FiscalNote Adds Strategy, Global, Sales Experts With New Board and Executive Team Positions

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LinkedIn’s Mike Callahan and VMware’s Brandon Sweeney Join Board

Kabbage’s Richard Kim Named FiscalNote’s First CFO;
LexisNexis Vet Troy Willett Now Leads Business Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 21, 2017 — FiscalNote, the Washington DC-based company that dramatically improves the way organizations engage with government, today announced two new board members, the company’s first CFO, and a new top business development executive. The growth-driven additions build on the announcement of longtime LexisNexis executive Martin Kilmer as chief operating officer earlier this year.

FiscalNote created the government relationship management (GRM) category a year ago with the first comprehensive engagement platform, services, and mobile application. The company this month celebrates its fourth anniversary.

Joining the FiscalNote board are Mike Callahan, LinkedIn’s general counsel and senior vice president, and Brandon Sweeney, VMware’s Senior Vice President of Global Commercial Customer Segment and Dell partnership.

“We look forward to Mike’s expertise in M&A and governance as we continue to build a long-lasting independent company,” said FiscalNote cofounder and CEO Tim Hwang. “We also welcome Mike’s expertise in our target customer segments including general counsels and risk management.”

Callahan leads LinkedIn’s legal and public policy teams, helped drive negotiations for its acquisition by Microsoft, and is deeply involved in the company’s Chinese operations. He previously led Yahoo’s legal team through multiple acquisitions and strategic transactions from 2003 to 2012 and served in various other positions within that company beginning in 1999.

Sweeney oversees annual multi-billion dollar revenue for enterprise software juggernaut VMware and has led various sales organizations within the company.
“In addition to his board duties, we look forward to Brandon’s hands-on advice as we continue to grow and structure our sales and business development groups for a global scope,” added FiscalNote’s Hwang.

Sweeney holds a BA in government and economics from Bowdoin College and MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, with concentrations in Marketing and Finance.

Kabbage’s Richard Kim Joins as CFO; LexisNexis Exec Now Leads BizDev

Joining FiscalNote as the company’s first chief financial officer is financial technology and investment banking executive Richard Kim. He will lead capital raising, investor relations, budgeting and financial planning for the company as well as financial operations. He will be based in the company’s New York office.

“Richard’s strategic financing and M&A experience will be invaluable as we continue our rapid growth and global expansion,” said FiscalNote’s Hwang. “His experience with a late-stage technology start-up will be especially important to us over the next year.”

As a senior executive on the finance and capital markets teams at financial technology platform Kabbage, Kim was an integral member of the group that took the automated small-business lending company through its Series D round and raised more than $500 million in asset-backed financing on their behalf.

Prior to Kabbage, Kim held senior roles in the investment banking divisions of Goldman Sachs and UBS in New York. He started his career with Salomon Brothers in the US and Japan.

He holds a BA in Economics and Asian Studies from Amherst College, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Troy Willett joins FiscalNote with more than 20 years in senior sales management and division leadership positions at LexisNexis. He most recently led that company’s $125 million Large Law Segment Management business and also held sales leadership positions in the company’s law school and research solutions divisions.

As vice president of business development, Willett will drive the company’s enterprise revenue growth and oversee an expansion of the sales organization. He brings expertise in strategic planning, sales program development, and sales organization leadership and alignment.

Willett earned his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Maryland.

About FiscalNote GRM

The FiscalNote GRM platform is the most effective solution for managing government impact and public issues. It aggregates global public data and internal data to deliver contextual insights via elegant workflow and collaboration tools. The platform creates an enterprise-based approach to modern government affairs – and the entire system learns over time. The platform marries deep data mining and breakthrough machine-learning techniques.

More than 200 companies rely on FiscalNote GRM and its services. The platform automatically tracks and analyzes data on more than 1.5 million active pieces of legislation, 800,000 federal and state regulations, more than 19,000 legislators and their staffers, more than 10 million regulatory comments, more than 6,000 watch lists, and more than 125,000 individual entities. Data is automatically collected from more than 150 sources at least four times every day.

About FiscalNote

FiscalNote has reinvented influence – dramatically improving the way organizations build and manage their relationships with all levels of government, and empowering them to have maximum impact on legislation and regulation. The company has raised more than $30 million from prominent early-stage investors including Renren, First Round Capital, Green Visor Capital, MediaToday, NEA, Visionnaire Ventures, Perle Ventures, Steve Case, Mark Cuban and Jerry Yang/AME Cloud Ventures. More than 200 organizations use the company’s proprietary tools and services. The growing number of enterprise companies depending on FiscalNote – from startups through global multinationals – include Akin Gump, Amazon, AstraZeneca, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dish Network, Expedia, Fidelity, Freddie Mac, HealthSouth, Illinois Tool Works, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, The Kraft Heinz Co, Microsoft, Pew Research, Sallie Mae, Salesforce, Schlumberger, Southwest Airlines, Staples, Tenet, Thomson Reuters, Walgreens and Whataburger. Non-profits and advocacy groups relying on FiscalNote include the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Boys & Girls Clubs of America,, Consumer Technology Association, the Information Technology Industry Council, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Education Association, and the University of Virginia’s Law School.

FiscalNote is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and CEO Tim Hwang is a WEF New Champion.

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