January 16, 2012 ChannelAdvisor Hires Seasoned European E-Commerce Executive As Company Continues EMEA Expansion
London, UK – 16 January 2012 – ChannelAdvisor, a global software and services solution provider that enables online retailers to sell more across e-commerce channels, announced today the appointment of Seamus Whittingham, formerly of ATG and GSI, as its new managing director for EMEA. Whittingham brings an impressive global e-commerce background to the position as well as a significant track record of sales and customer success.
“Seamus has proven his mettle repeatedly by spearheading international expansion at both ATG and GSI, where he signed dozens of leading retail brands to long-term, strategic and successful partnerships,” said David Spitz, ChannelAdvisor president and COO. “Over the last six years we’ve built a strong foundation in the EMEA market and developed our e-commerce leadership on a truly global basis. Seamus is the perfect leader to build upon this foundation and to take our customers and ChannelAdvisor to new levels as we continue to expand aggressively in all geographies.”
Whittingham began his e-commerce career with ATG in 1999, where he was responsible for sales across multiple European regions including Scandinavia, Benelux and Germany. Within this position he closed the company’s largest EMEA software licence agreement and regularly achieved annual multi-million dollar revenue targets. In 2008 Whittingham moved to GSI as business development director. Within this role he headed up international business development, closing exclusive global deals for major brands and retailers such as Peacocks, Helly Hansen, Peak Performance and more.
“ChannelAdvisor appealed to me for multiple reasons. The company is incredibly well-positioned in a market that has massive growth potential but is also increasingly fragmented and difficult for retailers to navigate,” said Whittingham. “Through robust technologies, strong delivery capability and expertise, ChannelAdvisor is perfectly placed to solve the key issue facing e-commerce brands and retailers today — how to successfully sell across multiple channels and geographies and make data-driven decisions quickly to gain business edge and maximise channel profitability. I’m certainly looking forward to being part of the exciting future of this company,” he added.
“IC Companys own 11 international apparel brands, nine of which we wanted to launch online across multiple European geographies,” said IC Companys Vice President and Head of Corporate Business Development Alexander Martensen-Larsen. “Seamus’ knowledge of international online retail resulted in a long-term relationship, eventually seeing all nine brands launched successfully across Europe. Seamus handled our partnership with grace and ease; he’ll be an excellent asset to ChannelAdvisor.”