June 1, 2021
Trustpilot appoints Joe Hurd to its Board as Non-Executive Director
London, New York, Copenhagen - June 1, 2021 - Trustpilot, a leading online consumer reviews platform announces the appointment of Joe Hurd as an Independent Non-Executive Director, with effect from Tuesday, 1 June 2021. This follows the appointment of Claire Davenport and Rachel Kentleton to the Board earlier this year, as well as Trustpilot’s recent IPO on the London Stock Exchange, as the company embarks on the next stage of its mission to become a universal symbol of trust
Hurd joins the Board from California in the United States and has a demonstrated track record of revenue growth and value creation at global Fortune 500 and private companies, including Facebook, Gannett, AOL, VideoEgg and Friendster. He is also an independent public board director advising on strategic growth, ESG workforce engagement, innovation, governance, compensation, board recruitment and diversity.
The Trustpilot Board was also boosted by the appointments of Kentleton and Davenport in February of this year. Kentleton brings experience in finance, having most recently worked as Group Finance Director for Paypoint PLC - a leading provider of retail technology services to convenience retailers, parcel services and payments technology - following senior leadership roles at easyJet and other financial services companies. Davenport brings to Trustpilot a wealth of e-commerce expertise from various industry leading and disruptive companies, including currently as Chief Executive Officer for Not on the High Street, an online marketplace for gifts and products from small businesses, as well as previous positions as CEO of HelloFresh UK and General Manager at VoucherCodes.
Tim Weller, Chair of the Board at Trustpilot, commented: “The last year has been like nothing Trustpilot has ever experienced and despite an uncertain economy, the platform has continued to grow - with consumers leaving more than 38 million reviews in 2020 alone.
“As we look to build on the success of our recent IPO, we are thrilled to have Joe bring his breadth of expertise to the Board, helping our ambitious plans to become reality.”
Hurd adds: “Trustpilot’s independent and open platform has become a necessity in today’s world. It helps consumers make more informed buying decisions and allows businesses to earn greater trust by listening and improving upon the feedback they receive.
“I am excited to be joining the Board during what is such a significant milestone year for the company. In an age of misinformation and with increasing numbers of consumers switching to online shopping from bricks and mortar, it has never been more important for businesses to win the trust of customers. I look forward to working with the Board and Trustpilot’s Executive Leadership Team.”
Hurd has previously served as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Directors, Remuneration and Nomination Committees of GoCo Group plc (now Future plc) and is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of SilverBox Engaged Merger Corp I (NASDAQ: SBEAU). Hurd also is also a member of SilverBox’s Audit and Compensation Committees. There are no further matters to be disclosed in accordance with paragraph 9.6.13R of the UKLA’s Listing Rules.
Trustpilot was founded in 2007 with a vision to create an independent currency of trust. A digital platform that brings businesses and consumers together to foster trust and inspire collaboration. We are free to use, open to everybody and built on transparency. Trustpilot hosts reviews to help consumers shop with confidence, and delivers rich insights to help businesses improve the experience they offer. The more consumers that use our platform and share their own opinions; the richer the insights we offer businesses; and the more opportunities they have to earn the trust of consumers, from all around the world. Over 120 million consumer reviews of businesses and products relating to over 530,000 domains have been posted on Trustpilot and those numbers have been growing by more than one review per second.
Trustpilot has over 700 employees and is headquartered in Copenhagen, with operations in London, Edinburgh, New York, Denver, Melbourne, Berlin and Vilnius.