Fast-growing e-commerce company OnBuy has named experienced telecommunications and electronics executive Julian Browne as chief technology officer.

The Dorset company – the UK’s fourth-largest online marketplace – said Mr Browne will drive new technology plans which it is about to reveal, and will be “full of significant improvements and new integrations”.

Mr Browne joins the Bournemouth-based company after serving as CTO for consumer services start-up Comparaison Technologies. He has also served as Head of Engineering at energy smart home device maker Hive and Chief Architect at O2.

OnBuy said Browne has proven expertise in implementing digital and cultural transformations and will help drive its new technology campaign “to the beat”.

Founder and Managing Director Cas Paton said, “We are truly delighted to welcome Julian to the leadership team at such a critical time for OnBuy.

“We have mega plans for the platform in the coming months and Julian’s vast experience, expertise and true visionary mindset, combined with our ambition, will drive and further strengthen our commitment to creating the best market for choice for retailers and customers.”

Mr. Browne added: “I feel like I have joined OnBuy at an important and exciting time in its journey, as it breaks free from its start-up roots to become a truly major player in the market places. I look forward to helping scale the business to even greater heights.

In March, OnBuy was ranked among the fastest growing companies in Europe by The Financial Times, with a 479% increase in revenue growth between 2017 and 2020, from £394,000 to £2.2 million.

The company provides a platform for thousands of online retailers to sell a range of 36 million products.

With the announcement of its new base in Bournemouth town center earlier this year, OnBuy said it was looking to double its workforce by filling more than 100 positions, while also considering opening a base in Manchester. .

Last year it brought in more than 80 new staff, increased the number of sellers on its website by more than 50% to over 11,000 and secured a £35million investment in a funding round of series A.

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