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Developer marketplace platform Deazy has appointed Chris Dawson as its new chief product officer.

Dawson, who has a remit to ready the platform for further growth – particularly in the enterprise market – joins Deazy from real estate company Zoopla, where he was head of product. 

He has also worked on B2C and B2B product solutions in travel, FinTech, eCommerce and entertainment for organisations including the BBC, GSK, John Lewis and Expedia.

Deazy connects enterprises, VC-backed scaleups and Europe’s biggest agencies with high-quality development teams, handpicked to provide broad technical expertise and greater capacity and flexibility.

The startup recently closed a Series A funding round of £5 million.

“Any enterprise knows there are major challenges with capacity and capability, and Deazy is perfectly positioned to help them meet those challenges,” said Dawson.

“Nearshore development services mostly cater to the freelance market, but we believe using development teams offers better capacity, greater technical expertise and more flexibility. 

“The gig economy can be detrimental to overall quality and growth and provide less investment in companies, so our platform is also better for local economies.

“It looked to me like a wonderful opportunity. The intersection of industries – agencies, marketplaces, platforms – in which I have worked extensively make it a great fit.”

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Andy Peddar, CEO at Deazy, added: “When it comes to improving a product and instilling a focus on product within an organisation, Chris is one of the best in the business. 

“His track record at companies such as Zoopla, Expedia and the BBC make him ideally suited to Deazy as we complete our transition to a platform-based business. 

“We have a massive window of opportunity for growth over the coming years, and Chris is the ideal CPO to ensure our platform can support and manage that growth.”