Gametech startup Livewire bolsters leadership team with ex Snap, Zip execs

- January 19, 2023 2 MIN READ
Livewire, Brad Manuel, Indy Khabra
Livewire cofounders Brad Manuel and Indy Khabra
Sydney startup Livewire, which brings gaming marketing to company promotions, has made several key hires in the wake of raising $4.7 million late last year.

The 20-month-old gaming marketing company develops integrated gaming marketing solutions for advertising agencies and brands. Its clients include Uber Eats, streaming site Binge, Amazon Music UK, NBL League, and Warner Music Australia.

Gareth Leeding

Livewire CIO Gareth Leeding

The $4.7m Series A raise in September last year was in part to ramp up the exec management team for the Livewire’s ongoing global push. The company now operates in North America, Australia,  theUK, South East Asia, DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), and India, having opened offices in Mumbai and Singapore, alongside London and Sydney.

Joining recent C-suite hires, including US-based Chief Commercial Officer Lionel Sim, and Australian-based Chief Operating Officer, Sarah La Roche, and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Michelle Sheehan is the former APAC Head of Creative Strategy for Snap Inc. Gareth Leeding, as Chief Innovation Officer.  Prior to Snap, Leeding spent nine years as creative director at We Are Social.

Other key sign ons include:

Tamim Noorzad as Director of Product – a 15-year veteran of growing product teams and foundations, including at Airtasker and Zip Co.
Max Hegerman joins as Marketing & Communications Director.

Christine Storey

Livewire people and culture director Christine Storey

And Christine Storey is the new People & Culture Director after 18 years at global corporations such as Gartner and Revlon as well as startups such as OnDeck and SocietyOne.

Livewire co-CEOs and cofounders Brad Manuel and Indy Khabra said the executive and senior management team will be responsible for delivering ground- breaking work for brands and gaming publishers.

“With rapid expansion comes the need for exceptional leaders and a continually evolving strategy to solidify our position as an industry leader in gametech,” they said.

“This opportunity is resonating with incredible talent and we are very fortunate to have again appointed highly skilled individuals who will drive Livewire’s continued growth and success.”

Leeding said he was looking forward to accelerating brands into the world of gaming as part of their marketing mix.

“Livewire is turbocharging the opportunity for brands in gaming. By combining the biggest inventory of in-game advertising opportunities with strategic and creative excellence, we have limitless potential to define the next generation of brand engagement,” he said.

“The business is attracting the world’s biggest brands and growing fast as we enable them to reach billions of eyeballs. It’s incredibly exciting to be joining at a pivotal time for a business on the brink of extensive growth.”