ZipRecruiter Adds 3 Heavy Hitters to Board of Directors


In an arms race that features the likes of deep-pocketed Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Indeed, and others, ZipRecruiter isn’t throwing in the towel. It’s sponsoring the most popular podcast in the world, getting serious about mobile, and raising a truckload of cash, to name a few.

What’s next? Adding some big names to its board of directors, that’s what.

Announced last week, ZipRecruiter has added Blake IrvingCipora Herman, and Emilie Choi to its board of directors. If you don’t recognize the names, you’ll certainly recognize the companies they represent or the things they’ve achieved. Here’s a breakdown.

  • Blake Irving most recently served as CEO of GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, from December 2012 to January 2018. During his tenure, the company expanded into over 60 international markets, grew bookings from $1 billion to $2.5 billion, and successfully IPO’d on the NYSE under GDDY. He has also held senior leadership roles at Microsoft and Yahoo. He currently serves on the board of directors at Docusign as well.
  • Cipora Herman may be best known for leading Facebook’s IPO when she was the company’s vice president of finance and treasurer. After that, she became the first female CFO for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, a position she held until April 2016. She currently serves on the board of directors of MINDBODY, a personal wellness platform.
  • Emilie Choi was LinkedIn’s vice president of corporate development and was there most notably for the $1.5 billion purchase of She sits on the board of Naspers, a tech investor, and is vice president of corporate and business development at Coinbase, a cryptocurrency platform that just hit an $8 billion valuation after a $300 million raise.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Cipora, Emilie, and Blake join our board,” said Ian Siegel, CEO at ZipRecruiter. “Their skills and experience will be instrumental in helping accelerate our growth as we expand our mission of actively connecting employers and job seekers to new markets around the world.”

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If you’re looking for a common thread here, aside from each new board members being undeniably influential and smart, they all have some level of core competency going public and/or raising significant amounts of money. Also, folks like this who join boards like ZipRecruiter’s do so because there’s the potential for significant upside.

Big moves, big money, and big brains. Would anyone be surprised to see ZipRecruiter file for an IPO in 2019? Me neither.

Joel Cheesman has over 20 years experience in the online recruitment space. He worked for both international and local job boards in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. In 2005, Cheesman founded HRSEO, a search engine marketing company for HR, as well as launching an award-winning industry blog called Cheezhead. He has been featured in Fast Company and US News and World Report. He sold his company in 2009 to He was employed by EmployeeScreenIQ, a background check company. He is the founder of Ratedly, an app that monitors anonymous employee reviews. He is married and the father of three children. He lives in Indianapolis.