Origami Energy has appointed Margaret Rice-Jones, a proven leader of growth businesses, to join the company’s board of directors as Chairman.

With over 25 years’ experience defining winning strategies, Rice-Jones has the expertise to deliver profitable growth and innovation in all areas of a technology business. Rice-Jones was previously chairman of Skyscanner before its acquisition by Ctrip for £1.4bn.

“I am excited to join a business with the ambition and the potential of Origami Energy,” said Rice-Jones. “Skyscanner’s marketplace technology transformed the travel industry by changing the way people bought flights and travel. Origami Energy is doing the same for the energy market. Innovation is at the heart of its business and my goal is to help successfully guide Origami Energy through its next exciting stage of growth, as we launch valuable new services and develop new partnerships in new markets.”

Rice-Jones is currently chairman at Openet and CTRLio, and senior independent director of Xaar plc. As well as having a successful executive career at Motorola Networks and Aircom International, Rice-Jones has also delivered exits at high-tech businesses such as QUMAS and NewBay Software.

Peter Bance, Origami Energy chief executive, commented: “Margaret joins us with a wealth of experience in venture-backed, entrepreneurial technology platform businesses at a crucial time in the evolution of our company. She will be instrumental in guiding our growth and in helping us build on our major partnerships with companies like SmartestEnergy, Good Energy and Aggreko. Margaret’s experience will be invaluable as the business scales up and we start our journey of international expansion.  Her appointment builds on the growing list of talented businesswomen operating at C-level within Origami Energy.”

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