Top Hat Hires First Chief People Officer, Jesper Bendtsen, Supporting the Edtech Startup’s Next Phase of Growth

Former Head of Global Recruiting at Salesforce and Uber will focus on building a world-class HR and Culture Organization

Top Hat’s platform is used by thousands of professors and more than 2 million students at 750 top universities and colleges in North America, including Indiana University, The Ohio State University and the University of Massachusetts

TORONTO--()--Top Hat, the interactive, cloud-based teaching platform provider, today announced that it has appointed Jesper Bendtsen as its first Chief People Officer. Bendtsen will oversee talent acquisition and acceleration, human resources, and culture. He will serve as a member of Top Hat’s leadership team and will report directly to Top Hat co-founder and CEO Mike Silagadze.

“Jesper brings an area of expertise that has been missing at Top Hat, and as we scale, how we hire, retain and build teams is an essential component to our success,” said Mike Silagadze, Top Hat’s co-founder and CEO. “Top Hat has experienced tremendous growth and we want to ensure that we’re not only attracting the best talent but retaining it as well, so we’re investing in our culture and our people. We are well on our way to becoming one of the best places to work in Canada and Jesper will be leading the charge.”

“I’m excited to be joining Top Hat, a Toronto-based startup that has such a clear value proposition,” said Jesper Bendtsen, Chief People Officer at Top Hat. “Talent is a key factor in any high growth startup, and Top Hat is no different. In my role, I’ll be focusing on strategies to strengthen the culture internally, ensuring that we’re creating an inclusive, high-performing environment for our employees.”

Top Hat is growing quickly and will hire more than 100 employees across all roles by the end of the year. In February 2017, Top Hat raised $22.5M USD in Series C financing to help recruit new talent and to accelerate the development of new solutions for creating and distributing academic content.

Bendtsen joins Top Hat from WilsonHCG, where as EVP of Operations he led an international team of 300 focusing on business operations and revenue generating strategies. Prior to that role, he was Head of Global Recruiting at Uber and VP of Global Go-to-Market Recruiting at Salesforce.

About Top Hat
Top Hat’s interactive, cloud-based teaching platform enables professors to engage students inside and outside the classroom with compelling content, tools and activities. Millions of students at 750 leading North American colleges and universities use the Top Hat teaching platform. To learn more, visit www.tophat.com

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Janet Park, 647-961-9259
janet.park@tophat.com

Contacts

Media Contact
Top Hat
Janet Park, 647-961-9259
janet.park@tophat.com