YellowBird Welcomes Michael Ellenby as Vice President of Business Development

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Phoenix, Arizona (April 19, 2021)YellowBird, an online gig economy marketplace that matches vetted Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) professionals with businesses on-demand, is proud to announce that Michael Ellenby has joined their growing team. As Vice President of Business Development, Ellenby is responsible for planning and executing company sales and marketing plans, implementing new ideas, securing contracts with new customers, as well as managing ongoing contracts.

Over the course of his career, Ellenby accumulated leadership experience in sales, management, and executive roles. Prior to joining YellowBird, he held executive roles at companies such as Coplex, IBM, GE, and Cisco and served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at three different tech startups. 

“As YellowBird grows and reaches new markets, it became evident that we needed someone with strong business development experience to help us accomplish our goals,” Michael Zalle, CEO and Founder at YellowBird. “Our platform is meeting an urgent need in several industries by connecting companies with thousands of industry-specific EHS professionals. Our model is disrupting the EHS industry, and no one is better qualified to help us through this trailblazing path than Michael Ellenby.”

YellowBird provides companies in construction, manufacturing, insurance, and oil/gas industries with a deep roster of certified, vetted, and insured professionals who are ready to work on any size project. Services include risk assessments, OSHA incident investigation, OSHA mock audits, training, industrial hygiene services, site safety, and more.

“I’m excited that YellowBird recognized that my experience could benefit the company as it scales and taps new markets,” said Michael Ellenby, YellowBird Vice President of Business Development. “I have worked for some of the world’s largest corporations and joining this lean startup team is infusing me with enthusiasm.”

His business expertise becomes evident in his 2015 TEDx “What Works in the Mountains Also Works in Your Business,” in which he amalgamates his passion for the outdoors with his successful business approach. Ellenby has completed multiple Grand Canyon hikes, climbed Kilimanjaro twice, made it to Everest Base Camp, attempted Aconcagua, and others. He is currently getting ready to climb Mount Elbrus, in Russia.

Passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation, Ellenby has dedicated most of his career to support and accelerate innovation in a sales capacity. He has started and successfully exited several companies over the years. In addition, he currently serves as a mentor at Arizona State University’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation program and is an advisor to ASU’s Master of Science in Innovation and Venture Development program.

Ellenby earned his MBA in International Management from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) while living in Singapore. He is a certified Six Sigma executive and was awarded Mentor of the Year by SEED Spot in 2017. Outside of work, Ellenby is actively involved in the community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of three Phoenix-based non-profit organizations: Adelante Health, SEED SPOT, and Hunkapi. He is the proud father of an ASU grad and a dog dad.

About YellowBird:

YellowBird is an online gig economy marketplace that quickly and easily connects Environmental, Health, and Safety Professionals with businesses on-demand. By providing a fast and efficient method for business leaders and skilled professionals willing to consult, YellowBird facilitates the right people, in the right location, with the right experience for the job. Safety has never been so simple! To see more go to or visit them on Facebook and LinkedIn 

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