Hailo, one of the world’s fastest growing e-hail apps today announces the appointment of Andrew Pinnington as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.
Andrew spent 12 years at Carphone Warehouse where he transitioned through a variety of roles, ultimately culminating in the position of Chief Operating Officer of Carphone Warehouse and The Phone House before leaving in 2011. This involved the annual operating responsibility for all CPW & TPH businesses in 10 European countries (UK, Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Ireland, Portugal, Switzerland and Belgium). The remit covered 2,400 stores, online and B2B operations. He was also accountable for international growth outside of Europe, including nascent partnerships in India, the Middle East and South America. He has subsequently worked on start-up ventures, including supporting private equity businesses on potential investments.
Andrew Pinnington succeeds former CEO, Tom Barr. Mr Barr, who lives in North America, was finding it increasingly difficult to fulfil his obligation to a young family while managing London-based Hailo. Tom Barr has committed to stay with Hailo through the Spring, working alongside Andrew Pinnington to ensure there is a seamless and comprehensive transition. In the last quarter, Hailo saw the strongest sales quarter in the company’s history, with double digit month-on-month growth, thereby cementing its position as the leader in European ehail.
Ron Zeghibe, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Hailo, said, “Andrew brings the perfect skill set to help us drive Hailo through the next stages of our international growth and development. He understands e-commerce, has great experience of managing a multi-national business through a period of rapid growth and has operated in both large corporates and start-ups. He is a welcome addition to our team and I look forward to working with him.
“On behalf of the Board, I must also express our deep thanks to Tom Barr for his leadership over recent years. We will be very sad to see Tom leave us and we wish him every success in the future.”
Andrew Pinnington said, “I am excited to join Hailo and to lead the company as it builds on its success. As a long-term user of the product, I look forward to working with the team to continue driving the company’s growth strategy in the European and Asian markets, where Hailo has a strong point of differentiation against its peers.”
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