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Austin, Texas – September 17, 2019 – TalentGuard, the predictive people development SaaS platform today announced the addition of two experienced enterprise SaaS executives to its growing leadership team. Former Spredfast CMO Jim Rudden joins as Chief Marketing Officer and former Onit and Convio executive Brian Hauf joins as Vice President of Customer Success.

TalentGuard secured $4 million in Series B funding earlier this year to continue growing its customer base and accelerating product innovation. In addition to expanding the leadership team, TalentGuard recently announced the next generation of its Career Path module, focused on illuminating career growth opportunities for employees and employers. According to McKinsey & Company, only 3% of large enterprises develop people quickly and effectively, and similarly only retain 8% of their high performers. In response to these critical talent challenges, enterprises continue to drive heavy investment in talent management technologies.

“Attracting seasoned leaders is an important milestone for TalentGuard on our journey to empower how companies transform their employee career experiences,” said Linda Ginac, TalentGuard founder and CEO. “Jim and Brian bring tremendous customer-centric focus and incredible expertise in leading fast growth teams in a dynamic SaaS market. We are delighted to welcome these leaders to the TalentGuard team.”

“Linda Ginac has been a pioneer in showing companies how to embrace career development for their employees,” said Rudden. “In a short time, the TalentGuard team has built a unique, predictive platform and a leading market presence. I am excited join the team and grow our community of customers and partners dedicated to empowering employees to build meaningful careers.”

“In today’s tight job market, companies are increasingly prioritizing talent management,” said Hauf. “TalentGuard’s combination of rich job content and intuitive software is a compelling combination for companies seeking to illuminate rewarding career paths to drive retention. I look forward to partnering with our customers to deliver the types of career development tools we all want for ourselves and for our employees.”

As CMO, Rudden will lead TalentGuard’s brand, product and performance marketing programs. He brings more than 25 years of experience leading organizations like Spredfast, Lombardi, and Trilogy Software as they scaled globally in fast-moving markets. Most recently, Rudden led marketing at social media management industry leader Spredfast from its launch to acquisition by Vista Equity Partners.

As Vice President of Customer Success, Hauf will represent the voice of TalentGuard global customer base, and lead the teams responsible onboarding, support and maximizing the benefits of the company’s growing product suite. He brings over 20 years of experience as a leader in customer success, operations and services, with market leaders like Onit and Convio/Blackbaud.




About TalentGuard
TalentGuard, the Predictive People Development company, is a global provider of career pathing and talent management software. Our SaaS software uses machine learning to help employees take control of their own career growth, while giving their managers deep insights into their teams’ greatest strengths and areas of growth. It shows employees where they are within their organizations and recommends career paths. We show employees what skills they already have, what skills they need, and what level they should be at for their current or future role. TalentGuard is also seamlessly integrated with the broader HCM ecosystem.