City Moves for 13 October 2017 - who's switching jobs at Flybe, XLMedia and Octopus Ventures?

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Today's City Moves cover airlines, digital marketing and venture capital. Take a look at these movers and shakers:

Flybe Group

Flybe Group this week announced that Ian Milne, interim chief financial officer, will assume the role of chief financial officer on a permanent basis, with effect from 1 November. Ian has been serving as interim CFO since joining Flybe on 15 August. As previously announced, Philip de Klerk, the outgoing chief financial officer, left the company at the end of September. Prior to joining Flybe Ian had a twenty-year career at British Airways/International Airlines Group, culminating in serving as IAG’s group financial controller and BA’s director of integration. Earlier in his career, Ian worked in the London office of Ernst & Young.


XLMedia, a leading provider of digital performance marketing services, has appointed Jonas Martensson as a non-executive director of the company. Jonas has substantial board level experience in a number of important verticals for XLMedia in addition to both corporate and capital markets exposure across the Nordics. He is currently CEO of Mojang, the Swedish video game developer and publisher acquired by Microsoft in 2014. Mojang is best known for creating the popular independent game, Minecraft and continues to update and support the game across multiple platforms. Previously, Jonas founded betting operator, which was sold in 2016. Prior to this, Jonas held senior roles at Betsson, latterly in Betsson Technologies, as head of mobile responsible for strategy and execution of all mobile activities across the 28 group brands.

Octopus Ventures

Howard Bell, the growth and product expert who helped PayPal to become Europe’s dominant online payment company, has joined early-stage venture capital firm Octopus Ventures as a venture partner. Howard will be responsible for supporting Octopus Ventures’ portfolio companies to scale their businesses by advising on product development and growth strategy. Howard was one of PayPal Europe’s first employees, and was tasked with helping the company to break into a European market with a sophisticated and powerful financial sector. Prior to PayPal, Howard served as director of product and business development and VP marketing at cybersecurity company Content Technologies. He also previously served as chief commercial officer at JustGiving, where his leadership on product development generated new products, a new revenue pipeline and profitable new channel strategies. At Octopus Ventures, Howard will work with the portfolio companies’ chief executives to build long-term growth strategies.

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