The Snappy Group expands senior team to drive growth plans

The Snappy Group expands senior team to drive growth plans

The Snappy Group the technology platform that connects consumers with their local businesses, has appointed Caroline MacGregor as Chief People Officer and Lisa Venter as Group Operations Director.

The appointments come at a significant milestone in the Group’s trajectory as it invests in people, technology, partner services and marketing. Both Caroline and Lisa will be instrumental in helping to deliver the Company’s growth strategy over the next few years.

Caroline joins from Philip Morris International where she was Head of Enablement and Change within the Global Talent Acquisition team. There she led the transformation of global onboarding throughout the pandemic and managed an £8 million portfolio to develop a new operating model for talent acquisition.

She has strong experience within retail and FMCG businesses including The Co-op, Heineken and Aegon. At The Snappy Group, Caroline will lead on creating a scalable people strategy to deliver the Company’s ambitious growth plans with the creation of 400 new jobs over the next three years.

Lisa will be leading the Operations function across the Group in order to streamline the growth efforts across all departments. She has considerable experience in operational and growth marketing across technology businesses, including at Skyscanner where she led the group’s global marketing operations.

Prior to this, Lisa held a variety of brand marketing roles across a wide range of start-ups before her tenure as COO at Hypergrowth, an EU based agency specialising in advising startups.

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The appointments of Caroline and Lisa follow the successful £20 million series A fundraise and a significant strengthening of the board, with Justin King as board adviser. The funds, including a £6m strategic investment from PayPoint, will enable the Company to continue its strong growth over the next few years, having grown from 220 to 1700 business partners since December 2019, and to more than 1 million users across the UK.

Mike Callachan, CEO and co-founder of The Snappy Group, said: “We are thrilled to have been able to attract Caroline and Lisa to the team. They bring a wealth of experience from highly established retail and technology businesses which will be invaluable as we continue to accelerate our growth plans.

With our fundraise complete, we are well placed to compete in this fast changing market and are progressing with our recruitment process at pace. On behalf of the whole business I would like to welcome Caroline and Lisa and look forward to working with them.”

Caroline MacGregor, Chief People Officer, said: “I’m excited to be joining the business at such a crucial point in its scale up strategy, in a sector with so much happening right now. The pandemic means people have new expectations of work and I’ll be working with Snappy colleagues to create a fresh and compelling employer brand that attracts and retains diverse talent, and a culture where people can thrive and grow as we scale.”

Lisa Venter, Group Operations Director, commented: “The opportunity to work with such a fast-growing  business, especially one created in Dundee, really stood out to me. There is much I admire about The Snappy Group, but its mission to bring on demand convenience to local high streets is what struck me the most. I’m excited to work alongside some great minds to help create the vision and strategy to drive the business through its next stage of growth.”

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