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Code Ninjas taps two new senior executives to further drive growth strategy


Code Ninjas taps two new senior executives to further drive growth strategy

With more than 30 years combined experience, Barry Gibson and Mike Mercado will bring a new strategy and vision to Code Ninja’s leadership team

The fast-growing kids’ coding franchise, Code Ninjas, has appointed a new VP of finance, Barry Gibson (right), ACMA, CGMA, and a new VP of operations, Mike Mercado (left).

With experience in a variety of industries spanning several of the countries that are home to Code Ninjas franchises, Barry and Mike will bring a new strategy and vision to the leadership team.

Justin Nihiser, CEO of Code Ninjas shared: “From the high-level franchise decisions to the individually unique 600-plus franchisee expectations, both are hitting the ground running to lead us forward more financially disciplined and operationally sound.”

Barry joins Code Ninjas with more than 16 years of financial experience, most recently in the oil and gas industry of Houston. He has worked with locations spanning from the U.K. to the U.S., bringing with him expertise directly correlated to franchisee needs and general policy. Before Code Ninjas, he was VP of finance for Aggreko North America, a company that provides rental temperature control, power and compressed systems globally.

“Joining Code Ninjas during this time of growth and expansion is an honor,” said Barry. “I look forward to working with the wider team to drive us into 2023 and beyond to deliver success across all locations.”

Mike joins the team with over 15 years of franchise experience, starting with Auntie Anne’s where he served in a regional VP position before launching a licensed delivery company based on a proprietary technology platform that he developed. In 2018, he joined Soccer Shots as the VP of operations where he oversaw curriculum, technology, product development, events, training and franchisee support.

“Joining Code Ninjas brings all the elements of my career together in perfect alignment. I’m excited for the opportunity to establish new roots with a brand that inspires kids and parents alike,” shared Mike. “The team and franchisees have clearly worked hard to develop a fantastic program and reputation in the communities we serve. I’m thrilled to be part of a community that focuses on teaching kids not only about technology, but also important life skills that will stay with them throughout their lives.”

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