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3. November 2022

Personio hires Maria Angelidou-Smith as new Chief Product and Technology Officer from Meta

Maria Angelidou-Smith

Munich, 3rd November 2022: Personio, Europe’s leading HR software company for small and mid-sized businesses, today announced that it has appointed Maria Angelidou-Smith, as Chief Product and Technology Officer (CPTO), a new role that combines leadership for all product, design and technology functions.  

Hanno Renner, Co-Founder and CEO of Personio, said: “At Personio, we’re committed to supporting our customers as they build more efficient and effective people operations, which is even more important in today’s uncertain economic times. To scale the positive impact we can have on our customers through technology, we are delighted to welcome Maria as Personio’s Chief Product & Technology Officer. Maria brings with her a proven track record of leading and scaling strong teams in growth environments and building products that are beloved by people around the world. I am excited to welcome Maria to the team as we focus on unlocking more value for our customers and helping them do more with less.

Angelidou-Smith joins Personio from Meta, where she was a VP of Product and General Manager of Communities, leading and scaling multiple global marketplace such as Facebook Groups, Events, Dating and some foundational products such as Search and Profile. During her time at Meta, Angelidou-Smith also previously served as a VP of Product and Head of Facebook Monetization, launching and scaling novel and highly successful monetisation products and holding accountability for billions of dollars in revenue. 

Maria Angelidou-Smith, the incoming CPTO of Personio said: “Personio leads with an inspiring and ambitious mission to build the People Operating System. This single system for employee information enables small and mid-size businesses to be strategic about their people, the biggest asset and success factor for any organisation. I am thrilled to join Hanno’s leadership team in taking Personio through the next chapter of continued rapid growth and scale. As I think about how organisations manage and develop talent today and how much more the right systems and tools can enable them to drive business outcomes, I can’t help but feel excited about all the innovation and impact we can bring to this important space.”

Starting November 22nd, Angelidou-Smith will report to Hanno Renner. Personio co-founders Roman Schumacher (formerly CPO) and Arseniy Vershinin (formerly CTO) will remain at Personio and change roles. Vershinin will become Chief Architect and lead technology projects, while Schumacher will transition into a hands-on role focused on supporting company-wide initiatives related to Product Positioning, Product Architecture and more, next to his role as a member of Personio‘s advisory board.

Roman Schumacher, Co-Founder and former CPO, said: “I’m excited for Maria to take over and believe that she is the best person to lead Product, Design and Technology at Personio. I’m personally very much looking forward to going back to a more conceptual role – following my passion for creating amazing experiences for our customers”.

Personio has recently made other leadership hires in product and engineering and launched new services to customers, such as Conversations and Custom Workflows. These follow Personio’s strategy of making continued investments in customer facing elements of the business following its Series E funding round in June.

About Personio:

Personio is the People Operating System for small and medium-sized companies with 10 to 2,000 employees. Based in Munich, London, Madrid, Dublin, Berlin, Barcelona and Amsterdam, Personio’s mission is to make HR processes as efficient and effective as possible so HR can focus on what matters most: people. Personio does that by offering an all-in-one HR software that includes human resources management, recruiting, talent management and payroll. With People Workflow Automation, Personio helps more than 7,000 customers across Europe to remove delays and realise opportunities.

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Personio GmbH & Co. KG Matthew Tubbs Senior Communications Manager Tel: + 44 (0)7788163261 E-Mail: press@personio.de

UK & Ireland – Firstlight Group  Rosie Stafford Tel: + 44 (0)7769618500 E-Mail: personioteam@firstlightgroup.io