Zendesk CFO Brings Saas Expertise, Proven Management Acumen To Smartsheet Team
Smartsheet, the world’s leading SaaS platform for managing and automating collaborative work, announced the appointment of Elena Gomez to its board of directors. Gomez, CFO of Zendesk and former senior vice president of finance and strategy at Salesforce, brings to Smartsheet deep experience in growing profitable SaaS companies.
“Elena combines significant knowledge of the SaaS business model with a proven ability to partner with senior business leaders,” said Mark Mader, CEO of Smartsheet. “Her experience in optimizing growth across enterprise sales and multiple products will serve us well as we continue our rapid growth in the work management and automation market.”
Gomez’s appointment follows a $52.1 million Series F funding round for Smartsheet earlier this year and a period of significant momentum in which Smartsheet’s revenue increased by more than 60 percent year-over-year in each of the past five years.
“Smartsheet is among a small handful of true SaaS innovators; they face both a rapidly growing and constantly evolving landscape,” Elena Gomez said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to work with Mark, the rest of the board, and the senior leadership team to help guide the company’s next stage of growth.”
Gomez has served as Chief Financial Officer at Zendesk since May 2016. Prior to that, she served in a number of senior roles at Salesforce, including senior vice president of finance and strategy, senior vice president of go-to-market distribution, and vice president of sales and support and marketing finance. She previously held senior roles at Visa and Charles Schwab. Gomez holds a B.S. in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.