Pleo appoints new CRO as it prepares for $100m funding round
Fintech scale-up Pleo has appointed former Freshworks Europe president, Arun Mani, as its chief revenue officer (CRO).
Mani joins the company at a crucial point in its growth journey as it prepares for a $100m Series C funding round this summer.
Pleo, which offers simplified expense and bill management automation tools and smart company Mastercards, raised $56m in its Series B funding round in 2019 before being named Global Start-up of the Year in 2021.
Mani brings with him over 8 years of experience leading and growing successful start-up businesses.
He will be helping to support Pleo’s growth in the coming years, overseeing all revenue-facing operations across sales, customer experience, marketing and partnerships across Pleo’s European markets – in the UK & Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and Spain.
“Pleo is at a great inflection point and is riding the wave of digitisation in the business spend management market,” says Mani.
“There is a strong market need and product fit for a solution like Pleo, and I’m excited to further expand its proposition to become the go-to solution for businesses everywhere.”
Jeppe Rindom, co-founder and CEO of Pleo, adds: “We are delighted to welcome Arun to the executive leadership team and he will play a crucial role in guiding Pleo’s growth over the coming months.
“Arun brings invaluable experience to Pleo, most recently from building the Freshworks organisation in Europe and prior to that, heading sales in the Americas for AppNexus – two impressive, international, multi-unicorn software businesses.
“Arun intimately understands what it takes to scale a business across Europe, and with his expertise I am confident that Pleo is well on its way to reaching unicorn status imminently.”