The team leading Peakon have run highly successful 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 start-up 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 beginning his career as an analyst in the City for JP Morgan, Dan decided to put his analytical and quantitative abilities 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.
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 eager to learn and improve.
Having started her career as a software engineer, she has since led Product Development at Kapow Software (now known as Kofax), and won multiple awards for her work as CTO at online supermarket nemlig.com
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 organizations 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 organization.
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 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 as they do their best work everyday—which ultimately enables continued business growth.
Rick has over 20 years of HR and talent management experience, spanning different sectors and including businesses such as Pepsi, Mitsubishi, and most recently Expedia Group, where he led the People team supporting the EMEA region.
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.
Mel is Peakon's Chief Customer Officer. She leads our customer support, customer success, education, and professional services, and 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.
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 scale-up 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 start-ups, including SocialShield (acquired by Avira), Vivino, and Ingenio.
Torben leads our Product Management and Design teams. As VP of Product, he listens to customer needs and defines new features to be built so that Peakon can continually evolve and stay best-in-class.
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 organizations.
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 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 with cloud-based translation service Smartling, Ani has focused on building marketing and business development teams across Europe, Asia, and North America.
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, having worked across all European markets in the B2B SaaS space. He has over 20 years of experience in building high-performing teams for high-growth B2B organizations, and has previously held key roles at organizations such as SurveyMonkey (IPO), VistaPrint (IPO), and Endeca (acquired by Oracle).
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 organization’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 Peakon co-founders—Dan Rogers, Kasper Hulthin, and Phil Chambers—are joined on the board by:
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 joined Idinvest from seed-stage investment firm Mangrove Capital Partners, and is part of Idinvest’s Venture Capital team. Guillaume specializes in investments in the Nordic region, and also sits on the board of fellow Copenhagen-founded start-up 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 an 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 start-ups, 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 start-ups.
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 €22 billion 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 $6.8 billion 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 $2.6 billion 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.