New hire assumes CEO Stephane Kasriel’s former role as head of engineering to drive innovation and bolster the freelance talent marketplace’s strong tech leadership
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — June 30, 2015 — Upwork, the world’s largest freelance talent marketplace, today announced that Han Yuan has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Engineering, effective immediately. With a track record of building and leading world-class engineering teams at marquis technology companies, Yuan will oversee Upwork’s full platform and distributed technical team of 300+ engineers — a role formerly held by CEO Stephane Kasriel. Prior to joining Upwork, Yuan led engineering teams at both early-stage and Fortune 500 companies — including Trintech, Netflix and eBay.
“It is an honor to welcome Han to the team,” said Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel. “His expertise in product development and architecture will accelerate Upwork’s path to achieving its vision of connecting businesses with great talent in just minutes, and I could not be more confident in his ability to lead the team here.”
“I can’t think of a more exciting time to join the team at Upwork,” said Senior Vice President of Engineering, Han Yuan. “Not only are we gaining incredible momentum since the company relaunch, but we are tackling an enormous market opportunity — online talent platforms are predicted to benefit up to 540 million people in the next 10 years. Upwork has done an exceptional job building a world-class, distributed engineering team to realize that vision, and I am thrilled to be part of it.”
Yuan holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley. He also holds five patents in solutions such as financial systems, display characteristic use and enterprise risk management.
Upwork is the world’s largest freelance talent marketplace. As an increasingly connected and independent workforce goes online, knowledge work — like software, shopping and content before it — is shifting online as well. This shift is making it faster and easier for clients to connect and work with talent in near real-time and is freeing professionals everywhere from having to work at a set time and place.
Freelancers are earning more than $1 billion annually via Upwork. Upwork is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices in San Francisco and Oslo, Norway. For more information, visit our website at www.upwork.com, join us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.