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Emplify Appoints CFO and Director of People Operations


INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 10, 2020) — Emplify, a data-driven employee engagement improvement company, today announced key executive hires and plans to increase its workforce by almost 20 percent in 2020.

The company has appointed Kurt Phillips as chief financial officer and Gabby VanAlstine as director of people operations. Phillips has spent his entire career in finance and operations roles at B2B technology companies. Most recently, Phillips served as CFO and COO at eshots, a Chicago-based event marketing software company.

As director of people operations, VanAlstine will serve under chief people officer Adam Weber and lead Emplify’s hiring efforts. Most recently, VanAlstine served as a full-time professor at Indiana University Kokomo, where she taught courses like Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management. Prior to her stint in higher education, VanAlstine led the Human Resources function as Director of Talent for One Click Ventures.

“I’m thrilled and humbled that Kurt and Gabby have chosen to bring their respective expertise in finance and people operations to Emplify,” said Santiago Jaramillo, Emplify co-founder and CEO. “Our current team is the best in Emplify history, and we’re well-equipped to pursue the next phase of our mission to help all people achieve their true potential at work.”

In January, Emplify increased its sales team by more than 50 percent to support the demand for its employee engagement products and services catalyzed by 2019 growth. It plans to increase its workforce by 20 percent in 2020. Open positions include roles in product engineering, sales and customer success.

Emplify announced its $15M Series B capital raise in October, the second-largest in Indiana in 2019. Additionally, Emplify collected 9.4M unique points of employee feedback, a 74 percent increase over 2018. Earning a 4.7/5 user review rating, software review site G2 named Emplify a Winter 2020 High Performer.

Brands like Purdue University, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Terminus, trust Emplify to improve business results through employee engagement.

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About Emplify
Emplify’s data-driven employee engagement improvement solution helps executives and HR leaders make better people decisions and improve business results. Informed by science and psychometrics, Emplify is the first to fuse a software platform, agile process, and expert human strategists into a data-proven employee engagement system — focused on achieving iterative business transformation through simple, actionable, and timely culture measurement and coaching. Emplify is trusted by leaders at top companies like Salesloft, Adaugeo and Ruoff Home Mortgage. Emplify was co-founded in 2015 by Santiago Jaramillo, bestselling author of Agile Engagement, and is backed by Edison Partners, Allos Ventures and Cultivation Capital. Emplify is based in Indianapolis, Ind., and is on a mission to help all people achieve their true potential at work.

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