Linda Keala



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An entrepreneur in her own right, Linda has been part of the founding team for five successful SaaS companies. One of her biggest professional accomplishments was developing the first-ever internet-based HR system. The system, created for a company called USWeb was instrumental as the company went through over 47 acquisitions, and as a result on-boarded more than 2,500 people. While EVP of Human Resources at Solar City, Linda oversaw the growth of the employee base from 600 to over 10,000 in four short years, creating scalable processes such as a performance management system to help drive efficiencies in people management prior to the company's acquisition by Tesla in 2016.

Now at PlanGrid, Linda is managing the construction technology company’s aggressive growth plans including global expansion and a sizable remote workforce. As PlanGrid's employee base has grown almost 25% in the past year, Linda instituted level-based systems and guidelines for employees, compensation strategies, and a learning and development program deemed PlanGrid University. Linda has stated she “loves to build companies” and if you give her a pile of wood, she’ll build a house.



  1. Linda is an expert in her domain: HR, compliance, recruiting, retention, diversity and inclusion, but separates her from other SaaS leaders is that she is truly a business partner to all other functions and executives. She helps everyone understand that regardless of the problems at hand, it is the team and culture that will determine the successful or unsuccessful execution. This helps everyone in our organization raise the bar.

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