Bernadette Nixon
Chief Executive Officer and Board Member



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Bernadette Nixon began his professional career over 32 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Algolia. Algolia is the Search-as-a-Service platform that enables companies to deliver fast and relevant digital experiences that drive real results.

Nixon first got his start in 1989 as an account manager at NCR (UK) Ltd. From there, he went on to InterQuad, before eventually rising to CEO and board member at alfresco, his most recent position prior to joining Algolia.

Nixon graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with an undergraduate degree in business studies.



  1. Led the company through hyper growth over the past 12 months with more than 180% YoY in net new ARR, best in class retention, more than 100% growth in enterprise deals led with a developer focus, and multiple 7-figure deals across 10,000+ customers. Successfully initiated and built a two prong sales strategy using a “bottoms-up” approach (e.g., product led growth for Algolia’s self-service business) and a “top down” approach (e.g., enterprise sales) – two significantly different sales motions generating growing revenue. Introduced new, usage-based pricing policy – making it easier for businesses to pay for what they use (e.g., lower start-up costs). This was especially beneficial for businesses during the pandemic and as companies started to take off. Created a brand new corporate vision and drove the strategic acquisition of an artificial intelligence company to accelerate the the development of multiple new products – significantly, evolving the company to a multi-product company. Built a new, diverse, blended, experienced executive team comprising six new executives (CFO, CRO, CCO, CPO, CMO and CSBDO). Notably, Algolia’s executive team comprises more than 36% women and 27% under-represented groups. Positioned the company to become a category leader in several G2 Reports including Spring 2020, Winter 2020, and Summer 2021 for enterprise search

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