Press Release

Clarissa O’Connell Joins Sonar as Chief Human Resources Officer

As an HR leader with over 20 years of experience building and scaling global companies, O’Connell joins the Clean Code market leader to support its next phase of growth

GENEVA – January 31, 2024 – Sonar, the leading Clean Code solution provider, today announced that Clarissa O’Connell has joined the company as Chief Human Resources Officer. O’Connell will be based in Austin, Texas, and is responsible for the strategy and operations of the global HR function including leading Sonar’s recruiting, employee training, and people and culture management. She brings with her a wealth of experience as a seasoned human resources executive with 20+ years of background in driving human capital programs and initiatives in alignment with business goals and values.

“I am excited to have Clarissa join Sonar and look forward to her voice on the leadership team as we continue to build an innovative, collaborative culture at scale,” said Olivier Gaudin, founder and co-CEO of Sonar. “Clarissa’s strategic vision and leadership will be critical as we grow the team to the next level, putting our people in the best position to be successful.”

O’Connell previously served as Senior Vice President of People at ClearDATA where she delivered world-class talent acquisition and development, enriched performance management, championed DE&I culture and practice, and advanced other key HR areas of the company. Prior to that, she built the HR department at, overseeing the growth of the company from 45 to over 350 employees, and she has also held senior HR roles at Microsoft. O’Connell holds a number of HR certifications from organizations such as the American Management Association, the Association of Talent Development, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and several from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI).

“Sonar’s mission to genuinely change the development world is only possible when done right and with the right people,” said Clarissa O’Connell, CHRO of Sonar. “I look forward to building upon Sonar’s 15 years of proven success, founded upon its core values, as well as helping shape and positively strengthen the organization.” 

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with offices in Austin, Texas; Annecy, France; Bochum, Germany; and Singapore, Sonar is currently hiring across a number of departments. To learn more about working for Sonar and to view open positions, please visit

About Sonar   

Sonar equips organizations to achieve and sustain a Clean Code state by empowering developers to write consistent, intentional, adaptable, and responsible code. Clean Code produces software that is maintainable, reliable, and secure, allowing development teams to spend less time fixing issues and more time innovating. With Sonar, and by employing the company’s Clean as You Code methodology, organizations minimize risk, reduce technical debt, increase productivity, and derive more value from their software in a predictable and sustainable way.

Sonar’s open source and commercial products – SonarLint, SonarCloud, and SonarQube – support over 30 programming languages, frameworks, and infrastructure technologies. Trusted by more than 500,000 organizations and used by more than 7 million developers globally to clean more than half a trillion lines of code, Sonar is integral to delivering better software. 

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