SurveyMonkey has appointed former head of HP Enterprise, Bill Veghte, as its new chief executive following the sudden passing of its former CEO Dave Goldberg, who died in May while on holiday in Mexico.
Veghte, who stepped down from his position at HP only last week, will take over from board chairman and interim CEO Zander Lurie and will focus heavily on helping the company as it scales.
His new role carries a personal element for him given that he was a close friend of Goldberg’s, who he described as “a friend, a mentor, an amazing person and an amazing leader”.
With more than 25 years of corporate experience working at Microsoft on Office, Windows and Windows Server, Veghte will attempt to propel the company forward similar to what he did with Microsoft, which was only moderately bigger when he started than SurveyMonkey is today.
Veghte steps into the role as the company works towards developing into an insights platform by using the data generated from its surveys in more creative ways. As part of the transition he will move the company from self-serve sales to a hybrid self-serve and sales team model.