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GitLab: Hiring Strategic Executives to Unlock Growth

GitLab is a complete DevOps platform that enables professionals to expertly perform all tasks in a project. After partnering with a reseller in China, GitLab was looking to recruit an Executive to manage operations and strategy, while ensuring a thriving partnership.

The Results

After only six months of unsuccessful search, Gitlab engaged Preacta to fill this Executive role. In what proved to be a heavily saturated market, Preacta experts worked with GitLab to quickly recruit for their new Executive position at record speeds.






Hires in

3 wks

The Challenge

GitLab was looking to gain the cutting edge in the hyper-competitive technology landscape. Because of their new partnership with a China reseller, GitLab needed to hire a Director of Strategy and Operations—and fast. This role would determine the company’s success in entering the Chinese market.

The main challenges GitLab faced:

  • Identifying the scope of the JD and skills prioritisation
  • Extremely niche talent pool
  • Talent identification across multiple countries (USA, Singapore, Australia & NZ)

The Solution

With a commitment to performance, transparency, and continuous learning, Preacta worked with GitLab to hire a Director of Strategy and Operations utilising the following:

  • Retained searches identified the challenges the industry was facing.
  • Talent Intelligence support filtered and pinned down talent pool across multiple locations.
  • Advisory leveraged Talent Intelligence results to understand the market better and prioritise the skillsets requirements.
  • Delivery of a strong, curated shortlist of candidates.
  • Customised Real-time Reporting Dashboards for visualising GitLab’s growth and success.

About the Client


GitLab is a complete DevOps platform that enables professionals to perform all the tasks in a project—from project planning and source code management to monitoring and security.




HQ in San Francisco with offices around the globe



Leveraging from Talent Intelligence insights, we helped the client understand the talent pool and adapt the requirements accordingly which resulted in a successful hire.


Talent Partner

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