When Julie Zhang moved to the U.S. 23 years ago, she had no idea she’d find a career in quality assurance (QA). Julie left China to find work as a mechanical engineer in New York City, but was unable to find a job in that field. After balancing multiple jobs, learning English, and attending night school, Julie discovered a new passion: QA. Now, as one of Namely’s talented QA analysts, Julie spends her days testing new product features for bugs and ensuring every product update has no surprises.
We’re thrilled to welcome Lorna Hagen as Namely’s new Chief People Officer. Lorna brings over 20 years of leadership experience and a passion for data-driven HR strategy to the table. She most recently served as the CPO at OnDeck, where she helped the business scale its people strategy after going public. She has also served in leadership roles at LOFT, Dow Jones, and Harper Collins.
Michael Goldberg is Namely’s new manager of total rewards. After getting his start at Deloitte, Michael found a passion for start-ups, joining Etsy and WeWork before finding his way to Namely. His entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t end there. Michael dreams of having his own barbecue restaurant in the future. When Michael is not sporting a chef’s apron, he’s busy serving up detailed equity and compensation plans and educating employees on Namely’s offerings.
Jim Kohl, Namely’s senior managed services manager, discovered his passion for payroll in an unlikely place: at a comedy club. After getting in a few laughs, Jim spent a decade working for a payroll solutions provider before finding his way to Namely. And that “barley” touches the surface. Aside from his love of comedy and payroll, Jim is a beer enthusiast and artist, having designed over 90 beer labels for four different breweries.
Nick Narh always had an interest in technology but decided to pursue a political science and criminal justice degree in college. Nick kept his love for computers alive by working as a computer technician at his school’s IT desk. After teaching himself SQL and learning more on the job, Nick enrolled in a coding boot camp.
Namely’s Director of Engineering, Jennifer Peffley, didn’t always know she was going to have a career in tech. From a young age, she had a strong interest in computers, but didn’t think her passion could evolve beyond a hobby. Jennifer initially planned on pursuing an English major, until a part-time job at her college’s IT desk made her realize her passion for coding and computer science. After double majoring in English and computer science, Jennifer jumped headfirst into the NYC startup world before finally making her way to Namely.
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Jesse Hernandez is a senior benefits consultant at Namely’s San Francisco office. When he’s not answering clients’ benefits questions, Jesse loves fixing up old hot rods and cutting hair. Jesse recently co-founded Namely’s first Hispanic/Latinx employee resource group (ERG), H.A.C.E.R, or the Hispanic Alliance for Career and Employee Resources, and is excited to see the group grow.
In college, Jeremy Cosme saw HR as a perfect opportunity to combine his love of business and psychology. After having a difficult time breaking into the industry, he decided that a job at an HR tech company was a step in the right direction. Jeremy accepted a position as one of Namely’s client support specialists. Eager to learn all he could, Jeremy quickly moved up the ranks while helping Namely’s people team on the side.
Nneka Craigwell is the heart of Namely’s new Atlanta office. She’s putting her own spin on the company’s culture, one Friday dance break at a time. When she’s not busting a move with her coworkers, this HR Business Partner loves spending time with her family and diving into a good murder mystery novel.
Mavreen studied religion, classical Greek, and Islamic studies before serving in the Navy. When a back injury ended her Navy career prematurely, she stumbled into video game testing and realized her love of breaking things. In April, Mavreen joined Namely as a Software Testing Engineer and has since taken over testing for Namely’s mobile app—with military precision, we might add.