LOS ANGELES – Sept. 27, 2017 – Kevin Thompson, CEO of SolarWinds, has joined financial automation software provider BlackLine, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: BL) Board of Directors effective October 1st, 2017. Drawing on his experience as a successful CEO and previously as chief financial officer at several leading technology companies, the seasoned finance professional and cloud software veteran will help guide BlackLine through its next phase of growth. Mr. Thompson will also join the audit committee.
“Kevin is an experienced and respected leader, and we are excited to welcome him to our Board,” stated Therese Tucker, BlackLine founder and CEO. “His extensive background in software, operating experience and financial acumen will add tremendous value across our entire organization as we continue to scale the business and drive long-term growth.”
Thompson has been president and chief executive officer of SolarWinds since 2010, having previously served as chief financial officer and treasurer since 2006, and as chief operating officer since 2007. Prior to joining SolarWinds, Thompson served as chief financial officer at leading software companies Surgient, SAS Institute and Red Hat. Prior to that, he spent several years as a partner with global accounting and tax advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (now PwC), and 10 years as a senior manager at Arthur Andersen. Thompson also serves on the Board of the publicly-traded educational technology firm Instructure and sits on the SolarWinds Board.
“BlackLine is transforming the way finance and accounting work, bringing unprecedented innovation to an industry that has tremendous opportunity for growth,” said Thompson. “In addition, at SolarWinds, we are fanatical about putting users first in everything we do, and so share a common customer-centric mission and culture with BlackLine. I am honored to be joining the Board of Directors and look forward to working with such an outstanding leadership team.”