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

As of immediately, 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 need to thank him for his time at Yoast and for all of the fantastic issues he has carried out.

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 assist 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 by means of the primary yr post-acquisition, through 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 a complete new CMS to our WordPress-minded firm. And only a few weeks in the past, he rocked the stage at WordCamp Asia.

Searching for a brand new enterprise chief

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

Whereas in search of a brand new enterprise chief, Yoast will probably 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 steering and experience.

Whereas we’re unhappy to see Thijs go away, we’re additionally stuffed with hope and enthusiasm about this subsequent section. The present web optimization local weather is one among modifications and pleasure. There’s lots to stay up for 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!