FinTech scaleup Pleo has appointed Arun Mani as its Chief Revenue Officer. 

Joining from FreshWorks Europe, Mani brings with him more than eight years of experience leading and growing successful start-up businesses.  

As President at FreshWorks Europe, he was responsible for launching the EMEA business, building a team of 150+ people from scratch.  

Prior to this, Mani oversaw sales at AppNexus, helping to scale the business from $20m to over $200m in just four years. An engineer by background, Arun also holds an MBA from INSEAD. 

Pleo offers simplified expense and bill management automation tools, and smart company Mastercards to 16,000 customers across seven markets including the UK & Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and Spain.  

Mani joins Pleo at a crucial point in its growth journey as it prepares for a $100m Series C funding round this summer.  

“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,” said Jeppe Rindom, co-founder and CEO of Pleo.  

“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.”

Mani added: “Pleo is at a great inflection point, and is riding the wave of digitisation in the business spend management market.  

“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.  

“In my role, I’ll have a personal goal of ensuring that Pleo has a million engaged users by the end of 2025, which is a 25-times increase from now until the end of 2025.  

“With the rate that Pleo’s customer-base is growing, and the engagement it has built so far – I’m confident that this goal will become a reality.”