- Big hiring plans for Christchurch
- Simon West appointed as a director
- Trade Me founder Sam Morgan departed the Board
- Annie Brown joined as our inaugural Chief People Officer
The number of staff at Trade Me has grown from 509 (487 FTEs) as at 31 July 2016 to 543 (512 FTEs) as at 31 July 2017. We’re very proud of our contribution to New Zealand as an employer.
The majority of our people are still based in our Wellington headquarters, but we now have more than 150 on deck in Auckland. We also have big hiring plans for the South Island, and will be strengthening our presence in Christchurch considerably over the course of F18.
There have been several recent changes to our Executive team. Annie Brown joined as our first Chief People Officer in June 2017. A month later we made several other changes based on our strategic priorities, and to assist with our continued growth. This saw Alan Clark (Head of Trade Me Motors) and Jeremy Wade (Head of Trade Me Jobs) join the executive management team, Trent Mankelow appointed as our inaugural Chief Customer Officer, and the creation of a new Chief Product and Technology Officer role.
There was one change to the Trade Me board in December 2016, with Auckland-based Simon West appointed as an independent director. Simon has extensive experience in retail and technology businesses, and is currently the executive director of Max Fashions.
Also in December, we farewelled our founder Sam Morgan as an independent director, a move foreshadowed to shareholders at the annual meeting in November.