GoDaddy Appoints Graham Smith as Independent Director

GoDaddy Inc. has announced the appointment of Graham Smith as a new independent director to its board of directors. Smith, a seasoned professional with a 30-year career in leadership, operational finance, and board service at prominent technology companies, will also join the board of directors’ Audit and Finance Committee.

At 64 years of age, Smith brings a wealth of experience, having previously served as the chair of the board of directors of Splunk Inc. until its acquisition by Cisco Systems, Inc. in March 2024. He also served as Splunk’s interim chief executive officer from November 2021 through April 2022. Smith retired from, Inc. in 2015 after eight years of service, during which he held the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer.

With a strong background in financial leadership, Smith's appointment aligns with GoDaddy's focus on providing compelling solutions for its customers while ensuring a balance between top-line growth and profitability. His experience in helping technology companies grow and scale is expected to be an asset as the company continues to unlock new opportunities for growth.

This appointment comes as GoDaddy continues to solidify its position as a platform that assists millions of entrepreneurs globally in starting, growing, and scaling their businesses. The company offers a range of tools to support microbusiness owners, including website building, customer attraction, and online and in-person payment acceptance.

As the company moves forward with its new board member, investors and industry watchers will be keen to see how Smith's expertise and contributions will impact GoDaddy's financial performance and strategic direction. The market has reacted to these announcements by moving the company's shares 0.3% to a price of $140.24. Check out the company's full 8-K submission here.

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