Lightspeed Welcomes Four New Board Members
Lightspeed appointed Patrick Pichette, Marie-Josée Lamothe, Rob Williams and Paul McFeeters to its board.
The additions come in the midst of growth for the company and usher in diverse perspectives and advisors as the company continues its global expansion.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Patrick, Marie-Josée, Rob and Paul and their vast sets of expertise to Lightspeed’s board of directors,” said Dax Dasilva, founder and CEO of Lightspeed. “Following our funding announcement in October 2017, we set out to diversify our board with executives who have the specific skill sets that will help guide us forward as we make ambitious plans for the future.”
Pichette is formerly the CFO of Google and brings experience in building and scaling global companies. Pichette currently holds the role of general partner at iNovia Captial.
“As a Montreal-native, I am truly delighted to join Lightspeed, a true Canadian global tech success story,” said Pichette. “I look forward to contributing among the group of distinguished board members and advising the company on fueling its ambitious growth agenda.”
Lamothe joins Lightspeed’s board from Google Canada, where she served as managing director of consumer products, government and entertainment, and managing director of Quebec. Lamothe is the founder and president of Tandem International, an advisory firm specialized in omnichannel retailing and branding. Lamothe is also professor of practice at McGill University’s Bensadoun School of Retail Management and is an active member with various associations in the field.
“It is a privilege to join the board of a POS company that is revolutionizing the way independent businesses work,” said Lamothe. “With my background in retail and product marketing, I plan to support Lightspeed’s unique vision to ignite city streets and maintain a competitive advantage in the international cloud POS space.”
Williams has over 20 years in e-commerce and retail experience, working in leadership positions for both high-end specialty and big box retail. Williams comes to Lightspeed from Amazon, where he led tier 1 vendor relationships globally. In his decade at Amazon, Williams was promoted and rotated through five leadership positions on both the seller and retail teams. He currently consults worldwide on disruptive innovation and e-commerce and is a notable speaker on those topics.
“As a true champion of independent businesses, Lightspeed perfectly aligns with my values on empowering entrepreneurs,” said Williams. “As a former Amazon employee, I look forward to leveraging my experience with this customer-centric approach and data-driven leadership team.”
McFeeters brings Lightspeed a track record of leading internationally recognized companies. Formerly the CFO of OpenText, McFeeters joins the board with more than 30 years of experience in financial services and the software industry. He has served on several boards throughout his career including Hootsuite, Constellation Software and Blueprint Software Systems.
“With Lightspeed’s beautifully designed user interface, it is clear they have a commitment to providing independent businesses with an easy-to-use cloud POS that improves customer experiences,” said McFeeters. “I am thrilled to join a team that is both ahead of the curve in POS technology and continues to operate with such a rich culture.”
These four people join Lightspeed’s board on the heels of record growth for the company. Most recently, Lightspeed unveiled its retail success index and joined forces with fellow Apple Mobility Partners: Intuit QuickBooks Online, Planday and Deputy to improve the business management experience for its independent retail and restaurant customers around the world.