Brightpearl, the leading retail management system for high-growth omnichannel retailers, today announced the company has added experienced retail and technology experts to its leadership team. These professionals bring a wide range of product development, go-to-market, and business development expertise that will support Brightpearl’s continued rapid growth. The company also opened its second US office in Austin, Texas, which becomes the company’s new US headquarters.
The new headquarters occupies approximately 20,000 square feet of space on the 16th floor of Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street – coined Austin’s “Center of Gravity for Entrepreneurs.” Located in the heart of Austin’s downtown Innovation Zone, this vibrant area has connected the City’s entrepreneurs with investors, talent, and customers since 2009. Key staff in the Austin office includes Justin Press, Vice President of Customer Success and Brightpearl USA, and Kenny Johnson, Product Marketing Manager.
“This is an exciting time for retailers, as technology evolves to allow retailers of all sizes to leverage multiple sales channels while efficiently managing their day-to-day retail and wholesale operations much like their larger, often more established competitors,” said Derek O’Carroll, CEO of Brightpearl. “Austin is a great place to live and is a thriving city for innovative technology companies. We have several key technology partners located in Austin like BigCommerce and ShipStation. The move to Austin gives us the opportunity to work even more closely together with these partners to help retailers remove dependency on outdated, legacy IT workflows, and disparate solutions. Our customers are realizing enormous gains in efficiency and strong profit margins resulting from the automation and streamlining of processes, and creation of centralized systems.”
According to The National Retail Federation’s economic forecast for 2017, retail industry sales are projected to grow between 3.7 and 4.2 percent year-over-year. Included in the overall number are online and other non-store sales, which alone will see an increase of between 8 and 12 percent. Brightpearl typically sees its customers spending at least one percent of their total revenue on technology, including inventory management and accounting solutions.
To capture this market opportunity, Brightpearl is backed by leading SaaS venture capitalists, and has raised $34 million to date. Funding is supporting the accelerated growth of Brightpearl’s US business beyond 30 percent of global revenues. The capital comes at a time of significant demand for Brightpearl’s Retail Management System, leading the company to triple its staff.
Adding to the exceptional team of retail industry experts already in place, Brightpearl’s new hires bring experienced leaders in global marketing, partner alliances, technology innovation, and operational growth. Currently Brightpearl plans to add nine new positions across marketing, business development, consultancy, pre-sales, and leadership in the Austin office, and aims to establish an automation innovation team based in Austin in the second half of 2017.
The latest key hires that will help drive growth worldwide include:
Anthony Payne, Global Vice President of Marketing – developing and directing strategic marketing worldwide.
Derek Rosenzweig, Head of Partner Business Development – a new and much needed role that will help develop and optimize Brightpearl’s relationships with the partner ecosystem, and further accelerate the company’s growth.
O’Carroll continues, “Investing in the right people – those who understand the industry’s unique problems and how to solve them – will allow Brightpearl to continue to develop robust solutions that address the ever-evolving needs of omnichannel retailers, and to provide the level of customer service and support that helps them compete successfully and profitably.”
Strategic Leadership Additions
Anthony Payne, Vice President of Marketing, Brightpearl UK
Payne is a B2B marketing leader with 18 years of experience in technology marketing, specializing in demand generation, product marketing, and marketing leadership. He has led teams to deliver change and growth at major blue chip organizations such as GE, BlackBerry, and GXS, and has helped private equity-backed fast-growth SaaS providers put marketing and product marketing functions in place. At Brightpearl, Payne will lead efforts to transition the company from a product- to customer-led organization as it continues its strong growth. He holds a master’s degree in history from King’s College London.
Derek Rosenzweig, Head of Partner Business Development, Brightpearl US
Rosenzweig is a seasoned sales and partner business development professional with expertise working with integrators and enterprise solution providers. He has established global enterprise channel programs, cultivated partnership relationships and related co-marketing initiatives, and developed sales strategies to support numerous alliance programs to engage new partners. Rosenzweig comes to Brightpearl, most recently, from Web.com where he served as the Director of Sales and Business Development. Prior to Web.com, Rosenzweig helped lead the launch of the Enterprise Channel program – APAC for SaaS commerce platform, BigCommerce. He studied information technology and e-commerce at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.