Bigcommerce boosts expansion, IPO plans with new leadership

The Australian e-commerce player has promoted former Googler Tim Schulz to the role of chief product officer, where he will helm Bigcommerce's SaaS platform as it scales to serve enterprise-level businesses.

Bigcommerce announced Tuesday key leadership appointments and expansion plans designed to bolster the startup's path toward an IPO.

The Australian e-commerce player has promoted former Googler Tim Schulz to the role of chief product officer, where he will helm Bigcommerce's SaaS platform as it scales to serve enterprise-level businesses.

Schulz left Google for Bigcommerce last June, but during his tenure with the search giant he served as head of its business development and partnerships, leading teams that launched Google Wallet, Google Express and International Product Listing Ads. Since joining Bigcommerce, Schulz helped launch the company's enterprise analytics offering and expanded platform integrations with Alibaba, Google and Pinterest.

Other leadership changes include the appointment of Melanie Kalemba to the role of SVP of sales and business development, and Ron Pragides to SVP of engineering. Pragides previously served as director of engineering for both Twitter and Salesforce.com during each company's respective IPOs.

The leadership changes come just a week after Bigcommerce appointed Nasuni COO and CFO Scott Dussault to its growing board of advisors, which already includes Twitter's Christopher Fry and former Groupon and Amazon executive Kal Raman. But the IPO march has steadily gained steam over the last year.

In October, Bigcommerce secured a deal with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba to link its own platform with the buyer and supplier network of Alibaba.com, giving its customers access to an enormous repository of products and services.

In November, Bigcommerce closed a $50 million Series D funding round backed by companies such as Telstra, American Express and SoftBank, bringing the company's funding total to $125 million.

With growth now focused on the US market, Bigcommerce says it is looking to fill an additional 100 positions within its new San Francisco office by the first half of 2015.

As for the IPO plans, CEO Eddie Machaalani downplays any urgency, saying that trading on US markets could be anywhere from 18 months to two years away.

"Eventually there will be an IPO, but it isn't a destination," he said. "Our focus is just on continuing to grow the company."