Sunday, July 4, 2010

TALEO Appoints Shail Khiyara As Chief Marketing Officer

Taleo, a provider of on-demand talent management solutions, has announced that Shail Khiyara, a global technology executive with more than 15 years of experience, has been appointed Taleo's Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

Khiyara brings rich executive leadership expertise to Taleo. He has demonstrated success in sales and marketing, strategy and corporate development across domestic and international SaaS markets.

"Taleo is at an inflection point in our company's history in terms of market leadership, growth and potential," said Michael Gregoire, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Taleo. "We have in place a full suite of innovative products, a blue-chip customer base and healthy business fundamentals. We're in a unique position now to invest in sales and marketing to drive exponential growth in our own business, as we help businesses worldwide drive their own growth through better talent management. Shail's broad-based strategic and operational expertise extends Taleo's ability to catalyze and scale our expansion efforts. We are extremely pleased to add him to our management team."

Before joining Taleo, Khiyara was Senior Vice President and General Manager at i365, the cloud services business unit of Seagate. There he drove innovative product positioning and marketing, put a successful channel strategy in place and achieved 40% revenue growth in 12 months. Previously, Khiyara was Managing Director at VeriSign where he established the European go-to-market strategy and managed Verisign's brand and product positioning, sales, marketing and operations in Europe. His prior experience includes leadership roles at Autodesk and Bechtel. Khiyara is also a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance, which promotes best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing. Khiyara holds an MBA from Yale University, completed the Strategic Leadership Program from Harvard Business School and has an MS in Engineering.

"Taleo has built a formidable business by delivering the industry's first on-demand, integrated talent management suite that serves thousands of global businesses of all sizes," said Khiyara. "The need for companies to turn their workforce into a competitive asset creates extraordinary potential for Taleo. I am thrilled to be part of a business that has laid a fantastic foundation upon which to build our sales and marketing efforts and is poised to expand its leadership position globally, in a rapidly evolving space."

Taleo has headquarters in California and offices in the UK, France, Netherlands, Australia and Singapore. Taleo was recently named as a talent management market leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Integrated Talent Management 2010 Vendor Analysis report and as the revenue and market share leader in the Bersin & Associates Talent Management Systems 2010 report.

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