Today in key hires: Coconut Software adds chief revenue officer, ChefHero hires new VP of marketing

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Over the past week, three Toronto-based companies announced major additions to their team. Here’s the latest update on who’s added to their team.

Coconut Software names Mark Ramsay as first Chief Revenue Officer

Following a Series A funding round, Coconut Software (formerly known as Coconut Calendar) has hired its first CRO, Mark Ramsay.

“Mark’s extensive experience and knowledge will help solidify Coconut Software as the leader in enterprise appointment scheduling,” said Katherine Regnier, CEO and founder. “Mark is an extremely driven and analytical leader. He brings a level of discipline and strategic intelligence that has already started delivering visible results for the company and investors.”

Ramsay was formerly CRO at Toronto-based EventMobi, and has held leadership roles at companies like CNW (Cision), Solarsoft (Epicor), Eloqua (Oracle), and Datamirror (IBM).

“As organizations continue to focus on improving the customer experience, streamlining enterprise appointment scheduling is becoming more of critical priority,” says Ramsay. “Coconut Software is uniquely positioned to help companies make it easier for their customers to schedule appointments and I’m excited to join the team and help serve this need.”

ChefHero announces new VP of marketing

Toronto-based ChefHero, which allows businesses to order wholesale restaurant supplies, has hired Sean Hurley as its VP of marketing.

Hurley has acted as a marketing lead at companies like Ting, Hover, Animoto, and Chefs Plate. Currently, Hurley is focused on building a core marketing team for ChefHero, including the curation of locally relatable content and hiring lead acquisition specialists. Hurley will be responsible for marketing the ordering service to Canadian and international markets.

“Our target users have up to now been ordering their restaurant supplies in a very archaic way. Many use pen and paper or leave midnight voicemails to suppliers as this was the only available option,” said Hurley. “What’s exciting about ChefHero is that there’s currently no other company like it in existence, which gives us the opportunity to fill a niche, and do it well.”

ChefHero currently has 60 employees appointed to sales, marketing, engineering, customer service, and operations, and wants to double the team by the end of 2018.

Top Hat hires John Hood as chief revenue officer

Top Hat has announced that John Hood has joined the company as chief revenue officer.

Hood will oversee all revenue-generating functions, including inside sales, enterprise sales, and customer success. He will also serve as a member of Top Hat’s executive team and report directly to CEO and co-founder Mike Silagadze.

“Our mission at Top Hat is to improve the university experience by empowering educators with the tools and content they need to engage their students and help them succeed,” said Silagadze. “We’ve enjoyed tremendous growth over the past five years and have no intention of slowing down. John’s deep experience building and scaling high-performing sales organizations at some of the largest software companies in the world will accelerate our ability to bring that mission to life.”

Hood joins Top Hat from Oracle, where he was the group vice president in sales development and demand generation for Oracle Digital, and led a team of over 800 sales professionals. Before that, he has acted as chief revenue officer at, and vice president and general manager at HP.

“What attracted me to Top Hat was the company’s unique vision for transforming the way educators teach and students learn,” said Hood. “The company has already enjoyed impressive growth and has attracted a world-class leadership team. I’m excited to bring my 26 years of experience building and scaling sales organizations in the U.S. and around the world to help the company reach new heights.”

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Freelance tech writer. Former BetaKit News Editor.

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