· National business expansion plans for ingogo
· ingogo set to launch new products this year
Sydney, 22 January, 2015: Australian taxi app and mobile payment provider, ingogo, today announced a new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Craig Hopper, and new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Trent Jerome. The new staff appointments come as ingogo eyes nation-wide expansion and is set to launch new products in the year ahead.
Founder of ingogo, Hamish Petrie, said both Mr Hopper and Mr Jerome are great assets to the team, particularly with their experience relating to ingogo’s plans to expand in other cities and launch payments technology for small businesses.
“With strong teams in Sydney and Melbourne, where ingogo is live, we are now starting to grow ingogo in new cities with Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth on our hit list,” he said. “Mr Hopper brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to ingogo as its new CCO, especially to assist and help lead this expansion.
“It’s an exciting year ahead for ingogo as we are also preparing to list on the ASX. Our new CFO Mr Jerome has a solid background with public companies and vast IPO experience, which is of great value to us. With a focus on change management and business integration, he has the great ability to streamline business operations, which will increase efficiency and bottom line profit, through commercial strategies.”
Craig Hopper, CCO, is an experienced General Manager, COO, Marketing and Sales Leader, with 20 years’ experience in financial services, telecommunications and management consultancies.
Hopper spent the last 10 years with GE Capital in Australia and in Europe in senior roles in General Management, Sales, Marketing and Operations. Prior to that he worked for SingTel Optus for three years in Product and Strategic Marketing and five years at Accenture in London as a management consultant.
With a growing sales team around the country, Hopper’s role as Chief Commercial Officer involves leading the Sales, Business Development, and Corporate Development efforts.
Mr Hopper commented: “It’s an honour to join such a successful and vibrant company who are really paving the way for innovation in the taxi industry and for start-ups across Australia. It’s a great time to be joining ingogo with their solid plans to grow and expand the business.”
Trent Jerome, now ingogo CFO, has more than 22 years of progressive experience in finance and operations, with roles held previously at AAPT, PowerTel and Salmat. At ingogo, his core responsibilities will include heading up the finance department, preparing ingogo for IPO, company secretarial, operational plan development and development of business strategy and investment.
Mr Jerome said: “I thoroughly enjoy working in companies that improve an industry and challenge an incumbent. I have been following ingogo's success since its start-up and I am very excited to be taking ingogo to its next level."
In October 2014, ingogo announced a $9 million funding round, taking its total raised to $16.2 million. It also announced a partnership with Xero to develop a portable payment and accounting platform for small businesses.
ingogo is a mobile app which assists customers to easily hail and pay for taxis. It allows passengers to communicate directly with registered taxi drivers in their local area, see when drivers are coming and where they are on a map, with the option to pay for rides using ingogo's safe in-taxi payment terminals or virtual mobile accounts. It currently operates in Sydney and Melbourne.
ingogo also provides a mobile payment platform for taxis to process payments. ingogo is extending its payment platform into other industries beyond taxis, for business owners and SMEs, in October 2014 via a partnership with Xero, the leading cloud accounting platform.