blubolt today announced the appointment of technology and marketing veteran Iestyn Keyes to the newly created role of CEO effective 17 July 2023; Co-Founder Chris Mattingly has stepped down to focus on new endeavours within the eCommerce space but will continue to support for the foreseeable future.
Keyes brings over 20 years of agency and start-up experience to the position. Prior to joining blubolt, Keyes was Managing Director of Southeast Asia at Overdose, where he successfully scaled the business from a start-up to the region-leading Shopify Plus partner agency, with a client roster including Bata, Crate & Barrel, Moet Hennessy, Specialized and Samsung. Prior to Overdose, Keyes served in various leadership roles with Unlimited Group, Isobar, R/GA and The Mission Group in London and Singapore, working with clients such as Unilever, Nike, Netflix, Uber, Guinness, Virgin, O2 and Diageo.
An accredited Shopify Plus Partner, blubolt has cemented its reputation as a leading UK agency on the platform with award-winning eCommerce sites such as RIXO, Never Fully Dressed, Misfits, Bella Freud, Rave Coffee, and teapigs. In addition, blubolt has cleverly harnessed its rich design and technical heritage to solve unique client problems on Shopify Plus, delivering game-changing custom solutions and a seamless end-to-end CRO service.
“The last 17 years have been an amazing journey, and I feel so privileged to have worked with so many talented people and clients,” said Mattingly. “As I embark on my next adventure with an eCommerce solution, SparkLayer, I could not be happier with the leadership team now in place at blubolt. Iestyn is brilliantly qualified to steer blubolt through this next phase of growth as we continue to carve our name as specialists in Shopify Plus solutions for early enterprise retailers.”
“Iestyn has a proven track record in the industry, so it’s great to have him on board,” said Leigh Mardon, blubolt COO. “I look forward to working with him as we continue delivering exceptional eCommerce experiences on Shopify Plus for our clients and partners.”
“I am delighted to be joining Leigh and the rest of the awesome humans here at blubolt,” said Keyes. “I’ve always admired blubolt’s impressive client list, reputation as a leading UK Shopify Plus partner, and enterprise-grade design, technology, CRO and delivery capabilities. Now more than ever, brands need eCommerce agency partners who are transparent, accountable and focused on delivering tangible business results; this is the blubolt way, and I can’t wait to further develop this ethos in partnership with our clients, old and new."
For more information, please contact Rhiannon Marsh, Head of Marketing, blubolt, here or 01225 580 037.
Founded in 2006 in historic Bath, blubolt isn’t your typical Shopify Plus Partner.
The agency mastered its craft by first building its own successful eCommerce platform, propelling brands like Hush and Seasalt to new heights. Working exclusively on Shopify Plus since 2019, blubolt uses its rich technical heritage to deliver sophisticated eCommerce websites and data-driven CRO for brands like RIXO, Never Fully Dressed, Misfits, Bella Freud, Rave Coffee, and teapigs. blubolt is also known for solving unique client problems with game-changing custom solutions like the Age Verifier, Bundle Builder, and Date & Delivery Selector.