Sendle appoints first MD for Australia
Sendle, Australia’s first 100% carbon neutral shipping service has today announced the appointment of Laura Hill as its first ever Managing Director for Australia.
With a rich background in eCommerce, media and advertising, Laura will drive Sendle’s continued expansion in Australia where the company is the courier of choice for small businesses. In 2021 alone, Sendle helped facilitate over a billion dollars in small business eCommerce and is expecting an even bigger 2022 with Laura at the helm.
In this new role, Laura will oversee the company’s entire Australian operation which includes a growing national delivery network of more than 3,100 drivers and 900 drop-off locations across the country. She will also be focussed on evolving Sendle’s shipping products and services for Australian small business owners, driving business development and overseeing critical eCommerce partnerships.
Laura brings to the executive team over 15 years experience in leading high performing teams for a number of well known Australian companies including Gumtree and Fairfax. Joining Sendle in 2021 as Vice President of Partnership Development, Laura has played an instrumental role to date in fostering commercial partnerships with eBay, Shopify, Poshmark and ShipStation.
Prior to Sendle, Laura was the Director of Commercial Business for Gumtree Australia where she was responsible for driving the commercial business strategy for one of Australia’s biggest online marketplaces. She has also held leadership positions at Fairfax Media, heading up the brand and sales department for a number of popular Australian titles.
“It’s an exciting time to be at Sendle as the company continues to ramp up its growth in Australia. After six years working in eCommerce marketplaces, a move to logistics was the most logical step for me. Shipping truly is one of the most exciting and critical parts of any online transaction, and its importance has been brought to the forefront during COVID,” said Sendle Managing Director Laura Hill.
“Australian small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and at Sendle we’re constantly evolving our products and expanding our suite of courier services to level the playing field and fulfill their shipping needs. We have an incredible pipeline of product innovations and partnerships to announce over 2022 and I’m looking forward to working closely with the team to bring these to life.”
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have someone of Laura’s calibre leading our growing team in Australia,” said Sendle CEO and Co-founder James Chin Moody. “Laura brings a unique combination of deep eCommerce experience together with a huge amount of empathy for the shipping needs of small businesses. Her knowledge and expertise is exactly what we need as we head into 2022 in the face of another year of record growth.”