Our team

Here are key stakeholders focused on building our community

Stephane Kasriel

Stephane Kasriel

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of Upwork (UPWK), a hiring platform that matches professionals to businesses seeking specialized talent, co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the New Social Contract and a member of California’s Future of Work Commission, Stephane is in a unique position to share perspective on trends ranging from the future of work and the evolution of skills to the way education should change. An expert in staffing innovation and remote work, before ascending to be CEO Stephane led a distributed team of engineers as Upwork's SVP of Engineering, helping to drive Upwork’s innovation. In 2018, Stephane took Upwork public, making it the first freelancing website listed publicly in the U.S. and helping cement the company’s role leading positive change in how we work, with the mission of creating economic opportunities so people have better lives. His book Hire Fast & Build Things details how to use freelancers to power businesses.

Stephane holds an MBA from INSEAD, Master’s from Stanford in Computer Science and a BS from Ecole Polytechnique in France.

Brian Kinion

Brian Kinion

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Brian oversees Upwork’s finance team, including analytics, planning, and accounting. He has more than 25 years of experience leading finance organizations during periods of high growth and previously held finance leadership roles at Marketo and SuccessFactors (acquired by SAP). He is also on the Board of Directors of Marin Software, Inc. and serves as their audit committee chair.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an MBA with a finance concentration from St. Mary’s College of California.

Brian Levey

Brian Levey

Chief business affairs and legal officer

Brian oversees Upwork`s legal, regulatory and government affairs functions globally and engages stakeholders to promote Upwork’s reputation through corporate affairs initiatives. Brian has more than 15 years of legal experience focused on the intersection of the Internet and technology. Prior to joining us, Brian served in a global leadership role at eBay Inc. for more than a decade, where he began as eBay`s first corporate attorney and most recently served as its Deputy General Counsel. Before joining eBay, Brian served as Vice President, Legal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and as a corporate attorney at Latham & Watkins.

In 2017, Brian was named one of the world’s Top 20 General Counsels by The Financial Times. Brian holds a law degree from Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics, with honors and distinction, from Stanford University.

Hayden Brown

Hayden Brown

Chief Marketing and Product Officer

Hayden leads Upwork’s product, design and marketing teams. She leads her team in developing and marketing a product that enables talented professionals and businesses to seamlessly find each other and work successfully together on projects large and small. She’s passionate about the transformational impact Upwork has on people’s lives by matching talent with jobs across traditional economic and geographic boundaries. Prior to joining Upwork, she was the head of corporate development at LivePerson and previously held several strategy and M&A roles at Microsoft. She started her career in the strategy group at McKinsey & Company.

Hayden holds an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University.

Han Yuan

Han Yuan

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,
ENGINEERING

Han leads the engineering team at Upwork, where he oversees the company`s online platform as well as a distributed technical team of more than 300 people who power it. He is also a member of the Forbes Technology Council, where he shares expert advice on building and managing distributed engineering teams. Prior to joining Upwork, Han built and led engineering teams at eBay and Netflix, focusing on mobile and business incubation. He began his career in the enterprise start-up space and was co-founder of buddystumbler.com.

Han holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley and also has five patents that span the gamut from financial close automation to contextual e-commerce.

Elizabeth Tse

Elizabeth Tse

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,
OPERATIONS

Elizabeth is responsible for Trust & Safety, Customer Success, Global Payments, and Customer Support at Upwork. Prior to joining us, Elizabeth was the Chief Operating Officer for Samasource, a non-profit that provides online work to women and youth in Africa and South Asia. Previously Elizabeth was VP of Global Billing, Payments and Collections at eBay and held senior positions at Zuora and Providian Financial (now JP Morgan Chase).

Elizabeth holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BA in Psychology from Yale University.

Zoë Harte

Zoë Harte

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,
HUMAN RESOURCES AND TALENT INNOVATION

Zoë leads our talent strategy at Upwork. As such, she has guided the growth of the company’s team by more than 50 percent since its merger in spring of 2014. She implements innovative management approaches and focuses on building a mission-driven culture for Upwork’s team of employees and global network of freelancers. Her team includes HR business partnerships, learning and development, workplace management, recruitment, compliance and onboarding, talent innovation and HR operations. Zoë was recently named to SIA’s Global Power 100 Women in Staffing List. Learn more about her perspective on Talent Management and HR and HR Daily Advisor.

Prior to joining Upwork, Zoë was Director of Global Initiatives and Senior HR Business Partner at Yahoo!, Director of HRBPs and Director of Recruitment at Rovi, and also led International Customer Care for Yahoo! Zoë holds an MA in Theology from University of Exeter and a B.A. in Religion and Women’s Studies from Earlham College.

Eric Gilpin

Eric Gilpin

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,
SALES

Eric leads the sales team at Upwork, where he oversees the company`s global sales operations, including enterprise sales, sales engineering, channel development and client success. Prior to joining Upwork, he was at CareerBuilder for 15 years, where he most recently led the Vertical Sales Group and was responsible for generating over $200 million in global revenue.

Eric holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.

Lars Asbjornsen

Lars Asbjornsen

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,
MARKETING

An expert in the staffing industry and marketing innovation, Lars heads up Upwork’s marketing team. He leverages a background in leading cross functional teams in strategy formulation to deliver on customer-centered value propositions and marketing strategies that drive results. Prior to joining Upwork, Lars spent 17 years honing his expertise in marketing, digital service development, and global candidate sourcing as an executive at global staffing firm Robert Half, where he was a key driver of the company’s marketing transformation efforts.

Lars holds a BA in Marketing from San Diego State University and an MBA from the University of San Diego.

Amanda Vinson

Amanda Vinson

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,
CORPORATE STRATEGY & DEVELOPMENT

As Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development, Vinson is responsible for strengthening Upwork’s strategic planning process, leading mergers and acquisitions and managing technology and business partnerships.

Vinson has more than a decade of acquisition, strategy and partnership experience. Most recently, she was Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at Riverbed Technology, where she led more than $5 billion in mergers, partnerships and strategic initiatives to develop the Riverbed Digital Performance platform. During her tenure, the company’s revenue grew from $550M to more than $1B and was named one of the 10 most powerful companies in enterprise networking by Network World.

Vinson holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley; a BA in History from Stanford University; and a JD from the University of Southern California.