November 3, 2015 – Caldwell Partners has placed Dave Nielsen as chief executive officer of Salt Lake City-based Global Access. Mercedes Chatfield-Taylor, venture capital practice managing partner, completed the search.
Mr. Nielsen will be focused on continuing to grow the company’s leading position with merchants in the direct selling industry while furthering its expansion into the internet retailing industry, both domestically and internationally. Additionally, he will be expanding the international audience of consumers using Shipito.com and introducing new, innovative solutions to improve the overall international order and shipping experience.
Previously, Mr. Nielsen was co-president of Overstock.com where he helped nearly double its revenue to over $1.5 billion in sales. Prior to Overstock.com, he served as vice president of merchandise distribution at Payless ShoeSource with responsibility over 4,500 Payless stores throughout North America, and as chief executive officer of Old Town Imports, an international retailer and merchandising organization.
“We are excited to be partnering with Dave in the next phase of Global Access’s growth, as he has a clear vision and first-hand experience on how best to serve merchants and consumers globally,” said David Lack, managing partner of Tritium Partners, a majority shareholder of Global Access. “Having a CEO with an intimate knowledge of merchants’ supply chain operations uniquely positions him to understand the needs of Global Access’ customers as they seek to tap the rapidly-growing market for international e-commerce.”
Worldwide e-commerce has seen a significant uptick in recent years, with global cross border e-commerce sales forecasted to surpass $2.3 trillion by 2017, according to industry analyst eMarketer.
Much of this growth is expected to occur in Asia, where Global Access has spent over a decade developing regional carrier networks to support its industry-leading technological and fulfillment platforms.
“Adding Dave and his extensive retail experience and online marketing capabilities is going to strengthen our organization and help us better serve our customers,” said Chris Boyle, president and founder of Global Access. “I’m excited to be partnering with him in this next phase of growth for Global Access.”
Founded in 2002, Global Access delivers cross-border order processing, shipping and logistics, and marketing solutions for retailers, brands, and direct selling organizations. The company helps merchants fulfill cross-border demand with its cloud-based technology and proprietary end-to-end logistics network that processes more than $300 million gross merchandise sales annually with delivery into over 200 countries.
Ms. Chatfield-Taylor, who is also a member of Caldwell’s technology, consumer digital and media teams, focuses on executive level search assignments for high growth technology companies with expertise in software as a service, internet, e-commerce, gaming and other consumer technology. She has completed over 50 CEO searches as well as other CXO level assignments for her clients; she has also filled CEO roles for online media company Manta Media, Inc. and software provider Innography.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media