Pleo Appoints New Chief Technology Officer in UK & IRE

Pleo today announces the appointment of Meri Williams as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the UK and Ireland. Europe’s leading business spend solution, which is helping small and medium-sized businesses leave behind the pains of old-fashioned financial processes, is now investing in further strategic talent for its UKI team, following a period of sustained growth for the business.

Meri is joining the senior leadership team from next week Monday (21st November) from Healx where they played an integral role in advancing the team’s clinical pipeline by taking responsibility for Healnet, Healx’s AI-driven drug discovery platform. In addition, they were instrumental in utilizing their industry experience in leading and scaling world class technology teams to help find treatments for rare disease patients faster, smarter and safer.

Meri is an experienced CTO who has led and scaled technology organizations that build & run brilliant products and services, in a range of sectors including medtech, fintech, government, ecommerce, telco and manufacturing. Prior to their time at Healx, Meri worked for online bank Monzo where they helped scale the engineering and data team by 500% and led significant investment in platform resilience and business continuity as Monzo’s customer base grew to over 4 million.

Meri is joining Pleo at a pivotal moment in the company’s growth. Since February 2021, Pleo has expanded into six new markets in Europe, and in the past year, users on the platform across the continent have doubled, while transaction volumes have tripled. Forward-thinking companies, such as Hello Fresh, Byron Burger, and E.ON Next, are just some of the names now relying on Pleo’s platform to help simplify their financial processes. This momentum comes off the back of Pleo reaching unicorn status in 2021, when it raised $350 million in Series C funding. The business is valued at $4.7 billion, making it one of the most valuable FinTech startups.

Commenting on their appointment, Meri Williams, Pleo’s new CTO, said: “Over the last few years I have witnessed Pleo evolve from a prospective disruptor in the business spend management market to becoming an essential platform of choice for thousands of enterprises across Europe. The technology is at the heart of Pleo’s digitalised approach and with the momentum of growth in the business, this has the makings of an exciting tech journey for myself and their first class tech team, who I am looking forward to meeting and working with. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play a part in what Pleo is doing in this space.”

Abigail Slater, Pleo’s new UKI country lead, commented: “We are delighted to have attracted an executive of such caliber and industry experience to our company. Meri’s background in utilizing technology to generate value for companies aligns perfectly with Pleo’s growth plans. Expanding Pleo’s footprint in the UK and Ireland is no small feat but we’re confident in Meri’s seasoned expertise, strategy and leadership.”

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