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January 8, 2021

Stack Overflow adds Debbie Shotwell to leadership team as Chief People Officer

Stack Overflow, the widely trusted platform for developers and technologists, has added Debbie Shotwell to its leadership team in the Chief People Officer role.

Shotwell will work to accelerate business results by attracting and retaining the best talent, empowering Stackers to reach their full potential, and creating employee experience that emphasizes collaboration, diversity, inclusion, and belonging — all designed to drive business value.

"I'm thrilled that Debbie is joining our leadership team to help scale Stack Overflow to its next phase of growth,” said Prashanth Chandrasekar, CEO of Stack Overflow. “Debbie is a talented and highly experienced people leader who knows how to develop, foster, and maintain a values-based company culture while rapidly scaling the organization. Her extensive and diverse experience at other leading technology companies will enable us to recruit and onboard exceptional new talent, to continue to develop existing Stackers, and to empower the organization to reach its high growth goals.”

Prior to signing on with Stack Overflow, Shotwell garnered 20 years of experience in the technology, media and service industries, developing a solid reputation as a complex problem-solver at a range of companies — from startups to large, established organizations. Most recently, she was Chief People Officer at Saba Software, were she led the people function, guiding it through two global acquisitions. Under her tutelage, Saba Software was recognized as a Best and Brightest Company to Work For and a Top Place to Work in the Bay Area.

“Throughout my career in the technology sector, I have been impressed by how beloved Stack Overflow has been by developers and technologists,” said Shotwell. “I am excited to bring my experience to Stack Overflow, to help them act on their ambitious and compelling mission and to accelerate their plans for exponential growth. I look forward to learning from the rich company culture that already exists and building and scaling its people programs in order to help the company live up to its incredible potential.”

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