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AlertMedia Adds Kara Hamilton, Chief People and Culture Officer at Smartsheet, to Board of Directors

Experienced finance, people, and operations leader to advise company during period of record growth.
Jan 12, 2021

AlertMedia, the world’s leading emergency communication and threat intelligence provider, today announced Kara Hamilton, Chief People and Culture Officer at Smartsheet, has joined its board of directors. In her capacity on the board, Hamilton will work closely with AlertMedia’s executive leadership team to support a variety of strategic growth initiatives and pursue new market opportunities.

“2020 was a record year for AlertMedia and reinforced that we’ve only scratched the surface as we work to deliver the technology businesses need to keep their people safe and informed during critical events,” said Brian Cruver, founder and CEO at AlertMedia. “Kara is a unique leader who brings years of experience serving in a variety of roles at multiple fast-growth businesses, including at her current company where she helped take the company public. I’m excited to tap into her immense talents to accelerate our growth trajectory and momentum in the market.”

As Chief People and Culture Officer at enterprise collaboration software company, Smartsheet, Hamilton is responsible for all aspects of employee experience, including recruiting and retention strategies. Under her leadership, the company has garnered numerous awards recognizing company culture, including consistently being recognized as a best place to work. Prior to focusing on people and culture exclusively, Hamilton served in a variety of leadership roles spanning finance, legal, and IT. Before joining Smartsheet, she also served as the director of finance for GoAhead Software (acquired by Oracle) where she led business operations for the U.S., Poland, and India.

“The AlertMedia team has delivered truly market-leading solutions to an impressive and rapidly-growing customer base,” said Hamilton. “Given current events and the unprecedented year we’ve just endured, emergency communication and employee safety have never been more important. An organization’s investment in the safety and well-being of their people should be a central component of the future of work, and every company can benefit from solutions that support faster and more effective communication.”

Hamilton’s board appointment comes at a time of explosive growth for AlertMedia’s business and team. During the past 12 months, the company experienced a 96% increase in year-over-year revenue growth while adding nearly 1,000 new customers. Additionally, the company added more than 100 new employees since the beginning of 2020. AlertMedia has continued to earn accolades as one of the top places to work in Austin and the country, recently being recognized as a top employer by multiple technology and business publications, including the Austin Business Journal, Built In Austin, and Inc. magazine.

Hamilton joins current AlertMedia board members Mike Smerklo, co-founder and managing director at Next Coast Ventures, Morgan Flager, managing partner at Silverton Partners, Bob Nye, general partner at JMI Equity, and Brian Cruver, founder and CEO at AlertMedia.

About AlertMedia

AlertMedia is the world’s leading emergency communication provider. Our award-winning, two-way multichannel messaging system, threat intelligence, and 24/7 employee safety solution help organizations protect their business and people through all phases of an emergency. AlertMedia supports critical communication for thousands of leading businesses—including DHL, British Petroleum, Coca-Cola Bottling, and Walmart—in more than 130 countries.

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