Checkatrade Appoints New CEO

Mike Fairman

Checkatrade, the online trade directory, has appointed Mike Fairman as its new CEO to join the company on 8 October 2018.

Mike is currently CEO of mobile phone network giffgaff. Prior to this, Mike was Head of Broadband at O2 from 2005 to 2009, where he contributed to the set up and running of O2’s first non-mobile business. He added the role of Head of New Product Development, Telefonica O2, in 2009 and worked on digital innovations.

On his appointment, Mike said: “This is an exciting time for Checkatrade. The company has ambitious plans in the pipeline and its 30,000 members have a vital role to play. I’m absolutely thrilled to be inheriting a strong management team, and the prospect of adding new talent at all levels especially in marketing and technology. I look forward to building on the business’s success of the past 20 years.”

Mike’s appointment follows Checkatrade’s current Managing Director, Gavin Dutton stepping down to become a Checkatrade board non-executive director.

Richard Harpin, CEO and Founder of HomeServe, owner of Checkatrade, commented: “Mike has the skill set, personality and experience to lead Checkatrade and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team. Mike is a highly regarded leader and brings with him a wealth of experience in developing and scaling businesses. Mike will be instrumental in shaping the future of Checkatrade and will bring fresh thinking and guidance to assist in the development and implementation of our ambitious growth strategy.

“I want to thank Gavin for all of his hard work and dedication over the last seven years, leading the team as Managing Director for the past four. We are pleased that he will continue to advise Checkatrade from his new position on the Board.”

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