Committed to long-term growth of Convene’s flourishing meetings and flexible workplace business, Kelly’s new leadership role will advance Convene’s strategy around culture, enterprise sales, and landlord partnerships
February 5, 2019 (New York, NY) — Convene, the leading partner for commercial landlords in building and managing premium, amenity-driven, flexible-term meeting and workspace solutions, announced that, effective January 1, cofounder Chris Kelly has been appointed vice chairman of the board. Kelly’s new role is part of Convene’s strategic focus on identifying a company president that will help the growing firm scale its operation globally. Last summer, Convene closed a $152 million Series D funding round and announced plans to grow internationally. To date, Convene has raised $260 million and is the second most capitalized flexible office company in the industry. Kelly cofounded Convene with CEO Ryan Simonetti, his college classmate, in 2009.
“I spent my early years at Convene being extremely hands-on in the operations of the business and have sat in dozens of different seats as we have grown into the company that we are today,” said Chris Kelly, cofounder and vice chairman of Convene. “My role continues to evolve as we recruit new, world-class executives to scale our platform domestically and internationally and across new product lines. It is an incredible privilege to work with and learn from this team. As Vice Chairman, I am focused on creating impact in three specific areas: culture, strategy, and business development. I continue to work closely with Ryan and cross-functionally within the organization to carry the thread of our vision into the future.”
“Ten years ago, Chris and I set out to fundamentally change the way people meet and work,” said Ryan Simonetti, cofounder and CEO of Convene. “Together, we’ve enjoyed tremendous success, built a category defining company, and have helped to reshape an entire industry. We could not be more proud of what we’ve built together and look forward to the future as we grow and learn alongside the incredible team that we’ve assembled. Chris’ unwavering commitment to creating an award-winning company culture, and his unstoppable motivation in growing a progressive, best-in-class company is felt across the organization every day. Now, as we shift our focus to scaling our platform globally it’s critical that we bring on the c-level talent required to take the company to the next level without compromising our amazing culture. Chris will continue to work closely with me and the rest of our executive team as we drive the future vision, strategy, and growth of the company.”
Kelly will remain an integral part of the company’s continued operations. As Convene continues its expansions, particularly into new international markets, the company will look to the support of a new, yet-to-be-named senior executive with a strong track record of strategic global growth.
Convene (www.convene.com) designs and services premium places to work, meet, and host inspiring events. Through strategic partnerships with prominent commercial landlords, Convene operates a network of hospitality-driven locations in Class A office buildings across major U.S. cities, with plans to expand globally. Convene has raised $260M in equity funding to date, and has been named one of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and a Best Workplace by both Inc. and Fortune Magazine.
Jenna Wollemann, Convene