Online survey platform provider SurveyMonkey finally has a new chief executive following the unexpected death of CEO David Goldberg in May.
Bill Veghte, the current VP of HP's Enterprise Group, will take charge of the orphaned survey company on August 3. The announcement comes just a week after Veghte said he planned to leave HP "to pursue a new opportunity".
Veghte has also been named to SurveyMoneky's board of directors, alongside Goldberg's widow -- and Facebook COO -- Sheryl Sandberg, and David Ebersman, CEO of Lyra Health.
"We believe Bill's stellar track record in both consumer and enterprise markets makes him the ideal candidate to succeed Dave Goldberg," said Zander Lurie, SurveyMonkey's board chairman, in a statement. "Bill will continue to deliver on SurveyMonkey's expansion from a survey tool to an insights platform."
Veghte is regarded as a veteran in the software space. He spent 20 years at Microsoft before joining HP in 2010. Most recently he was leading the separation efforts for HP's enterprise group as the company prepares to break its enterprise business and PC and printing business into two publicly traded companies.
Veghte was a close friend of the late Goldberg, and presumably will work to carry on Goldberg's intention to take the company public.
"The common thread in Bill's work is his skill in working with teams to increase the global reach of great businesses," Sandberg said in a statement.
SurveyMonkey now has 500 employees and a valuation of roughly $2 billion. Its investors include Tiger Global Management, Spectrum Equity, Baillie Gifford, T. Rowe Price, Google Capital and Social + Capital.