June 4, 2023

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 great issues he has executed.

Thijs’ profession at Yoast

Thijs was one of many first Yoasters. He joined the corporate in 2012 as one of many first workers. He began out as a help engineer, did web optimization consultancy, was lively as a marketer, and later served as our Chief Commerce Officer.

Within the final 12 months and a half, Thijs was the CEO of Yoast. He efficiently led the corporate by means of the primary 12 months post-acquisition, wherein 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.

Looking 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 outstanding new enterprise chief that may assist us enhance our product and our influence in each WordPress and web optimization.

Whereas searching for a brand new enterprise chief, Yoast can be led by the present Govt Staff consisting of Chaya Oosterbroek (COO), Marieke van de Rakt (CGO), and Derek Herman (CTO), in addition to our Management Staff 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 depart, we’re additionally stuffed with hope and enthusiasm about this subsequent part. The present web optimization local weather is one among modifications and pleasure. There’s quite a bit to sit up for and to be enthusiastic about. Staff Yoast and Newfold are as dedicated as ever to enhancing WordPress and stay enthusiastic about our mission ‘web optimization for everybody’. So, onwards it’s!