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Cornerstone Hires Industry Veteran to Lead New Silicon Slopes Office

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Former Workday Controller Trish Coughlin will lead the company’s new hub in Utah expected to contribute $6 million to the local economy

Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), a global leader in cloud-based learning and human capital management software, today announced it has hired Trish Coughlin as its first Chief Accounting Officer. Coughlin brings more than 25 years of experience in finance and operations to Cornerstone and will lead the company’s new hub in Utah. Prior to this role, Coughlin was the Corporate Controller for Workday, and has held finance positions at Goldman Sachs, Honeywell and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Coughlin will oversee Cornerstone’s global accounting operations, as well as run the new 26,000-sq.-ft. office in the Salt Lake City area (75 West Towne Ridge Parkway, Sandy, Utah), which is quickly becoming a major tech center. Referred to as Silicon Slopes, the area is home to several of the country’s newest technology unicorns – startups with a valuation over $1 billion – and has one of the fastest growing job markets in the U.S.1

The new office is expected to contribute up to 350 new jobs to the local community, which will equate to about $6 million in new state revenue and an estimated $4.4 in capital investment over the next seven years. Currently, open positions in the office span across Finance, Global Product Support, Sales, Engineering, Product Development and Administration.

This will be Cornerstone’s second largest office in North America – its largest is in Santa Monica, Calif. – and its 20th office worldwide. With nearly 2,000 employees in 43 countries, Cornerstone serves more than 40 million people and is one of the largest cloud-based, enterprise technology companies in the world.

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"We welcome Trish. Her expertise will be of great benefit to Cornerstone and the Silicon Slopes community," said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. "We look forward to future personnel announcements as Cornerstone builds its team at its newest location worldwide."

"Trish has more than two decades of accounting experience from some of the world’s top finance organizations, as well as incredibly relevant experience in the HR software industry,” said Brian Swartz, chief financial officer, Cornerstone OnDemand. “That coupled with Trish’s knowledge and expertise in the local market, we are excited for her contributions to the company, and consider this a big win for Cornerstone.”

“I’m thrilled to join the Cornerstone team and oversee the company’s expansion into this growing tech center,” said Trish Coughlin, chief accounting offer, Cornerstone OnDemand. “It’s an exciting time in Salt Lake City, and Cornerstone will now have a part in one of the most important tech hubs in the country.”

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About Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone was founded with a passion for empowering people through learning and a conviction that people should be your organization’s greatest competitive advantage. Cornerstone is a global human capital management leader with a core belief that companies thrive when they help their employees to realize their potential. Putting this belief into practice, Cornerstone offers solutions to help companies strategically manage and continuously develop their talent throughout the entire employee lifecycle. Featuring comprehensive recruiting, personalized learning, development-driven performance management, and holistic HR planning, Cornerstone’s human capital management platform is successfully used by more than 3,500 global clients of all sizes, spanning over 40 million users across 192 countries and 43 languages. Learn more at csod.com.

1 U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, March 2018 - https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cewqtr.nr0.htm

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