Leadership shakeup at Blackline Safety

Company announces promotions, changes, and a departure

Leadership shakeup at Blackline Safety

Blackline Safety Corp. (TSX: BLN), a connected safety technology company, has announced changes to its executive leadership team.

Sean Stinson has served as chief growth officer and is promoted to the additional role of president. With this appointment, Stinson will assume the leadership of software and professional service offerings, including Blackline Vision custom analytics. He will continue to lead all revenue generating activities, including sales, customer success and channel management. Stinson joined Blackline in 2013 and has held progressively senior roles with the company, including sales, product, data services, user experience, client success and customer care. Prior to Blackline, Stinson held leadership roles in engineering and project management at BW Technologies and Honeywell.

Christine Gillies has been the chief marketing officer and will expand her responsibilities to include product management in the newly expanded role of chief product and marketing officer. Gillies joined Blackline two years ago, and led global marketing initiatives including brand, product marketing, demand generation and corporate communications. Prior to joining Blackline, Gillies was at SMART Technologies and Thor Technologies (Oracle).

Meaghan Whitney is promoted to the role of chief people officer. Whitney had been the vice president of people services. The new role will be responsible for all aspects of human resources, including health and safety, talent acquisition, employee engagement, benefits, and learning and development. She will work closely with the executive team to develop and implement strategic initiatives to support the company’s growth and culture.

Co-founder, Brendon Cook, will take on the new role of chief information officer. He will oversee information, computing, and systems technologies across the company, with a focus on improving processes and efficiencies through technology. Working with compliance, security and privacy teams, Brendon will also support teams who focus on certifications and quality standards.

The announcement from Blackline also includes the departure of chief technology officer, Brian Sweeney. CEO and chair Cody Slater is taking direct oversight of the firmware and hardware teams.

The company expects to incur modest one-time exit costs in the fiscal second quarter, with longer-term cost savings thereafter with the consolidation of the CTO role.

“I am delighted to announce the well-deserved promotions of Sean, Christine, Meaghan, and Brendon,” says Slater. “As accomplished high-impact leaders in their respective fields with proven track records at Blackline, they bring a complementary combination of strategy, technological expertise, and leadership skills. These promotions reflect our culture of rewarding and growing talent at Blackline and I look forward to their continued contributions to the company.”

Slater also expresses thanks to Sweeney for his contributions.

“We will continue to leverage the processes and discipline that Brian brought to the technology teams, while realigning the technology functions that Brian led within our existing leadership team, including myself. We have a deep and strong culture of technological innovation and expect to continue our industry leadership in connected safety solutions as we progress on our focused path towards profitability.”