Ian Small, the former TokBox head is taking over form Chris O’Neill as CEO of Evernote, the note-taking and productivity app company said this morning. The leadership change was announced to employees in a blog post this morning.
‘We are hugely appreciative of the energy and dedication Chris has shown over the last three years, and in particular for putting Evernote on a solid financial footing so we can continue to build for the future,’ Small wrote.
He added, ‘When Stephan Pachikov founded Evernote, he had a vision for how technology could augment memory and how an app could change the way we relate to information at home and at work. Evernote has been more successful at making progress towards Stepan’s dreams that he could have imagined, but Stepan and I both think that there is more to explore and more to invent.’
O’Neill took over as Evernote CEO in 2015 from co-founder Phil Libin. Small previously served as CEO of TokBox, which Operates the OpenTok video calling platform, from 2009 to 2014, and then as its chairman from 2014 to July of this year.
This is the latest in a series of significant leadership shifts in Evernote over the last few months.
Several key executives who have left include CTO Anirban Kundu, CFO Vincent Toolan, CPO Erik Wrobel and head of HR Michelle Wagner. For six years now, Evernote has been struggling to grow its base of paid users and active users, as well as enterprise clients.
As part of a bid to turn around this trend, it laid off 54 people or about 155 of its workforce and fused certain functions to cut cost and work more efficiently.
In a blog post, O’Neill, the then CEO wrote about the company’s future growth strategy, including streamlining specific functions like sales so it could focus on product development and engineering