Digital customer acquisition services provider Avoka announced three new executive hires this week.
Jim Scott has joined as SVP for global human resources, Colin Matthews as SVP for North American sales and account management, and Nick Edwards as director of sales for Australia and New Zealand. The additions are part of continued record business expansion that will add 50 per cent global headcount to the company during the current fiscal year.
Mr. Scott will have responsibility for leading and managing all aspects of HR functions at Avoka. He comes to Avoka with nearly 20 years’ experience in senior management roles and more than 12 years as a human resources executive, including senior stints at Casey Industrial, Inflow and Frontier Videoconferencing.
Mr. Edwards joins Avoka in the Manly (Sydney) Australia office. He has partnered with Avoka in his most recent role as head of sales for Australia and New Zealand for Experian Decision Analytics. In that role, he was responsible for the distribution of product through the financial services and telecommunications verticals as well as managing ongoing client relationships. As a member of the leadership team, Mr. Edwards assisted in ensuring the overall health of the business, financially and culturally. As part of the APAC ‘Future Leaders’ program, he was invested in the success of the business regionally. Earlier in his career Mr. Edwards worked at First Data and BlackRock managing financial institution relationships.
With more than 25 years in operational leadership roles, Mr. Matthews brings a unique blend of go-to-market, business development and operational leadership experience to Avoka. He has held a variety of executive sales leadership positions at several leading fintech companies, including helping drive two successful IPOs at Yodlee and LifeLock (ID Analytics). As chief client officer at ID Analytics, Mr. Matthews led business strategy, client success, sales and revenue growth. At Yodlee, he led top-line growth at top retail banks, online brokerages and financial portals. Prior to Yodlee, Mr. Matthews led sales, strategic alliances and product management for FICO’s Scoring Division.
“One of our biggest accomplishments over the past year has been building our team with high quality, experienced individuals,” Avoka founder and CEO Philip Copeland said. “These latest executive additions reflect the momentum in our worldwide businesses and our ability to attract top talent.”