Brian Kinion joins Upwork as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Upwork, the largest freelancing website, today announced that Brian Kinion has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer.

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With more than 25 years of experience leading finance organizations during stages of high growth, Kinion joins Upwork to oversee the finance team, including analytics, planning and accounting.  Most recently, Kinion spent time at Marketo leading the finance organization as their CFO, where he was responsible for global financial planning and reporting, investor relations and driving processes behind the company’s growth. Kinion is currently a member of the Board of Directors and serves as the Audit Committee Chair at Marin Software, Inc.

“We’re very excited to have Brian join our team,” said Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Gender, Education and Work. “He’s a thought leader in the finance world with relevant experience from the human capital management space. Brian has the acumen to play a key role in organizations that are scaling and driving their industries forward.”

"I believe in Upwork’s vision of connecting businesses with great talent to work without limits. People today should have more freedom and flexibility as technology breaks down limitations in how we work. Now, I get to help make this vision a reality,” said Kinion.

Prior to Marketo, Kinion held finance leadership roles at SuccessFactors (acquired by SAP), CoTherix, Inc. (acquired by Actelion Pharmaceuticals), and DigitalThink, among others. He began his career as an auditor at KPMG and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an MBA with a finance concentration from St. Mary’s College of California.

About Upwork
Upwork is the largest freelancing website. As an increasingly connected and independent workforce goes online, knowledge work — like software, shopping and content before it — is shifting online as well. This shift is making it easier for clients to connect and work with talent in near real-time and is freeing professionals everywhere from having to work at a set time and place.

Freelancers are earning more than $1 billion annually via Upwork. Upwork is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices in San Francisco, Chicago and Oslo, Norway. For more information, visit our website at, join us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Christina Schultz

Brian Kinion, Chief Financial Officer, Upwork