Mark Hansen: Forty Under 40

Congratulations to Mark Hansen, head of finance and accounting at Pluralsight. He was named one of Utah Business’ 2018 Forty Under 40 honorees.

Mark Hansen, Pluralsight - Utah Business 2018 Forty Under 40

When he was young, Mark Hansen’s grandfather, a successful businessman, suggested he learn accounting to understand the language of business. Following that advice showed Hansen the possibilities of accounting and finance, and he was hooked.

Hansen spent his early career at EY, where he gained experience with high-growth businesses and transactions, including several initial public offerings. At Pluralsight, Hansen has helped grow the company with eight acquisitions over the past four years and three rounds of equity funding totaling nearly $200 million.

“I was Pluralsight’s first Utah-based accounting employee, and we’ve now grown our team to 17 people,” he says. “Several of these people have been promoted, some have pursued additional education and one is in the process of obtaining his CPA license. I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment when I look at this team, the great work we’ve done together and the future that lies ahead of each of them.”

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT: Hansen is involved in coaching kids sports, including flag football and soccer. “It provides a great outlet for children and a place for them to learn valuable life lessons, particularly the importance of teamwork and how to overcome adversity.”