Tonkean Builds Executive Team to Scale Adaptive Business Operations


​Tonkean, the operating system for operations teams, today announced the arrival of two new leaders to its executive team. Benjamin Sternsmith has joined the company as Vice President of Sales & Customer Success, responsible for the company’s revenue, and Ben Beebe has joined as Vice President of Finance. 

Sternsmith brings two decades of experience driving revenue growth and building successful sales teams at SaaS companies. Most recently, he led sales efforts at Lyft, driving B2B revenue for its business division. Sternsmith helped build the Lyft sales team from the ground up, growing revenues aggressively for more than 4 years and contributing to its successful IPO. Prior to Lyft, he spent fifteen years in software sales, building teams at Salesforce and Oracle.

Beebe comes to Tonkean with over a decade of experience in FP&A at high growth SaaS companies. Most recently, he led FP&A and Accounting at Benchling, helping to scale in support of 100%+ revenue and infrastructure growth. Prior to Benchling Ben spent four years at Looker, where he built the FP&A function from the ground up, from Series A through E prior to its acquisition by Google in 2019.

“Tonkean is in the midst of scaling up our business team to fulfill our mission of providing Adaptive Business Operations to every operations team on the planet,” said Sagi Eliyahu, co-founder and CEO at Tonkean. “We’re very pleased to add these two leaders with experience building and scaling high-performing sales and financial teams. I see them as ideal additions to our leadership team to help us bring Tonkean through our next phase of growth.”  

“I'm thrilled to join such a disruptive company,” said Benjamin Sternsmith, VP Sales and Customer Success at Tonkean. “I know from firsthand experience that hitting revenue and company goals is highly dependent on the work of operations teams in every department. Tonkean’s platform is perfect for helping them adapt and optimize their unique people, processes and systems.”   

These executive announcements come on the heels of an eventful spring for Tonkean. The company raised its series A funding round of $24 million in April, led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Tonkean also announced the launch of AdaptivOps, the first-ever cross-functional community for operations professionals. In just a few short months, the community has welcomed hundreds of members and hosted regular virtual events that champion the growth of operations as the next critical function in the enterprise. Tonkean also continued to enhance its human-in-the-loop automation platform, including more advanced forms, a new formula builder, and dozens of new integrations in recent months.

“This is an exciting time for Tonkean as we scale up to meet increasing demand,” said Beebe. “With the backing of our investors, a steady stream of new hires throughout the organization, and strong traction with enterprise customers, we’re well positioned to become the industry standard platform for operations teams while building a thriving business.”​

About Tonkean

Tonkean is the operating system for operations teams. Tonkean's Adaptive Business Operations platform gives business and functional operations teams the power to build a foundation for their unique set of systems, people, and processes to drive efficiency, flexibility, and scale. Founded in 2015, Tonkean is headquartered in San Francisco with R&D in Tel Aviv. To learn more, visit, or follow Tonkean on LinkedIn and Twitter.​

Source: Tonkean