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Cloudstaff ramps up for growth in Australia Appoints Chris McDonald as VP, Growth

Cloudstaff, the Australian-headquartered remote staffing company, has announced the appointment of Chris McDonald to the newly created role of Vice President of Growth for the Australian market.

Chris will be responsible for driving new customer acquisition, building a world-class sales team and doubling Cloudstaff’s footprint in Australia.

Chris was most recently Chief Revenue Officer for search marketing firm Locafy. He was previously VP of Sales, EMEA and VP of Sales, APAC and Brazil for global job site Indeed. He has also held senior business development roles at Yahoo, News Corp and Reed Business Information.

Lloyd Ernst, CEO and Founder of Cloudstaff, comments:

“Here at Cloudstaff, we recognised more than 10 years ago that talent is borderless and that the smartest, most productive companies should be able to access the skills they need when they need them. 

“The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated our global growth plans by at least five years as companies across the world face the ever more acute challenges of widespread skills shortages, the need to operate more efficiently and a permanent change in people’s expectations of their workplaces. Managing a remote workforce is now a skill that every company needs to have in order to survive and thrive. 

“Chris has a strong track record in delivering high-velocity sales growth and building high performance customer-facing teams globally. We look forward to leveraging his wealth of expertise and strategic leadership as we ramp up our business in Australia.”

Chris McDonald, VP of Growth, comments:

“I’m delighted to join Cloudstaff at a time of significant growth for the company. 

“One of the biggest issues facing Australian companies today is that many are operating with one foot on the brake because of their inability to hire the right people with the right skills. The ability to manage costs, scale up capabilities quickly and extend your business’ hours of operations to match your customers’ needs are all more important than ever.

“Over the past 10 years, Cloudstaff has been instrumental in democratising access to remote staff, partnering with SMEs in Australia as well as Australian businesses operating globally, to provide the talent and skills they need. Now more than ever, companies need to expand their horizons and reimagine their employee models. Cloudstaff’s experience and skills in providing remote staffing solutions are perfectly suited to the evolving demands of Australian businesses.

“I look forward to working closely with the team to realise Cloudstaff’s ambitious growth plans and to enhance and develop our relationships with our clients.”

Notes to editors:

Cloudstaff was established in 2011 by Australian internet pioneer Lloyd Ernst with a vision of utilising the wide breadth of talent in Asia to offshore software development programs for Western markets.

After identifying the Philippines’ extraordinary untapped potential as an outsourcing market for small to medium businesses, Cloudstaff expanded its business model to provide modern workforce solutions to clients in Australia, the UK and the US across a wide array of industries and roles, including accounting and finance, back office, creative and marketing, customer service, engineering and drafting, software development, software quality assurance and technical support. 

Today, Cloudstaff employs almost 5000 staff and contractors across 13 offices globally servicing clients in 17 different countries and is growing at an average rate of 43% annually.1 In January 2022, the company announced it had achieved the financial milestone of AUD$100m in annualized recurring revenue, up from AUD$54M the previous year. 

In 2020, Cloudstaff was named as one of Australia’s top 100 fastest growing companies and in 2021 was awarded one of the Best Companies to Work for in the Philippines at the HR Asia Awards.

1All figures as at March 2022