SendGrid Appoints Sameer Dholakia as New CEO

Former Citrix Executive Joins SendGrid Leadership Team to Accelerate Growth

Sep 30, 2014, 12:15 ET from SendGrid

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SendGrid, the leading email delivery service for the world's wanted email, today announced that Sameer Dholakia, former group vice president and general manager of the Cloud Platforms Group at Citrix, has joined the company as the new CEO and member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Dholakia replaces Jim Franklin, who has served since 2011. 

"Jim Franklin has been instrumental in the growth and success of SendGrid over the last few years. Under his leadership, SendGrid has evolved from a startup with 20 employees and several thousand customers to where we are today – an industry leader in email delivery with over 250 employees and over 175,000 customers," said Isaac Saldana, founder and president of SendGrid. "We're excited to bring in Sameer to build on this strong foundation and lead the next phase of our growth."

Mr. Dholakia has over 20 years of experience in successfully bringing high growth, disruptive cloud and enterprise software solutions to market and has held key leadership roles in sales, business development and product management at several leading technology companies. He has a wealth of experience as a product-focused, strategically minded, cloud-savvy executive and has served as both an early-stage CEO and a general manager at a large technology company, working closely with product development teams and customers.

Mr. Saldana added:

"Sameer brings the ideal combination of expertise in successfully growing a young company, and in delivering unparalleled value to small, mid-size and enterprise customers through product innovation. His leadership will accelerate the expansion of SendGrid, which currently delivers over 13 billion emails per month for our customers."

"SendGrid has an incredibly bright future and I am honored to join the team," said Sameer Dholakia, CEO of SendGrid. "With the combined foundation of SendGrid's superior technology, dedicated team and industry-leading customer support, we are well positioned for future success. I am excited about our prospects and look forward to accelerating our business to the next level."

About SendGrid

SendGrid is the leader in application email infrastructure. SendGrid's cloud-based platform increases email deliverability, provides actionable insight and scales to meet any volume of email, relieving businesses of the cost and complexity of maintaining custom email infrastructures. The email delivery platform of choice for 175,000 web application companies and developers, including Uber, foursquare, Pinterest, Airbnb, Twilio, Spotify and Pandora, SendGrid delivers more than 100 billion emails per year. Founded in 2009 as part of Techstars and based in Boulder, Colorado, SendGrid is backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, Foundry Group, Highway 12 Ventures, Bullet Time Ventures, SoftTech VC, 500 Startups and several notable individual investors such as Matt Mullenweg and Scott Petry. For more information, visit

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