PitchBook Appoints Rod Diefendorf as Chief Operating Officer
Veteran technology executive will drive continued growth and scalability; company; will hire 90 employees in Seattle in 2016
SEATTLE – (June 8, 2016) – PitchBook, a leading provider of global venture capital, private equity and M&A data, has hired Rod Diefendorf as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Diefendorf will help develop strategy, scale the business, increase efficiency across the organization and drive the company in its continued growth. His hire is a testament to PitchBook’s broader hiring plans, as the company aims to expand headcount to over 600 employees this year.
No stranger to the industry, Diefendorf has spent more than 23 years driving growth and increasing shareholder value at startups and large corporations in the technology space. Most recently, Diefendorf developed and led a division of Seattle-based Marchex before selling it to GoDaddy for more than $40 million. Previously, he held various leadership roles at companies like InfoSpace, Idearc Media and Go2Net, Inc.
“Rod has a proven track record of identifying new opportunities, developing operational strategies and executing,” said founder and CEO John Gabbert. “At PitchBook, we’re always looking for better, more efficient ways to operate so we can continue to maximize our potential. We’re excited to bring Rod’s rich experience in corporate development, sales and marketing, private equity and early-stage startups to help PitchBook achieve scalability and, most importantly, better serve our customers.”
PitchBook offers the most comprehensive data on the VC, PE and M&A markets, allowing customers to uncover valuable insights about the traditionally inaccessible private capital markets and to make more informed business decisions.
The company’s core product, the PitchBook Platform, is an award-winning workstation that enables users to analyze details across the entire private investment lifecycle – from fund initiation to company exit. This includes comprehensive information about companies, investors, executives and advisors, in addition to hard-to-find details such as deal terms, valuations, fund returns and benchmarks. Clients can also access this data on-demand through the company’s API and Datafeed, which allow users to bring PitchBook data into their existing tools, systems and software—directly.
“PitchBook is a rapidly growing company with great people and a passion for serving its customers that’s truly contagious,” said Diefendorf. “I look forward to finding ways to improve what’s already a remarkable, high-performing company, and help cement its position as a leader in the space.”
With offices in Seattle, New York and London, PitchBook currently serves more than 1,500 customers in 37 countries around the world. The company plans to hire more than 100 new employees this year, bringing its total headcount to more than 600.
To learn more about the PitchBook Platform, visit our website, www.pitchbook.com.