Redwood City, CA—Shutterfly, Inc., a leading manufacturer and digital retailer of personalized products and services offered through a family of lifestyle brands, named Christopher North president and chief executive officer. The appointment is effective May 31, 2016, when North will join Shutterfly. He will be simultaneously appointed to serve as a director on Shutterfly’s board of directors. Phil Marineau, interim CEO, will continue to lead Shutterfly until North joins the company.
North will assume leadership responsibilities of Shutterfly to build upon the success of an organization that has grown to more than $1 billion in revenue. He comes to Shutterfly from Amazon UK, where he worked since 2006, serving as the UK managing director since 2011. Under his leadership, Amazon’s UK revenue rapidly grew to more than $9 billion in 2015.
“We are very excited to welcome Chris to the Shutterfly team. His outstanding track record as one of the most successful e-commerce companies in the world makes him an incredible asset to this organization,” said Marineau, interim CEO and chairman of the Shutterfly board. “Our board and management team are committed to extending Shutterfly’s market-leading position, and we are thrilled to have Chris lead the team in this endeavor as we continue to delight our customers, drive stronger operating results and increase shareholder value. We believe this is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Shutterfly.”
North brings to Shutterfly a history of consumer-focused innovation, e-commerce expertise and experience in developing high-performing teams. His leadership approach has helped drive strategic thinking across many functional and product categories—which is ideal for Shutterfly’s structure and portfolio of brands. North also has proven experience creating and executing business plans with an eye to growth, operational excellence and technology as key drivers of success.
“I’m delighted to be joining Shutterfly, a company I have long admired. Our family has been happy customers for more than a decade,” said North. “With Shutterfly’s dedication to customers, incredible team and track record of innovation, I believe the company is strongly positioned to grow and increase profitability in order to drive shareholder value.”
Prior to his time at Amazon, North held senior leadership roles with Phaidon Press and HarperCollins Publishers. He also served as a media and entertainment consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton.
“We are thrilled to have someone with the depth of experience of Chris at Shutterfly,” added Brian Swette, chair of the governance committee of the board of directors and head of the search committee. “We designed a competitive compensation package for Chris that aligns a substantial amount of his compensation with the creation of long-term value for our shareholders. We look forward to Chris becoming part of the Shutterfly team.”
Founded in 1999, the Shutterfly, Inc., family of brands includes Shutterfly, “where your photos come to life in photo books, cards and gifts”; Tiny Prints, a premium card and stationery brand; Wedding Paper Divas, which creates wedding invitations and stationery for every step of the planning process; MyPublisher, one of the pioneers in the photo book industry and creator of easy-to-use photo-book-making software; BorrowLenses, an online marketplace for photographic and video equipment rentals; and GrooveBook, an iPhone and Android app and subscription service that prints up to 100 mobile phone photos in a GrooveBook and mails it to customers every month. shutterflyinc.com