NEW YORK, April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Handshake, a leader in B2B Commerce technology for manufacturers and distributors, today announced the appointment of Paul McCarthy as the company's first Chief People Officer (CPO). As CPO, McCarthy will be responsible for People Operations and Strategy, managing the employee journey by establishing the infrastructure and programs to attract, retain, and develop Handshake's successful team of talent. McCarthy will report directly to Glen Coates, CEO, Handshake.
"Handshake's biggest advantage has always been the talent and camaraderie of our team. Achieving our mission of developing the mobile-first B2B Commerce platform that makes it easy for every product to get to every shelf in every business is only possible if we keep that edge our people give us," said Glen Coates, CEO, Handshake. "Paul's proven leadership and unique approach to creating People Operations organizations that drive business success was what I was looking for in a CPO. I am excited for him to help us continue to make Handshake a great place to work as we scale and stay true to our most important core value: we only hire'em if we love'em."
A native of New York City, McCarthy brings over 15 years of senior management experience in people operations, community building, and communications to his new role. Immediately prior to joining Handshake, McCarthy was Vice President, Head of People Operations at Magnetic. In that role, he established People Operations after Magnetic's acquisition of MyBuys, successfully managing the integration of the combined companies. Prior to Magnetic, McCarthy was Vice President, Global Head of Talent Management at LivePerson, where he revitalized the recruiting function by implementing and executing a comprehensive new strategy for sourcing, candidate experience, and employer branding. During his seven-year tenure at LivePerson, McCarthy held three leadership positions as the company's global workforce grew 300% and was a significant driver of transformative culture and talent initiatives that resulted in several New York City Best Places to Work awards.
"I believe that a company's most valuable assets are the connections that employees make with each other and the organization. What really attracted me to Handshake is the lack of hierarchy and the focus on working together as a team," said McCarthy. "I am committed to retaining this culture while preparing Handshake for the future by strengthening our people processes, growing the team's capabilities, and ensuring everyone feels represented at all times."
Founded in 2010, Handshake is the B2B Commerce platform that helps manufacturers and distributors grow their business by making it easy for their customers to order the right products from them, in-person and online. Handshake Rep is a mobile sales order entry app that allows sales reps to write orders faster and gives them the product and customer information they need to have more strategic customer conversations. Handshake Direct is an omnichannel B2B eCommerce solution that complements field sales reps by giving buyers the convenience of 24x7 ordering and product education through a custom B2B eCommerce portal and B2B mobile commerce app. For more information, visit https://www.handshake.com/.
Media Contact: North 6th Agency, Inc. (For Handshake)
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