SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kong Inc., the cloud connectivity company, today announced the appointment of Chirag Shah as its first chief financial officer (CFO). Chirag joins Kong from Cornerstone OnDemand, where he was CFO. Along with recent Kong leadership team hires Chief Marketing Officer Juliette Rizkallah and Senior Vice President of Engineering Saju Pillai, Chirag will help the company scale operations to meet booming global demand for its cloud native API connectivity solutions powering billions of transactions each day.
Following a year of record growth, Kong is approaching 500 enterprise customers, including some of the world’s biggest brands in financial services, technology, e-commerce and other industries, such as Expedia, GE, GlaxoSmithKline, Honeywell, Miro, Nasdaq, Papa John’s and Verifone. Kong's core open source software – Kong Gateway – has been downloaded over 280 million times across thousands of organizations. With more than 2.7 million active monthly instances, it is the most widely used open source API platform in the world. Kong currently has nearly 400 employees distributed across 30 countries.
“Through true innovation in API and microservices connectivity, Kong is achieving more and more prominence in today’s cloud native world with each passing day,” said Chirag Shah. “I’m inspired by what Augusto and Marco have achieved to date, and am elated to join them and the rest of the team at Kong to build upon the company’s tremendous momentum and maximize its potential in one of the fastest growing segments in technology.”
At Cornerstone, Chirag helped lead the company’s successful initial public offering in 2011, spent four years as a general manager overseeing Cornerstone’s key growth initiatives, including the Asia-Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Small & Medium-Sized Business (SMB) teams, and as CFO in 2021 guided the company through its acquisition by Clearlake Capital for $5.2 billion. At the time of acquisition, Cornerstone had exceeded well over $800M in annual recurring revenue. Chirag began his career in investment banking, and earned a B.S. in Finance from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
“Chirag is a builder of high integrity. His operational experience as a public company CFO and GM will be a tremendous asset to Kong’s team and instrumental in helping us scale to new heights in the year to come,” said Augusto Marietti, CEO and co-founder of Kong. “He joined Cornerstone OnDemand when it was still a startup, led it through seismic growth and helped it establish market leadership as a mature company approaching $1B in revenue. At Cornerstone, Chirag not only mastered the CFO role but also business and go-to-market strategy, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the Kong crew and mission.”
- Join Chirag for a live conversation on Kong’s LinkedIn page on February 24 at 11 a.m. PT.
- Learn more about Chirag in this Q&A blog post.
- Seek a new challenge – Kong is hiring!
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About Kong Inc.
Kong creates software and managed services that connect APIs and microservices natively across and within clouds, Kubernetes, data centers and more using intelligent automation. Built on an open source core, Kong’s service connectivity platform enables digital innovation by allowing organizations to reliably and securely manage the full lifecycle of APIs and services for modern architectures, including microservices, serverless and service mesh. By providing developer teams with unprecedented architectural freedom, Kong accelerates innovation cycles, increases productivity, and seamlessly bridges legacy and modern systems and applications. For more information about Kong, please visit https://konghq.com or follow @thekonginc on Twitter.