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The Snappy Group has hired Caroline MacGregor as chief people officer and Lisa Venter as group operations director.

MacGregor recently joined in the newly-created role from Philip Morris International, where she was head of enablement and change within the global talent acquisition team.

She led the transformation of global recruitment throughout the pandemic and managed an £8m portfolio to develop a new operating model for talent acquisition. She also has experience within retail and fmcg businesses including The Co-op, Heineken and Aegon.

At The Snappy Group, MacGregor will lead the creation of a scalable people strategy to deliver the company’s growth plans, including the creation of 400 new jobs over the next three years.

Venter comes with experience in operational and growth marketing across technology businesses including Skyscanner.

She has also held a variety of brand marketing roles across a wide range of startups, and was COO at Hypergrowth, an EU-based agency specialising in advising startups.

At Snappy, Venter will be leading the operations function across the group to streamline the growth efforts across all departments.

The appointments follow a £20m series A fundraise, with Justin King joining the business as board advisor. 

The funds include a £6m strategic investment from PayPoint and are intended to enable continued growth of the business. 

“We are thrilled to have been able to attract Caroline and Lisa to the team,” said Mike Callachan, CEO and co-founder of The Snappy Group. “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.”

MacGregor 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.”

Venter said: “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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