Introducing Helen Souness, Our New Marketplace General Manager!

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One of the toughest things about running Envato is that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. It’s just one of the many reasons I’m excited about the possibility of a colony on Mars – days there are a whole 37 minutes longer than here on earth!

Back here in the real world, we’ve been growing and growing at Envato. Our Envato Marketplace team has swelled to more than 70 people, and today I wanted to introduce you to a fantastic new team member: Helen Souness, who has joined us as the new Marketplace General Manager. She’s taking over from Vahid who has done a valiant job this last year and spearheaded some very important infrastructure, team and growth projects. While Vahid is moving on to work on Envato operations, Helen will now be heading up the Marketplaces.

Helen joins us having been head of marketing at one of the largest online job companies in the world – the SEEK group. She has a huge depth of experience in online, marketing, business, and once upon a time in a former life was a lawyer! She’s also incredibly warm, down to earth, and possibly talks even more than I do.

I have quite honestly never been this excited about a new member of the team. While she joined us in December, we gave her a few weeks incognito to find her feet. But now I think it’s time to proudly introduce Helen to the community!

Over to you Helen!

Thank you Collis for such a warm introduction!

I could not be more excited to join Collis, Vahid, and the rest of the Envato team. Envato seems a very special place, full of talented people who just want to work hard and do great things for our community. As a bonus it is also a very fun and caring place to call home!

I see my job at Envato as supporting our hard working team to deliver more awesome stuff to you; helping buyers create better projects and authors to grow their businesses.

Our mission is simple: to build our tools and audience so that we get ever better at bringing buyers and sellers together. In my mind a great marketplace is easy and fast and ultimately feels like a pleasure, rather than a chore.

I have met a number of members of the wider Envato community already, but I would love to hear from more of you. So please make contact anytime on contact-helen@envato.com!

Thanks for my warm welcome so far. I so look forward to being a part of this creative force that is Envato’s community, here on earth, and if Collis gets his way, it seems I’ll be introducing myself to our Martian community before too long!  :-)

31 thoughts on “Introducing Helen Souness, Our New Marketplace General Manager!

  1. Welcome Helen. It was great to talk with yourself, other Envato staff and fellow marketplace authors at the meet-up held earlier this month.

    The excitement and enthusiasm for Envato and the community was clearly evident with everyone who attended.

    I wish you all the best in your role.

  2. Even though I’m not on the marketplace team anymore I’ve still had the opportunity to work with Helen a bit since she joined Envato and I have to say she is an absolute legend. So stoked she is a part of the family =)

  3. Huge welcome, Helen! 😀

    So fantastic to have you a part of Envato. From the my first meeting with you, I could see already what a wonderful asset you’ll be for our community and company.

  4. I had the pleasure of meeting Helen a few weeks ago – she is soo nice, approachable and easy to talk to. She was even getting me drinks, thanks Helen – I’ll get the next rounds 😀

    Hope to touch base with you again and it’s fantastic that you have now been introduced on Notes!

    Envato Mars…hmmm, anything is possible, right?

  5. Welcome aboard, Helen! We’re very excited to have you here to lead the Marketplaces forward and to champion them and fulfill the true potential we have here. I can already tell having met you that you’re the best candidate to lead us forward! It’s been a pleasure meeting you and getting to know more about you, good luck on this special adventure! :-)

  6. A big welcome Helen! Can’t wait to see what you have in mind for the marketplaces over the next couple months. I’m always excited to hear about the outstanding pool of talent that helps make the marketplaces work so well.

    Any chance we can re-instate the old “State of the Marketplaces” style forum posts that we used to see? It’s definitely not a huge deal, but I always enjoyed hearing a bit about how much the marketplaces have grown and where they are headed.

  7. Glad to have you on the team Helen! At first I thought your last name was pronounced Sourness. But that must be wrong because you’re usually very pleasant :)

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