Previously

Senior Vice President Products, Talend
Vice President Products, Talend
Senior Director of Product Management and Product Marketing, Talend

Company

Founded in Cheshire, UK, Matillion solves a critical friction point in established companies accessing the power of the latest cloud data platforms and analytics tools.  As a truly cloud-native data integration solution, Matillion is the only platform designed to leverage all the unique capabilities and services in the major cloud data platforms. Matillion helps a new generation of workers unleash the untapped potential of their data.

Cloud based analytics is an exploding market and Matillion’s growth is in line with this meta shift.  The company has been international by design, serving the mid to enterprise market where the problem they solve is felt most acutely. The quality of their founding team, product and early revenue growth attracted the attention of Tier 1 global investors Battery, Sapphire Ventures and Scale Venture Partners.

Search Background

Significant commercial traction, international market focus and global investors have given Matillion an imperative to grow very quickly which required the founder to surround himself with people who had been on the commensurate journey in similar SaaS contexts.  The UK SaaS market, whilst evolving very quickly, is not yet a sufficiently large executive talent pool to rely upon on their journey to IPO scale.

Therefore, to support Matthew in building his team for scale, he engaged Erevena to draw upon their team across Europe and the US to hire his Chief Financial Officer, Chief Product Officer and Product Marketing team.

Requirements

Matillion was scaling rapidly and needed to hire its first ‘settler’ Product Leader. They required an executive who had seen previous success in building out a team and product to maintain this growth and meet their aspiration of being a category leader. The Chief Product Officer would lead the accelerated product development organisation, ensuring all teams delivered against the ambitious product vision.

Result

In the hiring of Ciaran Dynes, they found a leader who had been through several growth journeys and liquidity events. He began career at Iona Technologies as an Engineer before moving into Product Management, where he enjoy considerable success. Iona was acquired by Progress Software where where he ran their integration product portfolio. He joined Talend when the business had revenues of approximately $25m and was with the business for 10 years during which time revenues surpassed $250m, IPO’ed on NASDAQ and had a $2B+ market cap. He therefore had first-hand experience of the journey Matillion are about to experience as well as great category fit have spent 10 years in and around the cloud data integration space.

Matthew Scullion

CEO

Erevena’s value is not only their access to executive talent across the SaaS ecosystems in Europe and the US.  The point of difference is their Partner-led, first principles thinking on the priority order of executive hiring supplemented by their advisor network to validate our strategy to attract industry veterans.  In execution they carried out cross-border searches with a team on both continents who operated seamlessly in the background to access the whole market.

Our experts

Sam Wilkins, Senior Partner

Specialisms: Engineering leadership in all technology driven domains, Product leadership for SaaS and Fintech

Grant Hayward, Partner

Specialisms: Product, B2B SaaS, Bottoms Up SaaS, Fintech

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