Today in executive hires: Susan Van Klink (League), Bhavin Shah (Top Hat)

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Two Toronto-based tech companies have announced major leadership additions to their team. Here’s the latest update on who’s going where.

League brings on its first CRO

Health benefits platform, League, announced that Susan Van Klink has joined its executive team as chief revenue officer. In this role, Van Klink will drive the company’s sales organization in the US and Canada, as well as League’s international markets.

Van Klink’s appointment comes on the heels of the launch of League’s digital health platform, HBX.

Van Klink has spurred growth for a number of HR-based software platforms including SuccessFactors, where she raised revenues of the emerging product lines from $10 million to $150 million in four years. Earlier, she directed teams at Taleo, Checkster, and SuccessFinder, where she grew sales by almost 300 percent over 18 months.

“Sue brings the rare combination of strong vertical SaaS sales and deep expertise in HR to League at a time when we are in accelerated growth mode,” said Mike Serbinis, founder and CEO of League. “The level of complexity enterprise HR leaders are asked to navigate requires a partner that truly understands every facet of this often overwhelming industry. Sue’s intimate knowledge of these unique challenges has allowed her to build and lead great teams to deliver solutions that drive material impact.”

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Van Klink’s appointment comes on the heels of League’s launch of its digital health experience platform, HBX, designed to create an integrated ecosystem of nearly 100 insurance carriers, health care partners, and human resource information systems.

Top Hat hires its first CTO

Top Hat, a provider of a cloud-based teaching platform for higher education, announced that Bhavin Shah has joined the company as its first chief technology officer.

“Bhavin brings a unique mix of engineering expertise and business acumen.”
– Mike Silagadze

Shah brings over fifteen years of senior engineering and development leadership experience, most recently serving as CTO at software company Globalive Technology. In his new position, Shah will direct Top Hat’s engineering team, the group responsible for the company’s technology stack, software development, security, and application performance.

“Bhavin brings a unique mix of engineering expertise and business acumen, a characteristic that helped him clearly stand out from any other candidate,” said Mike Silagadze, founder and CEO of Top Hat.

Prior to Globalive, Shah spent five years as the first CTO at TouchBistro, where he developed and led the team from Series A to Series D funding. He said he is excited to drive product innovation for Top Hat’s professors, students, and employees.

“Top Hat is on an amazing journey to transform the higher education experience for students and professors alike,” said Shah “The company’s proven track record of customer satisfaction is a testament to the strong foundation the product and engineering teams have already built.”

Image courtesy Susan Van Klink and Bhavin Shah via LinkedIn

Isabelle Kirkwood

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