Monday 19th Nov, 2018

Growth talk at Mizzen as ex-Amazonian joins board


NEWLY-appointed Mizzen director, Glenn Butcher, says technology that has powered some of the world’s technology leaders will allow Mizzen Group to grow.

According to a company statement, Mr Butcher is a successful technology company builder with experience in senior management roles at Amazon, Atlassian and start-ups.

He has also a quarter of a century of experience in technology in diverse industries from medical research to internet service providers.

Mizzen says that as leader of Atlassian’s SaaS engineering, Mr Butcher grew Atlassian’s online product from 1500 to 10,000 customers, also leading $100m projects at Amazon.

Mr Butcher said it was exciting to be joining a technology start-up.

“The shipping industry is a global market opportunity that is starting to engage with innovative digital companies,” Mr Butcher said.

“The Mizzen team’s unique mix of experienced shipping line trade managers, forwarders, and digital leaders have already delivered the marketplace. That team is now starting to work on the next generation of shipping line pricing and distribution applications that draw from the team’s and my experience of building comparable digital marketplaces, the kind of technologies that power the profits of Amazon, Google, and Facebook.”

Mr Butcher said he was “thrilled to be able to bring my experience and skills from startup companies”.

“I see this as a big opportunity to drive new products to build better outcomes for shipping lines and forwarders,” he said.

Chairman and Mizzen Group co-founder, Dr Alan Taylor, said they were “excited to have Glenn join our board and also becoming a significant shareholder following his investment in our recently completed capital raising”.

“His extensive skills and experience are directly compatible and complementary with the Mizzen Group products and team,” Dr Taylor said.

“We are well placed to deliver on our ambitions to facilitate the growth of the emerging digital sales channel for our partner shipping lines and forwarders so they can both reap the benefits of transacting online.”

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