Thijs de Valk is stepping down as CEO of Yoast • Yoast

As of at the moment, Thijs de Valk is not the CEO of Yoast. He determined to step down and pursue different desires. Newfold Digital and Yoast will miss him and wish to thank him for his time at Yoast and for all of the great issues he has achieved.

Thijs’ profession at Yoast

Thijs was one of many first Yoasters. He joined the corporate in 2012 as one of many first staff. He began out as a help engineer, did web optimization consultancy, was energetic as a marketer, and later served as our Chief Commerce Officer.

Within the final yr and a half, Thijs was the CEO of Yoast. He efficiently led the corporate via the primary yr post-acquisition, by which Yoast needed to adapt to the Newfold construction. Along with that, he kicked off the launch of the Yoast web optimization for Shopify App, bringing an entire new CMS to our WordPress-minded firm. And only a few weeks in the past, he rocked the stage at WordCamp Asia.

In quest of a brand new enterprise chief

With Thijs leaving, Yoast will seek for a brand new enterprise chief. We hope to affix forces with an outstanding new enterprise chief that may assist us enhance our product and our influence in each WordPress and web optimization.

Whereas searching for a brand new enterprise chief, Yoast will likely be led by the present Government Group consisting of Chaya Oosterbroek (COO), Marieke van de Rakt (CGO), and Derek Herman (CTO), in addition to our Management Group consisting of Sam Alderson, Floortje Scheurwater, Jono Alderson & Taco Verdonschot. Furthermore, we’ll be assisted by Jason Cross, who’s SVP Product: Commerce, Presence and WordPress at Newfold Digital. And Joost de Valk remains to be on board, offering steerage and experience.

Whereas we’re unhappy to see Thijs go away, we’re additionally filled with hope and enthusiasm about this subsequent part. The present web optimization local weather is one in every of adjustments and pleasure. There’s rather a lot to look ahead to and to be captivated with. Group Yoast and Newfold are as dedicated as ever to bettering WordPress and stay captivated with our mission ‘web optimization for everybody’. So, onwards it’s!