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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Ben Saunders

World Record-Breaking Polar Explorer

Ben Saunders

Ben Saunders

World Record-Breaking Polar Explorer

Polar explorer and world record-breaking long-distance skier Ben Saunders is a man making history. Best known for leading one of the most ambitious polar expeditions in a century, he was the first to successfully complete the epic, 105-day, 1,800-mile trek on foot to retrace Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated, early 20th-century journey to the South Pole – equivalent to running 69 marathons back-to-back. Of his expedition he said, “We can all accomplish great feats through ambition, passion, stubbornness, and refusal to quit. If you dream something hard enough, it does indeed come to pass.”

Ben has five North Pole expeditions under his belt and has accomplished some of the world’s most impressive polar expeditions. He is the youngest person to ski solo to the North Pole and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton. He also holds the record for the longest human-powered polar journey in history and is the third in history and the youngest by 10 years to reach the North Pole alone and on foot. Since 2001, he has skied more than 3,730 miles (or 142 marathons) in the Polar Regions. He has also climbed in the Nepalese Himalayas, worked as an instructor at the John Ridgway School of Adventure, raced bikes at a national level, and run seven marathons and three ultra-marathons.

Marshall Van Alstyne

Co-Author of Platform Revolution and Professor at Boston University

Marshall Van Alstyne

Marshall Van Alstyne

Co-Author of Platform Revolution and Professor at Boston University

Marshall Van Alstyne is coauthor of the international bestseller Platform Revolution. He is one of the world’s foremost experts on network business models and is Everett Lord Distinguished Scholar at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.  He is a frequent speaker, board level advisor, and consultant to both startups and global firms. His research has received half a dozen academic and industry awards and appeared in top journals such as Science, Nature and Harvard Business Review. Interviews appear regularly across Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. Having studied computer science at Yale and management economics at MIT, he holds multiple patents; he was among the first to measure individual dollar output from social networks and IT, and his theories of network businesses are taught worldwide.

Matt Calkins

Chairman & CEO, Appian

Matt Calkins

Matt Calkins

Chairman & CEO, Appian

Matt founded Appian at age 26.  He won Dartmouth’s award for top economics graduate, class of ’94.  He is active in Virginia government and serves on the board of three prominent institutions: the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP), the Sorensen Institute, and the Northern Virginia Technology Council PAC.  He is the author of three boardgames and winner of several game design awards.  Matt is frequently a top finisher at the World Boardgaming Championships.

Michael Beckley

Chief Technology Officer

Michael Beckley

Michael Beckley

Chief Technology Officer

Michael Beckley leads Appian’s technology vision and oversees customer initiatives worldwide in his role as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Customer Officer. Michael serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Virginia’s Computer Science Department and is a member of the University of Maryland Advisory Board in Computing. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a co-founder of Appian.

Pascale Bernal

Former Chief Information Officer, GRDF

Pascale Bernal

Pascale Bernal

Former Chief Information Officer, GRDF

Pascale Bernal has 30 years of experience in the distribution of electricity and gas in France. After managing technical teams Pascale Bernal directed towards management control and strategy at local and international level. She later became the head of customer service and sales in Paris. She was part of the opening-up of the French energy market to competition. She became CIO of GRDF in 2011 a position she has held until 2016. She now lives in Texas. Pascale has a Master in Science and Engineering from the School of Mines.

Monica I. Echezuria

Vice President – Business Process Solutions, The Carlyle Group

Echezuria Monica

Monica I. Echezuria

Vice President – Business Process Solutions, The Carlyle Group

Monica Echezuria is a Vice President with the Business Process Solutions Team at The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful investment firms. In her current role, Monica is responsible for the delivery of applications on the Appian platform. In her role, she facilitates and drives operational efficiencies across the organization to improve collaboration, productivity and transparency. Monica has previously served in various roles across the organization including VP of FP&A and IT Chief of Staff.

Timothy J. Kelly

Vice President of Professional Services and Operations, Macedon Technologies

Tim Kelly

Timothy J. Kelly

Vice President of Professional Services and Operations, Macedon Technologies

Timothy J. Kelly is Vice President of Professional Services and Operations for Macedon Technologies.  Macedon Technologies is an exclusive Appian partner, with the highest percentage of Appian Certified Professionals in the country.  Tim works directly with Appian leadership to collaboratively deliver solutions for various private- and public-sector verticals.   With over two decades of enterprise software development experience primarily focused on BPM technologies, Tim leads the professional services team for Macedon Technologies. He supports numerous solutions, including workflow, case management, system integration, legacy modernization, and rapid software development at the enterprise scale.   Tim is both a project management professional (PMP) and certified Scrum master (CSM).

Joseph Kennedy

Principal, PwC

Joseph Kennedy

Principal, PwC

Joe has more than 24 years of diversified experience in design, development and delivery of cost-effective, high-performance information systems designed to address complex business problems in critical technology environments. He possesses expertise in strategic planning, enterprise data integration, enterprise architecture, systems development, telecommunications, operations, infrastructure, technology support, user experience and technology conversions. Personal strengths include team building/leadership, customer service and problem identification/resolution skills. Competencies and strengths include strategic enterprise technology architectures, mobile technology strategy and implementation, technology merger and acquisition planning, enterprise information integration, open source and open source law, user experience and interface design, technology and business synchronization, emerging technologies and global development process implementation.  Joe has a bachelor’s degree from Clark University in Computer Science

Melvin (Mel) Kirk

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ryder System, Inc.

Melvin Kirk

Melvin (Mel) Kirk

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ryder System, Inc.

Mel Kirk is Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer for Ryder System, Inc., a Fortune 500 commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. In this role, Mr. Kirk is responsible for all aspects of Ryder’s IT organization, including technology vision and strategy, operations and project management, infrastructure and software development, resource optimization, and systems development lifecycle. Mel is also a member of Ryder’s Executive Leadership Team.

Mel joined Ryder System Inc., in March 2012 as Vice President of Quality and was subsequently elevated in 2013 into the role of Vice President of Maintenance, Engineering & Quality Operations within the Fleet Management Solutions organization.  In that role, his strong leadership and commitment to teamwork helped Ryder usher in a new era of low emission engine technologies, while launching new diagnostic tools and quality measures that enhanced the performance of the Company’s industry-leading maintenance organization.

Mel, an Augusta, GA native, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee. He also holds an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University, St. Louis, MO where he was a fellow in the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.  Mel has two daughter and he currently resides in Miami, FL.

Todd Lohr

Principal Technology Enablement & Automation

Todd Lohr

Todd Lohr

Principal Technology Enablement & Automation

Todd is a Principal within KPMG’s Technology Enabled Transformation practice, specializing in Enterprise Transformation, Process Excellence and Process Automation.   He is a thought leader in Transformation and Process Automation and has led numerous initiatives at FORTUNE100 companies and government agencies.  Todd leads the US practice for process automation and specializes in the enterprise selection, design, and implementation of automation technologies including workflow (BPM), robotics (RPA) and cognitive technologies.  In addition to his practice responsibilities, Todd is responsible for KPMG’s global transformation solutions, including the development of methods, accelerators and delivery platforms. Todd is a regular presenter at conferences, and guest lecturer at universities.

Malcolm Richard Postings

Global CTO / Innovation Lead

Mal Postings

Malcolm Richard Postings

Global CTO / Innovation Lead

As an industry-leading architect and entrepreneur bridging business and IT, Mal has extensive experience building next generation business models enabled through emerging technologies, with focus on Information Services/Technology business. Throughout his career as Global CTO at QuintilesIMS, Principal/Partner/CTO at EY and Capgemini, he has established a consistent record of leading innovative global transformation programs and alliances for complex, multi-billion dollar global organizations

His current position is as Global CTO, VP at QuintilesIMS which he joined in June 2015 and where he has delivered: a new architecture practice and associated latest technologies such as workflow and API integration; open source code for Apple research kit; patient centricity smart dosing and personalized medicine; the Solution Design Studio plus ‘Ignite’ accelerator approach; and next generation cognitive and automated solutions. Prior to this he was Global CTO/Partner at EY.  Mal is currently also serving on the Board of Directors for CLOUD Inc., and is the CEO & Co-Founder of the Vincigravitas consulting firm.

Mal received his ‘A’ Levels (Pure Maths, Geography, and Science) from the University of London; and throughout his career has taken numerous high profile executive education courses in technology, marketing and strategic planning – including an Executive MBA from Lancaster University.

John Rymer

Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

John Rymer

John Rymer

Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

John is the lead analyst on Forrester’s application development strategy, sourcing, and structure playbook. He contributes to Forrester’s coverage of low-code application platforms and business rules platforms.

Malcolm Ross

VP, Product Marketing, Appian

Malcolm Ross

Malcolm Ross

VP, Product Marketing, Appian

Malcolm Ross is the VP of Product at Appian. Malcolm has been directly involved in the management and implementation of enterprise software solutions for over 18 years. Malcolm is a frequent speaker and writer covering the application of BPM technology to solve real-world business problems. Malcolm received his BS degree in Computer Science with a minor in Actuarial Mathematics from Florida State University.


GUEST SPEAKERS

Stephen Ball

Head of Enterprise Solutions, Sunsuper

Stephen Ball

Stephen Ball

Head of Enterprise Solutions, Sunsuper

Stephen has over 30 years of experience in the financial sector in a variety of capacities including consultancy, software development and management both in Australia and overseas. He is currently a Director of Gate and GNGB, with previous experience managing his own consulting business. His sector knowledge includes local and state government, government owned corporations, private corporation, consultancy, superannuation administration and fund management. Currently Stephen is Head of Enterprise Solutions and is accountable for Sunsuper’s business systems.

Brian Derfer

Chief Technology Officer, Agile6

Brian Derfer

Brian Derfer

Chief Technology Officer, Agile6

Brian blends nearly 20 years of hands-on experience in the software industry with a background in cognitive anthropology in order to bring a unique perspective to technical problem domains. He has been involved in several start-up ventures as founding partner or early associate, and worked as an architect in the development of key systems within the Defense Health Information Management System (DHIMS) as well as Fortune 100 companies, in vertical markets that include family services, healthcare, education, and social media. His main areas of focus include Agile process, software development best-practices, artificial intelligence, organizational learning, web and mobile development, cloud computing, and test-driven design. Mr. Derfer holds a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Anthropology from UCSD, and is a Certified Scrum Master through the Scrum Alliance. He is listed on one US patent. His other interests include soccer, sailing, music, history, and human cognition.

Sidney Fernandes

Vice President/CIO for Information Technology, USF

Sidney Fernandes

Sidney Fernandes

Vice President/CIO for Information Technology, USF

Sidney Fernandes is the Vice President/CIO for Information Technology for the USF System. Sidney has been in this role since December of 2014.  USF is the fourth-largest public university in the state of Florida.

In his time at USF Sidney has led the implementation of several large enterprise projects ranging from medical record and allied systems to student information and financial systems. He was also responsible for the design and implementation of the USF Health data warehouse which included over twenty five different source systems both internal and external to USF.

Data continues to be a passion for Sidney as he seeks to “recycle data” and partner in areas of the business like digital marketing and operations to drive revenue and operational efficiencies. Using data, agile principles and intelligent business process management, Sidney and the IT team have been able to work closely with numerous areas of the university to promote efficiencies and reduce waste

Sidney’s has a varied educational background with degrees in computer science, marketing and management information systems.

Mohan Govind

Director-Software Engineering, Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group)

Mohan Govind

Mohan Govind

Director-Software Engineering, Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group)

Mohan Govind is the Director of Software Engineering at Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group), world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace. In his current role Mohan is responsible for development, quality assurance and support of BPM and ERP platforms at CME. Mohan has previously served CME in many leadership roles spanning Infrastructure & Operations, Quality Assurance and Risk Management domains. Mohan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics, Master’s degree in Computer Engineering and is pursuing MBA from University of Chicago Booth school of business.

Anne Lenz

Executive Director, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland Government

Anne Lenz

Anne Lenz

Executive Director, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland Government

Anne holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Environmental Science (Policy Economics) and has a Graduate Diploma of Public Policy (Griffith).

Anne currently holds the position of Executive Director, Petroleum, Gas and Compliance in the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP).  In this expanded role, Anne also oversees the department’s criminal investigative and compliance policy and planning functions for the entire breadth of legislation administered by the department, and the ongoing management and winding up of the underground coal gasification pilot in Queensland.

Anne has most recently been the responsible Executive for the development and implementation of the award winning Connect system within EHP.  However this project is more about business transformation and innovation than IT.

Mike Lonsdale

Process and Information Engineering Manager, Hansard International

Mike Lonsdale

Mike Lonsdale

Process and Information Engineering Manager, Hansard International

After a career in the Royal Air Force as a Statistical Analyst, Mike joined Hansard International, based in the Isle of Man, in 2001. Since then, Mike has filled a variety of IT based roles across the business, including Finance, Risk, Operations as well as 3 tours as IT Development Manager.

Mike is currently working back in the Operational area leading the process engineering effort which started in March 2013. To date, Hansard has deployed over 400 process models covering On-boarding of New Business, On-boarding of Brokers, Risk Assessments, Premium Collection, Payments Out, Translations and many more. Hansard is currently half way through the first phase of re-engineering in the Operational area which is expected to be complete in the next 12 months.

Mike enjoys offshore fishing around the Isle of Man and has recently purchased a RV which he intends to use to broaden his travels around Europe from his base in France.

Dennis Mackey

VP, Head of Growth & Transformation, North America Investment Operations, State Street

Dennis Mackey

Dennis Mackey

VP, Head of Growth & Transformation, North America Investment Operations, State Street

Dennis Mackey is Head of Growth & Transformation for Investment Operations at State Street Global Advisors, the asset management arm of State Street Corporation.  In this role Dennis is responsible for developing strategy and driving execution to transform Investment Operations.  Previously, Dennis has held a variety of roles at State Street Global Advisors in Operations and Enterprise Information Management.  Dennis holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

Gabriele Monetti

Director of Enterprise Architecture at QuintilesIMS

Gabriele Monetti

Gabriele Monetti

Director of Enterprise Architecture at QuintilesIMS

Gabriele is a 26 years veteran of the IT industry, having applied technical and soft skills across a variety of industries in two continents. After starting his career in Product Development on the OSI stack at IBM Corp., he moved to the services industry with EDS Corp. In 2001 he joined Dendrite International and begin a career in Pharma IT that continues to this day. He is currently a Director of IT at QuintilesIMS working in the office of the CTO of the R&D division. His primary responsibility as Head of the BPM Center of Excellence stems from his role as a top proponent of Appian technology at QuintilesIMS. He firmly believes in the power of BPM as an agent of deep, lasting transformation of core business operations of any enterprise, with the outcome being a healthier and more profitable organization.

He is a proud graduate of the Politecnico di Torino, the second oldest engineering school in Europe. In his spare time he fights with perfectly good trees to miniaturize them into bonsai in traditional Japanese or contemporary American styles.

Ernie Ramirez

Chief Operations Officer, Agile6

Ernie Ramirez

Chief Operations Officer, Agile6

Ernie is an experienced entrepreneur having played a central role in co-founding 4 successful businesses. After earning an MBA from UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, Ernie worked at Price Waterhouse and Disney Interactive in Accounting and Finance. Next, he was a founding member of Reflexive Entertainment, Inc. a video game developer where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Producer for over 10 years. In 2008 Ernie and his partners sold the business to Amazon.com. During a six year tenure with Amazon, he served in the capacity of Executive Producer and then Studio Head of Amazon Game Studios, Orange County overseeing the development and release of over 20 game titles. Ernie is also a founding investor in the 3D printing company Matter Hackers where he continues to serve on the Board. Finally, he is a founding financial backer of the successful 501(c)(3) non profit firm Creative Kids Playhouse Children’s Theater of Orange County. Since its founding in 2011, the theater has produced over 65 shows and introduced thousands of children to the self confidence building benefits of performing in theater arts.

Robert Rasmussen

President and CEO, Agile6

Robert Rasmussen

Robert Rasmussen

President and CEO, Agile6

Robert is a proud Navy Veteran who has delivered multi-million dollar programs in several countries in the fields of Telecommunications, IT and Enterprise Software. Robert’s gift is for bringing diverse technical teams together to solve problems. Whether for the benefit of mobile operators like TeliaSonera, Hutchinson 3, Ventelo, TDC and Telenor or for US military commands like Military Sealift, Army MEDCOM, Army IMCOM, Air Force Medical Ops and Naval Special Warfare, Robert seeks purpose in the mission and builds pride in his teams. Most recently as a Sr. Vice President at VetAdvisor, LLC, Robert has enjoyed a long history of representing purpose-driven companies like DefenseWeb Technologies (Humana), NetCracker (NEC), Ericsson and SAIC. Robert holds an MBA from National University, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM & PSM2) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO & PSPO).

​​Bill Raczyk

Director of Business Process Improvement, OCC​

​​Bill Raczyk

​​Bill Raczyk

Director of Business Process Improvement, OCC​

Bill Raczyk is the Director of Business Process Improvement at OCC (Options Clearing Corporation), the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization. In his current role, Bill is responsible for the strategic direction of OCC’s Appian platform as well as aiding departments throughout the organization with improving their operations through detailed analysis, process innovation, and appropriate deployment of technology. He has previously served OCC in leadership roles of many groups, including Business Analysis, Business Controls, Deployment, Technical Writing, and Quality Assurance. Prior to OCC, Bill worked for Cargill and Andersen.

Jeff Rivkin

Research Director, IDC

Jeff Rivkin

Jeff Rivkin

Research Director, IDC

Jeff Rivkin is Research Director of Payer IT Strategies for IDC Health Insights responsible for research coverage on ACA/HIX Healthcare Reform, payer business and technology priorities, constituent and consumer engagement strategies, technology and business implications for accountable care, risk, quality-based payment, and incentive programs, among other trends and technologies important to the payer community.

Deb Smallwood

Founder, Strategy Meets Action (SMA)

Deb Smallwood

Deb Smallwood

Founder, Strategy Meets Action (SMA)

Deb Smallwood is the Founder of Strategy Meets Action (SMA), a strategic advisory services firm that offers a unique combination of advisory, research and consulting services to guide insurers, MGAs and agents to tap into the infinite possibilities of transformation, leverage emerging trends, and guide technology investments in today’s changing world. She is widely recognized for her expertise in helping companies re-think, re-energize, and re-tool their strategic investments that enable high business value and differentiation.

John Stretton

Corporate Initiatives Associate, EDP Renewables

John Stretton

John Stretton

Corporate Initiatives Associate, EDP Renewables

John Stretton is an expert in process improvement and automation at EDP Renewables North America, headquartered in Houston, Texas. As the architect of EDPR’s primary BPM solution, he is the company’s leading resource for automation, business analytics, and knowledge management. Prior to joining EDPR, he worked at Baker Hughes as a mechanical engineer in R&D. John holds an engineering degree from Rice University in Houston.

Aaron S. Turner

Chief Technology Officer, BridgeStreet

Aaron Turner

Aaron S. Turner

Chief Technology Officer, BridgeStreet

Aaron S. Turner is Chief Technology Officer for BridgeStreet, responsible for leading the overall Technology Strategy, Technology Operations, Demand Generation Marketing, CRM, Strategic Projects for the company. Aaron joined BridgeStreet in October 2016. Prior to joining BridgeStreet, Aaron served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer for BrandShop, Inc, the leading provider of branded digital commerce solutions for Fortune 1000 companies. Previously, Aaron held various roles of increasing responsibility with eBay Enterprise.


APPIAN SPEAKERS

David Aponte

Technical Instructor, Appian

David Aponte

Technical Instructor, Appian

David Aponte is part of Appian’s Training team as a Technical Instructor, guiding clients and partners through application development. He brings years of project management, sales, and training experience to the team. Specializing in web and database development, David graduated with a B.P.S. in Integrated Information, Science, and Technology from The George Washington University. His other work includes years of nonprofit leadership.

Rogelio Cerrillo

Technical Delivery Manager, Appian

Rogelio Cerrillo

Technical Delivery Manager, Appian

Rogelio’s main function is to ensure customers get the most value out of their Appian implementations. As a TDM in Professional Services, he leads multiple teams of consultants, translating business problems into valuable Appian solutions. He oversees the Agile Guild, responsible for providing best practices on Agile delivery. Rogelio joined Appian more than a decade ago as a Software Engineer, designing, building and testing multiple product features. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM).

John Cowles

Lead Product Manager, Appian

John Cowles

Lead Product Manager, Appian

John is part of Appian’s product management team, focusing on end user interfaces. He has nearly two decades of experience that spans application development, implementation, and management. His experience includes a large emphasis on business intelligence, data warehousing, and business process management. John has worked with the Appian technology for 8+ years in varying capacities and this includes being a customer for 5+ years. He holds a BA in economics from Colorado State University and resides in Denver, CO.

Alison Cowley

Senior Product Manager, Appian

Alison Cowley

Senior Product Manager, Appian

Alison is a member of Appian’s product management team and is responsible for the overall interface design experience. She currently leads the effort to make designing interfaces easy and intuitive. Alison received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Rew Dickinson

Solutions Consultant, Appian

Rew Dickinson

Solutions Consultant, Appian

Rew claims giving tours at Virginia Tech taught him everything he needs to know. Now at Appian and formerly at Deloitte Consulting, Rew considers himself a tour guide through the oft-confusing maze of enterprise technology. He says, “Technology is the easy part. Explaining it in easy-to-understand terms is what’s hard.” Rew believes that in today’s busy world, the words “Great leaders are great simplifiers” have never been more true.

Annelise Dubrovsky

Director-Product Management, Appian

Annelise Dubrovsky

Annelise Dubrovsky

Director-Product Management, Appian

Annelise has spent over ten years building, shaping, and delivering the Appian product vision.  She oversees the portfolio of Appian features responsible for the entire application lifecycle from design through deployment. She is a co-author of Appian’s patented SAIL technology and co-founder of Appian’s Women’s Leadership Program. Annelise has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.

Jenny Durina

Senior Technical Instructor, Appian

Jenny Durina

Jenny Durina

Senior Technical Instructor, Appian

Jenny Durina is a senior trainer at Appian responsible for delivering training in the UK and Europe. Throughout her travels she’s delivered training to people across the world from San Francisco, to Johannesburg, to Singapore. Her current interests are Appian’s integrations; she rolled out the Developer 401 course last year to help train advanced designers to integrate external systems with Appian. Before working at Appian, Jenny worked for the State Department to train diplomats how to use their consular systems. She currently lives in London.

Sylvain Furt

Director-Architecture, Appian

Sylvain Furt

Sylvain Furt

Director-Architecture, Appian

Sylvain Furt joined Appian 10 years ago as part of the Professional Services organization. Over his tenure as a consultant and an Appian architect, Sylvain was involved in designing, implementing and overseeing many applications for federal and commercial customers. Despite a one-year gig in the Appian engineering department to code a few product features, Sylvain prefers staying close to customers and working with them on how to get the most value out of the Appian platform.

Kevin Gajewski

Product Manager, Appian

Kevin Gajewski

Kevin Gajewski

Product Manager, Appian

Kevin Gajewski is one of the product managers at Appian responsible for the new features that make applications easy to build, test, and deploy. Prior to Appian, Kevin worked for the US Department of Defense designing naval aircraft test systems. He has a M.Eng. in Systems Engineering and a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Kevin currently resides in Rotterdam, The Netherlands but on most weekends can be found exploring cities around the globe.

Medhat Galal

Vice President-Product Solutions, Appian

Medhat Galal

Medhat Galal

Vice President-Product Solutions, Appian

Medhat Galal is responsible for Academy Training and Certification of Appian staff, customers, and partners. He is responsible for Appian’s Center of Excellence with foremost experience on Appian’s product to deliver project enablement with Appian Labs. He brings 15 years of consulting experience to develop the best technical leaders in the field. Medhat holds a B.Sc/M.Sc in Computer Science from The American University, and MBA from The George Washington University.

Kate Gingras

Vice President & Global Industry Lead - Insurance, Appian

Kate Gingras

Kate Gingras

Vice President & Global Industry Lead - Insurance, Appian

Kate’s driving the rapid growth of Appian’s Insurance Portfolio around the globe.  Appian is a leader in the low-code platform quadrant with a track record of building market dominance in the BPM software space. She is a  business technology leader with a decade of accomplishments in digital business transformation.  Kate has been a catalyst for successful change within some of the world’s most effective insurance organizations – introducing new software paradigms that modernize with simplicity and speed.

Adam Glaser

Vice President-Product Development Appian

Adam Glaser

Adam Glaser

Vice President-Product Development Appian

Adam Glaser has over 15 years of experience building agile enterprise software in a constantly changing and competitive landscape.  He is responsible for Appian’s product vision, user experience, development and release activities.  He co-runs the Engineering department with Suvajit Gupta.  He has a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia.

Suvajit Gupta

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Suvajit Gupta

Suvajit Gupta

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Suvajit Gupta oversees product management, development, and quality assurance of the Appian product. Suvajit has more than two decades of software development experience, and was Vice President of Development at Eloqua – a marketing SaaS provider that was acquired by Oracle. He received his master’s degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an undergraduate in Electronics and Communications Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in India.

Fritz Haimberger

Global Industry Practice Leader - Healthcare Provider, Appian

Fritz Haimberger

Fritz Haimberger

Global Industry Practice Leader - Healthcare Provider, Appian

Fritz Haimberger is a healthcare consulting, sales, and management executive with more than fifteen years of HIT, clinical operations, and revenue cycle experience. Mr. Haimberger has extensive experience focusing on provider solutions both in the U.S. and internationally, including Canada, Ireland, and the UK. Mr. Haimberger holds a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and resides with his family in Nashville, Tennessee.

Michael (Mike) Heffner

Vice President – Global Banking and Capital Markets Industry Lead, Appian

Michael (Mike) Heffner

Vice President – Global Banking and Capital Markets Industry Lead, Appian

Mike Heffner leads Appian’s Financial Services practice globally, with an industry team that partners with FS firms to enable their digital transformations.  Mike brings over twenty years of experience driving innovative approaches to problem solving within banking and capital markets. Prior to Appian, he was Managing Director, Business Transformation at State Street Global Markets, and also held management roles at Charles Schwab & Co., and Accenture.   Mike holds BSBA in Economics from University of South Carolina, and an MBA from Babson College.

Guy Mettrick

Practice Leader - Financial Services, Appian

Guy Mettrick

Practice Leader - Financial Services, Appian

Guy Mettrick is Appian’s Financial Services Practice Leader in Europe. Responsible for driving Appian’s go to market strategy for financial services in Europe. The role includes working with customers, partners and industry associations to ensure Appian delivers applications that help financial firms grow, manage risk and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their business processes.

Prior to Appian, he was Head of European Fund Business at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank. He has also held management positions at BNP Paribas and RBC. Guy Mettrick has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Studies (Finance & Marketing) from the University of Portsmouth.

Scott Polansky

Practice Lead Healthcare Payers, Appian

Scott Polansky

Scott Polansky

Practice Lead Healthcare Payers, Appian

Scott is the Practice Lead, Healthcare Payers for Appian Corporation.  He is responsible for supporting sales, developing collateral and content and providing thought leadership for the healthcare payer industry at Appian.

Scott maintains an extensive network of executive level relationships with many of the regional and national payers offering commercial, Medicaid, and Medicare products.

Prior to joining Appian, he was Principal of Polansky Consulting Group.  Previously, Scott served as Chief of Business Development for Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan where he successfully led the effort to launch a commercial product line as well as landing a $1.2 Billion contract for New Hampshire Managed Medicaid. Prior to that, he was Director of Product Management at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, charged with developing and launching all Harvard Pilgrim products.

Scott was a consultant with Mintz Levin Law firm’s ML Strategies Group and Scheur Management Group, both in Boston. Earlier in his career, Scott worked for Matthew Thornton Health Plan and Harvard Community Health Plan in marketing and underwriting.

Scott received his M.S.P.H in Health Planning and Policy analysis from UCLA and has an undergraduate B.S. degree from Hobart College.

Jacob Rank

Senior Manager-Product Management, Appian

Jacob Rank

Jacob Rank

Senior Manager-Product Management, Appian

Jacob leads the Appian Center of Excellence, a team of the most experienced product experts dedicated to delivering guidance and resources like the Appian Playbook and Health Check that help customers succeed. He has 13 years of consulting experience and has worked with many of Appian’s largest customers. Jacob received his BSE degree in Computer and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rachel Rater

Senior Product Manager, Appian

Rachel Rater

Rachel Rater

Senior Product Manager, Appian

Rachel is part of Appian’s product management team, focusing on user interfaces. She currently leads component development for SAIL, Appian’s interface framework. She also spent years in Appian’s quality engineering group, leading the quality efforts for dozens of features and releases. Prior to working on Appian’s product, she was a member of its community, working for successful partner Macedon Technologies. Rachel holds a BA from the University of Virginia in Computer Science and Math.

John Rogers

Senior Product Manager, Appian

John Rogers

John Rogers

Senior Product Manager, Appian

John is a member of Appian’s product management team, and is responsible for the core application design experience. He currently heads the effort to ensure the ease and flexibility of creating applications on the Appian platform, as well as leading the usability testing program for new product features. John holds an M.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University in Human-Computer Interaction, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia in Computer Science and Cognitive Science.

Brett Shomaker

Senior Manager-Product Management, Appian

Brett Shomaker

Brett Shomaker

Senior Manager-Product Management, Appian

Brett has been guiding the direction of the Appian product for over a decade. He currently oversees the product management group for the platform’s back-end capabilities. Prior to his role in product management, Brett led several Appian deployments as a consulting manager in the Professional Services department. Brett currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, home to some of the best craft breweries in the world.

Charles Tsui

Director-User Experience, Appian

Charles Tsui

Charles Tsui

Director-User Experience, Appian

Charles Tsui is responsible for the usability, visual design, and accessibility of the Appian product. He is Appian’s longest-tenured employee, having served in consulting, training, and product management roles since 1999. Charles is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Peter Vaccarella

Director, Solution Consulting, Appian

Peter Vaccarella

Director, Solution Consulting, Appian

Peter Vaccarella is the Director of Solution Consulting for commercial accounts in the Midwest and Western U.S. and Canada.  Peter joined Appian in 2003 and spent the first half of his career in the Professional Services department running point for some of Appian’s largest clients and most successful engagements.  He is an expert on all things Appian and a frequent presenter and speaker on how to successfully implement a data-centric approach to process automation.  Peter received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Economics and Computer Science with a Minor in Mathematics from Duke University.

Myles Weber

Chief Information Officer, Appian

Myles Weber

Myles Weber

Chief Information Officer, Appian

Myles Weber is responsible for the Appian Cloud Platform as a Service offering. Additionally, Myles leads the worldwide Information Technology, Support, Security and Compliance operations. Myles joined Appian as one of its first employees with a background in business intelligence and web technologies in the financial services industry. Myles holds a BS degree in Information and Decision Sciences from University of Illinois at Chicago.