Pluralsight Appoints James Budge as Chief Financial Officer
Industry Veteran with Deep Experience in Private and Public Markets Joins as CFO to Guide Company’s Growth and Continued Expansion into the Enterprise
SILICON SLOPES – Pluralsight, the enterprise technology learning platform, today announced the appointment of James Budge as chief financial officer. With more than 20 years of finance and operations experience in technology, cloud and enterprise software, Budge will leverage his extensive background to lead Pluralsight’s accounting, FP&A, tax, legal, data and information technology teams. He most recently served as CFO of Anaplan.
“James’ wealth of experience in high-growth companies in both the public and private markets and his strong relationships with investors, analysts and bankers makes him the perfect fit for Pluralsight,” said Aaron Skonnard, co-founder and CEO of Pluralsight. “His finance acumen, strategy and leadership skills will bring fresh insights to Pluralsight during this incredible time of growth as we prepare for our next chapter and will help us continue to serve enterprises as they build their digital future.”
Prior to Anaplan, Budge held the position of CFO and COO at Genesys where he oversaw a series of acquisitions that led to the tremendous growth in Genesys’ cloud-based business. Under his leadership, the company’s revenue grew from $500 million to $900 million, ultimately leading to the increase of its enterprise value from $800 million to $2.5 billion. Before that, Budge served as CFO and COO at TiVo (fka Rovi and Macrovision), guiding the company through acquisitions and divestitures and leading operational efficiency programs that transformed the company. His financial and operational expertise increased the company’s revenue from $250 million to more than $800 million and profits from $50 million to more than $350 million, driving enterprise value from $500 million to $7 billion.
“After spending more than two decades in the tech industry, I’m blown away by Pluralsight’s ability to innovate and grow rapidly while remaining profitable,” said Budge. “I’m excited to join a mission-driven company that’s taking aim at closing the growing skills gap in tech.”
Pluralsight is the leading technology workforce development company that helps companies and teams build better products by developing critical skills, improving processes and gaining insights through data, and providing strategic skills consulting. Trusted by forward-thinking companies of every size in every industry, Pluralsight helps individuals and businesses transform with technology. Pluralsight Skills helps enterprises build technology skills at scale with expert-authored courses on today’s most important technologies, including cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning, data science, and security, among others. Skills also includes tools to align skill development with business objectives, virtual instructor-led training, hands-on labs, skill assessments and one-of-a-kind analytics. Flow complements Skills by providing engineering teams with actionable data and visibility into workflow patterns to accelerate the delivery of products and services. For more information about Pluralsight (NASDAQ: PS), visit pluralsight.com.