Anders Skoe to lead Trade Me
Trade Me has named a replacement for outgoing CEO Jon Macdonald. Starting in July, the online marketplace will be headed up by Anders Skoe, who is currently the CEO of Finn.no and executive vice president of Nordic Marketplaces.
Skoe has worked at Finn.no, an online marketplace operating in Norway across general items, automotive, real estate and employment classifieds, since 2010.
“Trade Me is a fantastic business with great potential to grow,” Skoe said.
“It’s particularly exciting to come into this business when it is going through a significant moment in its history, with a move back into private ownership.”
Trade Me is in the process of being taken over by Apaz Partners, a private equity firm. The acquisition, which was launched via a Scheme of Arrangement in December and has now seen all conditions met, is set to take effect next month. Trade Me will be de-listed from the NZX and ASX in early May.
Outgoing chief executive Jon Macdonald was set to leave Trade Me at the end of 2018, but agreed to stay on while the business went through the acquisition process at the request of the board to ensure a smooth transition to its new leadership structure.
“I’m delighted that [Skoe] agreed to take on the CEO role here, particularly given his strong experience in leading such a closely comparable business in a similar market,” Macdonald said.
“I wish him all the very best, and I look forward to seeing Trade Me continue to thrive.”