Leadership team

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 Chambers

CEO, Co-founder

Phil Chambers

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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.

Dan Rogers

CPO, Co-Founder

Dan Rogers

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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 (acquired by Warner) 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.

fie

CTO

Anne-Sofie Nielsen

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Anne-Sofie is Peakon’s CTO, leading our Engineering & Data Science teams. She has a passion for helping people grow to the next level, and is always curious to learn and improve.

Having started her career as a Software Engineer, she has since led Product Development at Kapow Software and Kofax, and won multiple awards for her work as CTO at online supermarket nemlig.com

Neil Ryland

CRO

Neil Ryland

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Neil heads up the commercial operations here at Peakon as our Chief Revenue Officer. Together with his hugely talented team, Neil's mission is to help global organisations transform their understanding and approach to 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 CRO, Neil built teams in multiple regions and oversaw the company's rapid expansion from a UK basement startup to a global organisation.

Simone Goodman

CFO

Simone Goodman

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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.

Rick Kershaw

Chief People Officer

Rick Kershaw

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Rick is the Chief People Officer here at Peakon and leads the global people team. Rick’s passion is creating differentiated employee experiences that support talented people to do their best work everyday — which ultimately enables continued business growth.

Rick has over 20 years of HR and talent management experience leading across different sectors for businesses such as Pepsi, Mitsubishi and most recently Expedia Group, where he led the People team supporting the EMEA region.

Patrick Cournoyer

Chief Evangelist

Patrick Cournoyer

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When implementing Peakon at the San Francisco technology company where he was previously Vice President of People, Patrick was so impressed with both the product and the team that he moved halfway around the world to join Peakon in 2016.

As Chief Evangelist, Patrick travels the world speaking about the transformative power of Peakon. His passion is to inspire thought and action within the global HR community.

Tom Luk

General Counsel

Tom Luk

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Tom is Peakon's General Counsel and leads our Legal and Compliance teams, supporting our growth within the correct legal frameworks. As General Counsel, he previously built the legal teams at scaleup tech companies such as Ogury (#6 Tech Track 100, 2018), and Fairsail - the UK’s fastest growing SaaS company at the time - where Tom supported the company through its growth until acquisition by Sage.

Tom is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales and previously worked for Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ) and Sage Group plc (FTSE 100).

Torben Mottes

VP of Product

Torben Mottes

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After growing up in South Africa and co-founding a company in Hong Kong, Torben moved to Silicon Valley for business school and to build his career in product management. In those 15 years, Torben has worked for Yahoo, Netsuite and several startups including SocialShield (acquired by Avira), Vivino and Ingenio.

Torben leads our Product Management and Design teams. As VP Product, he listens to customer needs and defines new features to be built, so that Peakon continually evolves and stays best-in-class.

Melanie Scott

VP of Customer Success

Melanie Scott

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Mel is Peakon's VP of Customer Success and leads our customer support, customer success, education and professional services. She ensures both our team, and customers, are cared for at every stage in their Peakon relationship.

Previously, Mel worked across a range of well-known brands, sectors and disciplines, including Marketing and PR for Dyson, Nike and EA Sports. Mel came to Peakon from large, US owned, firm Deltek - where she grew and managed the CS and Support teams across numerous SaaS products.

Carrie Biddulph

VP of Sales Operations

Carrie Biddulph

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From start-ups to multi-billion dollar companies Carrie has spent the last seven years implementing revenue strategies that drive and maintain growth for data-focused technology organisations.

Carrie leads Sales Ops from our London office, working closely with CRO, Neil Ryland, to provide our teams with everything they need to support our clients on their employee engagement journey.

Ani Obermeier

VP of Marketing

Ani Obermeier

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Ani is the VP of Marketing at Peakon, and leads our growing team of talented marketers globally. Her mission is to tell Peakon’s unique story and help companies be ridiculously good at creating employee success, working closely with Sales, Product and Customer Success.

Throughout her 17 years of experience in the tech industry including cloud-based translation service Smartling, Ani has focused on building marketing and business development teams across Europe, Asia and North America.

Mansoor Malik

VP of Sales (EMEA)

Mansoor Malik

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Originally hailing from Hong Kong, Mansoor is Peakon’s VP of Sales for the EMEA region, and is based in our London office.

Mansoor has a wealth of experience working across all European markets in the B2B SaaS space. He has over 20 years of experience building high-performing teams for high growth B2B organisations, and has previously held key roles at organisations including SurveyMonkey (IPO), VistaPrint (IPO) and Endeca (acquired by Oracle).

Dan Thompson

VP of Sales (North America)

Dan Thompson

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Dan is Peakon’s VP of Sales for North America, and is based in our New York office. With over a decade of experience in the enterprise SaaS space, Dan firmly believes that uniting teams around a common mission and enabling them to reach their full potential is key to building great companies.

Previously SVP of Enterprise Sales at Dialpad, where he helped scale the organisation’s ARR by 461% over a two-year period, Dan has held key roles at scale-ups including MessageLabs (acquired by Symantec) and Smarsh.

The Board

The Peakon co-founders – Dan Rogers, Kasper Hulthin and Phil Chambers – are joined on the board by:

Sohaib Abbasi

Chairman of the Board

Sohaib Abbasi

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Sohaib Abbasi is an accomplished software industry executive. From 2004 to 2015, as Chairman and CEO, Sohaib led Informatica to grow five-fold and to establish leadership in multiple software categories including data integration, data quality, MDM and cloud data integration. From 1982 to 2003, he helped Oracle grow from a 30-person startup to an industry leader with over $9 billion in annual revenues.

Sohaib served on the boards of Red Hat Software and New Relic. He currently serves on the board of McAfee, Nutanix and Streamsets and also serves as an advisor to TPG Capital and Balderton Capital.

Guillaume Durao

Investment Director (Idinvest)

Guillaume Durao

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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 Fussing Nielsen

Partner (Heartcore Capital)

Jimmy Fussing Nielsen

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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.

Lyle Fong

Partner (EQT)

Lyle Fong

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A serial entrepreneur turned investor, Lyle has founded and run multiple tech startups, including Gamers.com, Hobo Labs and Lithium Technologies, the enterprise social media software company. Prior to joining EQT Ventures, Lyle was a visiting partner at Y Combinator and an active investor and mentor to early-stage startups.

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

Managing Partner (Balderton)

Bernard Liautaud

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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.

Dan Hynes

Partner (Atomico)

Dan Hynes

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Dan Hynes is a Partner and Head of Talent at Atomico, based in London. Passionate about people and building teams, he brings his extensive global experience in technology talent and staffing to help portfolio companies find, grow and keep the best employees in their respective fields – a key factor in the success of any fast-growing business.

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.