Montréal-based Lightspeed has appointed Nathalie Gaveau and Dale Murray to its board of directors.
As a serial entrepreneur and investor, Gaveau brings in over 20 years of industry experience. Currently, Gaveau is based in London, United Kingdom and is the president of Tailwind International Acquisition Corp, a special purpose acquisition company. She also has experience creating and running e-commerce platforms with one of her firms, PriceMinister, being acquired by Rakuten.
Gaveau is also a senior advisor to BCG Digital Ventures, and a non-executive director of Coca-Cola EuroPacific Partners as well as Calida AG.
Working in the intersection of technology and finance, a place where Lightspeed also plays, Murray is a non-executive director in multiple firms, including Xero, Jupiter Asset Management, Rated People, LeadInvest, and The Cranemere Group.
Murray was also the founder and CEO of Omega Logic, a telecommunications company based in the United Kingdom.
In 2011, she was awarded the British Angel Investor of the Year from the UK Business Angels Association, and served on the business taskforce for former United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron.
Montréal-based Lightspeed noted that Gaveau and Murray’s appointments bring the overall percentage of female identifying members on its board of directors to 44 percent.
According to a report released by Statistics Canada last year, Québec had the highest share of women directors in Canada. In 2017, the province reported that 19 percent of its board directors were women, with one in five women directors participating on boards between 2017 and 2018.
Lightspeed’s other board members include its president Jean Paul Chauvet and CEO Dax Dasilva, as well as Inovia Capital partner Patrick Pichette, former Google Canada managing director Marie-Josée Lamothe, Rocket Lab’s lead independent director Merline Saintil, former Amazon general manager Rob Williams, and OpenText’s former chief financial officer Paul McFeeters.
“These two new appointments not only reflect Lightspeed’s commitment to ingenuity and innovation, but also our deeply-held belief that diversity of thought and experience is key to arriving at the best strategies and outcomes,” said Lightspeed president JP Chauvet.