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Betterworks Elevates Cheryl Johnson to Chief Product and Technology Officer

The former executive fuses her technical and business acumen to lead the engineering, product, and design teams


MENLO PARK, Calif. – May 9, 2024 – Betterworks, the leading intelligent performance management software company, today announced the promotion of Cheryl Johnson from senior vice president of engineering to chief product and technology officer (CPTO). Johnson will oversee Betterworks’ engineering, product, and design teams in her new position. This restructuring strategically marries Johnson’s strong technical background with a product leadership role ahead of generative AI’s potentially game-changing disruption in the talent marketplace sector.

“Cheryl’s promotion to CPTO is a testament to her proven leadership and expertise,” said Doug Dennerline, Betterworks CEO. “With a track record of success in pivotal roles at and other industry-leading firms, Cheryl brings a wealth of experience and vision to Betterworks. Her profound understanding of our products and technical acumen perfectly align her to spearhead our innovation efforts and drive our company forward.”

Johnson is charged with shaping a compelling product strategy and roadmap that reflects customer needs, redefining performance management practices for global enterprises. Her leadership ensures seamless alignment across departments, fostering a culture of innovation, speed, and agility to cultivate robust and mutually beneficial product and technical partnerships that deliver unrivaled value for Betterworks’ customers.

“My track record of scaling products and teams, along with my passion for empowering underrepresented voices in technology, make this a perfect opportunity to step into this new role as Betterworks’ CPTO,” commented Johnson. “I am particularly energized by the promise of generative AI and how the disruption it’s creating can revolutionize HR practices globally. I look forward to building on Betterworks’ foundation of excellence to deliver transformative performance management solutions that make work better for everyone.”

Johnson’s impressive career boasts numerous milestones. She was instrumental in driving tremendous growth as a top-level executive at Salesforce, where she scaled the platform’s quality engineering division from 100+ team members and grew its nonprofit and education business to hundreds of millions of users in 4.5 years. She also successfully piloted products for healthcare startups Curve Health and Thrive Global.

“Betterworks is the best of both worlds,” added Johnson. “We move at the speed of an agile startup but with the maturity of a large enterprise. There are so many talented, experienced, and kind people at Betterworks, it makes work an absolute pleasure. We also benefit from working with some amazing customers at the forefront of transforming HR practices to benefit their businesses. I feel grateful to have such a wealth of thought partners that my team and I can tap into as we look toward the future. As a convert to remote work, and as a busy single mom with aging parents, I appreciate our remote-first culture and its flexibility.”

Johnson’s commitment to diversifying the C-suite across the tech industry is a strategic imperative for Betterworks. A certified executive coach, Johnson is dedicated to empowering women and other underrepresented engineers to maximize their leadership potential.

About Betterworks

Founded in 2013, Betterworks is the pioneer in intelligent performance management solutions that help workforces and organizations achieve their highest potential. Betterworks reimagines performance management for all with an enterprise-ready platform that fosters greater manager effectiveness and employee performance, leading to higher satisfaction and retention and better business outcomes.

Our customers’ employees are proven more engaged and satisfied in their roles, which is why industry leaders like Colgate-Palmolive, Intuit, Udemy, Freddie Mac, Vertiv, and the University of Phoenix rely on Betterworks to manage and enable excellent performance. Betterworks is backed by Kleiner Perkins, Emergence Capital, and John Doerr.

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