• Significant promotions and leadership changes at Blackline
    Sean Stinson
  • Brendon Cook
  • Christine Gillies
  • Meaghan Whitney

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Significant promotions and leadership changes at Blackline

Mar 13 2023

Blackline Safety Corp. recently announced the promotion of four key executives and changes to its leadership team.

Sean Stinson, previously Chief Growth Officer, has been promoted to the additional role of President. In his new position, Stinson will lead software and professional service offerings, including Blackline Vision custom analytics. He will continue to lead all revenue-generating activities, including sales, customer success, and channel management. Stinson has been with Blackline since 2013, holding progressively senior roles, and has a proven track record of success in sales, product, data services, user experience, client success, and customer care.

Christine Gillies, previously Chief Marketing Officer, has been promoted to the newly expanded role of Chief Product & Marketing Officer, expanding her responsibilities to include Product Management. In her new role, Gillies will be responsible for global marketing initiatives including brand, product marketing, demand generation, corporate communications, and product management. Gillies joined Blackline two years ago and has a track record of success in product management at SMART Technologies and Thor Technologies (Oracle).

Meaghan Whitney, previously Vice President of People Services, has been promoted to the role of Chief People Officer. In her new role, Whitney will be responsible for all aspects of human resources, including health and safety, talent acquisition, employee engagement, benefits, and learning and development. Whitney is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and is a Certified Professional in the Society of Human Resource Management.

Co-founder Brendon Cook will take on the new role of Chief Information Officer, overseeing information, computing, and systems technologies across the company, with a focus on improving processes and efficiencies through technology. Working with compliance, security, and privacy teams, Cook will also support teams who focus on certifications and quality standards.

In addition to these promotions, Blackline Safety announced that Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Brian Sweeney has departed the company, effective February 23, 2023. With Sweeney’s departure, his duties and teams have been re-aligned within the new leadership structure. Specifically, CEO and Chair Cody Slater is taking direct oversight of the firmware and hardware teams, areas where Slater has more than 30 years of experience. The company expects to incur modest one-time exit costs in the fiscal second quarter, with longer-term cost savings thereafter with the consolidation of the CTO role.

“I am delighted to announce the well-deserved promotions of Sean, Christine, Meaghan, and Brendon,” said Slater. “These promotions reflect our culture of rewarding and growing talent at Blackline, and I look forward to their continued contributions to the Company.”

“In addition, I’d like to thank Brian for his contribution to Blackline over the last two years. We will continue to leverage the processes and discipline that Brian brought to the technology teams, while realigning the technology functions that Brian lead within our existing leadership team, including myself.”


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