CEO of the Year
José Neves - Farfetch
Without José Neves’ initial idea and vision, Farfetch would not be where it is today – a company valued at more than $1 billion with a presence in 180 countries. Jose oversaw the recent $86 million Series E funding round which gave the company its billion-dollar valuation. The cash injection will help Farfetch continue its rapid global expansion and growth. In the past 12 months, Farfetch has expanded its international offering and launched six local language sites in Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, German, Spanish and Korean. José also oversaw the acquisition of Browns, the iconic London-based retailer.
Integral to this growth is the strong executive team that José has put together, including a new Chief Financial Officer, a Chief Marketing Officer and a Chief Product Officer. This year also saw the launch of the company’s first print, digital and outdoor advertising campaign.
Taavet Hinrikus & Kristo Käärmann - TransferWise
Led by passion, Frederic built a people-powered transport network based on online inter-personal trust. BlaBlaCar, the world’s leading long-distance ridesharing platform, is making travel more affordable, social and efficient.
Since 2015 BlaBlaCar has launched its activities in 9 new countries, along with the acquisition of long-standing European competitor Carpooling.com. In that timeframe, BlaBlaCar’s ridesharing community has grown from 14 million to over 30 million members, and employees now number 500 across 22 countries. The $200m raised in series D funding, at a valuation of $1.6bn, will allow the company to further its global expansion strategy.
Alex Chesterman - ZPG
Zoopla Property Group’s biggest achievement in the past 12 months was its successful public offering in June last year when it raised £385 million at a £900 million valuation. The IPO was three times oversubscribed and very well received by investors both in the UK and US. Alex Chesterman was able to achieve this just six years after launching the business.
In its short history, Alex has overseen Zoopla Property Group’s acquisition of nine companies and fostered a culture of innovation that has helped it outmanoeuvre competitors to become the market leader. It continues to add new tools for consumers and new products for its members, generating a record 29.2 million leads last year for property professionals.
Zoopla is now a household name in the UK attracting more than 50 million visits a month and hitting more than 5 million downloads of its mobile app. Mobile engagement now accounts for 60% of all visits to its platform, up 42% year on year as more consumers use its property services while on the move.
Giles Palmer - Brandwatch
Nigel Eccles - FanDuel
Florian Meissner - EyeEm
Fred Mazzella - BlaBlaCar
Kevin Cornils - MyOptique Group
Ismail Ahmed - WorldRemit
Dinesh Nayar - Fyndiq
Sebastian Siemiatkowski - Klarna
Jacob De Geer - iZettle
Stan Laurent - PhotoBox
Clare Gilmartin - Trainline
Darren Huston - Booking.com