Eventbrite has continued to diversify its executive team with the addition of Deborah Sharkey (left) and Crystal Valentine (right) as chief commercial officer and chief data strategy officer, respectively.

The two new appointments bring Eventbrite’s executive team to an even split of male and female members.

“The makeup of our board and executive team is the outcome of carefully and thoughtfully cultivating the right group of people based on values, experience and expertise,” Eventbrite chief executive Julia Hartz told TechCrunch via email.

Sharkey joins from the ticketing firm pet services company, DogVacay, where she worked as the chief operating officer. The executive also spent more than a decade at eBay, helping to drive the expansion of its Australian arm.

In her new role, Sharkey will be focusing on Eventbrite’s expansion into new markets.

Valentine previously worked as the vice president of technology strategy at enterprise company MapR Technologies.

“We’re focused on the massive opportunity in front of us — empowering creators of all types of live experiences around the world to bring people together around shared passions, artistry and causes,” Hartz said. “People are craving ways to get out from behind their screens and connect in real life now more than ever, and as we look ahead to 2019, having the right team in place will position us to continue enabling this growing experience economy on a global scale.”

The announcements come shortly after Evenbrite reported it is anticipating strong growth in the fourth quarter after posting double-digit increases in key financial metrics in its first trading update since floating on the New York Stock Exchange.

Eventbrite reported a net loss of $35.6m for the three months through to the end of September, nearly half of which was credited to anticipated stock-based compensation. However, gross profit rocketed by 42 per cent year-on-year to $42.2m on the back of a 45 per cent increase in revenue to $73.6m, while paid ticket sales surged by 32.2 per cent to $23.9m. Adjusted earnings before interest and deductions improved from $1m to $11.2m.

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