Major changes are imminent in the genealogy field today, as two industry leaders have announced that they will be making major transitions to their leadership teams. Here are some details regarding the changes being made at Ancestry.com and Findmypast.
On the morning of September 12, 2017, Ancestry.com issued a statement announcing that their CEO of twelve years, Tim Sullivan, would be stepping down and will transition to Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors, effective October 1. Ancestry’s Board of Directors has not confirmed who will be taking on Sullivan’s previous role, but state that they will be conducting a thorough external search for CEO candidates. The public statement including the following quote from Sullivan:
“The last twelve years at Ancestry have been a joy for me, but I believe it’s the perfect time to find the right person to lead the company going forward,” said Sullivan. “We’ve assembled a world-class management team, have an exciting strategic roadmap, and see tremendous potential ahead. I’m also pleased to pass the baton when our company’s performance is so strong. Ancestry subscriber growth is at a four year high, AncestryDNA is the world’s largest consumer genomics service, and with 40 percent revenue growth in Q2 and approximately 30 percent growth forecasted for the full year, our financial performance remains strong. As Board Chair, I look forward to staying actively engaged with the company and supportive of the management team as they execute against our long-range plans. Howard and this team are completely ready to move the company forward.”
Just hours later, Findmypast announced that their interim CEO Jay Verkler, has now been appointed Chairman of the Board, making room for the company’s new CEO, Tamsin Todd. Todd joins Findmypast from Addison Lee, where she was Chief Customer Officer of Europe’s largest car service company. She brings a track record of leading successful growth businesses. Tood spent the early part of her career at Amazon and then Microsoft, where she led the introduction of ecommerce and search products into UK and Europe.
Todd notes: “Findmypast is known for its world-class record collections and deep expertise, and I’m thrilled to join a company chosen by so many people around the globe to explore their family history. I look forward to leading Findmypast through its next chapter and continuing to develop digital products and services to help our customers easily discover, share and celebrate their families’ unique stories.”