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PRESIDENT AND CEO
Hayden Brown is president and CEO of Upwork. Before being named CEO in January 2020, Hayden held leadership roles at Upwork in both product and marketing.
Having been at Upwork since 2011, she is known for bold leadership and her passion for the company’s mission to create economic opportunities so that people live better lives. That passion stems from her childhood years spent living in Kathmandu, Nepal, and she’s committed to building a sustainable, high-performing business that delivers on that mission in ever-bigger ways.
Prior to becoming CEO, Hayden was Upwork’s chief marketing and product officer. In this role, she led the expansion of Upwork’s offerings to attract and serve sophisticated business buyers who could significantly benefit from Upwork’s global pool of talent.
Before joining Upwork, Hayden led corporate development for LivePerson and held strategy and corporate development roles at Microsoft. She began her career as an analyst at McKinsey and Company after earning an A.B. in politics from Princeton University. She has been named to Staffing Industry Analysts’ "40 Under 40" and "Global Power 150—Women in Staffing." Hayden is married with two children.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, PRODUCT AND DESIGN
Jessica leads the product and design team at Upwork, overseeing the development of a product that seamlessly connects talented professionals and businesses to work together regardless of time and place. Jessica has spearheaded a series of the most innovative and impactful initiatives for the company’s product and customer base, including launching Upwork Small Business, Upwork’s U.S. domestic marketplace, pricing strategy refinements, and escrow solutions. Prior to Upwork, Jessica led product for Deltek Vision (now Deltek Vantagepoint), a project-based enterprise resource planning solution for SMBs. Jessica's passion to build a business that enables professionals to attain more freedom and flexibility comes from her own experience as a freelance classical musician in a past life.
Jessica holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an MBA from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
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.
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.
Amanda 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.
Amanda 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.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Brian oversees Upwork’s finance team, including financial 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.
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.
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.
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.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING
Matt leads the engineering team at Upwork, where he oversees a distributed technical team of more than 300 people who power the company’s online platform and its innovation. He became SVP of Engineering after four years of leading the Application Engineering teams at Upwork.
Matt has 20 plus years of working in the internet industry, mainly in marketplace companies. Prior to joining Upwork, he built and led development teams for Ebay’s Mobile and Innovations organizations and spent several years leading eBay’s Local & International Homepages & production teams. Matt began his career working at Netscape Communications as a web developer responsible for the Netscape Homepage.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Information Systems Minor from the University of the Pacific.