Adam Miller
President & CEO
Cornerstone OnDemand

(4.7)
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Awards:

  • Top SaaS CEOs 2020
  • Top SaaS CEOs 2018
  • Top SaaS CEOs 2017

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Adam Miller is the Founder & CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD). He started Cornerstone in 1999 in his one-bedroom apartment to help people realize their potential. Under his leadership, Cornerstone has grown to become a multi-billion dollar company and is one of the largest cloud computing companies in the world. Today, Cornerstone products are used by more than 3,350 organizations worldwide, reaching more than 37 million users in 192 countries.


Mr. Miller is an active social entrepreneur. He is the chairman of the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, which helps people who help people, with a focus on education, workforce development and disaster relief. He is the current chairman of Team Rubicon, a leading veterans services organization providing humanitarian aid globally. He led the merger of FAAN and FAI to create FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) and serves on FARE’s executive board. In addition to his work with FARE, he helped seed Aimmune Therapeutics and create the UCLA Food Allergy Center. He is the past-president and a current director of IKAR in Los Angeles. He also coaches his children’s AYSO and tournament soccer teams.


Mr. Miller is a frequent speaker and writer on entrepreneurship, philanthropy, technology and talent management.He co-authored Business Capital for Women and was a contributor to Talent Management.


Prior to founding Cornerstone, Mr. Miller served time as an investment banker and consultant. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, a BS from its Wharton School of Business, a JD from the UCLA School of Law, an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business, and has both CPA and Series 7 certifications. But it was his two year trip around the world in his twenties that best prepared him to run a global business.


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  1. Adam Miller is the Founder & CEO of Cornerstone (NASDAQ: CSOD). He started Cornerstone in 1999 in his one-bedroom apartment to help people realize their potential. Prior to founding Cornerstone, Mr. Miller served time as an investment banker and consultant. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, a BS from its Wharton School of Business, a JD from the UCLA School of Law, an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business, and has both CPA and Series 7 certifications. Adam maintains a fervent entrepreneurial spirit that was born when he founded Cornerstone as one of the first-ever solutions built in the cloud in 1999. He built the company with the mission to educate the world and has not strayed from that mission ever since. Through his hands-on approach to leadership and product development, the company has seen tremendous growth in the 20 years. Cornerstone is now a $550M company (in a $50B addressable market), which serves more than 3,600 organizations from around the world, with more than 40 million global users. Adam’s openness when it comes to communication stands out to me as a strength as a leader of a public company. In his quarterly “state of the company” addresses, he spends two hours going through various aspects of the business – financial stats, technology and product updates, and our future trajectory – and his favorite part of the All Hands meetings is when he open the mic up for employee Q&A. He makes an effort to listen to employees, address their concerns and proactively communicate changes that are happening within the company. As a communications professional myself, I’m often impressed by his ability to approach tough conversations with empathy. In order to fulfill his vision, Adam is committed to philanthropic efforts and is the chairman of the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, which focuses on education, workforce development and disaster relief. He is also a founding Board Member of LA-Tech.org, a non-profit group of LA-based tech CEOs who are fervent about building up the technology ecosystem in Los Angeles. He is also on the board of Team Rubicon and IKAR. His commitment to others creates a company culture that strives to promote social good and encourages people to be active citizens. As such, the company has been recognized as a Great Place to Work by Fortune and recently was recognized as the #1 best company to work for in Los Angeles by Built In LA. Moreover, Adam’s commitment to diversity and inclusion contributed to his place on Comparably’s recent Best CEOs for Women list. Cornerstone is proud to report that two out of every three employees represent a unique group (based on race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation) and one-third of leaders at Cornerstone are women. Adam is a servant leader whose main goal is to provide development opportunities for over 2,000 employees at Cornerstone as well as the 40+ million people that use its platform.

    Anonymous, submitted on

  2. Keeps the momentum going with his Vision, making sure that the company stays on Growth path He has always been at Forefront in a huge and yet a very Competitive Market Leads the company with same Passion & Enthusiasm which he probably had when he started with the company. Very protective of his Employees and I believe, he has set standards of How you Must Take care of your employees (18 years is a Very Long Period) He is a big supporter of Charitable and Social Causes A Humble person for Sure

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  3. Very strong leader in both good times and challenging times. Adam is extremely knowledgeable about the market, and genuinely passionate about innovation, helping people and organizations realize their potential. His integrity, energy, and passion is infectious and a big reason why I stay at Cornerstone (and have for 4 years) is because of Adam’s vision, and the culture he has created at Cornerstone.

    Staff, submitted on

  4. As a former client and current employee, I can say that Adam’s passion for Cornerstone’s product and people is unwavering. His enthusiasm and belief that we can change people’s lives through our learning, performance and recruiting solutions is infectious. Because has has built this company from the ground up, he is connected to our development and success in a way that other CEO’s are not.

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  5. Adam has been visionary since founding the company in 1999, moving the industry needle from corporate training to Unified Talent Management, consistently landing Cornerstone OnDemand as the leader in this space, as noted by industry analysts such as Gartner, Forrester and Bersin. Consistent company focus on the client and the experience of their users.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  6. It would be easy for Adam Miller to sit on his laurels – he founded a successful SaaS company, took it public, and has grown it significantly. But he continues to remain passionate about the talent management and learning space, and is a fighter that cares about his company, his employees, and growing the best talent management company in the world.

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  7. – Direct involvement with projects from the top-down; informative, knowledgeable, and passionate. Adam is always in the office and is hands on in many departments. He knows more about the company than, in my opinion, many CEOs know about their own. He is smart, gives dynamic speeches, and puts in the work. He respects his employees

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  8. Adam does a great job in communicating company progress and company strategy to employees and clients. But he also listens well to both internal stakeholders and client suggestions to improve the business. Adam promotes a healthy culture for the talent at CSOD to flourish. His passion for organizational success is contagious.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  9. Super inspiring as a speaker. Always visible and friendly around the office. Builds his business on great people principles – seen through how motivated the employees are. Brilliant mind that sees innovation and executes successfully. Sees the value of teams. Includes himself in all onboarding so global new hires can meet him.

    Staff, submitted on

  10. Clear and passionate visionary. Powerfully charismatic and a strong communicator. Consistently and regularly keeps the entire company up to date and in the know on what’s happening, our achievements and where/how we need to improve. Motivates achievement. Consistently focused on the company’s mission and long-term strategy.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  11. Easily one of the smartest people I know. He could do any job within this organization and do it really well. He is also a fantastic public speaker who is great at breaking down complicated concepts so they can be easily understood. He’s a role model and a mentor and probably the main reason I love working here so much!!

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  12. Amazing integrity, and commitment to the greater good. Very humble about the Foundation and Non Profit work – that has grown within the Cornerstone umbrella. Genuinely thoughtful in determining change and executing it, cares about the business, the clients and all of the people involved. Is extremely approachable.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  13. Ability to bring people together; respects his employees and his teams; constantly looking for new ways to innovate to keep Cornerstone and our products & services as a leader in the SaaS market; understands the environment in which we sell but is willing to continue listen and learn to keep Cornerstone fresh.

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  14. Highly focused on continual improvement across the organization in the areas of innovation, automation, utilizing data driven analysis; both for the product silos and operations with an emphasis on cross team communication and functionality and all aspects of client success, satisfaction and retention.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  15. He has a vision and makes sure the company understands what it is. Most important, he gives us what we need to achieve it. That does not always mean it’s handed to us, he allows to think outside the box to achieve goals. This empowers the employees to manage and achieve personal and team goals.

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  16. Adam is a true visionary, building a $500MM SaaS company from the ground up — and piloting it to half a billion in revenue (and beyond). What really sets Adam apart is his integrity. He always keeps his promises, internally and externally, which is extremely rare in my experience.

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

  17. Adam is truly amazing. He is involved in so many areas of the business and has his thumb on the pulse of the industry. He is truly visionary. He has maintained an amazing company culture, we feel more like family than colleagues, while growing a global business. Not an easy feat.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  18. First one to foresee cloud, SaaS as a model. Ability to forecast when should we change directions. Tremendous knowledge and respect about and for the industry. Leads Tech LA Startups. Leads foundations through the *ready.org Massive on brewing awesome company culture

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  19. Strategy/vision, clarity for execution strategy, transparency, passion for company and mission, keen interest in diversity and inclusion, focus on giving back to the community and world through our foundation, education and helping employees realize their full potential.

    Staff, submitted on

  20. Incredibly cool, smart, dependable, and visionary – all of the key culture skills we look for at the company. Knows the ins and outs of the company, regularly engages with individual employees, understands the market, and we get the sense that he cares about individuals.

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  21. Adam’s vision for Cornerstone OnDemand’s solution and market trends are delivered in Cornerstone OnDemand’s product and has propelled Cornerstone OnDemand as the leader in the Talent Management marketplace a well as one of the largest pure SaaS companies world-wide.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  22. Detailed knowledge of every part of the business, both internal and external. Approachable but intimidating – the proper level of reverence for a b.o.s.s. He motivates by example by exemplifying our core values on a daily basis: smart, cool, dependable, visionary.

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  23. Strong confidence, Very vocal and communicative, strategic leader, influencer, great listener, cares for employees like his own family, excellent CEO skills, future thinking, constantly innovating, makes relentless improvements, highly knowledgable, great learner.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  24. Adam has created an unbelievably positive company culture where employees can realize their true potential and succeed as a team. He is excellent at communicating the company direction to the team(s) to help all of us stay focused on what we are working toward.

    Mid-level professional, submitted on

  25. Strong Communication Skills Ability to connect with talent and culture Ability to align to vision and motivate people Understanding of market need is strong Employee compensation is good 7 weeks sabbatical for 7 years of service is a smart retention tool

    Senior-level professional, submitted on

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