Matthew Ferguson


College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award (2017)
Indiana University Bloomington
B.A., 1989
School of Informatics Distinguished Service Award (2014)


Matt Ferguson is the CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. Ferguson has transformed CareerBuilder into a world-class organization that has revolutionized recruitment and job searching with the convergence of advertising, software and data. He has taken CareerBuilder beyond operating the largest jobs board in the U.S. to a global company that offers labor market intelligence, talent management software and other recruitment solutions. He has served as CEO of the company since 2004.

Matt Ferguson came by his dedication to excellence and innovation quite naturally, having grown up within the influence of Bloomington entrepreneur and visionary Bill Cook.

His perceptive views on economic trends make him a sought-after commentator on such shows as CNN Money, Bloomberg TV, and the Today Show. His accomplishments have earned him recognition as, among others, Crain's Chicago Business "40 Under 40". A 1989 graduate of IU, Ferguson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Northwestern University.

Matt generously extends his entrepreneurial vision to the School. He was a key leader in establishing the Building Entrepreneurs in Software Technology (BEST) competition, the world's largest for students at a single university. Encouraging collaboration, BEST nurtures the brightest IT companies to life with the resources, both financial and experiential, to succeed.