Stockport based musicMagpie has appointed Chris Sproston to a newly created role of Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the company.
Chris will be responsible for leading transformational technology change within the business in the UK and the US, where the brand operates under the name of Decluttr. He will be overseeing IT strategy, infrastructure, architecture and development.
Chris has more than 20 years’ technology experience within the retail, financial services, education, commercial and international sectors. Before joining musicMagpie, Chris was responsible for architecture, development and data at the Police Mutual Group. Previous to that, he was a strategic consultant at the University of Salford, interim Chief Operations Officer at Godel Technologies Europe and prior to that head of IT Development at the Co-operative Group.
Commenting on his appointment, Chris (right) said:
“I am delighted to be joining musicMagpie at such an exciting and important time as it embarks on a new era of growth. I have a real passion for technology and the role it can play in an organisation’s success. I’m looking forward to working with the team to deliver best in class results across all IT functions.”
Steve Oliver, CEO of musicMagpie, comments:
“We are thrilled to have Chris on board as part of an exceptional senior management team as we look to an exciting period ahead for the company. Chris’ passion and commitment are representative of musicMagpie’s ethos and culture and we welcome his expertise in the delivery of our technology and development strategy.”
musicMagpie is a British tech business at the forefront of the global recommerce revolution. It was the first company in the world to pass five million in eBay feedback, and since it was established in 2007 it boasts an annual turnover of £100m, as well as exporting to buyers in 140 countries around the world.
Steve Oliver co-founded the business in 2007 with his business partner, Walter Gleeson.
The business has since grown it into the world’s largest recommerce (meaning ‘reverse commerce’) business, achieving a turnover of over £100m in just its 10th year of trading.
Since its inception, musicMagpie has nurtured its ‘lazy man’s eBay’ trade-in model by offering a fast, easy and hassle-free way to declutter CDs, DVDs, Books and Games and raise cash instantly, with all products received now paid for on the day they are received. The business buys around 30m units of media per annum and is the biggest seller globally on both Amazon Marketplace and eBay, the latter of whom recently recognised musicMagpie as their most successful seller ever after the business became the first to achieve 5m positive feedbacks.
The site and mobile app allows customers to easily get cash for their unwanted mobile phones, tech items, CDs, DVDs, games, books, games, Lego and wearables. musicMagpie has pushed over £160m of debt-free capital back into the economy, putting extra cash into the hands of over 4 million customers.