Tradeshift hires top talent from Oracle, SAP, Ariba, and FinancialForce on the heels of $240 million funding
We wrote about TradeShift last month when the world’s largest business commerce platform that connects buyers and sellers raised $240M in new funding to accelerate growth of its supply chain payments and marketplaces. The startup continues to grow at exponential rate. Yesterday, Tradeshift announced the addition of four new hires hailing from Microsoft, Ariba, SAP and Oracle. On the heels of Tradeshift’s latest funding news, in which the company announced $240 million in funding, the company welcomes these seasoned veterans to help the company reach its strategic goals for 2020.
Founded in 2010 by Christian Lanng, Gert Sylvest, and Mikkel Brun, Tradeshift is the world’s largest business commerce platform that connects buyers and sellers. Tradeshift connects over 1.5 million companies across 190 countries, processing over half a trillion USD in transaction value, and its supply chain marketplaces contain more than 35 million SKUs. Procurement, treasury, and AP departments use Tradeshift’s supply chain payments and marketplaces to digitally transform their supply chain. With the company’s unique app platform, they have access to more than 200 third-party apps and can also build their own applications. Tradeshift is headquartered in San Francisco.
The four new hires represent deep experience in a range of business leadership initiatives including network, product and sales. The roles include:
Janet Heppner-Jones, VP of North America Sales: Heppner-Jones has an impressive background in digital solutions and SaaS sales leadership, most recently leading the America’s sales team at Baker Hughes. Her diverse background has provided her with global executive responsibilities in many multinational companies across many business functions, including SAP, ABB, Dassault Systems, and Ariba. Heppner-Jones began her career as a Sales Representative with IBM where she earned the prestigious Eagle Award (top 1% of the sales force). At Tradeshift, Heppner-Jones will continue and accelerate the 60 percent growth rate, increase deal size, and work with partners in North America.
Tony Alvarez, VP of Network: Alvarez will be responsible for Tradeshift seller onboarding, GMV growth, and the Tradeshift early payment and Marketplace offerings. Prior to joining, Alvarez spent 10 years with SAP Ariba serving in several senior leadership positions in the commercial and operational functions, most recently serving as SVP of Ariba Business Network Solutions. He has experience in large deal negotiations, network monetization, and marketplace development. Alvarez began his career with Arthur Andersen Consulting, then went on to earn his MBA at Harvard.
Henry Goh, VP of APAC Sales: Goh will be leading all APAC sales as the VP of Sales, APAC. For the past 10 years, Goh has been running APAC sales for Ariba. Prior to Ariba, he was at PwC and Oracle leading teams across Asia. Goh has a wealth of experience in “go-to-market” strategy in APAC. He has experience in large deal negotiations including cultivating, developing, formulating and constructing deals.
Raphael Bres, Chief Product Officer: Bres brings to Tradeshift over 20 years experience building ERP’s at Workday, FinancialForce, and Peoplesoft, built on a solid foundation from Deloitte, Oracle and Microsoft. While Bres will be based out of our San Francisco office, he also brings strong global experience, having not only held international roles but also earning his graduate degrees from Université Paris Dauphine.
“This is a pivotal year for Tradeshift and we’re hyper-focused on the areas of the business that will give us the greatest momentum and lead us to profitability,” said Christian Lanng, CEO of Tradeshift. “With a combined 70 years of experience, Janet, Tony, Henry and Raphael will successfully lead the charge on tackling the aggressive and ambitious goals we have set out for ourselves and will no doubt make this the most successful year we’ve seen at Tradeshift.”
Tradeshift drives supply chain innovation for the digitally connected economy. As the leader in supply chain payments and marketplaces, the company helps buyers and suppliers digitize all their trade transactions, collaborate on every process, and connect with any supply chain app. More than 1.5 million companies across 190 countries trust Tradeshift to process over half a trillion USD in transaction value, making it the largest global business network for buying and selling.