Today, HubSpot announced that our co-founder and current CEO Brian Halligan will step into the role of Executive Chairman and our Chief Customer Officer, Yamini Rangan, will become HubSpot’s CEO, effective September 7, 2021. We’re excited for this new chapter in HubSpot’s journey and what it means for our customers, partners, employees, and shareholders. The combination of our founders’ vision and leadership, with Yamini’s extensive experience scaling high-growth companies, means HubSpot’s future is exceptionally bright. 

“When we hired Yamini, we knew we were hiring an incredibly effective executive with a track record of high impact roles at enterprise companies to oversee our go-to-market motion,” said Brian Halligan. “Since day one of her arrival, she’s made our organization better, and while I was out, she led the company with clarity, empathy, and exceptional results. She’s proven she can lead HubSpot, and I’m excited to partner with her for many years to come in my new role as Executive Chairman. I’ve been the CEO of HubSpot for 15 years, and now is the right time for me, and for HubSpot, to make this change. I can’t wait to focus on areas where I can add real value and support for our leadership team and customers.” 

Yamini joined HubSpot in 2020 as Chief Customer Officer, bringing over 25 years of experience in technology across CRM, ERP, and collaboration markets from companies including Dropbox, Workday, and SAP. Her operational excellence combined with deep empathy for customers has not only led our business to a new level of growth over the past year, but has been foundational in supporting our customers and partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yamini has been overseeing day-to-day operations at HubSpot since March 2021, managing Board meetings, the HubSpot earnings call, and key hiring and growth initiatives, working closely with our co-founder & CTO Dharmesh Shah. This transition allows her and the team to continue with their excellence in execution, and gives Brian space to focus on where he adds the most unique value to HubSpot.

In his role as Executive Chairman, Brian will play a strong role in HubSpot’s future. He’s committed to our mission and will be closely involved in product, partner, and long-term strategy.  Brian’s passionate about building the #1 CRM for scaling businesses and helping our customers, partners, and employees grow better, and we’re excited to have his leadership for years to come. 

Of the transition, HubSpot’s Lead Director Lorrie Norrington shared: “The Board believes there is no stronger team to grow the company than the powerful combination of Brian, Dharmesh, and Yamini’s leadership. Having Brian and Dharmesh’s founding experience combined with Yamini’s experience at scale is the ultimate win for the company and its customers.”

Of her new role, Yamini Rangan said, “It’s the honor of a lifetime to partner with our founders to write HubSpot’s next chapter. My goal is to make our customers, partners, employees, and investors proud -- proud to grow their businesses, careers, and futures with HubSpot. Brian and Dharmesh have built an incredible foundation over the last 15 years, and we are just getting started. Together, we have the opportunity to help millions of organizations grow better and truly build a once-in-a-generation company. I couldn’t be more excited for the future of HubSpot’s journey.”

Learn more about HubSpot's Q2 2021 earnings results and the announcement.

Originally published Aug 4, 2021 4:10:48 PM, updated January 20 2023