Zopa has appointed former PepsiCo executive Helen Beurier as its first chief people officer, as it embarks on a talent drive ahead of its public listing.
Beurier has 25 years experience working in human resources, and has held senior positions at M&S, PepsiCo and GSK.
In her new role at Zopa’s digital bank, she will lead a hiring spree ahead of Zopa’s initial public offering (IPO) next year.
“I’m delighted to be joining Zopa at this pivotal moment in its history, and to become part of its fast-paced, growing team,” said Beurier.
“Looking towards 2022, Zopa will be significantly expanding its talented team and investing in new capabilities to support its rapid growth. Zopa’s culture of community, collaboration and inclusion make it an exciting and inspiring place to be.”
Zopa has been hinting at an IPO for several years. In 2018, it was reported that Zopa was looking to raise money ahead of a stock market listing. In July 2021, the platform was believed to have appointed JP Morgan to help with a £100m funding round.
Beurier’s appointment confirms that Zopa is keen to expand its team before a public listing. In her new role, she will be leading all activity encompassing Zopa’s people experience, with a specific focus on strengthening key capabilities for growth.
“We are very excited to welcome Helen as our first chief people officer,” said Jaidev Janardana, chief executive at Zopa.
“She brings a wealth of experience that is crucial to building Zopa’s best-in-class talent force. Our growth plan over the next 18 months is bold. We will only achieve it by making Zopa the best place to work, and by attracting and retaining the smartest people.”
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