Former Workday Executive Joins Checkr as the New Chief Product Officer

Today, we are excited to announce that Denise Hemke is joining the Checkr Executive team as our Chief Product Officer. In this role, Denise will lead the product vision, roadmap and teams to deliver customer delight and innovation while advancing our mission of building a fairer future.

Denise is a product veteran with over 21 years of experience, most recently at Workday, the leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance, HR, and planning, as the GM of Analytics. Prior to Workday, Denise held leadership roles at Platfora and Salesforce.

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“Denise is the ideal CPO to lead Checkr’s next chapter of growth and success,” said Daniel Yanisse, CEO, Checkr. “Her impressive track record of innovation, leadership, and operational excellence as well as her ​​commitment to our mission of fairness for workers inspires us to dream big in terms of the impact our solutions will continue to have on customers and our society.”

Denise brings unique perspective and experience in analytics, product management, and DEI to expedite the future of the Checkr solution. “I am extremely excited to join the Checkr team and to disrupt the background check industry,” said Hemke. “I was particularly driven by the opportunity to empower businesses to create fair and equitable hiring practices. Setting and achieving diversity goals has become table stakes for hiring teams, and Checkr provides data to help you better understand how you can increase your hiring funnel by revisiting your definition of a qualified candidate.”

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During her time at Workday, Hemke scaled monthly report executions to 2B+, launched and matured several new products, and grew the Analytics business to over 1K customers. On joining Checkr, Hemke said, “I look forward to tackling the background check industry by developing innovative new features to reduce bias in the hiring process and leveraging data to help customers make more accurate and fair decisions.”

Denise is a visionary and a strategist who joins Checkr at a critical time to improve product experience and harness growth. Hemke will lead the product team from Checkr’s headquarters in San Francisco, California.

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