoot / x Arcadia / Joins Space NK as Global Group Digital Director
  • Adam Chassin / x Amazon / Joins Uber as Head of Business, Europe
  • Elly Hardwick / x Credit Benchmark / Joins Deutsche Bank as Head of Innovation
  • Ivo Rook / Vodafone / Moves to Group Director IoT
  • Mark Lewis / x John Lewis / Joining Moneysupermarket.com as CEO in March 17
  • Russ Carroll / x Rakuten Marketing / Joins Klarna UK as Commercial Director
  • Jon Rudoe / x Sainsbury’s / Joins Shop Direct as Retail and Technology Director
  • Susan Saideman / Amazon / Moves to Vice President, Fashion in Europe
  • Kash Mahmood / x Boots / Joins Next as Digital Director
  • James McKenzie / x Screwfix / Joins Toolstation as Managing Director
  • Keith Reville / x Lebara Group / Joins WW Grainger as COO International and Digital
  • Benjamin Braun / x ComparetheMarket.com / Joins Audi as Digital and Marketing Director
  • Stephanie Phair / x Net-A-Porter / Joins Farfetch as Chief Strategy Officer
  • Elise Gilbert / LVMH / Moves to Director of Digital Strategy
  • Arslan Sharif / x British Gas / Joins Missguided as Chief Customer Officer
  • Paul Bolt / x Rackspace / Joins Microsoft as Director, SMB
  • Andy Street / x John Lewis / Pursuing political ambitions as Conservative candidate for W. Midlands Mayor
  • Christian Hartnagel / Lidl / Moves to CEO
  • Simon Roberts / x Boots / Joins Sainsbury’s as Retail and Operations Director
  • David Guise / x Woolworths Australia / Joins M&S as HRD
  • Deborah Lee / x BT Global Services / Joins Yoox Net-a-Porter as Chief People Officer
  • Andrew Mann / x Co-op / Joins Asda as VP of Insight, Pricing and Digital CRM
  • Rakhi Rajani / x Travelex / Joins McKinsey as VP Digital
  • David Guise / x Woolworths Australia / Joins M&S as Human Resources Director
  • Amee Chande / Alibaba / Moves to Head of Global Strategy and Operations
  • Steve Zuanella / x Zurich Insurance / Joins RSA as CDO
  • Becky Brock / x Snow & Rock Group / Joins John Lewis as Marketing Director

What does it mean to be a Chief Customer Officer? Princedale’s November roundtable with guests from New Look, Joules, Moss Bross, River Island, RatedPeople.com and Santander

On Thursday, 24th November, we invited a high-profile group of recently appointed Chief Customer Officers from some of the UK’s best-known retailers, banks and start-ups to discuss their Chief Customer Officer remits, what they find exciting and challenging and to share experiences among peers. The following is a snapshot of the key take-aways from the morning.

How well understood is the title and job description of “Chief Customer Officer”?

“The expectation of the role and reality are two very different things. When I was being interviewed for the role, 10% of what I was being assessed for was based on my hard skills and ability to do the job. The other 90% was focussed on my ability to influence others in getting them to understand the role and the importance of it within the business… and then their confidence in my being able to drive the centrally overseen customer attention in everything we do.”

“My CEO’s vision is that everybody within the business has responsibility for the customer meaning there is no need for a Chief Customer Officer. I get what’s meant here but don’t totally agree. I do think there needs to be someone at the top and on the Board to take ownership and drive the customer agenda”.

If you had the choice, what other functions beyond marketing and digital experiences would you like to own and do you feel would help you be truly effective?

“Parts of IT. I would love to be able to make some things happen within my own team and influence quicker. Sometimes it can take weeks to achieve a very small thing as the task has to be passed through so many different people and functions, particularly IT. Bertrand Bodson (Chief Digital and Marketing Officer at Sainsbury’s-Argos) seems to have a really amazing platform to leverage as he has IT reporting into him… that’s the dream!”

Would it make sense to have a highly experienced digital/customer champion or perhaps a digitally native millennial in the form of an NED to support your central customer agenda?

“At my company we have a ‘Junior Board’ made of up employees across the functions and all are under the age of 30 and seen as real up-and-comers. They meet every month and there are many clear benefits to this for the Board and the wider business, but one of the downsides of many of them being young is they’re sometimes afraid of upsetting the decision makers at the top and tarnishing their careers.”

“One of the biggest challenges I face as a CCO is that me and my team do some great research and come up with some amazing ideas and strategies with a clear vision. We take these to the Finance Director who often reject it due to the level of investment needed to innovate. Too often, cost tends to come before customer experience. I would love to have more influence on the finance department and be able to get them on board with the CCO vision and the direction of travel most of us need to take, namely that of a brand that sells great product.”

What functional background should a CCO come from?

“It’s about the individual and how they can influence others as true strategic customer champions. Most of us come from Marketing and Digital Product backgrounds and are now Chief Customer Officers because we are naturally always championing the customer. This is not always easy but it’s a clear trait and so probably rather self-selective”

It was also recognised in this discussion that as headhunters appointing Chief Customer Officers, the focus is less likely to be on past key deliverables that an individual has attained, as so much is nuanced here. It’s actually about the individual’s character, approach and ability to both influence and drive change that in turn can be recognised for keeping the business relevant in the increasingly channel-agnostic and digital world.

When you look back at the last 12 months in role, what can you take pride and accountability for?

“For me, my greatest achievement is when I get people to agree on the same vision and then they go off, achieve change together and come back to you and say “look what we’ve done and how great it worked”. As the CCO I can then go to the Board and say “Look what I managed to get people to do. I feel I am only successful if the business puts the customer first in everything they do, and that this is intrinsic in every conversation. The last thing I want is for me and my team to feel like we’re a command centre. We should be a redundant function at some stage as innovation and customer thinking should be inherent in most functions.”

Where do you see the CCO role going in the next 3-5 years? Where do you think it could take you?

“A General Manager role. The CCO works across every function in influencing everyone to believe in the same vision. It’s given me the skills needed to go to the top where I could become an MD in a bigger business or a CEO in a smaller one.”

“No idea, but it could well be a job title and role that is extinct within 5-10 years just as many Chief Digital Officer briefs are likely to be too. Both remits are about owning the transformation agenda for business in the digital area but if we do our jobs right, the whole business will be inherently digital, innovative and relevant to our customers now and in the future”

Do you think the Chief Customer role is a natural consideration for a succession plan to your CEO?

Almost unanimously, this was felt highly unlikely. While it was felt that previous experience of store management will be less important for future Retail CEOs, it was agreed that for a digitally-focussed Chief Customer Officer to become a CEO, they will likely need to have experience of managing a P&L.

 

For more on our findings from this discussion group, or if you would like to share your views and experiences, please get in touch with Rupert@princedalepartners.com or Jamie@princedalepartners.com.

Best regards,

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Rupert Jupp
Managing Director

Digital Executive, Chris Worle, on his meteoric rise to the Hargreaves Lansdown boardroom

As a search firm which specialises in the digital growth & transformation space, the evolution we’ve seen Hargreaves Lansdown go through over the last decade has been phenomenal to watch. There is no doubt it’s one of the UK’s greatest success stories of a home-grown business, based in Bristol becoming a FTSE100 digital first business and pioneer in online stockbroking and investments.

Chris Worle is the guy behind the last six years of digital transformation and innovation at Hargreaves Lansdown and he has had a meteoric rise to the boardroom after joining the Board as Group Digital Marketing Director in 2015 at the tender age of 32. Chris let us fire some questions at him based around his career as it’s very rare these days to see someone stay for such a long tenure at any one company.

Chris has been driving both the digital marketing agenda and the digital strategy of the business since 2010 and as digital leadership headhunters we are impressed by his meteoric rise, one that has kept up to speed with the impressive growth of the company he joined as a very young man over 10 years ago (aged 21!).

What falls under your remit at Hargreaves Lansdown?

I have two main briefs; I drive all the group digital marketing efforts as well as the overall digital strategy reporting directly to the CEO, Ian Gorham.

When you reflect on being in the driving seat for all things Digital, do you feel that you have been the driving force behind a standout single outcome?

It’s hard to say. I never realised this at the time but when I look back, this business has changed incredibly fast over the years since I joined and at Hargreaves Landsown we are increasingly trying to think of ourselves as a totally digital business and less like an FS company; we’re on that journey where it’s less about being a digital team within the business but the firm as a whole being a digital business.

Can you think of a moment that was catalytic in your career progression at Hargreaves Lansdown?

One of my greatest frustrations back in 2010-2013/14 was there was nobody responsible for digital on the Board driving the agenda. Everyone on the Board knew digital was important but nobody understood it then, as it was so new. Dharmash Mistry (x Balderton VC & NED at Dixons) joined the Board as NED and gave me and the team external validation we needed to get us going firmly in the right direction.

Did you have a career plan when you left university?

I studied business and economics at university and wanted to get into “business” but didn’t know exactly what that meant or how and where I was going to do it. The opportunity with Hargreaves Lansdown came up and it seemed perfect. There was no plan B so I jumped at it.

What was HL like when you joined? Size, population, type of business?

I joined in 2003 when we were around 450 people. Now we’re over 1000 and a proud member of the FTSE100. We’re also based in Bristol where we’ve always had our roots albeit the business I joined was very different to what one might imagine.

When I joined, we were just getting into the pensions side of things. Stock-broking was not digital then of course and we had someone solely dealing with new online capabilities for the first time within the business.

In regards to technology and the website we were nowhere but the environment and culture was young, entrepreneurial and full of grads who were working hard and playing hard. We tried things and it was fast-paced but the young energy very much drove the early digital activities that since totally transformed the business into what it is now.

How was Hargreaves Lansdown different to any other stock broker when you joined in 2003?

We had a culture of putting the client first. HL is built on the belief that we can do it better than any other stock broking firm and in regards to the investment platform, there was no marketplace for it, HL created this market for ourselves.

Is there anyone in particular who you can say helped you personally get to where you are now as a board member of a leading FTSE100 business in your early 30’s?

Peter Hargreaves bought me in and we have always had a strong relation. I’ve been careful not to build my career behind any one person as when that person leaves or moves you can quickly become like a fish out of water.  I’ve always been keen to maintain a wide internal network as there is so much to learn from others and the great thing about my role in digital is that it requires me to speak to lots of people across functions. In the early days, I was involved in the insurance category and it didn’t work out but gave me a chance to work with Stephen Lansdown (one of the founders) and Adam Norris (the firm’s former advisory director). If I had my time again I wouldn’t do anything differently.

What advice would you give digital professionals and subject matter experts who are c5 years into their careers and becoming masters of what they do?

I think it’s harder now. Patience plays a big part. I see some people who aren’t patient enough to build up that experience and knowledge but at the same time you need to be sure in yourself that you’re not treading water, it’s a careful balance. When I’ve been at the point where I’ve thought, my career has plateaued I’ve always made sure I’m learning something. It’s incredibly important to be observant around the business and listen to what’s going on. In digital, there is the opportunity to be the business and not just a small team within the business.

What’s kept me at HL is the culture fit; it works so well and it’s important to find an environment and business that you’re truly happy in. Financial services isn’t an industry I’d ever choose to be in voluntarily but culturally and environmentally HL is a great place to be. It changes so fast and just when you think it’s calming down or settling down something happens and it all changes again – that’s what I love about it.

 

Chris Worle was interviewed by Rupert Jupp, MD of Princedale Partners in November 2016.

Former HRD International of Urban Outfitters joins Princedale as Partner

Jamie Homer, the former International Business Development and HR Director of URBN Urban Outfitters Inc, has today joined Princedale Partners as a Partner. Having spent the last 7 years at URBN helping to build the Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People brands around Europe and recruiting and hiring the management function for all brands, Jamie brings over 15 years of Retail and Consumer experience to the digitally focussed executive search firm.

Jamie also spent the previous three years at URBN in a broader Business Development role with a mandate to open up new markets and channels of business around the EU, Middle East and Asia for all brands. Additionally Jamie has a wealth of EU employment and labour law knowledge having opened up 7 countries for Urban Outfitters and through owing the HR function for 2500 employees across 11 EU countries.

Before URBN, he built the internal recruitment function for the Selfridges Group in Toronto, Canada (Selfridges, Brown Thomas and Holt Renfrew) for three years with responsibility for all Global senior hires across their luxury Department Stores.

Jamie began his retail career in the executive search industry in London where he was the Head of Research for a boutique consultancy specialising in the retail and consumer facing space.

As a Partner at Princedale, alongside Rupert Jupp the MD & Founder, he will help expand the firm’s expertise in digital transformation within the Retail industry, both in the UK and Internationally.

Our Autumn CDO Breakfast

Last week, we were proud to host our autumn digital leader’s roundtable with guests from across the consumer markets sharing with one another their experiences, challenges, achievements and perspectives. Guests from Sky, Coca-Cola, Everything Everywhere, Unilever, Santander, BirdsEye, Guardian Media & Schuh. Arguably the best private dining room to host a breakfast in the London, we thank The Wolsey, Mayfair for hosting us and looking forward to our next one we’re holding in February 2017.

 

Digital People Moves Report, Q3 2016

As we enter the final quarter of 2016, here is our quarterly report on some of the Digital leadership moves that have taken place in the Consumer marketplace in July, August and September. Great to see that post Brexit decision, so many confident appointments have been made in the digital world.

To be clear, this is an overview of appointments that have taken place across the wider marketplace and are not necessarily all our placements.

Let me know if you would like to meet and discuss the digital talent marketplace and any hiring needs you may have.

Here’s to the final quarter and I look forward to hearing from you if the team and I can help in any way.

Best regards,

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Rupert Jupp
Managing Director

  • Lisa Harris / x Netflix / Joins HBO Eur. as VP Consumer Insights and BI
  • Sean Emmett / x Jaeger / Joins Wilko as Multichannel Director
  • David Norris / x Forward Partners / Joins Holiday Extras as COO
  • Martyn Holman / x Oxford Capital Partners / Joins Forward Partners as Partner
  • Catherine Prentke / x American Express / Joins Nutmeg as Commercial Director
  • Steve Robinson / x Achica / Joins Growthdeck as CEO
  • Gareth Jones / x Shop Direct / TBC
  • Steve Masterton / x BHS / Joins Dunelm as Multichannel Director
  • James Lanigan / Bookatable / Promoted from Commercial Director to CMO
  • Enda Kenny / x Ralph Lauren / Joins Rapha Racing as Ecommerce Director
  • Matthew Timms / x SAP / Joins E.ON as SVP, Chief Digital Officer
  • Hector Sousa / x Paddy Power Betfair / Joins VimpelCom as Grp. Dir. Customer Exp.
  • Assi Gol / x McKinsey / Joins Shop Direct as Customer Intell. Director
  • Terri Westlake / x Asos / Joins Urban Outfitters as Global Dir. Ecomm and Digital Strat
  • Lisa Cross / x Ralph Lauren / Joins Rolex as Head of Marketing and Comms
  • Andrew Read / Halfords / Promoted from Head of Dig. Merch. to Head of Ecomm
  • Paul Archbold / Debenhams / Promoted from Head of UX to Head of Brand Exp.
  • Maurizio Pedrazzoli Graziolo / x Paddy Power Betfair / Joins YunoJuno as Head of Prod.
  • Valeria Juarez / x Amazon / Joins Ralph Lauren as SVP Ecomm EMEA
  • Lysa Hardy / x Holland and Barrett/Joins Joules as Chief Customer Officer
  • Mike Nagle / x Right Move / Joins Society.com as Digital Product Director

Our annual Princedale Partners Digital Business Leaders Cocktail Party

Dear Reader,

I’ve just completed my first real test at Princedale Partners having joined earlier this year and what a journey the past 9 months have been!

Last Thursday, 15th September, Rupert, Stuart, Spencer and I hosted our annual Digital Business Leaders Cocktail Party on the stunning rooftop garden of the magical Ham Yard Hotel in Soho – which I’m very proud to have organised! It’s not like I felt the pressure at all of being instructed to lead the project of getting some of the most impossible-to-get-hold-of CEOs, Founders, Entrepreneurs, Digital Leaders across corporates, start-ups and VCs together, at the same time, in the same place…!

Narrowly dodging a thunderstorm, the evening felt like a real success. As soon as the first guests arrived at the stunning private rooftop garden, I could relax knowing that I had sent everyone to the right venue and we knew we were in for a great night. We are very proud to have hosted some of the most influential Digital Leaders from the likes of Google, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Hargreaves Lansdown, McKinsey, Boots, PhotoBox and BGF Ventures for what was an evening of catching up with old peers and sharing perspectives with new faces over cocktails, canapes, 18th-century silhouette cutting and a late September sunset.

Here are some of the photographs from the evening. I am already looking forward to next year.

Amy Witchalls
Rupert’s PA and Events Manager

2016 Digital Business Leaders Cocktail Party
2016 Digital Business Leaders Cocktail Party
2016 Digital Business Leaders Cocktail Party
2016 Digital Business Leaders Cocktail Party
2016 Digital Business Leaders Cocktail Party
2016 Digital Business Leaders Cocktail Party
2016 Digital Business Leaders Cocktail Party
2016 Digital Business Leaders Cocktail Party
2016 Digital Business Leaders Cocktail Party