January 27, 2020 Colin Gillespie

Featured Hire: Chief Financial Officer, Labster


The Renaissance Network is pleased to announce the hire of Ruth Buckley, CPA as Chief Financial Officer with their strategic EdTech partner Labster. A growth oriented financial leader with diverse international experience, Ruth entered her role as Labster’s first CFO in the second week of January 2020.

Ruth brings a wide-ranging professional skill set, making her equally adept in a strategic board room setting and while leading a financial team and function.  Tasked with supporting and guiding Labster’s next stage of growth, she will tap into her track record of helping scale financial operations for B2B SaaS companies through a focus on growth through accountability and transparency.  As a key member of the Labster global executive leadership team, Ruth will provide insight and recommendations to organizational growth plans, implement strong internal financial controls, and support fundraising activity, among other key responsibilities.  

Before joining the education innovator Labster, Ruth guided the Boston-based AMCS Group (PE backed cloud and software platform) as their North American CFO, shepherding a period of double-digit growth and building out the finance and business operations organization.  Her deep financial expertise comes from success across varied roles including, among others, Plant Financial Control (EMC – IT storage hardware solutions) and Senior Financial Manager (Virtustream – a Dell Technologies enterprise cloud service provider). Ruth developed her career foundation through undergraduate (European studies) and post graduate (Business and Financial Information Systems) degrees at University College Cork in Ireland. 

Company Overview

Labster produces virtual laboratory simulations for science teaching in higher education and K12 as well as corporate training in laboratory safety and skills. Labster’s award-winning virtual labs let students and employees work with realistic immersive challenges in a safe online environment. The 3D universe, storytelling and a scoring system stimulates students’ natural curiosity and highlights the connection between science and the real world.

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Colin Homer Gillespie is a strategic and purpose-driven GM with significant global experience and a record of product innovation and business transformation.

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