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Climate X appoints new VP of Sales to propel international expansion

Wednesday 1st March 2023, London – Climate X, the fast-growth climate risk analytics provider, today announces the appointment of Francesca Gutierrez as Vice President of Sales.

Francesca joins from AWS, Amazon’s cloud platform, where she worked in Strategic Global Partnerships, managing the relationship with the world’s leading supported open-source software provider, Red Hat. She brings over 15 years’ of experience to Climate X’s commercial team and will be an integral part in continuing the company’s rapid growth on an international scale.

Climate X has created a digital “twin” of the Earth, which lets them project how extreme weather events - including flood, extreme heat, storms, or landslides - can damage properties, infrastructure or assets under different emissions scenarios. This helps banks and commercial property firms prepare for such events and pivot their long-term business strategy.

Francesca has an impressive portfolio under her belt: prior to AWS, she held global sales and alliances leadership positions at Anaconda, VMware and major communications providers, fuelling their growth and leading relationships with Nvidia, Intel, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Cisco Systems, Visa, and The GAP Group. Francesca’s experience shows her ability to scale teams across multiple markets and build solid and successful customer relationships.

She joins a team boasting experience at HSBC, the Met Office, Coca-Cola and Monzo - an impressive roster of talent for a company established in late 2020.

Specialising in international sales management, Francesca brings invaluable experience to the business as it continues to scale rapidly, setting its sights on global expansion this year.

CEO and co-founder at Climate X Lukky Ahmed said: “At Climate X we’re at the next stage of our journey where we’re scaling quickly. We want the best people onboard to help us drive our ambition to build a more climate-resilient world. Francesca’s expertise in large enterprise and multinational sales will be pivotal in continuing this pace of growth. We’re delighted to have her onboard - she understands the intricacies between customers’ needs and how our mission can meet them.

Francesca Gutierrez said: “I’m very lucky to be joining a team of such talented individuals at Climate X. I have seen first-hand how hurricanes, floods, and wildfires have hurt my family, friends, and neighbours; I want to do something about that, and at Climate X I can. Climate X delivers the world’s most comprehensive view and accurate forecasts of climate perils - it has already achieved incredible milestones with this pioneering technology, and I know this is only the start of what we’re going to achieve.

For more information on Climate X or to arrange an interview, please get in touch with [email protected].


About Francesca Gutierrez

Francesca has helped government clients and household names adopt new technologies to solve critical challenges.

She started her career in Silicon Valley at Cable & Wireless, the first global internet provider in the world, where she rose up the ranks quickly from Sales Manager to Global Client Director. She put well-known names, such as The GAP Group, on the Internet for the first time and delivered the “Verified by Visa” project, helping consumers feel confident buying online.

Connect with Francesca on LinkedIn here:

About Climate X

Climate X is a fast-growth global climate risk analytics provider helping companies become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The innovative startup has created a digital “twin” of the Earth that simulates extreme weather events and how they can damage properties, infrastructure and assets.

Its multiple award-winning tech platform Spectra projects the probability and severity of these events decades before they happen. Spectra provides clear data to leading financial institutions and commercial property firms worldwide to help protect their investments and assets. It supports firms in meeting the regulatory demands of central banks and taskforce for climate-related disclosures (TCFD).

Spectra delivers location-specific risk ratings, Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings for transition risk and climate-adjusted loss estimates between now and 2100. It does this under multiple climate emission pathways via an easy-to-use SaaS platform or integrated API.

Climate X has already attracted top talent from HSBC, Barclays, Monzo, Lloyds Banking Group, Coca-Cola, DJI, and the Met Office.

Launched in late 2020, it has raised a total of £5.2m in investment from Deloitte and Pale Blue Dot. It has been named one of Sifted EU’s ‘Startups to Watch in 2023’, as well as winning CogX’s Best Innovation for Geospatial Applications in 2022.

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