GoDaddy has just announced the appointment of Brian Sharples, Co-founder of HomeAway vacations rental website, to their board of directors and Audit Committee. Sharples will bring considerable expertise with Brand Strategy, as well as help to further cement GoDaddy's offerings to small businesses.
Sharples previous position as CEO of HomeAway has seen him oversee the success of the vacation rental marketplace. HomeAway has more than one million rental listings in 190 countries, with nearly 1600 employees. Sharples has overseen significant growth fueled by expansion into international markets (something GoDaddy is pushing with their Web Hosting Products), as well as acquisitions (HomeAway announced a $160 million global expansion fund in 2006 which saw various major acquisitions). This only demonstrates the expertise acquired by GoDaddy with Sharples appointment.
Sharples expertise is in technology Brand Strategy, having previously counseled major brands such as Apple, Microsoft, and Dell. Sharpie also serves on the board of directors for RetailMeNot, Fexy Media, and Twyla as well as having links to venture capital firm Institutional Venture Partners, and private equity firm, Tritium Partners.
Before HomeAway, Sharples was CEO of IntelliQuest Information Group from 1990 to 2000, where he spearheaded the development of subscription-based statistical research services and electronic survey systems. He also completed two successful public offerings and the subsequent sale of IntelliQuest to WPP Group. Sharples graduated from Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1986.
GoDaddy CEO, Blake Irving commented on the appointment:
Brian is an incredibly successful entrepreneur who understands the passion and mindset of the small business customers that GoDaddy serves. I'm excited to have Brian join the board. His deep technology and subscription business model expertise will be invaluable as GoDaddy accelerates its growth in the U.S. and internationally.
Sharples commented that as an entrepreneur, he was excited to help GoDaddy further its vision to help small businesses:
As an entrepreneur, I'm inspired by GoDaddy's vision to help small businesses succeed by building powerful digital identities," said Brian Sharples. "I know first-hand the importance of having the right digital strategy when you're building a venture, and I look forward to helping GoDaddy further its vision to help small businesses around the world.
The new appointment aimed at strengthening the brand and strategic expertise amid strong moves for growth internationally comes hot on the heels of a newly created position and appointment of Chief Product Officer back in January.