Former King Executive and Peakon CFO Simone Goodman joins Forecast

  • Artificial Intelligence , Management
  • 10.08.2021 03:36 pm

Forecast, the leading AI-native platform for project and resource management, today announces the hire of Simone Goodman as Chief Financial Officer.

Simone’s appointment at Forecast is a new role for the business, intended to support the acceleration of growth and entry of Forecast into the US market, following the successful $19M series A investment led by Balderton.

As chief financial officer of Peakon, Simone led the finance team and supported a 30x valuation growth in under four years, from Series A to its eventual $700M sale to Workday.  Previously a director at King Digital - the creator of Candy Crush - she supported the company to achieve explosive revenue growth, an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, and a subsequent $5.9 billion acquisition by Activision.

AI-native project and resource management platform, Forecast, is the only such platform to unite projects, resources, financials and business intelligence in one easy-to-use tool, enabling transparency on all business operations.

As part of her role in accelerating the growth of the company, Simone will also head up the HR and people management function at Forecast, with a focus on hiring for growth in the US market.

Simone’s appointment builds on important momentum for Forecast, following the series A investment, record growth and key hires and appointments, including former Informatica CEO Sohaib Abbassi as Chairman and ex-CEO and founder of FinancialForce Jeremy Roche to its Board of Directors.

Simone Goodman said of her appointment: “I’m delighted to have joined Forecast and the opportunity to help fuel the growth of the company and enter the US market with confidence. I’m impressed with the leadership and board that Dennis has assembled and am extremely pleased to be working with him as well as new and old team mates and associates. As a CFO, I’m excited our product is so attractive to finance leaders and I look forward to building relationships and the development of our market leading platform.”

Dennis Kayser, CEO & co-founder at Forecast said: “I’m personally very excited to welcome Simone to the team. She brings deep experience and insight to Forecast, further bolstering our incredible leadership group. She’ll play a pivotal role in accelerating Forecast’s growth in a healthy and sustainable way, ensuring that our series A round is used responsibly to power growth and to aid us in reaching our ambitious revenue targets. Her experience in working with leading VCs and in developing smart, mission-driven people will all be great assets to Forecast.”

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