Automated vehicle inspections scaleup DeGould has appointed a new CEO to mark an accelerated period of growth.

Mathew Holloway, an engineer by training, has founded and led three successful high-growth technology businesses, including PropTech Q-Bot.

He takes over the role from Ed Jones, who will remain with the Exeter company as chief commercial officer to further support the expansion of the business and the addition of new customers. 

Jones told our sister website TechBlast recently that a bootstrapping startup seeking to become a sustainable enterprise cannot ‘sprint’ forever.

“As a business grows, you need different things. You need to recognise where you need more help and organise yourself better: it might sometimes be a step sideways or backwards, but it allows you to kick on again,” he said.

“That’s a growth process we’re going through. We’ve got really good people and we need to keep supplementing that to sustain what we need to do.”

He added on the arrival of Holloway: “We have been looking to secure additional technical experience and knowledge to supplement the executive team. Mathew brings that in abundance. 

“We’re extremely proud of what we have achieved to date, and Mathew will now have my full support in ensuring we build on what we have started and continue our rapid growth together.”

As the global leader in OEM automated vehicle inspections, DeGould is now moving into its scaleup stage as the company wins more customers around the world. DeGould – ninth on our TransportTech 50 ranking late last year – founded by Dan Gould a decade ago, has won contracts with more than 10 OEMs and currently delivers its solutions across three continents. 

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“The world of AI-powered vehicle inspection is advancing continually and it feels like the perfect time to join DeGould at such an exciting stage for the business and industry,” said Holloway.

“I am looking forward to working closely with my colleagues and peers to strengthen customer relationships, foster a great culture as we grow the team and bring the company into this promising new chapter.”

The appointment comes as DeGould continues to build out its solution offerings, including the latest product addition, Auto-compact

DeGould describes this as the ultimate digital vehicle inspection solution, combining Industry 4.0 AI damage detection with a small footprint and ultra-high-resolution image capture.

“During this next phase of growth we will be welcoming more people to the team and my focus will be on ensuring we maintain a motivated and aligned team throughout this journey,” added Holloway. 

“In addition, I plan to establish processes that allow us to scale further, deliver ongoing product innovation, whilst continuing to listen to our customers and put them centre to everything we do.”