SPMB Taps Chief Product Officer for SendGrid

April 26, 2016 – San Francisco-based search firm SPMB has placed Steve Sloan as chief product officer of email delivery platform SendGrid. Jon Landau, Rocky Mountains practice leader at SPMB, led the assignment.

As SendGrid’s chief product officer, Mr. Sloan is responsible for leading product strategy, UI/UX, and the development of SendGrid’s product roadmap.

He previously led Marketo’s global product organization, including its engineering, product management, UI/UX, developer evangelism and data center operations. While at Marketo, he also introduced the company’s mobile strategy and next generation technology platform. Previously, Mr. Sloan worked at Amazon, where he led product management for one of its emerging services and helped open the company’s Silicon Valley development center.

“I am thrilled to join the SendGrid team during this exciting time for the company,” said Mr. Sloan. “We are focused on delivering more innovative experiences for our customers with new products like Threads and expanding the capabilities of our leading email platform.”

SendGrid is a cloud-based email platform that delivers over 20 billion customer engagement emails each month for Internet and mobile-based customers like Airbnb, Pandora, Hubspot, Spotify, Uber and FourSquare as well as more traditional enterprises like Walmart, Intuit and Costco.

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SPMB, a technology and sustainability-focused search firm serving Silicon Valley, recruits transformational leaders into growth-oriented companies. While the firm expects the earlier stage, startup landscape to flatten out by 2017, it is looking to deepen its relationships with consumer technology and retail companies, and growing its reach into the ever-expanding digital markets sector.

Last year, SPMB grew its revenues 29 percent, from $18.3 million to $23.6 million, climbing into 14th position on Hunt Scanlon Media’s Top 50 search firm list. The firm now has 20 consultants based in three offices.

Over the past year, SPMB filled executive roles for leading technology companies, including chief product officer for Comcast. Mike Doonan, a partner with SPMB, led that assignment, recruiting Chris Satchell into the post from Nike. SPMB also recruited Marty Reaume as chief people officer to FitBit, the maker of wearable health trackers that has attracted users eager to document and quantify growing aspects of their health.

According to recruiters, today’s chief product officer is responsible for all product-related matters. The post typically includes product conception and development, production, innovation, and project & product management. In many IT / telecommunications companies, the position includes release management and production. Chief product officers generally work on product strategy based on goals set by the CEO and / or board members. A recent search on LinkedIn of the title generated more than 28,000 results.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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