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Feelunique COO to take CFO job at Gousto

Gousto has named Jim Buckle as its new chief financial officer (CFO).

Jim Buckle who is currently chief operating officer (COO) at Feelunique, will join the recipe box company at its new Shepherds Bush headquarters from 6 January 2020. He will be responsible for the company’s finance and legal teams, and will report directly into Gousto CEO, Timo Boldt.

“I'm very excited to be joining UK-leading recipe box Gousto as CFO. I have enjoyed helping to grow Feelunique to be a leader in online beauty over the past five years, but feel the time is now right for me to take on a fresh challenge," said Buckle. "Gousto is one of the most innovative, customer-focused businesses in the country and I'm looking forward to becoming part of a very talented team."

Buckle has been COO at Feelunique since May 2014, prior to this he was CFO at online cycling retailer Wiggle. During another CFO role, Buckle was part of the team which built up the movie subscription service LOVEFiLM before it was sold to Amazon in 2011. He was then appointed COO and then MD of LOVEFiLM, under Amazon’s ownership.

He has also held leadership roles in venture capital and private equity backed businesses, achieving two successful exits, including the sale of Propertyfinder.com to News International in 2005, under his guidance as MD.

Earlier this year, Gousto secured an additional £30 million through its latest funding round, with plans to use it to ramp up its technology investment. This latest round takes the total funds raised by Gousto to over £100 million since its inception in 2012. Existing investors in the business include BGF Ventures, MMC Ventures, Canaccord Genuity, Unilever Ventures and TV presenter and author Joe Wicks, also known as The Body Coach.

Gousto said it has plans to expand its technology footprint by hiring over 100 technology employees by 2022, more than doubling its existing London-based tech team of 80. The business also revealed it wants to continue to invest significantly in automation to enable more orders to be made with the help of artificial intelligence.