WalkMe, the world’s first digital adoption platform (DAP), is moving forward with its global expansion drive after completing its NASDAQ IPO and reaching a market cap of more than $2bn. One of its crucial announcements in line with this expansion plan is the appointment of a new Vice-President and General Manager for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) markets.
The executive now overseeing WalkMe’s EMEA operations is industry veteran Simon Blunn, a former executive at the AI company DataRobot. In a statement, the company expressed its expectation for Blunn to “further accelerate the growing demand for WalkMe as more organisations turn to digital adoption platforms to realise more value from their digital transformations.”
The announcement of Blunn’s appointment coincides with the announcement of the new Asia-Pacific (APAC) Vice-President and General Manager, Sandie Overtveld. With more than 25 years of international management experience, Overtveld is expected to help accelerate WalkMe’s global expansion. “We are delighted to welcome Sandie and Simon to lead our regional initiatives and deliver digital adoption at scale,” the company said in a statement.
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Blunn shared the news of his appointment in a tweet. “Delighted to have joined @WalkMeInc today to lead their EMEA business for the next phase of hyper growth. Their industry leading Digital Adoption Platform is helping many leading companies with their #DigitalTransformation,” Blunn wrote.
The English business leader describes himself as “an inspirational leader with strong sales, people and communication skills with over 20 years in IT sales, business management and transformation.” He takes pride in having led sales organisations through transformation that stimulated accelerated growth.
“WalkMe is an exciting business with unique underlying technology and a profound vision for the future,” enthuses Blunn as he offered a summary of his role in the company and highlighted his credentials. Blunn says he will be leading WalkMe’s growth in the EMEA markets across multiple functions. He will be responsible for expanding the company’s presence through direct resources and the establishment of crucial partnerships across the region.
”My deep experience in enterprise AI as well as strategic account management and leading regional expansions will perfectly complement WalkMe’s vision for the future of the business. Undoubtedly, we will continue to build strong relationships across EMEA and expand our custome base to ensure that every business has DAP as part of their strategic roadmap going forwards,” Blunne said.
Blunn was named in DataIQ’s Top 100 Data & Analytics professionals for 2020. Before joining WalkMe as VP and General Manager for EMEA, he assumed the same position at DataRobot, an enterprise automated machine learning platform based in the UK. He was also a Non-executive Director at VizLib, a Managing Director and Country Manager (UK) at Qlik, Global Sales Executive at Cisco Systems, and SaaS Business Development Director EMEA at Hewlett Packard.
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WalkMe CEO Dan Adika projects growing demand for the DAP solution the company is offering. “Increasingly, organisations are realising the role digital adoption platforms play in achieving successful digital transformation. This realisation is driving the demand for WalkMe globally. The deep visibility and insights into organisations’ tech stacks coupled with the ability to take action on these insights are critical capabilities for today’s data-driven enterprise,” Adika said.
From its hyper growth in 2018 to its $90m additional fundraising in 2019, the challenges of 2020, and the success of its American IPO in 2021, WalkMe has seen a largely fruitful past few years. As global economies gear up for a return to normal activities, WalkMe is going full throttle to make its presence felt in important markets worldwide.
“The two leaders will further accelerate the growing demand for WalkMe within their respective regions as more organisations turn to digital adoption platforms to realise more value from their digital transformations,” WalkMe noted in a statement.