HireVue hires former Fusion-io executive David Bradford as CEO

Published: Monday, Nov. 7 2011 10:04 a.m. MST

David Bradford, former chief executive officer of Fusion-io Inc., has accepted a position as the new CEO of HireVue, Inc., a provider of digital interviewing technology, on Monday.

Bradford takes the place of Mark Newman who will stay on as the company’s founder.

“We’re incredibly excited to have David guiding the future of HireVue,” Newman said in a recent press release. “David's proven ability to grow companies and catapult them into the mainstream will ensure that these audiences will be able to take advantage of HireVue's solutions."

Though Bradford would not reveal the stake he has in the company, he said in an interview with the Deseret News that the HireVue offering is “sizable enough to give me an incentive to perform” but “money is not really a motivator in this.”

Bradford brought together Fusion-io’s management team, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, during time at the company. He will continue to serve as chairman of Fusion’s strategic advisory board.

The former Fusion executive, who was interviewed by HireVue over their digital interviewing platform, said the juggle between his new job and his role as chairman shouldn’t be a problem.

“It’s a couple of meetings a year, a couple of phonecalls and continuing to assist Fusion-io sales reps,” Bradford said. “That doesn’t take an enormous amount of time. I’m pretty good at juggling things.”

Bradford’s said his past experience with Fusion-io will help “take the company to the next step.”

“I have known my friend David Bradford for nearly 15 years,” Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman and former CEO of Novell where Bradford served as senior vice president, said in a press release. “In addition to his fine work at Novell, he helped make magic happen with Fusion-io. I have every confidence he will do it again with HireVue, as they pioneer the digital interviewing market."

Fusion-io stocks jumped to $38.14, a 2.4 percent increase.

HireVue has grown from 2 employees to about 40 in the past two years and it’s looking to expand.

“We’re expecting big things here at HireVue,” said Newman in an interview with the Deseret News. “We could be anywhere between 60 to 100 in the next 12 to 18 months.”

Though the company has high hopes for its workforce, the expected growth depends on the company’s revenue.

“As those revenues grow, we’re going to add people to our sales organization, our engineering team, our product development team and our support organization,” Bradford said.”It’s not going to happen overnight, but I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think it would be big.”

Newman’s role will be to continue working on the product and with customers in the field, he said.

They are exploring the idea of making Newman a chief innovation officer.

“Mark is extremely important to this organization moving forward,” Bradford said.

EMAIL: jferguson@desnews.com

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