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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.