We’ve identified 12 executives that are leading Zoom behind the scenes and helping CEO Eric Yuan tackle its newfound popularity and future.
Zoom has seen massive growth over the last few months, reporting 169% revenue growth in the first quarter, and although usage peaked at 300 million free and paid meeting participants in April, its still seeing higher-than-normal levels of usage.
Along with its new popularity, Zoom has faced several privacy and security issues that prompted it to launch a 90-day improvement plan in April.
As part of that plan it has hired new executives — either directly or via acquisition — and promoted internal leaders.
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Zoom has seen massive growth over the last few months — last quarter its revenue grew a whopping 169%. As the world has adhered to shelter-in-place mandates, companies have relied on video conferencing tools like Zoom to keep business running more than ever before. Consumer users have also flocked to the platform for happy hours, yoga classes and even weddings, as a way to stay in touch with family and friends.
Zoom’s usage peaked at 300 million free and paid meeting participants in April, although it’s still seeing higher-than-normal levels even as social distancing restrictions are lifting, executives said on a call with analysts earlier this week.
To work on those features and meet its new level of demand in general, Zoom has been both promoting executives internally and hiring rapidly. On Monday, Jason Lee, a veteran of Microsoft and Salesforce, started at Zoom to lead the company’s cybersecurity efforts as chief information security officer.
Lee’s hire comes at a critical moment for the company: Through Zoom’s rapid rise to popularity, it’s faced numerous privacy and security concerns, including “Zoombombing” incidents, accidentally routing data through China, and a lack of end-to-end encryption, despite misleading marketing materials.
In response, Zoom launched a 90-day improvement plan in early April to shore up the privacy and security of its platform. Since then, it released a higher level of encryption for all users, given people more information and control over where their data is routed, and made security features on-by-default for free users.
Even before Lee was brought on, the company in late May it announced plans to bring on VMware veteran Velchamy Sankarlingam as its new president of engineering and product. Zoom also acquired secure messaging startup Keybase in early May to help it build end-to-end encryption into its product, with cofounder and CEO Max Krohn becoming Zoom’s new head of security engineering. (Zoom ultimately deciced to provide end to end encryption to all users, free and paid, after its initial plans to only provide end-to-end encryption to paying users received some backlash.)
It also hired a chief diversity officer — Damien Hooper-Campbell — and promoted Aparna …read more
Source:: Business Insider