Snapchat maker expands in London ahead of public offering

Snapchat maker expands in London ahead of public offering

The maker of Snapchat is taking some of its biggest steps to expand outside the U.S.Snap Inc. recently posted nearly 20 job openings in London in areas including advertising, software engineering and legal, according to its website.
 The vacancies come after the company in February signed a 10-year lease on a four-story, 12,570-square-foot (1,168-square-meter) property in the U.K. capital. In October, Snap also opened an office in Paris for staff working on advertising and partnerships with French-language media organisations.
International expansion is a natural next step for the five-year-old startup as co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel preps for the company’s expected initial public offering.
Claire Valoti, Facebook Inc.’s former head of agency relations in London, took over as Snap’s general manager for U.K. sales. More than 40 currently work in the London office. The France office is led by Emmanuel Durand, a former senior vice president at Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Several other alumni from Facebook, Twitter Inc. and Google also have joined in recent months. Snap, which recently began selling picture-taking sunglasses called Spectacles, is adding engineering staff in London, led by Ricky Leatham, a former Inc. development manager.

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