Evernote is an independent company which offers a wide number of products and services to simplify and enhance the way people take notes. After its foundation by Stepan Pachikov, the company’s flagship product launched on June, 2008, and reached 11 million unique users in July, 2011. There is no doubt that Evernote has grown exponentially, meeting the ever-changing market’s numerous demands; this means that some changes have been also made to the company’s way of doing business. Said changes have lead to several CEO changes, which have only helped the company to further expand. Today, Evernote announced that a new CEO will be appointed to direct the company on July 27. Former Google employee Chris O’Neill will take Phil Libin’s, co-founder and current CEO, position. But this new move doesn’t mean that Phil Libin will no longer be involved with Evernote, as the company noted that the former Executive Chairman will remain “actively involved with the company”, unfortunately they didn’t mention in what capacity.
Evernote stated that it appointed Chris O’Neil as the new CEO so that the company could have the maximum positive impact on the world as possible. Phil Libin stated how Chris O’Neil is “highly regarded as a leader who can grow enormously successful teams while preserving their culture and values”, this means that even if the company is willing to drastically change under O’Neil’s command, it is certain that the newly appointed CEO will continue to enforce Evernote’s values and will not change its core culture. Libin also commented about how he is both thrilled and honored that Chris O’Neal is joining Evernote as the new CEO and how he is looking forward to everything that Evernote is about to accomplish.
Before Chris O’Neal was nominated as the new CEO of Evernote, he spent a lot of his career in various leadership roles inside Google. The last position he held was Head of Global Business Operations at Google X’s labs, which are known for developing more experimental products, so he has quite some experience in innovation. How his experience in innovation translates to Evernote will be seen in due course.