“JD&Co have immersed themselves in our business and truly get our unique culture and colourful character here at Pact. This is why our most successful senior hires have come through the JD route.
Their attention to detail is phenomenal ensuring no stone is left unturned. Aditionally the team is extremely discreet and professional to the very highest level. Most of all the quality brief which is delivered to candidates ensures that wasted time is absolutely minimised.
In a world that is awash with ordinary companies claiming to be in the Executive Search market, I can truly truly recommend JD&Co as a stand out organisation that will deliver for you, head and shoulders above their competition.”
tails.com hire Lai-Ping Lai as Chief Product Officer
JD&Co were delighted to partner with tails to hire their Chief Product Officer, Lai-Ping Lai. Lai-Ping’s passion for commercially orientated, scalable, global products which combine both ‘head’ and ‘heart’, paired with her love of dogs made her the perfect hire for tails.com as they continue on their growth journey. Her impressive experience and reputation as an “agent of change” using latest technology and methodologies spans the likes of eBay, Microsoft, Zoopla and Guardian News & Media.
“We chose our search partner very carefully and JD&Co certainly lived up to the high expectations they set. As their client, I was fully involved in agreeing the approach for the search and then well informed in how it was progressing. Their experience in this area was a key strength, and they were able to find an impressive number of high-quality candidates. As well as looking after me as their client, the candidate feedback for them was also very positive and I would certainly retain JD&Co. again on a future search.”
“The JD&Co team really cared about our vision and culture, worked hard to understand our business and exceled in finding the right talent for us. They have become great brand ambassadors and helped us attract excellent senior people for our business over the past couple of years.”
The Key hire Sarah Hernandez as CMO
JD&Co partnered with EdTech SME The Key to hire Sarah Hernandez as Chief Marketing Officer. Sarah’s impressive career in tech spans a number of growing businesses including Ve Interactive, Avvio and Rich Insight.
“From the very early stages to today, JD&Co have been a trusted partner in our growth journey. They have a rare combination of genuine honesty, with a real ability to deliver exceptional candidates. JD&Co not only support us around individual hires, but also guide us around organisation choices, share their wisdom on crucial choices/trade-offs, and care deeply about the design of each role and hiring process. Our business wouldn’t be the same without JD&Co, and it’s a true pleasure to work with them!”
Holiday Extras hire CFO, COO & Technical Director
JD&Co led and completed three simultaneous searches to hire the COO, CFO and Technical Director for high growth traveltech business Holiday Extras. Andrew Parker joined the leadership team from Veeve as Chief Data Officer, and has since transitioned into CFO. Andrew helped take Badoo from start-up to one of the largest technology companies by profit in Europe. David Norris (prev.Bookatable, HouseTrip), joined as Chief Operating Officer from Forward Partners, and Andy Britcliffe from Quill Content and sports spread betting business Sporting Index as Group Technology Director.
“JD&Co have been a pleasure to work with. They felt like a trusted partner, more akin to working with team mates in our business than an external agency. Their search was conclusive and they really listened and acted on feedback, making the whole process much easier.”
Moo hire Kingsley Macey as Chief People Officer
JD&Co partnered with print and design SME Moo.com to hire Kingsley Macey as Chief People Officer. Kingsley’s impressive experience spans a number of progressive commercial leadership roles across various industries, on a global scale including King.com and Expedia.
Moo hire Jamie Coomber-Blunden as Global Brand Director
Once again, JD&Co have partnered with Moo, hiring Jamie Coomber-Blunden as their Global Brand Director to accelerate customer growth and adoption across all markets. Having worked at some of the world’s most recognisable brands in Sonos and Converse, Jamie is whole-heartedly immersed in the digital and creative space and has received a plethora of awards to recognise her excellence and consumer-centric approach.
Andy Batty joins MyTaxi as Regional General Manager
Working with leading e-hailing app mytaxi, JD&Co led the search to hire Andy Batty from Onefinestay & Tough Mudder as Regional General Manager and recently transitioned to COO. With roots in the military, Andy is a highly commercial business leader with a track record of working in large scale operations, leading and managing diverse, multi-functional teams in transformative, agile and scaling environments.
Rory Normanton joins MyTaxi as Regional General Manager
JD&Co have partnered once again with leading e-hailing app mytaxi, working with COO, Andy Batty to hire a Regional GM to drive operational excellence across UK & EMEA and to continue leading the rapid international growth of mytaxi. Rory’s career has spanned huge successes from launching and scaling Rocket Internet’s marketplace model Kaymu (now Jumia) across 16+ markets to being an integral part of the expansion team at Uber and an Entrepreneur in Residence at Techstars. Rory then joined Breather where he launched their European business in London before going on to become General Manager across all global markets. Andy commented “I’m personally super excited at the prospect of Rory joining the business and my team.”
“Having worked with Jo and the team at JD&Co for many years now as both a client and candidate, I trust them implicitly with my senior hiring needs and career moves. They never fail to go above and beyond the call of duty to deliver an exceptional service. The success of our partnerships always comes down to transparent, open lines of communication, allowing us to speak freely about hiring needs, challenges, and come to brilliant solutions together to ensure the best result, as well as their unwavering ability to deliver, every time. Jo and the team have been on call and available throughout my own career too, steering me into some brilliant roles, mentoring throughout and always on hand to ensure I have everything I need to be successful. JD&Co are an Executive Search partner I would recommend for hiring across Europe.”
Deliveroo bring onboard Jamie Swango as Marketing Director and Tom Peters as Director of Commercial Development
Partnering with tech unicorn Deliveroo, JD&Co led key senior searches to hire Tom Peters from Sky and PwC as Director of Commercial Development, and Jamie Swango (prev. Amazon, Deloitte), as UK Marketing Director.
James Hamlin joins TrustedHousesitters as Chief Growth Officer
JD&Co were delighted to collaborate with TrustedHousesitters to hire their Chief Growth Officer who will play a pivotal role in their growth plans over the next 3 years. James Hamlin will provide a huge injection of passion and enthusiasm for the business having already been a customer, as well as tried and tested skills and experience gained from successful stints with companies such as Match.com, Seatwave.com, Taskrabbit and WonderBill.
Pim Piers & Andrew McLean join Unbiased as COO & CTO
JD&Co partnered with Unbiased, not once, but twice to hire their COO and CTO to help them achieve their future growth ambitions. Pim Piers joined the board at the end of last year, bringing with him a track record of raising significant Venture Capital sums and successfully selling VC backed businesses to Private Equity firms, which has uSwitch amongst others. Andrew McLean later came on board, responsible for scaling both the engineering team and the technical infrastructure, to support an exciting growth strategy that will see Unbiased add new products to its portfolio and scale across multiple verticals.
“We always enjoy partnering with JD&Co. Having recently helped us with a couple of key hires to join the leadership team, they took the time to get to know us, understand our needs and evaluate the scope of our requirements before going out to market to identify and introduce to us to a good variety of people who met the brief. Whether its passive or active talent, JD&Co work quickly and carry out extensive mapping to highlight the best people who fit our requirements, undertaking a detailed process that involves meeting and qualifying each person to determine the best fit for the culture of our business. Every candidate was presented to us with curated feedback and detailed insight into their experience, which made for a smooth and clear process. This resulted in us finding two strong additions to our senior leadership team in terms of skillset, experience and culture fit. We’re looking forward to partnering again in the future as our team continues to grow and evolve.”
Neil Gardner joins NewDay as Head of Direct Acquisition
JD&Co partnered with NewDay to hire a key member of their marketing team to see them through significant growth following their PE acquisition. Neil Gardner joined the team as Head of Direct Acquisition, following a successful track record in financial services at RBS and Aviva.
Hugh Chappell hired as Chairman and Non-Executive Director to Midrive
A serial entrepreneur, advisor and angel investor with more than 40 years experience in the technology and publishing sectors, Hugh Chappell joins Midrive as Chairman and Non-Executive Director. Having joined Apple in the UK during its infancy and established Taxan in Europe, Hugh subsequently founded TrustedReviews.com and bit-tech.net, and has since offered his experience as an Investor/Advisor to a multitude of highly successful organisations, including Time Out, Dennis Publishing, LADbible Group, MyVoucherCodes, JustPark, Parkopedia, Cloudshift and Lovestruck.
“When we set out to choose a search partner recently to fill a key role in our organization, we interviewed several firms. We ultimately chose JD&Co based on their approach, the roles on which they focus and their responsiveness to our requests for the search. We could not have been more pleased with the partnership as they recently completed the search for our Director of People for our international team for Blackbaud. Their preparation to launch the search was extremely thorough and very customized for our needs. They brought forward a number of strong candidates and we were well informed on each of the candidates both from their backgrounds as well as the status of each. End to end, the JD&Co team was a professional and fun group with whom to work. I would retain them again for any future needs.”