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.
They saw that the world was getting more connected every day. But no one was building the digital infrastructure required to link the global economy.

So when the Danish National IT & Telecom Agency asked them to create an e-invoice network, they saw an opportunity.

First, they built EasyTrade, the world’s first open-source trade platform.*

They played a central role in the European Commission’s PEPPOL initiative, building electronic invoicing and e-business infrastructure and standards that have become a de facto standard for compliance models around the world.

Then the trio swapped a cozy corporate office for a freezing garage in Copenhagen.
And got to work on something bigger.

Inspired by social networking sites like LinkedIn, Tradeshift was born out of a desire to build something truly different and impactful. A global trade network, encompassing every interaction between a buyer and a supplier, and delivering tangible value to every participant.

*95% of Danish businesses still use it today.


Bigger team. Same vision.

Tradeshift has grown to over 350 people spanning every corner of the globe. Our network is home to a thriving community of more than a million business users. And we count a number of the world’s most respected financial institutions, BPOs and technology companies as our partners.

We might be built for change, but our focus has never wavered. We build the technology that ensures every business has the access and tools they need to benefit fully from digital global trade.

We help businesses


Connect all of their suppliers and all of their source-to-pay processes on a single, networked platform.


Buy what they need faster and generate new revenue streams through modern B2B e-commerce.


Access fast, predictable working capital and embedded financial services to help them grow.

Our values

One team, one mission

No individual contributor can get us to our goals alone. We’re all on the same team, and we treat each other that way. We seek out opportunities to collaborate, regardless of with whom, when, or where.

Win for our customers first

When we listen to and take others’ wants and needs to heart, we gain a deeper understanding of who they are, and can create real value for them.

Never stop challenging the status quo

We continually challenge ourselves and others to be better; we challenge processes and systems that aren’t working; and most of all, we challenge the notion that anything should go without being challenged.

Meet our leaders

James Stirk

Interim CEO

James is Tradeshift’s Chief Executive Officer promoted to the global role based on his track record of driving growth as CRO. 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.

Iain Balchin

Chief Financial Officer

Iain is Tradeshift’s CFO,  responsible for oversight of the group’s financial activities and governance.
Iain has over 25 years experience working in senior finance positions including numerous listed PLCs and several of Europe’s largest PE backed fintech unicorns. He has considerable experience in debt restructuring, equity fund raising, M&A and IPO processes.
Iain is also an alumnus of the Deloitte Future FTSE 100 CFO Program and NED/Trustee and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee for Age UK.
Iain in based in the United Kingdom

Gert Sylvest

Co-Founder, SVP & Interim Head of Product

Gert Sylvest is one of Tradeshift’s Co-Founder and SVP & Interim of Product. 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

Rolf is Tradeshift’s SVP of Engineering 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.

Dan Russi

SVP, Seller Buyer Success

Dan is Tradeshift’s SVP of Seller Buyer Success. 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

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.

Jim Modak

SVP Chief of Strategy & GTM

Jim’s career spans more than 40 years and includes significant financial and operational experiences.  Jim has raised more than $1.2 billion in equity capital in both private & public transactions and has experience in M&A with over 50 acquisitions on the buy side and 5 on the sell side, including the sale of Tradex Technologies, a B2B marketplace to Ariba for nearly $6 billion. Jim has served as President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of several software technology companies during his career. He has extensive operational expertise in scaling and optimizing companies in particular in pricing strategies, product & customer profitability and joint ventures.  Jim has a Business Studies degree from the University of Notre Dame and is based on Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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