Managing Director, Operations
Joseph (Joe) Podulka serves as Managing Director, Operations for Emergent Technology. He brings broad finance and analytic experience from a variety of strategic, financial, and operational roles in the U.S., Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg. He has built global teams and functions from the ground up, consolidated operations and refocused failing businesses, managed P&Ls, raised debt and equity, acquired companies, and provided strategic insight to both large and small organizations.
Prior to joining Emergent, Joe worked as Group CFO for a consumer credit and luxury ecommerce business where he built the finance, accounting, and investor relations functions while raising more than $250 million in debt and equity.
Previously, Joe was CFO, VP Finance at Hearst Communications for the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGate.com, where he helped drive the digital transformation of one of San Francisco’s most iconic media brands, pushing key initiatives to optimize print while accelerating digital growth.
Joe also spent 11 years at eBay/PayPal. In his most recent role, Joe was head of finance, PayPal New Ventures, where he built a team that evaluated all new business for PayPal globally, including M&A, joint ventures, investments, large commercial deals and new products, such as PayPal moving offline. His efforts helped drive growth within mobile, digital goods, demand gen, consumer and merchant credit, point of sale, geo-expansion, and other emerging opportunities.
Joe earned a master of science degree in engineering economic systems and operations research from Stanford University and a masters of business administration with a finance focus from the University of Michigan. He earned a bachelor of science in engineering from Michigan State University.