SocialChorus Demonstrates Global Momentum in Enterprise Communications and Appoints SaaS Veteran Gary Nakamura as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO--()--SocialChorus, the leader in modern workforce and employee communications, today announced the appointment of Gary Nakamura as chief executive officer along with two additions to its network of advisors and influencers: Chris Lien, founder and CEO of Marin Software, as a board member; and Shel Holtz, employee communications thought leader and consultant, as an external advisor. These additions to the team come at a strong time for SocialChorus with its global expansion serving nearly two million employees and new customers including PVH Corp., Exelon, Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc. and Ford Motor Company. Nakamura’s strategy, operations, and go-to-market background complement that of previous CEO and co-founder Greg Shove, who will remain as executive chairman and founder, focusing on global expansion, market evangelism and strategic partnerships.

“This is an exciting time for me and the SocialChorus team, with 5 times user growth and over 100% revenue growth over the last 12 months,” said Shove. “My obsession is to make it easy for workers to stay more informed, supported and connected with their organizations, regardless of their status, location or role. Gary not only shares that goal, but also brings a wealth of operational and go-to-market execution experience to our business. I couldn’t think of anyone better to partner with for SocialChorus’ next phase of growth.”

Communications and HR leaders at global enterprises are realizing that current technology solutions from legacy vendors do not solve the challenges facing distributed and mobile workers. SocialChorus is positioned to revolutionize legacy corporate communications and help businesses move from a disconnected to connected workforce. SocialChorus customers have paved the way thus far and are excited for the future.

“One of the goals of our communications team is to keep employees informed and aligned, especially during times of change across the fluctuating insurance industry,” said Daisy Chan, senior director of enterprise communications, Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. “With SocialChorus, we have a way to not only reach, but securely connect our workforce on-the-go. We’ve already significantly exceeded target adoption rates.”

Each addition to the SocialChorus team has more than 20 years’ experience across enterprise software and employee communications. Nakamura served as CEO of Driven, Inc. for four years during which he led and transformed the company. Previously, he was senior vice president and general manager at Terracotta, where he grew and scaled its business by hundreds of percent, year-on-year. Similar to Nakamura’s enterprise software experience, Lien has spent the last 11 years building Marin Software, which included growing the business from concept to over $100 million of recurring revenue and leading an NYSE IPO. Finally, Holtz founded Holtz Communication + Technology after leading corporate and employee communications for Fortune 500 companies, including Mattel and Allergan. He is also a Fellow of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

“I am thrilled and honored to be a part of this next phase of SocialChorus’ growth and increased market leadership. I can’t wait to see Greg and Gary take this company forward,” said Chris Lien, SocialChorus board member, and founder and chief executive officer at Marin Software.

“With every global business needing to deliver better employee experiences, SocialChorus has a massive market opportunity to help these organizations deliver on the promise of engagement and connectedness,” said James Kohlberg, Kohlberg Ventures co-founder and chairman of the board. “SocialChorus has already demonstrated rapid growth, and with Greg and Gary’s leadership of this team, best-in-category technology and premium service model, we’re confident the company will define next generation employee communications for the global enterprise.”


SocialChorus is the leading workforce communications platform that transforms how workers and organizations connect every day. With SocialChorus, organizations can connect and align their teams, power organizational initiatives and measure the business outcomes. Designed for every worker from head office to the front line, our mobile-first solution enables the Fortune 100 to deliver on the promise of a more informed, connected and supported workforce. For more information, please visit