Kristen Durham

VP, Startups at Zendesk

Kristen Durham is the current Vice President of Startups at Zendesk. Kristen has a wealth of experience in business development and strategy creation, with a particular focus on international markets. Kristen's previous positions include Director of Latin America at SVB Financial Group and Vice President of Global Initiatives at the Bay Area Council. Kristen has also worked as a Graduate Student Researcher for International and Environmental Programs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Kristen's experience in both the public and private sector make their uniquely qualified for their current role at Zendesk.

Kristen Durham attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where they earned a BS in Agricultural Economics. Kristen then attended Wuhan University, where they studied Chinese Language and Environmental Engineering. Finally, they attended the University of California, Berkeley, where they earned an MS in Energy & Resources.

Kristen Durham reports to Mikkel Svane, Co-Founder & CEO. They work with Alexander Aghassipour - Co-Founder & CPO, Sary Stefanki - VP, Customer Success, and Toke Nygaard - Chief Creative Officer.


Previous companies

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  • VP, Startups

    January, 2020 - present

  • Director, Office of the CEO

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