Chris Happ appointed CEO of B2B digital platform MarketTime
MarketTime, a B2B ‘software as a service’ (SaaS) solutions provider, announced that e-commerce pioneer Chris Happ has joined the company as a newly created CEO. Happ brings decades of experience as an entrepreneur and B2B market leader. Happ is responsible for all aspects of sales, marketing and executive leadership for MarketTime and its industry-leading software solutions uniting manufacturers, sales teams and retailers in the gift, home, toy, apparel and accessories, housewares and outdoor living industries.
Happ joins MarketTime with a successful track record of building innovative technology companies from scratch. He is a proven entrepreneur who has created two very successful startups, raised venture capital funds and formulated an exit to a public global B2B market, according to the company. Along the way, he has cultivated extensive experience in developing SaaS platforms and building large-scale B2B networks which will be invaluable in his role as MarketTime guide.
“Chris is not only a digital innovator and visionary entrepreneur, he’s a team leader capable of rapidly growing businesses and creating tremendous value for clients,” said Michael Levy, CEO of Crow Holdings, based in Dallas, which is a financial partner of MarketTime. . “His mindset and experience are well calibrated with the founding of MarketTime and its momentum. This company’s leadership is a natural extension of our investments in marketplaces around the world and this role will help bridge the gap between physical and online marketplaces.
Happ was previously co-founder and investor of Goby, a disruptor in the ESG and FinTech sectors, where he built the first cloud-based SaaS platform as a service model in his space, has raised several rounds of funding and built a client base to include Fortune 500 companies. As co-founder of blueSolutions, which was acquired by Hubwoo in 2008, he acted as CEO and CRO, growing the business and eventually becoming the world’s main public petrochemical market. At Ariba (ARBA), he worked closely with Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi to create the world’s largest B2B network, Ariba Network, with 195 million items and $ 50 billion in annual spend. While at the helm of Empirian, he created a SaaS offering linking pharmacies to patients to reduce prescription drug costs. And while working at PwC, he built the world’s largest B2B vertical, Covisint, with 85,000 companies and 500,000 users.
“MarketTime’s solution, timing and momentum are great, and I’m excited to join the business,” Happ said. “There are three things that set MarketTime apart: its solution, its global market and its people. I evaluated MarketTime’s solution, including architecture, capabilities, and scalability. Additionally, I have reviewed and evaluated competitive options and visited several existing MarketTime clients. It is clearly the most robust and respected digital platform serving the wholesale industry. The market is equally compelling: the existing international network of physical markets owned and managed by Crow Holdings will quickly allow virtual connection and exchange of goods across continents, which is extraordinary. Finally, in addition to the experienced team in Dallas, we are fortunate to have 35 Senior Software Analysts, fully dedicated to platform growth within our MarketTime operations center in India, who provide support. in real time and changes at the speed of need.
The MarketTime platform has been adopted by both Dallas Market Center and the Brussels Trade Mart as exclusive international platforms to connect buyers and sellers in virtual marketplaces. Brussels Trade Mart and Dallas Market Center share common ownership through Crow Holdings, based in Dallas, and have collaborated over the years exchanging ideas, operating philosophies and best practices. Additional global markets and omnichannel partners for MarketTime will be announced at a later date.
Happ will work closely with MarketTime Founder and President Hemal Patel, who added, “I am delighted to welcome Chris to the team. His experience is exactly what we need. I have built a community of loyal customers of over 80,000 users across many industries by creating solutions that are intuitive, powerful, flexible and scalable. Chris will elevate our expansion and reach strategy to deliver the best industry-built technology for the industry.
MarketTime’s omnichannel solutions are fully integrated cloud applications available to customers anywhere and anytime and are designed to meet three key needs: make it easy to find and order products, make organizing and sharing information intuitive, and secure, and save time and money.
The benefits of MarketTime are built into its platform for manufacturers, sales teams and retailers. First of all, the solution is easy to set up and get started. Anyone switching from an existing platform will be able to do so with a simple data exchange. The company has also effectively addressed a number of challenges, including data management and security, order transmission and tracking, expansion of sales territories, customer service and commission processing.
- For manufacturers, this includes managing sales orders and product data, promotions, shipping information, and useful documents for authorized sales agencies and their vendors.
- For sales teams, including agencies and salespeople, this includes data sharing tools to generate sales orders, track invoicing and commissions, and manage back office tasks.
- For retailers, this includes tracking sales, discovering and reviewing new resources, and placing orders through a B2B e-commerce marketplace with thousands of top brand products across a wide range of product categories.
For more information on MarketTime, visit www.markettime.com.