Howard Wilson, CFO at PagerDuty.

Howard Wilson, CFO at PagerDuty.

In conversation with Jeff Epstein, Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners.
February, 2022

Join us for this fascinating conversation between veteran tech CFO, Jeff Epstein, and PagerDuty CFO, Howard Wilson. Howard’s path to CFO is unlike any other we have seen over the two years this series has been running. Until becoming CFO at PagerDuty, Howard had not held a traditional finance or accounting position. With a formal education in Information Systems and Computer Science, Howard began his career supporting the Sales operations at Oracle. His career moves included positions as Chief Commercial Officer and General Manager of Digital Experience Management, until he stepped into the finance leadership role at PagerDuty serving as CFO in the years up to and including the company’s IPO. This session offers a glimpse into an alternate path to the more often observed Big Four or investment banking backgrounds.  

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Howard Wilson


Howard Wilson

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Leading the strategic and internal execution of the company, Howard Wilson serves as CFO at PagerDuty, where he’s responsible for building and leading the finance organization to support the company’s scaling and growth. Previously, he served as PagerDuty’s Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for providing ongoing customer value and leading efforts that empowered people and decision-making. Howard brings more than 20 years of software, services, and operational management experience to his role with PagerDuty.

Prior to PagerDuty, Howard oversaw the SaaS business at Dynatrace, the leader in Application Performance Management. He was previously Chief Operating Officer at Keynote Systems, where he was responsible for all customer-facing operations. Howard also served as Senior Vice President of Field Operations at Ventyx Biosciences, where he was responsible for a broad portfolio of functions, including business planning, sales operations, and recurring revenue operations. Prior to Ventyx, he spent 14 years at Oracle in various senior leadership roles.

Howard holds a B.S. in Information Systems and Psychology from University of South Africa.

Jeff Epstein

Operating Partner
Bessemer Venture Partners

Jeff Epstein

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Jeff Epstein is an Operating Partner in the Silicon Valley office, where he leads Bessemer’s CFO Advisory Board and helps portfolio company CEOs and CFOs share best practices. He is the former Executive Vice President and CFO at Oracle, one of the world’s largest and most profitable technology companies, with a market value of over $150B. Prior to joining Oracle, Jeff served as CFO at several public and private companies, including DoubleClick (sold to Google), King World Productions (sold to CBS), and Nielsen’s Media Measurement and Information Group. Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker at The First Boston Corporation. He specializes in B2B software, marketplaces, and AI software. Jeff is Co-CEO at Apex Technology, a SPAC which has announced a merger with AvePoint. Each winter, Jeff co-teaches the Lean Launchpad class at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Engineering. He serves on the boards of directors at Kaiser Permanente, Twilio, Poshmark, Shutterstock, and several private companies. Jeff served on the board of directors at Booking Holdings/Priceline for 16 years as its market value grew from $1B to $80B. He holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a BA from Yale College, where he graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

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