Saba, a people cloud provider, has appointed Elaine Kitagawa as chief financial officer (CFO). Kitagawa will assume responsibility for global finance and operations and report to Saba’s founder and chief executive officer (CEO), Bobby Yazdani.
Kitagawa joins Saba from Gaia Interactive. In her roles as chief operating officer (COO) and CFO, she enabled the company to mature and operate efficiently from an early-stage to late-stage venture-backed company by building operations from the ground up.
Previously, Kitagawa served nine years at Ariba in various executive roles including CFO of Ariba Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and vice president of corporate finance and investor relations. As a key executive of the company, Kitagawa was an integral part of the company’s transformation from an on-premise software company to a business commerce solution provider.
Prior to Ariba, Kitagawa held various financial and operational roles at Clarify, The Dialog Corporation, and 3Com. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BSC degree from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. She is a certified public accountant (CPA) in the state of California.
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