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Workday Expands Leadership Team

Appoints Debi Hirshlag, Vice President, Human Resources; Jim Shaughnessy, Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary

PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 27, 2012) - Workday, Inc. today announced the appointments of Debi Hirshlag, vice president of human resources and Jim Shaughnessy, vice president, general counsel and secretary. Workday, the leader in SaaS-based enterprise solutions for global human resources, payroll and financial management, continues to expand its leadership team to support the projected growth and global expansion of the company in the years to come.

What's New
As Vice President, Human Resources (HR), Debi Hirshlag is responsible for talent acquisition and development, compensation and benefits, and employee engagement programs.

  • Prior to joining Workday, Debi served as vice president of worldwide HR at Flextronics, where she led its deployment of Workday, the world's largest rollout of a core HR system in the cloud. In addition, she managed an internal team of more than 500 HR professionals, implemented and ran global HR shared services, and managed the site-based HR and learning systems organizations for Flextronics' 200,000 workers around the globe. Debi has also held HR leadership roles at Ariba, Inc., Latitude Communications, and Trimble, and early career roles at Amoco Corp., Pepsi-Cola, and Seagate. She holds a master's degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's degree in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University.

As Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Jim Shaughnessy oversees the company's legal, corporate governance, security, and compliance operations globally.

  • Jim brings to Workday more than 25 years of experience as a strategic legal executive for companies including Compaq Computer Corp., HP, Lenovo Group Ltd., and PeopleSoft, Inc. Just prior to joining Workday, Jim served as senior vice president, chief administrative officer, and general counsel at Orbitz Worldwide, Inc., where he was responsible for legal and government affairs, shared services, corporate communications, human resources, procurement, security, and compliance. Jim holds Juris Doctor and master's of public policy degrees from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree in political science from Northern Michigan University.

Comments on the News
"Dave [Duffield] and I are thrilled to welcome Debi and Jim to the Workday leadership team," said Aneel Bhusri, Workday co-founder and co-CEO. "Debi's years of success in HR management combined with Jim's proven track record in guiding enterprise technology companies will prove invaluable to Workday as we grow in 2012 and beyond."

"I feel privileged to join Workday, a growing organization full of some of the brightest and most creative minds in the industry," said Debi Hirshlag. "Workday is truly changing HR, both in its systems, and how managers and HR professionals think about people management. Having worked with the company for the past three years, I've been continuously impressed with Workday's integrity, transparency, and focus on customer success -- traits I value as well."

"Over the past five years, Workday's investments in technology, go-to-market capability, and administrative infrastructure have resulted in industry-leading SaaS solutions, thoroughly satisfied customers, and a great Workday team that I'm thrilled to have joined," said Jim Shaughnessy. "I look forward to building out the company's global legal function in a way that will contribute to the company's continued growth and success."

About Workday
Workday is the leader in enterprise-class, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for managing global businesses, combining a lower cost of ownership with an innovative approach to business applications. Founded by PeopleSoft veterans Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri, Workday delivers unified Human Capital Management, Payroll, and Financial Management solutions designed for today's organizations and the way people work. Delivered in the cloud leveraging a modern technology platform, Workday offers a fresh alternative to legacy ERP. More than 280 customers, spanning medium-sized organizations to Fortune 50 businesses, have selected Workday. Visit us at

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