New CEO appointed at activpayroll

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Tenzing portfolio company, activpayroll, the leading global payroll and employee mobility specialist, has released the news that after 20 years as CEO, Alison Sellar OBE will be handing over the reins to Jason Allen, who will now oversee all the company’s operations and clients in more than 150 countries worldwide. 

Jason brings 18 years of leadership experience with global technology and outsourcing companies, including Capita, to the CEO role. With a clear focus on leadership, forming high performance teams and customer satisfaction, he will look to build on activpayroll’s strong historical growth through continued investment in international expansion, new product development and enhanced customer service.  

Alison has stepped back as CEO and moved into a Non-Executive Director position, with continued involvement in the business at Board level. Former COO, Euan Sellar has also moved to Non-Executive Director as the company welcomes a new generation of leadership. These new roles will enable the founding pair to support the business and global team, whilst taking a more active role in philanthropic causes close to their hearts. 

The new CEO will be joined by an additional high-calibre hire, COO, Iain McGregor (ex-Ceridian and SD Worx), starting in July, and the existing senior management team of Nick Southwell (CFO), David Deacon (CPO) and Jim Faulds (Chair), who are all focused on supporting the team in delivering renowned customer service. 

Jason said: “I am incredibly excited to join such a talented team with a focus on exceeding customer expectations. The opportunity to evolve the highly successful business, build on the strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead are an incredibly attractive proposition.” 

Alison Sellar OBE, Founder of activpayroll, commented: “Leading the team at activpayroll has been the privilege of a lifetime. We’ve achieved things I never imagined possible, and it’s been wonderful seeing the team develop and thrive as we grow internationally. I’m excited about the next chapter and will be watching activpayroll’s evolution very closely!” 

Christian Hamilton, Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Tenzing, added: “Since we invested in the business at the start of 2020, activpayroll has gone from strength to strength. We’re hugely grateful to Alison and Euan for their dedication during their time at the helm and for their support in building an exceptional management team to lead the business into its next chapter. We look forward to working with Jason to build activpayroll into the leading global multi-country payroll outsourcing platform.” 

Jason will be taking up the new role from 19th July. 

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