ON Partners Recruits CEO for Inkling Systems

January 31, 2019 – Executive search firm ON Partners has recruited Jeff Carr as the new CEO of Inkling Systems in San Francisco. He replaces Matt MacInnis, who co-founded the company in 2009 and has led it through progressive stages of growth and acquisition. Partner Jeff Hocking led the search assignment.

“Inkling, which is backed by Marlin Equity, provides McDonald’s, Comcast, Wholefoods, Allstate and other leading companies with a mobile platform to train their field employees,” Mr. Hocking said. “Jeff has a long history of providing Fortune 500 companies software solutions to empower their employees.”

“As a strong leader in the human capital management (HCM) space with years of experience helping to lead companies like Saba, Taleo and Zenefits, Jeff is the right person to bring the Inkling vision to life,” said Jerry Dolinsky, chairman of the Board of Inkling. “Jeff is also a great culture fit who leads through collaboration and inspiration. We’re excited to work with him in his new role as CEO of Inkling and have no doubt he’ll lead the team in executing on our vision to digitally transform the deskless workforce.”

A veteran enterprise software executive with deep domain expertise in the HCM and learning and development markets, Mr. Carr brings more than two decades’ experience to the role. Previously, he was COO of Zenefits, and prior to that he was CEO of PeopleFluent. He was formerly president of Saba, EVP of sales and COO of Taleo, CEO of Motiva, president of RightWorks and division president at PeopleSoft.

New Position

In his new role, Mr. Carr is charged with leading the company through aggressive expansion into new markets with attention to sales and customer success.

“Inkling is a true pioneer that is being recognized as an innovative and disruptive force in the modern learning industry,” Mr. Carr said. “They have developed an enterprise grade, mobile-first learning enablement platform with a consumer-like employee experience that’s helping businesses change the way employees learn and consume content.”

Founded in 2009, Inkling Systems is a learning enablement platform designed for the frontline workforce. It brings together learning and doing to improve the employee experience by delivering mobile, easy access to the training and resources workers need to succeed. Inkling was acquired by Marlin Equity Partners last year.

“Driven by the need to redesign jobs and reskill people around automation, the $200 billion corporate learning market is on fire,” said Josh Bersin, global industry analyst and founder of Bersin by Deloitte. “Companies like Inkling that deliver learning to frontline workers are well positioned to grow as the market for corporate training expands in the coming year.”

Technology Recruiters

With a primary focus on technology, energy/clean tech, consumer, industrial and the life science sectors, ON Partners recruits C-suite, board directors and senior executive talent for public and private companies, as well as venture capital and private equity firms. The firm’s consultants work from offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Menlo Park, CA, Minneapolis, MN and San Francisco.


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Mr. Hocking identifies board members, chief executive officers and other senior-level talent across functions for technology companies and private equity firms. His clients span the software, hardware, networking, semiconductor and outsourcing industries. He joined ON Partners in 2017 from Korn Ferry, where he was regional market leader for the company’s technology practice.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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