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November 27, 2015 3:02 AM ET

Professional Services

Company Overview of Upwork Global Inc.

Company Overview

Upwork Global Inc. operates an online platform for companies to hire and work with independent professionals. It provides Upwork Enterprise, a freelancer management system to hire, engage, and pay independent talent in a more personalized way than vendor management systems. Upwork Global Inc. was formerly known as Elance-oDesk, Inc. and changed its name to Upwork Global Inc. in May 2015. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Mountain View, California with additional offices in San Francisco, California; and Oslo, Norway. Upwork Global Inc. is a former subsidiary of International Business Machines Corporation.

441 Logue Avenue

Mountain View, CA 94043

United States

Founded in 1998





Key Executives for Upwork Global Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and Director
Executive Chairman
Age: 52
Senior Vice President of Operations
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Senior Vice President of Enterprise
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Upwork Global Inc. Key Developments

Upwork Names Han Yuan as Senior Vice President of Engineering

Upwork announced that Han Yuan has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Engineering, effective immediately. Yuan will oversee Upwork's full platform and distributed technical team of 300+ engineers -- a role formerly held by CEO Stephane Kasriel. Prior to joining Upwork, Yuan led engineering teams at both early-stage and Fortune 500 companies -- including Trintech, Netflix and eBay.

Elance-oDesk has Changed its Name to Upwork

On May 05, 2015, Elance-oDesk changed its name to Upwork.

Elance-oDesk Announces Executive and Management Changes

Elance-oDesk announced that Stephane Kasriel has been named the company’s chief executive officer and appointed to the board of directors. Current CEO Fabio Rosati, who has led Elance-oDesk since launch, named Kasriel as his successor and will remain a member of the company’s board of directors. Since joining in 2012 Kasriel has risen to SVP of Product and Engineering, responsible for Elance-oDesk’s full platform and technical team. Kasriel brings 16 years of experience to the position, which spans executive roles and multiple entrepreneurial successes. Before joining Elance-oDesk, Kasriel held several executive positions at PayPal, including Global Head of PayPal Consumer Products, Global Head of Mobile Business Development and Managing Director of PayPal France.

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