Yext hires CIO to enable global scaling

Christopher Nelson Yext CIO

Yext has hired Christopher Nelson as Chief Information Officer. The experienced Cloud-first information technology executive will be responsible for the IT applications, security and infrastructure powering Yext’s industry-leading Location Cloud platform around the world.

“Location Data Management was a new field only a few years ago but it has emerged as a critical investment for businesses across all industries,” said Nelson. “I’m looking forward to building the team and technology to scale globally and meet this rising demand.”

Nelson, who previously served as Senior Director, IT Business Applications for machine data management platform Splunk, specializes in enabling fast-growing technology companies to scale. Before his time at Splunk, Nelson designed and built IT organisations, application delivery and business processes for many Fortune 500 clients as founding member of the SaaS Practice at Accenture.

“Christopher’s expertise will be critical as we scale to put business on the map worldwide,” said Tom Dixon, Chief Operating Officer at Yext. “He’ll play a key role in our growth and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team.”

Nelson earned his BSc from the University of California, San Diego in Cognitive Science and Human Computer Interaction with a minor in Computer Science and Engineering.

The hire comes at a pivotal moment for Yext, as the company has recently opened its London office and announced several integrations with business directories across Europe as well as with tech giants Google, Snapchat and Uber.

Yext recognised as one of the 2020 UK’s Best Workplaces™ for third year running

Yext, Inc. (NYSE: YEXT), the Search Experience Cloud company, is delighted to announce it has been recognised as a Great Place to Work® , in the medium-sized business category.

Yext was recognised in this year’s results along with 161 other UK organisations, ranking 29th out of 70 mid-sized businesses. Of the Information Technology Software sector, Yext ranked 6th in the list. This marks the third consecutive year that it has been recognised as a Great Place to Work®, as well as gaining recognition as a Centre for Excellence in Wellbeing. 

Commenting on the news, Jon Buss, Managing Director UK and Northern Europe, said: “Being recognised once again by Great Place to Work® is a true testament to the work we have done to put our team members at the heart of everything we do.  Only by putting our people first can we create our fun and dynamic “think big, learn fast and get stuff done” culture.  We’re excited to achieve even more in the coming year.”

Yext was recognised for its particularly strong hiring and welcoming practices, of which standout initiatives include comprehensive training in New York City for all employees, and onboarding in specific training paths and teams.  It’s celebration of success was also noted, including quarterly recognition, regular in office events and external social opportunities. 

These achievements reflect Yext’s dedication to the wide range of elements that contribute to making its employees fulfilled in their roles, in particular around wellbeing in and out of the workplace, career progression, training, work-life balance and diversity.  The announcement also follows recent news that Yext has been recognised as one of the Americas’ fastest growing companies, as well as being named a best place to work for LGBTQ Equality

To determine an organisation’s ranking, Great Place to Work® administers their Trust Index survey® to employees which represents 3/4 of the final score. The remaining quarter of the score comes from the Culture Audit®, a business-driven questionnaire that uncovers and evaluates the organisation’s HR and leadership practices, policies and culture

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