Modern Governance

Julia Szatmari to Lead Diligent's Center for Global Product Innovation in Budapest

Engineering industry leader to build Diligent's Hungarian workforce and oversee its new facility

BUDAPEST - March 22, 2021 - Diligent Corporation, the leader in modern governance with a platform used by nearly 700,000 board directors and leaders has selected Julia Szatmari as the head of its new Center for Global Product Innovation in Budapest. With more than 20 years of leadership experience in R&D and organizational development, Julia will serve as the Senior Vice President of Engineering and will take a lead role in building and leading a workforce of approximately 300 Hungarians across a variety of technology functions.

'Diligent's commitment to Budapest is proof that Hungarian professionals are extremely skilled and well positioned to drive innovation,' said Julia Szatmari, Diligent's Senior Vice President of Engineering in Budapest. 'Diligent's mission and focus on sustainability, diversity and equal opportunity, are just a few reasons why I wanted to join this global organization. In my new role, I have the responsibility of building a workforce from the ground up that brings together different backgrounds, levels of knowledge and ways of thinking. It's a challenge I'm ready for and quite excited about.'

In addition to building the Hungarian workforce, Julia will lead the software development organization at the Center for Global Product Innovation. She will also guide product modernization efforts across the Diligent product suite as well as work with other technology leaders to help drive growth. Prior to joining Diligent, Julia led the development team for software developer EMARSYS. She also held various leadership positions at Nokia including global R&D and customer support. She completed her studies in mathematics and information technology at Eötvös Lorand University.

"Julia has very strong technical abilities and is an accomplished engineering leader. She will be an invaluable addition to our leadership team as we ramp up our workforce in Budapest,' said Ken Surdan, Diligent's Chief Product Officer. 'Her expertise, knowledge of the local market, and experience in building outstanding product development teams will help us expand our footprint in the region and enable us to accelerate our product innovation.'

Diligent, which is headquartered in New York, empowers board directors and leaders to drive sustainable performance, investor confidence, stakeholder engagement and lasting impact - while using the right technology and insights. Diligent's technologies are trusted by some of the largest global corporations and most influential brands. The company's investors include Insight Partners, Clearlake Capital Group, and Blackstone Group.

The company's investment in Hungary, which also received support from HIPA, was one of the largest foreign capital investments in the region in 2020. Earlier this year Diligent announced that the Szervita Square Building in Budapest will house the Center for Global Product Innovation, which is expected to open in late 2021.

About Diligent
Diligent is the pioneer of modern governance, empowering leaders to embrace governance as a competitive advantage. Leveraging unparalleled insights from a team of industry innovators, as well as highly secure, integrated SaaS technologies, Diligent's industry-leading suite of solutions change how work gets done at the executive- and board levels. Leaders rely on Diligent to drive accountability and transparency, while addressing stakeholder and shareholder priorities. Its applications also help streamline the day-to-day work of board management and committees, and support collaboration and secure information sharing. Designed for both public and private sector organizations, Diligent is helping to usher in a new era of modern governance.

The largest global network of directors and executives, Diligent is relied on by more than 19,000 organizations and nearly 700,000 leaders in more than 90 countries. With an eye towards inclusivity and accessibility, Diligent serves some of the largest public governing bodies, including more than 50% of the Fortune 1000, 70% of the FTSE 100, and 65% of the ASX. More information about Diligent is available at:

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