Gumtree strengthens leadership team with new senior hires

Employment & Skills | Retail | South East

Gumtree has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointments of a new Chief Marketing Officer and a Head of Motors.

Claire Howard-Jones has joined Gumtree UK as the Chief Marketing Officer, taking responsibility for marketing across the full Gumtree portfolio, including for Motors.co.uk, which was acquired by the business in February. Claire brings with her more than 20 years of marketing leadership experience with brands including Amazon, Ancestry.com, Sainsbury’s, Expedia, TripAdvisor and British Airways.

Phill Jones has been appointed Head of Motors, joining Claire to drive the growth of Gumtree’s multi-million-pound motors business. In addition, Katherine Cunliffe is being promoted to take on the role of Head of Product – Motors, tasked with delivering the new joint proposition for dealers, following the integration of Motors.co.uk, eBay Motors and Gumtree Motors.

Matt Barham, UK General Manager, eBay Classifieds Group said: “It’s an exciting time for Gumtree as we expand our motors proposition. Claire and Phill bring with them a wealth of experience that will strengthen our proposition for dealers, business and consumers alike. They join at an exciting time for the business as we solidify Gumtree’s position as one of the largest motors offerings in the country.”

On his new role, Phill Jones said: “The combination of Motors.co.uk, Gumtree Motors and eBay Motors creates a proposition of incredible value to dealers and consumers.  I am very proud to lead this new venture, bringing together large audiences, great products and highly talented teams.  I’m very excited to be part of the Gumtree leadership team and to work with Katherine who brings unique insights to this important role.”

Commenting on her appointment, Claire Howard-Jones said: “Joining a brand at a time of growth as CMO presents an exciting challenge – one I can’t wait to get started on. Gumtree is a well-loved brand and I’m excited to bring my experience to help solidify the new brand proposition and elevate our growing motors offering.”

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