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Gary Steele, Proofpoint Chairman and CEO, joins Upwork Board of Directors

Steele brings additional board firepower to the largest global freelancing website

SAN FRANCISCO – September 20, 2018 – Upwork, the largest global freelancing website, today announced the addition of Gary Steele to its Board of Directors effective August 5th, 2018.

Mr. Steele, chairman of the board and CEO of Proofpoint, Inc., a leading cybersecurity and compliance company, brings more than 30 years of technology industry experience to the position.

“Gary’s counsel and unique perspective spans multiple realms — from enterprise business perspective and scaling of large global teams to bleeding-edge security practices — that will be invaluable to Upwork’s continued innovation and positive contributions to the future of work,” said Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork.

Mr. Steele guided Proofpoint from an early-stage start-up to a leading enterprise security and compliance company and today directs its global workforce of over 2,000 employees to protect people, data, and brands from advanced threats and compliance risks. Under his leadership, Proofpoint became one of the top 10 global cybersecurity companies.1

“I’ve chosen to join Upwork’s board because the company has a rare, world-class combination of exceptional technology, people, and potential,” said Steele. “I am especially looking forward to helping fuel Upwork’s mission of creating more global economic opportunities. This is a company that is not only doing well in terms of its performance but is also doing good things for the world.”

Mr. Steele also serves on the Board of Directors for Malwarebytes, Synack, and Vonage. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Washington State University.

About Upwork

Upwork is the largest global freelancing website. It enables businesses to find and work with highly skilled freelancers. 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 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. Our company’s mission is to create economic opportunities so people have better lives.

Upwork is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices in San Francisco and Chicago. For more information, visit our website at www.upwork.com, join us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


Shoshana Deutschkron

1According to SC Media UK and based on market cap.