MySQL VP corporate sales joins huddle U.S. team

11 June 2010

Lesley Young, former Senior Director of MySQL World-Wide Volume Sales at Oracle and VP Corporate Sales World-Wide at MYSQL prior to the company’s acquisition, has been appointed VP North American Sales at Huddle. Joining Huddle, the only true provider of intercompany collaboration in the cloud, Ms Young will leverage Huddle’s EMEA success and her experience running volume sales teams to grow a high velocity, volume sales organization in North America.

Prior to Sun Microsystem’s acquisition of MySQL for $1billion, Ms Young built, managed, and grew MySQL’s world-wide volume sales and subscription renewal sales. At MySQL, volume sales contributed more than a quarter of the company’s revenue. As Director of World-Wide Volume Sales at Sun, following the MySQL acquisition, Ms Young’s team drove $32 million in MySQL and GlassFish subscription and subscription renewal revenue.

“I firmly believe in MySQL’s mantra – the freedom to work from anywhere. More and more organizations recognize the benefits of not shackling employees to their office desk day in and day out. As a result, smarter working practices and tools have emerged and are becoming far more widespread in the enterprise,” said Ms Young, VP North American Sales, Huddle. “Huddle is a core component in the workplace of the future, providing people with technology that makes working securely from anywhere a reality. Huddle adheres to the strict security requirements that IT departments understandably have.”

Ms Young continued: “Regardless of physical location, Huddle gives you all the tools you need to communicate and work with people beyond the borders of your own company in one secure space. It is an exciting, fast growing business and I’m looking forward to expanding the organization and growing the sales team in North America.”

Ms Young has also held VP Sales positions at TeaLeaf and Informatica. At Informatica, Ms Young was responsible for developing and executing mid-size enterprise sales, inside sales and maintenance renewal sales pre and post IPO.

“Lesley has a fantastic track record of building and driving volume software sales and leading successful sales teams,” said Charlie Blake Thomas, Global VP Sales, Huddle. “Following our recent $10.2 million investment, we’re keen to expand our U.S. presence and Lesley has the experience and skills required to help Huddle grow. With Lesley’s help, we’re looking forward to mirroring Huddle’s European success in the U.S.”

Huddle closed its Series B round of funding led by Matrix Partners, with participation from existing investors Eden Ventures and Charles McGregor, Huddle’s chairman, in May 2010.