Apr 19, 2021

Bullhorn Announces Executive Changes to Better Scale and Support Customers Worldwide

Bullhorn, the cloud computing company that helps staffing and recruiting organizations transform their businesses, announced that David Whitley has joined its senior leadership team as Chief Technology Officer, reporting to Matt Fischer, who has taken on the role of President and Chief Operating Officer.

As the company continues its rapid growth and international expansion, the executive team has similarly evolved to meet growing customer demand and to optimize internal operations. In addition to his existing role of President, as Chief Operating Officer Matt Fischer will be focused on accelerating the company’s growth and scale to serve customer needs globally.

The R&D, Bullhorn Technical Operations, Product Development, and Global Technical Services organizations will all report to Whitley, who in turn will report directly to Fischer. Combining the teams that manage customer implementations with the teams that manage development and delivery is yet another example of Bullhorn’s commitment to customer centricity and alignment of engineering with customer needs. Whitley and his teams will focus on scaling the company’s automation-centric tech stack and driving value for customers across the globe and in different industry segments.

As Chief Technology Officer at Bullhorn, Whitley will bring innovation and experience in solving complex customer problems through technology. Whitley is an accomplished technology leader with 25 years of experience building teams and delivering technology solutions to meet customer needs by scaling software product delivery and engineering capabilities globally and ensuring cross-functional alignment. His career spans numerous industries, and he brings extensive experience with a variety of technology platforms, both internally developed and acquired through M&A.

Most recently, Whitley was Senior Vice President of Product Development for Applied Systems, a cloud-based insurance software provider, and prior to that, he was VP of Product Development at Intergraph. Whitley has led his teams through several successful private equity exits. He started his career as a software developer at Accenture.

“I am tremendously excited to join the Bullhorn team. Despite the fact that the company has more than 1,000 employees, it still operates as a truly agile company, and I am looking forward to delivering on the many innovations the team has in progress, including a new approach to facilitating an end-to-end candidate experience. But most importantly, I have tremendous belief in the company’s purpose and value: we help our customers put people to work, empowering them to support their families and communities, and this is a more important mission than ever.”

“I am looking forward to working with David as I take on the COO role,” said Matt Fischer, Bullhorn’s President and COO. “David takes a very rational approach to software engineering and delivery. He builds technology to meet customer needs – whether large or small – instead of just building tech for tech’s sake. He’s also a master of integrating technology organizations from acquired companies, not just integrating R&D operations, but also people and company cultures to create a unified front. This unique combination of technology leadership and forward-looking business acumen is exactly what Bullhorn needs at this stage of our journey.”

ON Partners consultants Seth Harris and Jamie Ganner are proud to have partnered with David Whitely and Bullhorn on this successful appointment. ON Partners has collaborated with Bullhorn on several executive engagements over the years. See more CTO executive roles placed by ON Partners here.

About Bullhorn


Bullhorn is the global leader in software for the recruitment industry. More than 10,000 companies rely on Bullhorn’s cloud-based platform to power their recruitment processes from start to finish. With offices around the world, Bullhorn is founder-led and employs more than 1,000 people globally. To learn more, visit or follow @Bullhorn on Twitter.

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