Freshworks names Dennis Woodside as CEO, Girish Mathrubootham as executive chairman By Elets News Network - 04 May 2024


Freshworks Inc. named Dennis Woodside as the new Chief Executive Officer and President of Freshworks, effective immediately. Woodside, who currently holds the position of President at Freshworks, will take over the reins from Girish Mathrubootham, who will be taking over as the Executive Chairman.

Girish Mathrubootham has steered the company from its beginnings in Chennai to becoming a prominent SaaS company headquartered in San Mateo. Under his guidance, Freshworks successfully went public on Nasdaq in September 2021, marking a significant milestone. With over 67,000 customers worldwide and a team of approximately 4,900 employees across 13 locations, Mathrubootham’s leadership has been instrumental in the company’s growth.

“When I first proposed this next step to the Freshworks Board, we were starting to chart the next phase of our company’s journey. We brought Dennis on board to partner with me on crafting an ambitious growth plan, and my hope was that he could eventually lead the team of talented employees around the world to execute it, which would allow me to spend more time on the long-term product vision, innovation and AI strategy,” said Girish Mathrubootham. “Dennis has a deep understanding of Freshworks’ business, customers and our employees, and a strong track record of building and scaling large global teams – he is the right leader to become our next CEO. I’m thrilled to announce this transition.”

Woodside, who joined Freshworks as President in September 2022, has been pivotal in accelerating the company’s focus on enterprise-grade products and expanding its reach to mid-market and enterprise customers. His extensive experience includes leadership roles at Dropbox and Google, where he played integral roles in revenue growth and strategic development.

Dennis Woodside said, “As I step into the role of CEO, I am deeply honored to build upon Girish’s remarkable legacy. What he has created is truly special. Our mission and strategy remain the same. We stand before extraordinary opportunities and have the right foundation to make it possible – a winning combination of our strong focus on delighting customers and our product portfolio and innovation. I’m committed and excited to continue our journey of growth.”

In his new role as Executive Chairman, Mathrubootham will continue to be actively involved in shaping Freshworks’ long-term vision, product innovation, and customer relations. This transition allows him to dedicate more time to engaging with product teams in India and customers globally.

With this leadership transition, Freshworks is poised to embark on a new chapter of success, leveraging the strengths of its leadership team and the foundation laid by its visionary founder.

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