Co-Founder Jayne Ronayne Taking Career Break to Focus on Starting a Family, after Seven Years Leading the Company
CORK, Ireland, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 — Talivest, an employee analytics software company, has appointed Jeff Matthews as its new CEO. Talivest co-founder, Jayne Ronayne, will step back for a career break to focus on starting a family at the end of January.
Jeff Matthews originally came to Ireland with Salesforce in 2009, before going on to be employee number 7 at LinkedIn’s EMEA HQ in Dublin, pre-IPO. Matthews has over 20 years’ experience working in some of the biggest technology companies including LinkedIn, Salesforce and Oracle. Most recently, Matthews led global teams for LinkedIn Learning and Glint and previously worked for Salesforce in San Francisco leading the sales and development teams.
Co-founder Jayne Ronayne said, “We have come a long way since starting the company while I was at university, and now is the right time to bring in a CEO who has the experience and knowledge to scale Talivest and guide the company through our next phase of growth. I am delighted that Jeff will be stepping in as our new CEO and will bring immediate value to both our company and, most importantly, to our customers.
I’m embarking on a new personal journey which is to become a first-time mum. I am a big believer that women can have it both, in terms of their career and family. It’s been a privilege leading Talivest over the last number of years, but I am also hugely excited to start my next adventure. I’ll be returning to Talivest in a different role working alongside Jeff, supporting the growth and implementing our strategy.”
As a relatively new field, organisations are starting to use people analytics to solve business problems and quantify investment in people. Talivest has recently raised $1 million from investors to accelerate the launch of its new Employee Energy Tool, a product that directly addresses the causes of discontentment and burnout among employees. The Employee Energy Tool explores employee well-being and is used to predict employee engagement and flag employee burnout – two of the main factors driving the acceleration in the “Great Resignation”.
On the appointment, Jeff Matthews commented, “I believe Talivest has an offering very unique to the market. I have been watching the company grow and have been impressed with the retention of customers and the passionate and creative thinking of the Talivest team.
The Talivest leadership has developed a very ambitious roadmap and is currently expanding the team in EMEA. I am inspired by the grit and tenacity of the company and I am humbled to have the opportunity to lean in and help the business scale to the next level and beyond.”
Headquartered in Cork, Talivest was co-founded by Jayne Ronayne and Laura Belyea. The platform enhances how people and organisations engage with each other throughout the employee lifecycle. Fueled by predictive analytics and guided by employee data intelligence, it enables organisations to boost retention, employee experience and workforce strategic planning. Talivest measures the entire employee experience from onboarding right through to off-boarding. This provides organisations with key data insights to every important stage of their employee life cycle. Talivest customers include global companies like Immedis, Entain and Irish Distillers. Investors include entrepreneurs Dan and Linda Kiely, Nicolas Berggruen, Luxor Capital, Charlie Songhurst, Bryan Meehan (Blue Bottle Coffee), Anne Heraty (CPL), Liam Casey (PCH International) and Ronan Harris (Google).
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