Shaker has announced the appointment of Robert Stephens as the firm’s Chief Technology Officer.
Bringing more than 15 years of experience in talent assessment, Stephens has expertise in building and leading the growth of technology operations and is considered key to accelerating Shaker’s expansion of products and into new markets. He will be responsible for all of Shaker’s technology operations, including product development, data center operation, and corporate infrastructure. He will also oversee the team behind the development of Shaker’s award-winning Virtual Job Tryout technology and its supporting platform that delivers assessments to more than three million candidates each year.
“His years of leadership as a senior technology executive are essential to our new foundation of growth,” said Shaker’s CEO, Brian Stern. “He is bringing a core set of experiences in integrating acquisitions in the assessment space that will help us scale our business and offer a broader portfolio of products. And his international M&A experience better positions us to deploy our solutions globally.”
As Global CTO of SHL, Stephens led the development of the world’s largest assessment platform, delivering more than 30 million assessments annually. Bringing together more than nine global acquisitions, Stephens oversaw bringing products and services into a single, coherent, multi-tenant SaaS platform, resulting in exponential growth rates. Responsible for customer-facing and corporate infrastructure along with quality assurance and technical support, Stephens ensured the end-to-end delivery of products and services that exceeded customer and partner expectations.
Stephens also previously served as CTO at Vanco Payments and Focus Pointe Global, operating partner at Fortium Partners, and was a co-founder of Xceleration Partners, a firm assisting companies in M&A readiness, execution, and integration. He also has held senior technology roles at multiple large-scale communications companies.
“I’m very excited to join Shaker’s growing team,” Stephens said. “Shaker’s products offer a tremendous amount of value to its clients supported by a technology-based product that’s second to none. I look forward to helping support the coming exponential growth while maintaining the stellar record of uptime Shaker’s customers have come to expect.”
“Seeing how the market has shifted over the past few years, Shaker is well suited to further dominate the space,” he added. “Combining our technology and science with breakthroughs in AI and machine learning is key to our growth. I’m excited to be a part of the next phase of Shaker.”