Startup to scaleup: Juro hires three senior leaders following $23m Series B

As it moves from ‘startup’ to ‘scaleup’, UK-based legaltech company Juro today (November 24) announces three senior management hires, with Angela O’Connell joining as chief marketing officer; Michael Haynes as general counsel; and Stephen Walker as VP of product. The trio joined following Juro’s $23mn Series B raise in January this year.

Juro is an all-in-one contract automation platform that enables businesses and legal teams to create, execute and manage contracts in one workspace. Its customers include SoundCloud, Deliveroo, Trustpilot and WeWork.

Angela O’Connell, formerly VP of marketing at Onfido, will be building the Juro brand and said: “In only six years, Juro has become a recognized alternative to word processing programs that have existed for nearly forty. During our global expansion, there is still a lot of work to do to show businesses worldwide that a solution now exists that recognizes the unique challenges of businesses and in-house lawyers. I am excited to join Juro during this period of growth to help spread its message worldwide.”

Michael Haynes was previously group head of legal at online car retailer, Cazoo. He was a Juro customer both at Cazoo and in previous roles at price comparison business, RVU (the home of Uswitch and money.co.uk) and property website, Zoopla. Haynes trained and qualified at the international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Haynes will lead the development of the legal and compliance infrastructure required for the next stages in Juro’s growth and also play a key role in Juro’s community of more than 700 scaleup lawyers.

He said: “Juro has grown phenomenally over the past couple of years, and we will be scaling our legal and compliance teams as we continue to grow throughout 2023 and beyond.”

Last but not least, Stephen Walker started out as a designer and held senior roles at large companies like Amazon as well as multiple scale-ups, most recently ProductBoard. He will initially work from Juro’s remote hub, based in Prague, before relocating to the new Lisbon hub.

His role will include setting the overall product strategy and roadmap, helping scale a high-performing and highly-engaged team of product and design professionals.

Walker said: “As Juro enters this scaleup phase, I am pleased to take an important role in helping shape the direction of the product and its teams. Juro has a strong team with a clear sense of purpose and direction and I am excited to play an active role in molding that strategy going forward.”

Richard Mabey, co-founder and CEO of Juro, said: “Building a strong and experienced executive team is key to our success as we move from startup to scaleup, bringing enterprise customers on board at pace. I am excited to get to work with our expanded executive team, so we can bring even more value to our users around the world.”

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