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Blackline Safety Announces Key Promotions and Leadership Changes

March 2023 by Marc Jacob

Blackline Safety Corp. (TSX: BLN), a global leader in connected safety technology, has announced the following key promotions and changes to its executive leadership team:

Chief Growth Officer Sean Stinson is promoted to the additional role of President. With this appointment, Stinson will assume the leadership of software and professional service offerings, including Blackline Vision custom analytics. He will continue to lead all revenue generating activities, including sales, customer success and channel management. Stinson joined Blackline in 2013 and has held progressively senior roles at the Company, including sales, product, data services, user experience, client success and customer care. Prior to Blackline, Stinson held leadership roles in engineering and project management at BW Technologies and Honeywell.

Chief Marketing Officer Christine Gillies will expand her responsibilities to include Product Management in the newly expanded role of Chief Product & Marketing Officer. Having joined Blackline two years ago, Gillies has successfully led global marketing initiatives including brand, product marketing, demand generation and corporate communications. Prior to joining Blackline, Gillies developed a proven track record in product management at SMART Technologies and Thor Technologies (Oracle) and has established herself as a dedicated, market focused leader who is well positioned to continue to develop Blackline’s innovative lifesaving connected safety solutions.

Vice President of People Services Meaghan Whitney is promoted to the role of Chief People Officer. In her new role, Whitney will be responsible for all aspects of human resources, including health and safety, talent acquisition, employee engagement, benefits, and learning and development. She will work closely with the Executive team to develop and implement strategic initiatives to support the Company’s growth and culture. With more than 13 years of Human Resource experience, Whitney is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and is a Certified Professional in the Society of Human Resource Management.

Co-founder, Brendon Cook, will take on the new role of Chief Information Officer. He will oversee information, computing and systems technologies across the company, with a focus on improving processes and efficiencies through technology. Working with compliance, security and privacy teams, Brendon will also support teams who focus on certifications and quality standards.

In addition to executive promotions, Blackline’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Brian Sweeney has departed the Company, effective February 23, 2023. With Sweeney’s departure, his duties and teams have been re-aligned within the new leadership structure. Specifically, CEO and Chair Cody Slater is taking direct oversight of the firmware and hardware teams, areas where Slater has more than 30 years of experience. The Company expects to incur modest one-time exit costs in the fiscal second quarter, with longer-term cost savings thereafter with the consolidation of the CTO role.

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