Following substantial growth and record-breaking Series D and E funding rounds, Clio has expanded its c-suite portfolio by naming a new Chief Operating Officer, Chief People Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Marketing Officer.
This new structure will see the c-suite double in size and bring on new leaders from high growth stage and public companies, while also further leveraging the tenure and deep experience of existing engineering and marketing leads.
Clio’s newly formed c-suite features combined expertise and experience from high growth companies like Uber, AirBnB, Lightspeed, PointClickCare, ACTIVE Network, Shopify, and Zynga, setting the tone for Clio’s next stage of growth.
“These additions to Clio’s leadership will extend our capabilities on all fronts, including our products, people, operations, in what’s becoming an exciting and fast-paced market for cloud-based legal technology,” said Jack Newton, CEO and Founder of Clio.
The decision to expand the company’s leadership portfolio follows a period of rapid growth for Clio.
Since January, the company has increased its distributed by design workforce by 40% to a total headcount of 750. In the last six months, the company acquired CalendarRules and Lawyaw, which followed Clio’s first acquisition and successful launch of Clio Grow three years prior.
The company also raised $110 million in Series E funding in April, which valued the business at $1.6 billion, making it the first legal practice management unicorn globally.
“Clio’s Series E funding was a milestone in Clio’s growth trajectory. We have a world-class leadership and investment team that is positioning us to build a generational company that will transform the legal experience for all,” said Jack Newton, CEO and Founder of Clio.
Ronnie Gurion joins Clio as Chief Operating Officer. As the previous GM and Global Head of Uber for Business (U4B), Gurion brings a wealth of market activation knowledge and global expansion experience to his new role as Chief Operating Officer at Clio. In his tenure overseeing U4B’s P&L performance, Gurion rapidly grew the business to a multi-billion dollar gross booking platform available in over 30+ countries.
Gurion will take on the role of COO following the long tenure of George Psiharis, who also contributed previously as the VP of Business Operations at Clio. Having been with the company for 11 years, Psiharis will take his innovative approaches to company growth to a new and exciting opportunity in another field while remaining a prominent shareholder at Clio.
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“The last 11 years have been the experience of a lifetime,” said Psiharis. “I’m so grateful to Clio founders Jack Newton and Rian Gauvreau, along with the Clio Team and the legal profession as a whole. Clio is still in the early innings of fulfilling its mission and full potential and I am deeply excited for what lies ahead for this team. I have no doubt that I’m leaving the company in the hands of a world-class leadership team as it embarks on this next stage of the journey.”
Sarah Bettencourt joins Clio as Chief People Officer. Previously holding Chief People Officer positions at Lightspeed and PointClickCare, Sarah Bettencourt brings over 20 years of transformational, people-first experience, leading the integration of teams through mergers and acquisitions, scaling teams to the thousands at $400M revenue companies, and guiding organizations through similar stages of growth.
Bettencourt will be supported by a robust and growing senior people team, starting with Lyndsey Dyer, VP of Employee Enablement, and Natalie Archibald, VP of Employee Success.
Jonathan Watson has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer. Watson is an expert in launching and maintaining large-scale SaaS and live game solutions.
Since joining Clio in 2017 as the VP of Engineering, Watson’s unique approach and passion for intertwining product development, design, user experience, and engineering has accelerated Clio’s product growth while earning Clio best-in-class NPS and customer retention rates.
Watson has grown the engineering department to over 200 individuals. Watson doubled the representation of women during early stages of growth while also maintaining that level of diversity and inclusion year-over-year. This is a testament to Watson’s high focus on the culture within engineering and his persistence and belief that strong teams are diverse ones.
“It’s an exciting time to envision what’s possible for lawyers, their firms, and their clients,” said Watson. “The impact we get to have on the delivery of legal services is an everyday inspiration, and I can’t wait to enroll more innovative leaders in our vision.”
Reagan Attle has been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer. Known for building and leading high-performing and award-winning teams in high growth technology companies, Attle has over 20 years of experience and a strong balance of B2B and B2C marketing expertise.
Over her tenure as Clio’s VP of Marketing, Attle has played a tremendous role in Clio’s success in the last five years, which has seen her grow the marketing team to 70 staff with industry highs in retention and engagement.
Attle led the announcements of and go-to-market strategies for Clio’s Series D and E funding rounds, acquisitions of Lexicata, CalendarRules, and Lawyaw, and the launch of Clio Payments and Clio’s new mission and brand.