BlackLine continues executive team expansion with the addition of Pete Hirsch. As Chief Technology Officer, Hirsch will oversee global technology direction.
Executive Team Expansion
BlackLine, Inc continues its investment in new executive talent and team expansion by hiring of Pete Hirsch as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Mr. Hirsch is a senior software engineer, architect and strategist with more than 30 years of experience scaling technology organisations. As CTO at BlackLine, Hirsch will be responsible for the technology direction of BlackLine’s cloud platform as the company seeks to capitalise on the growing worldwide demand for solutions that drive greater efficiency, financial governance and risk management. He will also spearhead the company’s internal technology roadmap, overseeing Technical Operations, Engineering, IT and Governance.
“BlackLine has done an amazing job defining the future of accounting and pioneering Continuous Accounting, which is fundamentally transforming processes and unlocking efficiencies through automation and data intelligence,” said Hirsch. “The opportunity to build on this foundation and help the company scale to drive this industry transformation is huge. I look forward to working with Therese and the rest of her outstanding management team to make it happen.”
Hirsch comes to BlackLine with experience building, transforming and operating large-scale cloud software businesses, primarily in Fintech and Procurement. He comes with years of experience with end-to-end ownership of product strategy, public and private cloud operations. Pete Hirsch has led large teams spanning Engineering, Cloud, Cybersecurity and Enterprise IT departments. He spent several years as Senior Vice President and Chief Architect at Ariba and then as Senior Vice President, Ariba Cloud Engineering & Technology at SAP, following the Enterprise Application Software Leader’s acquisition of Ariba.
Pete Hirsch has also led a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) business unit at IBM over the course of more than 10 years as the global information technology giant acquired several smaller companies. He was most recently executive vice president of Technology & Operations at Ellie Mae, where he led a team of more than 900, overseeing all facets of technology including product development, data centres, public cloud and SaaS operations, as well as cybersecurity and internal IT systems.