We are very excited to announce that Wade Burgess, former VP of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn, is joining Shiftgig as our Chief Executive Officer, effective September 25th. Wade is tasked with aligning Shiftgig’s product and technology roadmap, enhance process and operating practices to meet the needs of the enterprise today and beyond. Eddie Lou, co-founder and current CEO of Shiftgig, will transition into his new role with the company as Executive Chairman. You can read our official press release on this announcement here.
We sat down with both Wade and Eddie to discuss what these changes mean for our clients and the overall business.
Why is now the right time to make this transition?
Eddie: As Shiftgig enters its next big phase of growth and maturity,
we are seeing more opportunities in new regions and industries, along with greater potential for our mobile app. In order for Shiftgig to address the external workforce needs of our clients, we have brought in Wade, a top digital HR executive, who has a track record of success in scaling company processes and people.
My philosophy has always been to surround yourself with those who are better than you in order to build something great. Having managed 3,000 employees and 2.8 billion in revenue, Wade has tremendous experiences from the past that he can share. I look forward to learning from him.
Wade: For me personally, now is the right time to take on the role of CEO at Shiftgig because it is an opportunity to continue my personal mission of helping people live better lives. For nearly a decade, I have been committed to working towards LinkedIn’s vision of creating economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce and I’m looking forward to using that experience to help gig and hourly workers.
Eddie, what will your role with Shiftgig be moving forward?
Eddie: I will still be very much involved, serving as the Executive Chairman of Shiftgig. In this new role, I’ll be focused on overseeing corporate development, supporting big enterprise acquisition, channel partnerships, and will continue to be a spokesperson for the business.
Wade, what are the immediate priorities for you to tackle?
Wade: I’m a big believer in diagnosing before prescribing. My most immediate priority is to listen to our clients, Specialists, employees, and partners. We want to make sure our product roadmap, customer support model, and operating practices are aligned with what the marketplace needs. Attracting world class talent will also be key to our ability of delivering on our vision of creating financial opportunity for the hourly workforce.
How does this transition positively impact organizations?
Eddie: As the workforce continues to skew towards flexibility and the gig economy, it’s important for businesses to have the tools they need to easily source and manage it. Wade’s experience and leadership will allow Shiftgig to remain at the forefront of enabling this for companies of all sizes.
Wade: Most great technology takes the friction out of something, making the task more simple, and I believe Shiftgig does this for organizations. By capitalizing on my experience of changing the talent landscape at LinkedIn, I look forward to driving real impact for organizations in the gig economy segment of the workforce.
To learn more about Wade and this exciting news, read our press release.