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- Findmypast strengthens its management team with two key appointments – Tamsin Todd, an experienced digital and ecommerce leader, takes over as CEO and Jay Verkler, former interim CEO, has been appointed Chairman of the Board
London, September 12th 2017
Findmypast has named Tamsin Todd as new CEO. Tamsin has worked in the travel, retail and technology sectors, and brings a track record of leading successful growth businesses. She spent the early part of her career at Amazon and then Microsoft, where she led the introduction of ecommerce and search products into UK and Europe. This was followed by stints as Head of Ecommerce at Betfair, and Managing Director of TUI-owned Crystal Ski Holidays. She joins Findmypast from Addison Lee, where she was Chief Customer Officer of Europe’s largest car service company. Tamsin lives in London with her family, and is Digital Trustee of the Imperial War Museums.
Tamsin takes over as Findmypast CEO from Jay Verkler who ran the company on an interim basis and who has since been appointed Chairman of the Board. Jay, a leading Silicon Valley strategy and technology consultant and former CEO of FamilySearch, the world’s largest genealogical organisation, will continue to bring his family history and technology expertise to Findmypast in his new non-executive role.
Welcoming Tamsin, Jay Verkler, Chairman of Findmypast, said: “We are delighted that Tamsin will be joining the Findmypast team and using her years of business leadership experience to drive forward the organisation. I had the pleasure of getting to know Tamsin very well during the recruitment process and look forward to working closely together in the future.
Tamsin Todd said: “Findmypast is known for its world-class record collections and deep expertise, and I’m thrilled to join a company chosen by so many people around the globe to explore their family history. I look forward to leading Findmypast through its next chapter and continuing to develop digital products and services to help our customers easily discover, share and celebrate their families’ unique stories.”
Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and over 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.
Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over 8 billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research. In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including the 1911 Census and the 1939 Register which they digitised in association with The National Archives.
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