March 10, 2015 — San Francisco, CA — Hearsay Social, provider of the Predictive Social Suite for financial advisors and insurance agents, today announced that William Salisbury has joined the company as its first Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Salisbury brings more than five years of experience as a CFO at growing technology companies and nearly 25 years of banking and legal experience. His hire comes as Hearsay Social continues to aggressively scale its business globally across the financial services industry.
Salisbury is a seasoned technology industry veteran who joins Hearsay Social from AVAST Software. As CFO, he assisted the company in nearly tripling its revenue. Over the course of his three-year tenure, the employee base also doubled. Prior to AVAST, Salisbury served as CFO at Crescendo Bioscience, which he joined prior to product launch and helped grow through initial revenue generation. Before shifting into these operational roles, he spent 15 years at Morgan Stanley managing the execution of public and private financings for technology companies. He began his career as an associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell, working out of the New York and Paris offices.
“Bill’s wealth of experience in North America and overseas as a startup CFO, investment banker, and corporate attorney makes him an ideal finance leader for Hearsay Social as we pursue international growth and product expansion in the coming months and years,” said Hearsay Social CEO and founder Clara Shih. “Along with our CTO Steve Garrity, COO Michael Lock, and myself, Bill will play an integral role in leading the company through our next phase of rapid growth.”
“Hearsay Social is widely considered the industry standard for compliant social media use by advisors and agents to engage their customers,” said Mr. Salisbury. “I’m excited to help the company continue to scale and grow as it expands its Predictive Social Suite offering to enable advisors to productively and intelligently interact with clients across the social, mobile web.”
About Hearsay Social
Hearsay Social provides the Predictive Social Suite for financial advisors and insurance agents across the world’s largest financial institutions, including 7 of the top 10 global financial services companies and leading firms such as New York Life, Raymond James, Vanguard and Penn Mutual. Hearsay Social powers over 100,000 financial relationship managers worldwide, allowing them to engage today’s social, mobile customer through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and mobile-first websites. Advisors receive unique client insights through multi-channel signals, and the predictive Content Library makes it easy to share the right content at the right time. Built-in enterprise integration and governance powers compliance and supervision for global firms, seamlessly addressing industry regulations and enforcing policy.
Hearsay Social, a SIFMA strategic partner, LIMRA Elite Strategic partner, GAMA partner, and Efma Associate Partner, has raised $51M from Sequoia Capital, NEA, and private investors and is headquartered in Silicon Valley with dedicated local presences in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Austin, Toronto, London, Paris, Munich and Hong Kong.