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Eight Months Into Job, Evernote CEO Announces New Leadership Team

Chris O'Neill names seven new hires who will "see what's next for the company."


Eight months into his new job, Chris O’Neill, the CEO of the organization software company Evernote, announced a new management team of seven executives he says will “build upon Evernote’s successes” and “see what’s next for the company as a whole.”

O’Neill announced the moves in a corporate blog post. Some of the names announced appear to be new and some appear to have been on the job for a few months.

Erik Wrobel, until recently the VP of product at VMware, will head up Evernote’s product team.

Raymond Tang, a former exec for Nokia and Microsoft, will head up Evernote China, where the company has 16 million people using its cloud-based information-organizing software, amounting to a little more than 10 percent of its overall user base of about 150 million.

Andrew Malcolm, a former marketing executive at Skype and then Hewlett-Packard, is Evernote’s new senior VP for marketing.

Ben McCormack is the new VP for operations. He previously ran global cloud operations for the Armor Defense, a hosting provider previously known as FireHost.

Nate Fortin is the new VP of Design, new as of five months ago, according to his LinkedIn profile. He’s a seven-year veteran of Motorola Mobile Devices.

Michelle Wagner is the new senior VP for human resources. She spent eight years at AOL, and since then has worked at Cisco Systems and Ooyala, among other places.

Azmat Ali, formerly VP for marketing at the camera startup Lytro, is the new VP for brand and marketing.

O’Neill, who previously ran the business side of Google’s research and development organization, joined Evernote as CEO in November, replacing founding CEO Phil Libin, who’s now a managing director at the venture capital firm General Catalyst. O’Neill was brought in to run the company through what Libin called “its awkward adolescent phase.”

Founded in 2007, Evernote started as an ambitious mobile and desktop app devoted to helping its users “remember everything” — its logo is the head of an elephant — inspired in part by the work of Gordon Bell, a Microsoft researcher who spent a decade on experiments during which he digitally logged nearly every detail of his daily life. It developed a quirky, dedicated following that has at times been compared to a cult.

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