WeTransfer bolsters product innovation and tech infrastructure with a dual senior leadership appointment
Damon Dean hired as Chief Product Officer, formerly of DocuSign; ex-Microsoft Dan Conti promoted to Chief Technology Officer – both based in the US
New York, Thursday 1 December 2022: WeTransfer, a leading provider of creative productivity tools, announces new additions to its senior leadership team in two new roles as it doubles-down on its product-focussed strategy.
Damon Dean has been appointed Chief Product Officer. He joins from OneLogin, where he was also CPO, responsible for leading and growing the product management, customer experience, program management and solutions architecture teams. He will be responsible for product management, user experience and data.
Dan Conti has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer, having played a lead role in developing the technology strategy for WeTransfer since joining in February 2021. As CTO, Conti is tasked with scaling WeTransfer’s technology infrastructure, and investing to further develop WeTransfer’s tech capabilities.
Alexandar Vassilev, WeTransfer’s CEO said: “This year, we’ve made the biggest investment in our leadership bench to date, ensuring we have all the right skills and talent to serve our ever-expanding community of creatives and up-and-coming creators. I’m particularly pleased to welcome Damon, who brings a wealth of experience as we continue to evolve our product suite with new features and tools, coupled with Dan stepping up to take on the role of CTO. I’m confident we have the right team to help us continue to innovate and double down on the next phase of product-led growth.”
Dean, who is based in San Francisco, spent eight years at DocuSign, leading on its advanced technology efforts including machine learning, blockchain and biometrics. Most recently he has also held advisory roles at SILQ Finance and Sendoso, building SaaS products, demand generation best-practices, scaling businesses and laying the foundations for growth for both up-and-coming and established players. As a true creative, his career spans publishing, video game making, start-ups and agencies among other executive roles.
Damon Dean, WeTransfer’s Chief Product Officer said: “I’m thrilled to join a business with so much abundant creativity, talent and ambition. WeTransfer is a brilliant example of a company that paved the way in building an inherently viral product that is still as relevant and loved today as it was a decade ago. But the work doesn’t stop here, we have much more to achieve, new technologies to explore and I feel confident about taking on the challenge of scaling the product offering in 2023 and beyond.”
Meanwhile, Conti has held multiple engineering roles at Microsoft over a 15-year tenure at the software giant, culminating in him leading strategy development for long-term VR and AR device experiences.
Dan Conti, WeTransfer’s Chief Technology Officer added: “Staying true to a simple workflow has always been at the heart of WeTransfer. But the best part is invisible to the naked eye in the tech that underpins our seemingly simple product and makes it such a smooth experience everyone has come to appreciate. Having grown exponentially over the past few years, we’ve recently put extra time and investment into the nuts and bolts of our platform to ensure it’s fit for the demand today and in the future. I’m looking forward to delivering on our promise to the global creative community, while ensuring that our systems are in the best possible shape to take on more traffic as we innovate.”
Since launching WeTransfer Premium in January 2022, the business has introduced several key product developments and features and increased investment in the mobile experience. The hero features include Portals and Reviews, enabling creatives and teams to organize and simplify the client or collaborator feedback process, while empowering them with more effortless ways to customise the way they deliver their work. Many brands, including the likes of Twitch, Soho House and Wieden+Kennedy, rely on these tools every day.
Alongside this, WeTransfer revamped WePresent, its digital arts platform featuring work from creators across the globe, which won the company an Academy Award for the short film it commissioned with Riz Ahmed and Aneil Karia.
WeTransfer streamlines the workflow process for millions of creative professionals. Its ecosystem of creative productivity tools makes it easy to collaborate, share and deliver work. WeTransfer has more than 80 million monthly active users in 190 countries.
As a certified B Corporation™, WeTransfer has long been a champion of using business as a force for good. Since its founding in 2009, WeTransfer has donated up to 30% of its advertising space to support artists and social causes. Last year, WeTransfer also launched its Supporting Act Foundation to support emerging creative talent through arts education, grants, and an annual prize.
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