The Tradeshift story

At Tradeshift, we're building a more connected world.

It began with a

In 2005, entrepreneurs Christian, Mikkel and Gert had a vision: to connect every business in the world. So when the Danish National IT & Telecom Agency asked them to create an e-invoice network, they saw an opportunity to create something bigger.


First, they built EasyTrade, the world’s first open-source trade platform.* (Did they blow a few minds and break some rules along the way? You bet they did.)

Then, the trio got to work again. This time, to realize their vision of an open business platform for the whole world, not just Europe. A platform that would transform the way businesses work together. From broken to efficient; from complicated to simple; from archaic to modern.

And so, Tradeshift was born.

*95% of Danish businesses still use it today.


Bigger team. Same vision.

Tradeshift has grown to over 800 people with offices in 13 countries, but our focus hasn’t wavered. We believe that nothing connects a fragmented world like commerce. We digitize and connect everything that happens between a buyer and a seller, anywhere in the world.

We help businesses


Connect with all their suppliers digitally


Remove paper and manual processes across procure-to-pay


Buy what they need faster and manage supplier risk


Meet our leaders

James Stirk

Interim CEO

James is Tradeshift’s Chief Revenue Officer promoted to the global role based on his track record of driving growth across Tradeshift’s EMEA region. James is an accomplished leader with 25+ years of experience building strategy, sales growth and business development for established Multinationals (Fortune 500) and smaller (PE backed) organizations across finance, ERP, business intelligence and cyber. He is responsible for scaling revenue across Tradeshift’s commercial & customer facing business units and refining our go-to-market strategy driving expansion across global markets. Previously, James held senior leadership positions with Financialforce, McAfee and Oracle. He is based in the United Kingdom.

Mikkel Hippe Brun

Co-Founder, SVP

Mikkel Hippe Brun is one of Tradeshift’s Co-Founder’s. An entrepreneur, Mikkel is attracted to big projects with high impact on how business can be conducted in a smarter way. He is passionate about building a world-class company, offering an unparalleled business platform, for collaboration and business interaction. Previously, Mikkel was Technical Director at the PEPPOL project, a €30 million initiative sponsored by the European Commission to establish a pan European e-business infrastructure. As Chief Consultant at the Danish National IT and Telecom Agency, Mikkel was instrumental in the establishment of a Danish national electronic invoicing infrastructure. Mikkel is based in Denmark.

Ryan Tate: Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Tate

Chief Financial Officer

Ryan is Tradeshift’s Chief Financial Officer. With 20 years of experience in internal and external SEC reporting, investor relations, post-merger integration, and financial statement audits. Based in the United States, Ryan’s previous roles were KPMG and RackSpace, a publicly traded technology company. Ryan holds an M.S. Accounting from Trinity University. Ryan is based in the United States.

Gert Sylvest

Co-Founder, SVP & GM, SMB

Gert Sylvest is one of Tradeshift’s Co-Founder and General Manager for the Small Business and Fintech organization. He has extensive experience with digital, cloud based procure-to-pay and financing, large-scale public-to-private P2P infrastructures, cross-regional cloud deployments, blockchain and interoperability. Previously, he was responsible for the technical design and implementation of the Danish (Easytrade/Nemhandel) and European (PEPPOL) peer-to-peer-based source-to-pay digital infrastructures, with Accenture and Avanade. Gert holds a MSc in Information Technology and Music, specializing in real-time distributed collaboration systems. He is based in Denmark.

Rolf Njor Jensen

SVP, Engineering & Platform Services & GM, Payment Automation

Rolf is Tradeshift’s SVP of Engineering and Platform Services and most recently has assumed the role of General Manager of the Payment Automation Business Unit. He is a founding Tradeshift Employee participating in the development of the initial Tradeshift product. Rolf has leadership responsibility for the engineering and platform teams of 200+ employees. He has a Master of Computing Science degree from Aalborg University, Denmark and is based in the United States.

Viktoriya Fedulova: GM, Marketplaces

Viktoriya Fedulov

GM, Marketplaces

Viktoriya is Tradeshift’s General Manager of the Marketplaces Business Unit. She has over 10 years of leadership and experience in B2B sales, business development, product and program management, and eCommerce. Viktoriya holds Master of Science degrees from Ternopil National Economic University, Ukraine, and Aarhus University, Denmark. In addition, she has successfully completed the Executive LEAD Program from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Viktoriya is based in Denmark.

Dan Russi

SVP, Global Business Operations

Dan is Tradeshift’s SVP of Business Operation. He brings over 30 years experience in leading operational excellence across customer operations, corporate IT, and cloud IT. His previous roles include executive positions with start-ups, growth stage companies, and large multinational organizations including the University of California, SAP Ariba, Saba, Adobe, and Cummins. Dan holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rochester – Simon Business School and is based in the United States.

Jovita O’Byrne

Jovita O’Byrne

Chief People Officer

Jovita is an experienced leader and Human Resources professional providing Strategic and Operational HR Business Partnering to businesses. She’s passionate about helping people move forward through discovering and growing their strengths. Based in Ireland, Jovita has 25+ years in executive and senior HR roles in a wide variety of industries, multinational & indigenous, large and small businesses with a proven track record of being highly effective; coaching leaders with uncompromising quality and total integrity.

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