PE-backed Openforce taps Neighbors as CTO

Phoenix, Arizona-based Openforce, which provides a platform for onboarding, settlement and risk management solutions for the transportation and on-demand economy, has appointed Derek Neighbors as chief technology officer. Previously, he worked at Tanga Network where he was also a chief technology officer. Openforce is a portfolio company of Riverside Partners.



Openforce®, provider of the most widely adopted platform for onboarding, settlement and risk management solutions for the transportation and on-demand economy, today announced the appointment of Derek Neighbors as Chief Technology Officer. Bringing more than 20 years of technical leadership, software development and product delivery execution, Derek joins the Openforce executive leadership team.

“Derek’s extraordinary technology leadership skills, including his proven track record of driving next generation product development in progressive organizations, will complement our executive team,” said Drake Pruitt, Chief Executive Officer of Openforce. “Hiring Derek underscores Openforce’s commitment to delivering market-leading solutions to our growing client base in transportation and on-demand end markets. Furthermore, Derek’s passion for solving customer problems and collaborating with partners is a huge asset as we continue to remove barriers that challenge carriers, ready-to-work contractors and consumers of on-demand services.”

As CTO, Derek will drive the continued development of Openforce’s technology strategy and software delivery, broaden the footprint of the company’s IT systems and infrastructure, and continue to enhance our solutions to address the real-world challenges of Openforce’s customers. Derek will continue to support Openforce’s commitment to the industry’s highest service levels, security and business continuity capabilities.

“Openforce is the industry leader and the largest company by all measures of customers, transactions, financial performance, technology investment, and staff serving on-demand economy workforces,” stated Neighbors. “It’s exciting to join an organization with like-minded individuals who set the standard for solving customer problems in an evolving sector in the most elegant and simplest way possible.”

Most recently, Derek was Chief Technology Officer at Tanga Network where he designed propriety personalization and deal scoring technology stack. Previously, Derek co-founded Gangplank, a collaborative workspace to help encourage local creatives to explore new ideas and create what they are passionate about. Prior to Gangplank, he was Managing Partner at Integrum Technologies, a consulting services firm that drove initiatives at leading corporations such as GoDaddy, Intel, Monster and Orbitz.

About Openforce
Openforce® is the leader in technology-driven services that reduce operating costs and mitigate compliance risk for companies using independent contractors. Openforce frees contracting companies from the burden of onboarding, contracting, and settlement processing while helping contractors build their business. Our cloud-based applications help businesses achieve more sustainable, profitable growth by removing financial, operational, and compliance barriers to getting business done. Openforce is a portfolio company of Boston-based private equity firm Riverside Partners. Learn more at
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