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Salesloft Appoints David Obrand as Chief Executive Officer

Salesloft, provider of the leading sales engagement platform, announced that seasoned SaaS veteran David Obrand will join the company as chief executive officer (CEO) and board member effective Feb 13, 2023. Obrand joins the company’s executive team to lead Salesloft through its next stage of growth, as company co-founder and former CEO, Kyle Porter, remains on the board.

“I am excited and honored to be Salesloft’s new CEO,” said Obrand. “When I met Kyle, I found we were deeply aligned on vision, customer obsession, and values-driven cultures. Kyle had a vision 12 years ago to transform the profession of sales and create an organization and platform that is deeply respected by thousands of companies around the globe. The opportunity to join the global team of Salesloft on this important mission is truly unique. The devotion of the customers and the passion that Lofters have for serving them is unparalleled. I look forward to partnering closely with Kyle, the rest of the board, and the entire Salesloft team to lead the company into its next phase of growth.”

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Obrand brings more than three decades of experience in sales, tech, and operations to his new role at Salesloft. He was most recently the president of Addepar where he helped build a successful go-to-market engine that drove a high growth trajectory with clients at the forefront. As chief customer officer at Yammer, he was instrumental in accelerating the Company’s growth prior to its acquisition by Microsoft for $1.2 billion. Obrand also served as a vice president and senior enterprise sales leader at Salesforce, helping the company expand its global footprint and accelerate revenue growth.

“Kyle and the entire Salesloft team have built a market leading platform that delights and serves sellers, and drives outsized business results for customers,” said Monti Saroya, Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Flagship Fund at Vista Equity Partners. “We have tremendous respect for Kyle as a leader and the company he’s built. We look forward to his continued leadership on the board. We are pleased to welcome David to the team. His vast experience will be invaluable as Salesloft continues to build on its momentum and capitalize on the significant market opportunity.”

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“I can’t think of a better leader for Salesloft’s next growth phase than David,” said Porter. “David is a very well-rounded operator. He shares my love for sales and lives with a laser focus on customer obsession. Salesloft is well on its way to achieving its mission to fundamentally transform the profession of sales. Given the scale of the opportunity ahead, we want a leader with David’s skills and experience. He is the right leader for what will become the most exciting phase of Salesloft’s journey.”

During his time as CEO for the past 12 years, Porter led Salesloft’s growth to more than 4,500 customers worldwide. Obrand looks to further establish Salesloft’s leadership position in sales engagement for B2B businesses. In September 2022, Salesloft was named a Leader in The Forrester Wave: Sales Engagement Platforms, Q3 2022 and has been ranked as the #1 Enterprise Sales Engagement provider on G2 for 11 quarters.

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