Last October, Appfire had its 15-year anniversary, and we celebrated with a video highlighting the unique growth we experienced in 2020. Since then, we’ve continued on that trajectory, and over the past two years alone, we’ve doubled our headcount and doubled it again. Appfire now has well over 400 amazing team members, and we’re on pace to grow beyond 500 people this year through a combination of acquisitions and new hires.
As we’ve scaled, one item that’s always top of mind for our leadership team is how to ensure a great experience for our team members. That’s why we’re so excited by our most recent executive hire: our new Chief People Officer, Jagdish Chugani.
The Chief People Officer is still a relatively rare role in the C-suite, but it’s an incredibly strategic hire for us. Our people are our most important resource. Our people create incredible software used by thousands of teams worldwide. Our people answer support tickets with thoughtful, informed responses. Our people create white papers and get started guides to help teams work successfully. At our core, Appfire is a group of people working together to help other people. It’s our people that create value.
“We are excited to welcome Jagdish to the team, as we continue to scale our culture-driven company…”Randall Ward, co-founder and CEO, Appfire
Prior to joining Appfire, Jagdish was Senior Vice President of Talent at PlanSource and a key member of the Human Capital and executive leadership teams at UnitedHealth Group. At PlanSource, he led the company through tremendous growth and change, fostering a strong culture with a distributed global team while being a strong advocate for employees. As the Human Capital Leader at UnitedHealth Group, he led several mergers and acquisitions — scaling and stabilizing business units as they grew from 3,500 to 10,500 employees.
“We are excited to welcome Jagdish to the team,” said Randall Ward, CEO, Appfire. “Jagdish’s impressive leadership acumen, combined with his expertise in transforming culture and employee performance, plays an essential role as we continue to scale our culture-driven company in high growth mode.”
In his new role at Appfire, Jagdish will report to our CEO and lead the global HR organization, including talent management, culture, and engagement. Jagdish will help develop and execute strategies to grow revenue, strengthen internal infrastructure, and increase enterprise value by developing and delivering human capital strategies, talent management best practices, and operational efficiency. He will also oversee new initiatives to help Appfire nurture a diverse, equitable, and inclusive experience for all candidates and team members.
“Appfire has a remarkable culture and offers a tremendous value proposition to its customers.”Jagdish Chugani, Chief People Officer, Appfire
“I am thrilled to join such a collaborative and values driven organization. Appfire has a remarkable culture and offers a tremendous value proposition to its customers. My first priority at Appfire will be leveraging and building on the great successes the company has experienced to date, understanding what we have to accomplish from a business strategy point of view and then ensuring we have the organizational structure and people resources we need to achieve that in a diverse and inclusive manner,” commented Jagdish. “My goal is to accelerate Appfire’s growth globally, and to understand how to best allocate and maximize the potential of the talent and leadership resources we already have, augmenting those wherever necessary.”
After my first meeting with Jagdish, I couldn’t wait for everyone else to meet him! He brings incredible experience in scaling organizations, has a big heart and warm eyes, and is focused on making sure Appfire is a wonderful and fulfilling place to work. I could go on, but I’d rather let him speak for himself. Our talented Principal Storyteller Nikki DePasquale-Gauvin interviewed him and created this fantastic introduction video. Enjoy!
I’ll leave you with one of Jagdish’s favorite quotes, which I think is fitting, given how apparent it is that Jagdish loves working with people and nurturing great teams:
“Working hard for something we do not care about is called stress, working hard for something we love is called passion.”Simon Sinek