Algolia Appoints Sean Mullaney as New Chief Technology Officer

Former Stripe and Google executive joins Algolia’s leadership team as the company enters a new phase of growth and innovation

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Algolia, the leading API-First Platform for Search and Discovery, today announced Sean Mullaney as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). With experience in scaling best-in-class engineering organizations, developing AI-powered Search and Discovery technologies, and growing API-first solutions globally, Mullaney is well-suited to support Algolia’s rapid growth and pace of innovation.

Co-founder and former CTO, Julien Lemoine, who built Algolia into a $2.25B industry leader in Search and Discovery that handles 1.5 trillion search queries per year, helped lead the search process for Mullaney and will remain very involved at Algolia serving as an Advisor. He will also remain on as a member of the Board of Directors.

“We had a long list for what we were looking for in a new CTO and Sean checked every box,” said Bernadette Nixon, Chief Executive Officer for Algolia. “His deep engineering experience, customer-centric mindset, strong values, and willingness to roll up his sleeves, made him a perfect fit for Algolia. We are thrilled to welcome him into our organization and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”

Mullaney joins Algolia from Stripe, where he most recently acted as the Chief Information Officer in Europe and led a global engineering organization overseeing the development and operations of 40+ local payment methods across Europe, Asia, and the Americas that processed hundreds of billions of dollars.

Prior to his time at Stripe, Mullaney oversaw the development of AI-powered discovery experiences, including search, recommendations, personalization and browse as the VP of Engineering at Zalando, the largest eCommerce fashion retailer in Europe with nearly 50M active customers. Mullaney also spent more than seven years at Google heading various innovation teams, including three years at the Google research labs in Silicon Valley.

“Searching and discovering new products and information online is a fundamental part of the internet economy,” said Mullaney. “It’s exciting to be part of an R&D organization that is scaling state-of-the-art AI that helps improve trillions of customer searches every year. My experience in scaling engineering organizations and delivering API-first products for builders is a perfect fit for supporting Algolia as it continues to expand globally.”

In addition to serving as CTO of Algolia, Mullaney serves as a Board Member for Manna Drone Delivery, a Venture Advisory Board Member for Elkstone Ventures, is a member of the Market Advisory Group at the European Central Bank advising on the design of the Digital Euro and an active startup advisor and a Sequoia Scout angel investor. Mullaney earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Cambridge.

About Algolia

Algolia is revolutionizing search and discovery by providing the world’s most powerful API-First Search and Discovery Platform with its unique hybrid search engine, which is a combination of keyword and vector-based semantic search via Neuralsearch technology, in a single API. Algolia empowers both builders and business users with a better way to build unique and engaging end user experiences at Internet scale to predict what customers want with blazing fast speed and the best application browse experience leading to more remarkable Discovery. Algolia is your guide to the world’s content powering discovery where you live, work, and play. Discovery, as a result, is reinvented as the right content finds each user to inform, enrich and surprise. More than 17,000+ companies including Under Armour, Birchbox, Stripe, Slack, Medium, and Zendesk rely on Algolia to manage over 1.5 trillion search queries a year. Algolia is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York, Atlanta, Austin, Paris, London, Bucharest, and Sydney. To learn more, visit


Sean Welch

PAN Communications

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