News hires an Amazon vet as its CEO

January 29, 2016 03:30 PM

Canadian online marketplace has a new CEO for the third time in three years.

Tony Chvala on Friday was named CEO of the 3 ½-year-old marketplace, which sells everything from apparel to electronics and musical instruments. He replaces Jamie Haggarty, who had taken over the role from co-founder Drew Green in October 2014. chief marketing officer Mark Daprato says Haggarty has “resigned and is no longer with the company.”

Chvala had previously held e-commerce executive positions with such retail giants as Amazon,No. 1 in the Internet Retailer 2015 Top 500 Guide, Sears Holdings Corp. (No. 5), and Groupon Goods (No. 30). He’s no stranger to, having joined the company’s board of directors in August.

“Tony has exceptional vision and leadership skills that have already led to significant performance improvements for our young Canadian e-commerce company,” says Trevor Newell, co-founder of

Daprato declined to disclose’s sales figures for 2015. In September, announced a partnership with drone technology firm Drone Delivery Canada to test package delivery via unmanned aerial vehicle, with the goal of going live by 2018. Last week, Drone Delivery Canada announced a reverse takeover of Canadian gold exploration company Asher Resources Corp., allowing it to go public without having an initial public offering of stock. 




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