The team leading Peakon have run world-conquering software businesses. What brought them together was a belief that great companies make people their priority.
Phil is co-founder and chief executive at Peakon. Prior to Peakon, Phil was head of technology at some of Europe's most successful startup businesses, including Gumtree, Qype, and Podio. After joining Citrix through the acquisition of Podio in 2012, he went on to lead the company's GoToMeeting product line.
He now enjoys daily interactions with Peakon's customers – incorporating this knowledge into a long-term vision that has so far created one of the most unique and impactful analytics products in the HR market.
After starting his career as an analyst in the City for JP Morgan, Dan decided to put his analytical and quantitative ability to better use in London's nascent startup scene. After playing a pivotal role in growing two of Europe's most successful startups – Songkick and Qype (acquired by Yelp) – he had the epiphany that employees, not customers or product, were the key to business success, and thus Peakon was born.
Dan has an MBA from London Business School, a degree in software engineering, and enjoys cycling in his spare time.
Kasper has built a career on improving how millions of people experience work every day. As a co-founder of Podio, an online collaboration software, he led the company’s early sales growth before becoming overall director of the Podio product line after its acquisition by Citrix in 2012.
In 2015 he took the leap into foundership once more, starting Peakon. As the company's Chief Growth Officer, Kasper draws on his wealth of entrepreneurial experience to lead Peakon’s growth and expansion into new markets. His number one priority, however, is to make Peakon a truly world class workplace – a commitment that has built one of the strongest teams in Europe.
Christian is co-founder and chief technology officer at Peakon. Prior to Peakon, he was lead developer and later CTO of Podio (acquired by Citrix), an online collaboration tool.
He is passionate about bringing ideas to life – building a product out of just dreams, and finding the solutions to the myriad of issues that are run into on the way. Growing from an outstanding software engineer to the leader of two of Europe's finest technology teams, Christian is never short on strong views around how teams can work together and enable their members to perform at their best. Today, his twin interests for building and leading come together to shape the Peakon product.
Neil heads Peakon’s commercial operations from the company’s London offices. The hugely talented team Neil has assembled, lead the transformation of how businesses understand and improve employee engagement through their partnership with Peakon.
Previously, Neil was part of the founding commercial team at Huddle, a leading enterprise content collaboration platform for governments and enterprise. As the company’s chief revenue officer, Neil built teams in multiple regions and oversaw the rapid expansion of a UK basement startup to a global company.
When implementing Peakon at the San Francisco technology company where he was previously Vice President of People, Patrick saw the transformative power of the platform firsthand. He was so impressed, he moved halfway around the world to join the Peakon team in Copenhagen.
Now as Peakon’s Chief Operations Officer, he works to ensure every partnership with Peakon is inspiring and impactful - both internally and externally. A former founding member of the team that established Virgin America, Patrick’s passion for delivering a service that goes above and beyond all expectations can be felt in every employee and customer relationship with Peakon.
Simone is Peakon’s chief financial officer, leading the finance team and helping to guide our ambitious growth plans in a healthy way. Previously a director at King Digital - the creator of Candy Crush - she supported the company to achieve explosive revenue growth, an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, and a subsequent $5.9 billion acquisition by Activision.
Having started her career as a chartered accountant with EY, Simone has previously worked for Yahoo and Fosters Brewing Group, and been CFO at Receipt Bank and TMP.
The four Peakon co-founders – Christian Holm, Dan Rogers, Kasper Hulthin, Phil Chambers – are joined on the board by:
Guillaume Durao joined Idinvest from seed-stage investment firm Mangrove Capital Partners, and is part of Idinvest’s Venture Capital team. Guillaume specialises in investments in the Nordic region, and also sits on the board of fellow Copenhagen-founded startup Planday.
Headquartered in Paris, Idinvest Partners is a European leader in financing small and medium-sized enterprises – funding more than 3,500 European businesses since the company's formation in 1997.
Jimmy co-founded Heartcore Capital in 2007 to challenge the traditional venture landscape. His passion for technology investing and entrepreneurship started in asset management where he earned his investment merits at BankInvest.
Before launching Heartcore, he kick-started his VC career with Vaekstfonden. Jimmy holds a MSc in Finance from CBS. At Heartcore, he focuses on consumer investments, including entertainment, finance, and climate friendly energy. He also manages Heartcore’s LP relationships.
Prior to joining EQT Ventures as a founding partner, Lars Jörnow initiated the mobile games team at King Digital. Through his leadership, Candy Crush Saga become the world’s most downloaded mobile game, reaching an estimated 2.7bn downloads in 2017.
EQT Ventures specialises in fast-growing and innovative technology companies. The fund is part of EQT, a leading private equity group headquartered in Stockholm. To date, EQT have invested more than €22bn in over 170 companies worldwide.
Bernard Liautaud is one of Europe’s most successful entrepreneurs. In 1990 he founded Business Objects, the world-leader in Business Intelligence software. As CEO and later Chairman, Bernard led Business Objects to a Nasdaq IPO in 1994, and a $6.8bn acquisition by SAP in 2008.
Balderton Capital is Europe’s largest early-stage venture capital investor, focused on European technology companies at Series A. Based in London, the firm manages $2.6bn and invests in entrepreneurs building globally-ambitious businesses.
Since founding Atomico in 2006 alongside Niklas Zennström, Mattias Ljungman has been at the forefront of driving investment in tech companies, helping them navigate the process of scaling globally. Prior to founding Atomico, Mattias was a venture investor focusing on consumer internet, enterprise and technology, with a portfolio that includes bid-up TV, Clearspeed and Amino Technologies.
Headquartered in London, Atomico is a venture capital firm that partners with Europe’s most ambitious tech founders at Series A and beyond. Since its inception, Atomico has partnered with over 100 teams across four continents, including Rovio, Graphcore, Omio, and Klarna.