Rigby Capital appoints Chief Operating Officer

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Rigby Capital has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer to help drive the finance company’s ambitious growth strategy. 

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Mathilde Saint-Pol, who brings a wealth of experience in finance, product development and strategic funding to Rigby Group’s financial division, will be charged with directing operations across the €226m business, which is targeting double-digit organic annual growth as it seeks to underline its growing status within the burgeoning technology financing & leasing sector.

John Taylor, Chief Executive of Rigby Capital Europe said: “In just five years, Rigby Capital has grown to become a business well on its its way to sustainably delivering an annual EBT of £5m, and with this growing scale, breadth and future planned growth came a clear need to appoint a proven, highly credible operator into the COO role.

“I am delighted to welcome Mathilde Saint-Pol as the ideal candidate to establish and define this new role as we grow together. Not only is she no stranger to Rigby Group, but she has an unrivalled expertise in the market that we are confident will pay significant dividends.

Having previously worked with Rigby Capital in France following its inception, Mathilde was formerly Deputy Managing Director for Econocom France - one of Europe’s largest independent leasing technology providers – after a 14-year tenure in which she served in a variety of in finance, product development, innovation and strategic funding roles.

With the new role starting next month, following a detailed induction into the activity, initiatives, colleagues and developments across Rigby Capital, she will take responsibility for strategic funding and 3rd party funding panel relationships; system and product development; and process control and efficiency is maintained across the business’s support functions.

She joins Rigby Group during a period of sustained growth, having grown over the last 5 years at a rate of 27% pa, to a c£226m (€250m) revenue business today. Its shadow portfolio with over 15 funders is now over £450m (€510m), and the business is on its way to sustainably deliver £5m (€5.7m) pa EBT aided by its low capital expenditure profile and 100% organic growth focus.

Rigby Capital both supports and enables a strong inter relationship with Rigby Group technology division SCC regarding finance & lease solutions, but the business has also grown in breadth, both in terms of asset class and routes to market, with over 40% of sales now originating directly or through non group 3rd party relationships.