JustGiving appoints new UK chief after founders stand down

22 Nov 2017 News

A new managing director has been appointed to lead JustGiving and its founders have stood down, following the takeover of the giving platform by Blackbaud last month.

JustGiving has promoted chief finance officer Neil Bannister to managing director to run the UK and Ireland side of JustGiving, as well its crowdfunding platform everydayhero.

Co-founders Zarine Kharas, who was the chief executive, and Anne-Marie Huby, who was managing director, stood down from their previous positions. Huby remains involved.

Blackbaud announced its intention to buy JustGiving in June and the deal was finalised earlier this autumn. It is currently working to integrate the two teams.

Kharas will not be joining Blackbaud and a spokesman said she has “decided to transition to other things”.

The move is a change from the position which was announced in June, when a JustGiving spokesman said that the company would not be making senior staff changes as a result of the takeover and that, once the agreement is completed, “the JustGiving team will remain absolutely the same”.

Huby will become an executive on Blackbaud’s consumer business steering committee to help shape the company’s five-year strategy over the next six months. 

Bannister joined Justgiving in 2005 as chief finance officer. He also became its chief operating officer in 2015. He was made a managing director, alongside Huby, in June 2017, and will now take sole charge of the business.

JustGiving is now under the purview of Jerry Needel, president of Blackbaud Consumer Solutions globally and is based in the US. 


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