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Meet Paul Szemerenyi, ChartHop’s New Chief Sales Officer

Jul 12, 2022| Reading time: 3min

BY Shayna Chapel

Director of Communications

We’re thrilled to welcome Paul Szemerenyi as ChartHop’s new Chief Sales Officer. Paul brings over 15 years of experience in sales, most recently as Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Bizzabo. 

We sat down with Paul to learn more about his background, his leadership style, and why he’s excited about ChartHop.

Tell us about your background.

I grew up in North London, but I’ve spent the last 15 years in the United States, becoming an official US citizen in 2020. Straight out of university, I joined the Royal Navy for 10 years. I then began my 15-year sales career, leading sales for different size organizations. I quickly learned that I prefer working for earlier stage companies because I like seeing my direct impact on company growth. 

I live on Long Island, NY, with my wife, Lorna, and two adult sons, Sam and Ben. We love traveling and are a sports-crazed family with season tickets at Arsenal FC and NYCFC.

What about ChartHop stood out to you? 

I have always been attracted to fast-moving, innovative SaaS companies. When I was approached about this role at ChartHop, I did my research and was very impressed by the explosive growth over the last two years. This feeling was cemented during the interview process when I met the leadership team and began to understand the company values and culture. It’s clear that ChartHop is destined for great things, and I’m delighted to be part of this team. 

How do you describe your job to others?

I lead and scale the sales organization and I’m responsible for ChartHop’s growing revenue. 

Where do you see ChartHop in five years?

I see ChartHop being a public company in five years. To get there we will need to implement more structure and metrics to scale with grace, but I believe our technology will transform this space and drive huge success through enhanced market fit. 

What are you most excited about? 

I love being a change agent, so I can’t wait to dive in and drive new playbooks and processes, enabling ChartHop to achieve its true potential. It’s a dream job. 

What was your first job?

My first real job after college was in the Royal Navy (RN). I joined as an Officer at Dartmouth, similar to Annapolis. After basic training, I specialized in submarines. I served in the RN for 10 years and spent time in various submarine specialties. 

What’s your superpower? 

Resilience. I chose a career in sales, specifically in startup technology companies. To be successful in any position within this environment, you need to be resilient and to lead by example. You need to have grit and determination, as nothing is handed to you on a plate when you are driving change and creating a new category. There will be hard and challenging times, and this comes with the territory, so when it gets tough, you just dig in and drive harder. 

What are the essential ingredients to a great team? 

Mutual respect

Constant communication and alignment

Grit and determination

Unity, we’re #bettertogether

Belief – in oneself, the team, its leadership, and the company

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