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Former PHMG Director joins North West tech firm as Chief Operating Officer

Kristian Hunt - Shopblocks

Stockport-based ecommerce platform and tech firm Shopblocks has appointed two key hires as part of its growth strategy.

Kristian Hunt joins as the company’s first Chief Operating Officer from Manchester audio branding agency PHMG, following an 18-month search.

Stacey MacNaught also joins the board as non-executive director after advising the company on its SEO since 2017 and will work “closely” with the firm’s marketing team.

The firm, which produces bespoke ecommerce websites with more than 1,500 global customers, recently moved into its new offices in Stockport.

Hunt said: “I’m delighted to join Shopblocks on the next stage of their journey. I’m really excited by the potential and the projections for growth.”

CEO and co-founder Kevin Jones added: “We’ve never had a COO before and it took us 18 months before finding the right one.

“It was always in our plan to recruit a third director alongside myself and my fellow co-founder Stewart Reynolds and Kristian has been able to hit the ground running.

“Kristian has come from a business in PHMG that has so many parallels to Shopblocks. He joined as account manager when they had 40 staff and rose up through the ranks and left when they’d grown to 500 staff.

“As for Stacey, she’s one of the best digital marketing people there is and regularly speaks all over the world. She’s working very closely with our marketing team.”

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