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July 22
5:38 AM 2015

Evernote has a new chief executive officer. This was announced by Phil Libin, co-founder and longtime CEO of the productivity and note-taking app.

In a post on the company's official blog, Libin introduced Chris O'Neill, who will be taking over the position effective July 27, 2015. Upon the transition, Libin will assume the position of Executive Chairman.

According to the blog, O'Neill joins Evernote with almost ten years in various leadership positions at Internet giant Google. He was formerly the head of global business operations at Google [X], which was instrumental in the development of technologies like Google Glass.

O'Neill was also the former head of Google Canada. He holds an MBA. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Economics from Huron University College at The University of Western Ontario.

"Chris brings to Evernote the experience needed to scale the company so that we can create the maximum positive impact on the world", Libin said.

Evernote, he said further, has been looking for the perfect CEO to build the company it envisions to become, capable of "assembling and motivating a team of (eventually) thousands of hyper-talented people, to lead at scale". 

"We've found such a person in Chris", declared Lebin.

"I'm incredibly excited to work with Phil and the Evernote team to amplify the success they've had building products people both rely on and love,"O'Neill said of his new position at Evernote's helm.

"Evernote is already helping millions of people accomplish more every day. With over a billion knowledge workers globally and growing, we're only just getting started", O'Neill added.

Ahead of the announcement of O'Neill as Evernote's next CEO, Libin spoke with tech blogRe/code and said that part of the new CEO's responsibilities will be to guide Evernote through the process of going public, as well as through a more intensified sales and marketing effort.  

"I realized I wasn't passionate about being the CEO who will take this company public and that I should find someone who will be passionate about it." Lebin revealed.

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