San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 9, 2010
Yammer, Inc., the leader in Enterprise Microblogging and Real-time Communications, today announced key additions to its executive team. In the wake of raising $10 million in Series B financing, Yammer is strengthening its engineering, sales, and marketing leadership in order to drive the next phase of its rapid growth.
Engineering: Adam Pisoni, the company’s co-founder and vice president of technology, is promoted to CTO. Pisoni and the engineering team that he built developed Yammer’s award-winning real-time communication platform, which has spread to more than 60,000 companies and organizations in a mere 17 months. Before working at Yammer, Pisoni served in senior engineering roles at Geni and Shopzilla. Prior to that, he co-founded and was CTO at Cnation. “We believed that employees were not properly aware of what their co-workers were doing, and we set out to remedy this situation and facilitate much more effective collaboration,” said Pisoni. “I am pleased with the rapid adoption of our real-time communication solution and am excited for this next phase in our growth.”
Sales: David Satterwhite, a dynamic executive with over 20 years of enterprise software experience, joins as executive vice president of sales. Satterwhite has a proven track record of building and scaling worldwide sales team in both software-as-a-service (SaaS) and on-premise models. He began his career as a top sales performer at Oracle and then held multiple leadership roles at Clarify, where he helped build a $250 million public company. Satterwhite went on to lead worldwide sales at NightFire Software, @Road, and newScale. “My belief is that many business execution issues emanate from ineffective communication,” said Satterwhite. “I am thrilled to join a company that is revolutionizing the way people communicate within organizations. Yammer has a strong sales team, and I am excited about taking it to the next level.”
Marketing: Steve Apfelberg, a seasoned technology executive, joins as vice president of marketing. Apfelberg has over 17 years of enterprise software experience and has a deep background in defining software categories, launching products, and creating awareness and demand. Prior to Yammer, he served as the senior vice president of marketing and business development at Callidus Software. Earlier, he held senior roles at Siebel, Remedy, and Oracle. “What SaaS did to on-premise software several years ago in terms of the next generation of software, Yammer and our freemium model is now doing to SaaS,” said Apfelberg. “We have democratized software by empowering any employee in a company to choose what software they want to use rather than having to rely on IT and procurement. Yammer fills the gaps in communication where email and IM fall short, and I am pleased to lead marketing as we alter and improve the way people communicate.”
“We are pleased with the strong momentum that we have,” said David Sacks, founder and CEO at Yammer. “We said that we would use our Series B financing to bolster engineering, sales, and marketing, and I’m thrilled to promote Adam and add David and Steve to the team as we embark upon the next phase in our growth. Their experience and successful track records are pivotal to our business.”
About Yammer, Inc.
Yammer (http://www.yammer.com) is the market and technology leader in Enterprise Microblogging and Real-time Communications. By enabling crisp and frequent updates to be posted by employees, Yammer is revolutionizing the way companies communicate, collaborate, and share content. As information is posted, a feed is created in one central location enabling co-workers to discuss ideas, post news, ask questions, and share links and other information. Over 60,000 companies and organizations are using our award-winning Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution to improve employee productivity and financial results.