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Anna Jackson promoted to Chief Commercial Officer at activpayroll

After less than a year on the Sherpa Programme, Anna Jackson has accepted a permanent role at her portfolio company, activpayroll. The new role will see her transfer from Tenzing staff to activpayroll staff, and she will join the executive team there from 1st June, working directly for CEO Jason Allen.

Anna joined the Sherpa Programme in October 2021 as part of Cohort 2. She has significant operational management experience, having worked in PE-backed businesses for much of her career. She was previously Global Performance Director at Harvey Nash and spent five years in manager and director roles at Capita before that.

In Anna’s new role, she will have direct responsibility achievement of sales targets from both new and existing customers. She will be leading a new combined commercial function comprising of four existing departments : Sales & Business Development, Marketing and Lead Generation, Global Mobility, Contracts and Commercial.

“We are thrilled to promote Anna to the Chief Commercial role, which is an outstanding opportunity to showcase Anna’s leadership, sales, marketing, commercial and operations experience in a fast-growing environment. We are all genuinely excited to see Anna’s growth, and I for one, can see the big impact already!”

Jason Allen, CEO at activpayroll

Anna is the second member of the Sherpa Programme to be promoted to a permanent portfolio executive team role, following Rory Shedden, who was promoted to be CEO at MPLC in November 2021.

Anna’s promotion leaves a vacancy at activpayroll for a new Sherpa, and this post will be part of the recruitment of Sherpa Cohort 3, which starts in July 2022.

Anna said “I am so pleased to be joining the activpayroll Executive team to drive our ambitious growth targets. We have brilliant people to help execute our plans and I’m delighted to be part of this journey.”


Glenn Elliott

Glenn Elliott

Glenn is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of CEO experience. He sold his last business, Reward Gateway, to PE three times. His skills are in product, engineering, sales and marketing, and his passions are leadership, company culture, employee engagement and social justice. In 2018, he wrote the Amazon HR Bestseller, Build it: A Rebel Playbook for World-Class Employee Engagement.
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