Cyan has added further international experience and expertise to its burgeoning team with the appointment of Gavin Cowie as VP of Engineering.
Gavin is a highly experienced engineering director with a 20-year track record of working with scaling, venture-backed, ‘software as a service’ (SaaS) businesses in the United States. He joins Cyan from Bellhop Inc. having also previously held roles with Rent The Runway, Alluvium Data Science and Medallia (formerly Stella Connect).
In his role, Gavin will work alongside Cyan CTO Bruce Ramsay to recruit, train and manage its engineering team on a day-to-day basis, while overseeing the effective delivery of Cyan’s solutions to customers.
Gavin Cowie, Cyan’s new VP of Engineering, said: “I’m delighted to be joining Cyan at such an exciting stage of its growth. Cyan is an impressive and innovative scale-up business, with ambitious plans for developing and taking its technology to markets and customers around the world. The UK is at the forefront of online safety tech and has an important role to play in the global picture. I can’t wait to work with the team.”
Ian Stevenson, CEO of Cyan, said: “Gavin’s appointment signifies the next step in our strategic growth plan, following on from the completion of our Series A funding round in March. We’re adding people with exceptional international experience and passion for working with cutting edge technology, and Gavin offers this and more.
“Gavin brings strong engineering leadership skills and a reputation for outstanding work with multiple SaaS, cloud and mobile-based technologies to Cyan, and we’re thrilled to add his expertise to our company.”
Thomas joins Cyan from the BBC, having also previously worked for the Ministry of Justice and the UK Home Office, while Adam is technical lead with 20 years of industry experience delivering various applications for both web and desktop platforms. James brings over a decade of international communications experience to Cyan and joins from global communications consultancy Grayling.
Commenting on Cyan’s recent appointments, Ian added: “With people at the heart of Cyan’s culture and growth strategy, it’s important we bring in the right individuals with a strong level of global experience and enthusiasm to take Cyan forward. I’m excited to see the impact these new hires will have on the business, as we continue to develop our service and reach new, international markets.”
Cyan’s latest appointments takes its number of employees to 18, with further significant hires expected in September and before the end of the year. Cyan aims to double in size during each of the next two years to support its growth.