I’m pleased today to welcome Steve Oriola as our new CEO. Steve has 20 years of experience helping early stage tech companies like ours grow.
I’ll tell you more about Steve and his experience in a second but first let me tell you about what led to this decision.
It’s interesting because we weren’t really looking for a new CEO. And I wasn’t looking to fire myself from the CEO position any time soon. Our paths crossed with Steve some months ago, and it soon became clear to me on many levels that it’s good to have someone on the team who has handled the growing pains we have faced, are facing and will be facing. And what’s more, we all simply just clicked with Steve.
Long story short, there was a mutual pull and we couldn’t resist the temptation to make Steve an offer, and luckily, he couldn’t resist the temptation to accept it.
It’s been a great journey for me helping Pipedrive grow over the last five years. We’ve grown to 70 employees and more than 10,000 paying customers worldwide. And I’ve enjoyed the personal growth that has accompanied this. But increasingly I wished I could spend more time on the areas closest to my heart – building a product that makes the lives of salespeople easier.
In my new role as President, I will work closely with Steve to run the business while getting back to focusing on product as well as support, innovation and infrastructure. I also hope to have time to write about sales management here more often.
So with that, let me tell you a little more about Steve and what he’ll be doing for us at Pipedrive:
Steve will focus on operations, sales and marketing, business development and new markets. His experience includes Constant Contact, the well-known US-based email marketing company, which targets small businesses. There he served for ten years in several roles, including VP of business development, VP of product, and general manager. He joined Constant Contact in its early stage when the company had less than 30 employees and participated in its 2007 IPO.
After Constant Contact, he was also the CEO of Crossboard mobile, a mobile and social ad tech company, as well as served in a variety of senior executive roles at marketing services companies including Balihoo and Brightcove.
And Steve is just as pleased to join Pipedrive as we are to have him:
“I joined the company because it has a great product, team and culture. And I strongly believe that Pipedrive can become the sales tool of choice for small businesses globally. I’m passionate about helping small businesses and excited to bring my broad operating experience and start-up background to help Pipedrive accelerate its growth.”
Steve will start immediately, based at our U.S. headquarters in Menlo Park, CA.
Please join me in welcoming Steve!