Crowdfunding platform Seedrs has announced the appointment of Jeff Kelisky as its new CEO.
Kelisky, who joined the company as chief operating officer in January 2017, succeeds co-founder Jeff Lynn as CEO who will now become executive chairman.
In his new role, Lynn will chair the company’s board and will continue to serve as a full-time executive in the business, focusing on major strategic, commercial and corporate initiatives.
Kelisky’s promotion to CEO comes at the end of an 18-month process. The process began in early 2016, when Lynn told the board that as Seedrs moved from its startup phase to being a true scaleup, he felt it would benefit from having a CEO who had already led a successful, high‐growth transformations in technology-driven businesses.
Lynn made clear that he remains fully committed to the business and intends to serve it however he can add the most value. The executive chairman role will allow him to do precisely that.
Kelisky said: ”I feel privileged and delighted to lead our incredibly talented team at Seedrs on our very bold mission. We have a track record of delivering many firsts to market in aligning the interests of smart investors and ambitious businesses in equity crowdfunding - and this is only the beginning.
"With the products and services in our pipeline today, I look forward to accelerating on that success and continuing Seedrs’ unique dedication to quality, transparency, and service to its fast growing customer base."
Lynn added: “I am hugely excited about the transition we are announcing today. Jeff Kelisky is going to make an outstanding CEO, and I cannot fathom placing the company’s leadership into a better pair of hands.
"Meanwhile, I am very much looking forward to serving as executive chairman, where I will have the chance to focus on major initiatives where I feel I can add most value to the business, and indeed where I can support and learn from Jeff’s leadership as the company pursue aggressive growth in the months and years to come.”