On the heels of announcing a number of great additions to our team including Maya Noeth, Ethan Choi, Cherry Miao and Eli Collins, we’re excited to announce another addition to Accel: Paula Judge, who has joined us as VP of Talent.

Paula joins us from Palo Alto Networks where she led the Americas go-to-market recruiting efforts. During her 5 years there, she helped scale the team from 1K to 5K employees and learned firsthand the ins and outs of growing different aspects of business. Before that, she worked with Heidrick and Struggles, a retained executive search firm, where she conducted executive level searches for the technology practice.

Given Paula has spent a significant amount of time both in-house and via the agency side, she’s able to provide firsthand experience to our portfolio companies on best practices as you grow and scale your organization, as well as how to think strategically about making the right hires to catapult your business to the next level. Our companies will be able to leverage Paula to think through all aspects of their talent search from who and when your next hire should be, to the process itself including how to conduct referrals, compensation or structuring offerings, and helping to navigate the agency relationship.

We’re thrilled to have someone of Paula’s caliber join Accel and our Talent team. Her blend of external search consulting and internal team building will be a great compliment to our talent efforts. We believe that people are the greatest asset in the world to high growth technology companies. Paula helps us continue to build our extensive network of amazing talent, enabling us to connect our entrepreneurs and portfolio companies to world-class operators with deep industry expertise.

You can reach Paula via LinkedIn.