Workday names Carl Eschenbach as CEO to lead next phase of growth

Carl Eschenbach takes the helm for the next phase of growth, partnering with Co-Founder Aneel Bhusri’s strategic guidance.
By: | February 1, 2024
Topics: Leadership | News

Workday has appointed Carl Eschenbach as CEO, effective February 1, 2024. Eschenbach previously held the position of Co-CEO alongside Aneel Bhusri, Workday’s Co-CEO, and Chair since December 2022.

Bhusri will continue to play a crucial role in the organisation. As the Co-Founder and Executive Chair of the Workday Board of Directors, Bhusri will act as a strategic advisor to the CEO. His responsibilities include collaborating with Eschenbach and the executive team to develop strategic plans and growth initiatives aligned with Workday’s mission, vision, and values. Bhusri will particularly focus on guiding the organisation in innovation and shaping the future direction of Workday’s technology platform.

Eschenbach expressed his enthusiasm for the new role, stating, “Working alongside Aneel for the last year has been a highlight of my career and has solidified my belief in the opportunities ahead for Workday. I’m honoured to serve as CEO of this organisation and to continue working with our leadership team and more than 18,000 Workmates around the globe to build one of the most enduring software businesses of our time.”

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Under Eschenbach’s co-leadership, Workday achieved several milestones in the past year. The organisation surpassed 65 million users under contract, with a customer base exceeding 10,000 globally. More than 50% of the Fortune 500 and over 70% of the top 50 organisations in the Fortune 500 are also among Workday’s clientele.

“Workday has never been in a stronger position, thanks in large part to the impact Carl has made in his first year,” Bhusri concluded. “From the start, he has embedded the organisation’s core set of values, and I am confident that he is the right person to help Workday scale and lead us into our next phase of growth.”