Matillion, Sensyne Health and Volt Reveal New Tech Appointments

New faces in Cheshire, Oxford and London... but not every firm is a happy one.

There are some tech job announcements in Cheshire, Oxford and London for Matillion, Sensyne Health and Volt respectively.

Matillion, an Altrincham-based cloud data integration platform, has announced the appointment of two new executives. Dave Packer will join the company as President, Worldwide Field Operations, and Mark Johnston has been named Chief Marketing Officer.

Sensyne Health provides life sciences and healthcare products – and has not been in the best of health of late. The struggling company has secured additional capital of up to £15 million, and its Founder and Chief Executive Officer Lord Drayson has agreed to step down.

Open payments gateway Volt has recruited Matt Komorowski as its new Chief Revenue Officer (CRO).

Matillion at the Double

According to Matillion CEO Matthew Scullion, last year saw two triple-digit rounds of funding and expansion of its team across the US and UK markets.

Packer brings roughly three decades of experience leading field operations for technology organisations. Prior to Matillion, he was SVP Worldwide Field Operations at Ping Identity, a provider of cloud identity management solutions for over 1,400 enterprises, including firms like Cisco, 3M and Target.

Most recently, Johnston was Interim CMO and VP Product Marketing at Domo, a cloud BI platform. He also spent 14 years at Microsoft, where he contributed to the company’s most notable enterprise products, including Azure and Office 365.

Matillion is built on native integrations to cloud data platforms such as Snowflake, Delta Lake on Databricks, Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery and Microsoft Azure Synapse.

Sensyne Health Delists

Oxford-based Sensyne Health floated in 2018 on London’s AIM market and saw its value drop sharply. In May 2021 its share price stood at 174.00, whilst today (8 April) it has fallen to 3.27.

Along with the emergency funding, a requirement is that the company delists from AIM. As of 6 April 2022, the company’s unaudited cash position was £1.52 million. The Board believes the financing will proceed to completion shortly, without it the company is “unlikely to be able to continue to trade beyond this month”.

The healthtech firm is looking for a buyer and states: “Discussions remain ongoing with a small number of parties who may or may not make an offer for the company or some other strategic investment in or transaction with the company.”

Sensyne Health’s Board has agreed to appoint Alex Snow as CEO. There are expectations about “restructuring and refocusing” of the business on its “core real world patient data business unit”.

Snow recently stepped down as Chairman of AI drug discovery company Exscientia prior to its $2.6 billion (£2 billion) Nasdaq IPO. In 2015 he co-founded Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI), now called Oxford Science Enterprises. Prior to OSI, he spent 20 years in investment banking and fund management.

Volt Jumps for Joy

Komorowski joins Volt after almost a decade with PayPal, where for the past three years he had been leading the payments firm’s channel partnership business across APAC, LATAM and MEA.

Volt points out that Komorowski also worked at Groupon’s sales organisation in Poland, and has experience at the Boston Consulting Group.

The fintech firm also talks about its team. Founder and CEO, Tom Greenwood, previously founded payments business IFX Payments, and its chairman, Robert Kraal, was on the founding team and COO of Adyen before founding Silverflow.

Volt is doing pretty well. Last year, it got $23.5 million (£18 million) in a Series A funding round – “the largest Series A on record for the open banking industry”.

In November 2021 it announced its expansion to Brazil. There was integration with the country’s domestic instant payments network Pix and the paytech established a physical presence in São Paolo.

Antony Peyton
Antony Peyton
Antony Peyton is the Editor of eWeek UK. He has 18 years' journalism and writing experience. His career has taken him to China, Japan and the UK - covering tech, fintech and business. Follow on Twitter @TonyFintech.
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