Lightspeed names JD St-Martin president

Lightspeed names JD St-Martin president

Montreal-based commerce tech firm Lightspeed announced on Friday the promotion of JD St-Martin to the role of president.

Lightspeed names JD St-Martin president – Lightspeed

In this role, St-Martin, who is currently chief revenue officer, will be responsible of the strategic direction and overall performance for all of Lightspeed’s verticals.

“JD has been an incredible leader at Lightspeed since he joined us more than three years ago and an instrumental player in driving our growth at a critical time,” said JP Chauvet, CEO, Lightspeed. 

“These changes will help to further streamline our executive team, placing the accountability for the performance of each vertical with the same individual who is responsible for our go-to-market and customer success. I look forward to continuing to partner with JD in this expanded role as we hone our focus on profitable growth across our key industries.”

St-Martin joined Lightspeed in May 2019, when the company acquired Chronogolf, which he co-founded in 2013. In July 2020, he became Lightspeed’s senior vice president of global sales. Prior to founding Chronogolf, St-Martin worked in venture capital and private equity at Teralys Capital in Montreal and GE Equity in London, UK.

“The role Lightspeed plays in the success of customers in retail and hospitality has never been more critical,” added St-Martin. 

“As retailers and restaurateurs navigate staffing shortages, supply chain delays and inflation, technology will help them find new efficiencies and insights into their business to navigate these uncertain times. Business owners must recognize that now is the time to innovate and embrace change. It is a privilege to help our customers navigate and thrive, whatever the situation they are facing.”

As part of the announcement, Lightspeed said its chief business officer, Michael DeSimone, will be departing at the end of 2022. He joined Lightspeed via acquisition in 2020 as the CEO of ShopKeep and is credited for leading the successful integration of several Lightspeed acquired companies.

Earlier this month, the company also appointed Ryan Tabone as its chief product and technology officer. He joins Lightspeed from Google, where he was most recently the vice president & general manager of Google Pay and Google Finance.

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