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Neo4j Poised for 2021 Growth with Top-Tier Executive Appointments

Proven Innovator Kristin Thornby Joins as VP of People; Neo4j Adds Leadership in Customer Service, Cloud, Scale & Ecosystem

Neo4j, the leader in graph technology, announced that Kristin Thornby has joined the company’s executive management team as Vice President of People.


This latest addition rounds out a series of significant senior-level appointments that will propel Neo4j through its next phase of growth and expansion. Thornby is an accomplished people leader known for building award-winning cultures from the ground up in both fast-growing startups and multinational corporations. She has extensive experience in developing systems and processes that align people around corporate missions and values.

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Thornby has a proven track record of scaling businesses, while preserving and enriching company culture. She led ObserveIT through 50 percent year-over-year growth, increasing the global employee base from 50 to more than 200, while receiving consecutive “Best Places to Work” awards and managing an acquisition by Proofpoint.

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While at Publicis Groupe, Thornby met the demand for rapid growth by hiring 1,200 employees in a year, built the “People” function and scaled from zero to over 200 employees for startup agencies within the organization.

“I’m excited to join Neo4j during a pivotal point in the company’s journey,” said Thornby. “Neo4j has built its business on the power of relationships in data, and has proven the power of human relationships in building a worldwide community, a world-class team and a thriving ecosystem. This role represents an opportunity to globally scale a market-leading technology company that puts great emphasis on employees and employee relationships.”

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Thornby’s appointment reflects Neo4j’s focus on equipping data practitioners around the world with the transformative power of graph technology, exceeding customer expectations and building a community by attracting, retaining and motivating a talented workforce.

Throughout 2020, Neo4j attracted top-tier executive talent with an emphasis on customer-centricity, cloud service delivery, enterprise scalability and ecosystem expansion. Notable appointments include:

  • Mike Brophy, VP of Global Renewals (formerly of Okta and Microsoft)
  • Matt Connon, VP of Global Indirect Sales (formerly of Attivo, Oracle and Microsoft)
  • Dave Packer, VP of Product Marketing (formerly of TripActions, Druva and Interwoven)
  • Kay Nair, VP of Global Cloud Sales (formerly of Elastic and Amazon Web Services)
  • Dave Lassiter, VP of Global Cloud Partnerships (formerly of Qubole, Microsoft and i2 Technologies).

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