Checkbox hires James Dougherty to spearhead its US expansion strategy

James Dougherty, Global Head of Sales at Checkbox

Australian workflow automation software firm, Checkbox, has appointed James Dougherty to spearhead its US expansion strategy, including building and scaling a local team, following the firm’s launch in the market earlier this year. Checkbox is a no-code workflow automation platform that allows enterprise teams, including legal, HR, and risk and compliance, to automate tedious manual processes and scale the delivery of services to the business.

What is expected of Dougherty in his new role?

As the new Global Head of Sales, Dougherty is tasked with rapidly building and scaling Checkbox’s client footprint, with an emphasis on scaling and accelerating growth in the US.

This includes opening a new office and recruiting local talent to meet the rising demand for no-code legal workflow solutions. Dougherty is responsible for driving the continued growth of Checkbox’s APAC business, with the European market on the company’s roadmap.

“The combination of no-code and workflow automation will drive legal tech and the digital transformation of legal teams throughout the next decade,” commented Dougherty.

“Checkbox not only has an incredible culture but is also a forward-thinking company that has developed a world-class platform where users don’t need a tech background, nor a reliance on IT teams, in order to build digital workflows to streamline their manual processes.”

What is Dougherty’s industry expertise?

Dougherty joins Checkbox with 15 years of experience in building and managing software-as-a-service (SaaS) organisations, spanning start-ups through to Fortune 500 companies.

He most recently focused on expanding growth teams in the legal tech and compliance spaces, holding key roles at Bodhala, Brightflag, and PerformLine. In the newly created role, Dougherty will work with and report to Evan Wong, CEO and Co-Founder at Checkbox.

“Checkbox has seen encouraging momentum in the last year, growing our client base across APAC, North America, and Europe, and a pre-Series A raise which expedited our expansion efforts. James has a great attitude, and his experience is highly relevant. We are confident in his leadership and look forward to the impact he is going to make in empowering more legal departments to identify and solve their manual workflow challenges,” commented Wong.

Dougherty’s hire follows a pre-Series A fund raise of US$4.5m in January, with investment led by Sequoia, Surge, and Tidal Ventures. A big portion of the funding was designated to Checkbox’s launch in the US, while fuelling further R&D of its award-winning platform.

The Checkbox platform is used by PwC, Align Technology, Allianz, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Deloitte, Telstra, BlueScope, and other enterprises and government agencies.