Co-Founder and CEO

Anant Kale

Anant founded AppZen in 2012 to bring AI to global finance teams, and is responsible for the company’s vision and business execution. Previously, he served as Vice President of Applications at Fujitsu America, where he had broad responsibility for the management and delivery of the company’s global enterprise applications and infrastructure. He has more than 20 years of experience in software development and engineering leadership. Anant earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Engineering and an MBA from Mumbai University. He loves music and hopes to learn to DJ sometime in the future.

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Co-Founder and CTO

Kunal Verma

Kunal co-founded AppZen in 2012 and developed its core artificial intelligence technology. He is passionate about developing AI-based solutions to solve real-world business problems. He is responsible for AppZen’s product vision, and oversees the company’s R&D and data science teams. Previously, he led research teams at Accenture Technology Labs that were responsible for developing AI-based tools for Fortune 500 companies. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Georgia with a focus on semantic technologies. He is a published author with over 50 refereed papers and holds several granted patents. Kunal is a keen golfer and an avid follower of the Georgia BullDawgs and the Golden State Warriors.

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CFO

Naresh Bansal

Naresh has more than 20 years of financial management for private and public companies, including over 10 years of executive leadership for high-growth SaaS organizations. Most recently, Naresh served as Chief Financial Officer at communications compliance and analytics leader Actiance and, prior to that, led Global Finance and Legal for cloud security leader Zscaler. He has extensive experience building global finance, human resources, and legal teams, creating processes and systems, executing mergers and acquisitions, and taking companies through the IPO process. He holds Certified Public Accountant (inactive), Chartered Accountant, and Certified Management Accountant certifications. He is an avid hiker and long distance runner, and enthusiastic follower of the 49ers and Golden State Warriors.

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COO

Matt Zelen

Matt Zelen has been a SaaS leader for more than a decade and is passionate about delighting customers and driving a strong company culture. Most recently, he served as Chief Customer Officer for marketing automation leader Act-On, and before that, as Vice President of Customer Success for Salesforce.com. Prior to that, Matt built a managed services business from the ground up that today serves hundreds of enterprise and mid-market customers. Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s University and an MBA from Argosy. He serves on the board of directors of North Shore Bank of Commerce, where he focuses on technology advancements for the future of the bank, and is also an advisor for user experience software leader UserTesting. As a former Minnesotan now living in the Bay Area (and as much as he may not want to admit it), he’s a die-hard Minnesota sports fan, especially the Vikings.

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CMO

Jamie Barnett

Jamie Barnett is a marketing, product, and customer success leader in SaaS, security, and mobile. Most recently, she served as Chief Customer Officer for DevOps monitoring company Scalyr, and before that, as Chief Marketing Officer for cloud security leader Netskope. After spending her early career as an investment banker and equity analyst, she held a number of senior marketing and product management positions in high-technology companies. She serves on the board of La Comida and is actively involved with a number of non-profit and social justice initiatives. Jamie earned a Bachelor of Science from UC Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). She is a die-hard Monty Python fan.

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VP Customer Success

Mark Stagi

Mark has over 20 years of experience building teams that drive value for customers. He has a deep passion for the customer experience and for creating a customer-obsessed culture. Most recently, Mark led the post-sales teams at Base CRM and prior to that, was responsible for Customer Success, Technical Support, and Training at cloud storage provider Hightail. Mark has co-founded a technology startup and contributed to the success of several high-growth technology companies, both of which have given him a deep understanding of what it takes to serve customers and earn their trust. When he’s not building teams or connecting with customers, Mark loves running, Karaoke, and making his kids laugh (or cry) with his dance moves.

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VP Sales

John Narbaitz

John Narbaitz brings over 20 years of sales, solutions consulting, and engineering experience in leading SaaS and technology companies. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Sales at enterprise video provider Prysm and configure price quote leader Apttus. Previously, he held sales and solutions consulting leadership roles at Hewlett-Packard, Autonomy, and Interwoven. John earned a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from UC Santa Cruz. He has a special place in his heart for hair metal bands from the 80s and is known to turn the volume up to 11.

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VP Engineering

Debashis Saha

Debashis has deep expertise in developing and managing large-scale web applications, distributed systems, data infrastructure, and cloud computing. Previously, he served as Vice President of Platforms for eBay, PayPal, and Intuit and held technology leadership roles at Oracle Corporation and enterprise health benefits platform Jiff. Debashis championed open source projects Apache Kylin and Apache Eagle and drove their traction and success. He earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Debashis is passionate about traveling, photography, and being involved with early-stage startups.

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Head of Products

Andy Chiang

Andy Chiang has been a product leader for over 20 years and loves working with customers to understand their needs and build great products for them. Most recently, he served as Director of Product at Coupa Software, where he led their invoicing product, and before that, as Director of Supply Chain Strategy at Gap and Ariba. Prior to that, he helped companies build custom software solutions as an IT consultant. Andy earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. When he’s not working on software products, Andy loves long distance running and taking care of bees (sometimes at the same time!).

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Head of Compliance

Rajeev Gubbala

Rajeev Gubbala has more than 20 years of experience with enterprise applications, cloud operations, database development, and security and compliance. As the first engineer at the company, Rajeev played a pivotal role in developing the AppZen Platform. Prior to that, he served as a Manager in the Oracle Practice of Capgemini, where he implemented ERP solutions for global enterprises. Rajeev earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Bharathidasan University. When he is not building a world-class infrastructure for AppZen’s customers, Rajeev enjoys spending time with his family and pursuing his other passion, cooking.

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Board of Directors
Co-Founder and CEO

Anant Kale

Co-Founder and CTO

Kunal Verma

Lightspeed

Arif Janmohamed

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Arif joined Lightspeed in 2008 and focuses primarily on investments in the areas of cloud, infrastructure, AI, and data driven applications. Prior to joining Lightspeed, he worked in the Corporate Business Development Group at Cisco Systems where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, strategy, and investments in the Unified Communications, Enterprise Collaboration, Mobile, and SaaS market segments. Before joining Cisco Systems, Arif was with Novitas Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. Earlier in his career, Arif worked in technical development and product management roles at WebTV (acquired by MSFT), Andes Networks (acquired by SUNW), and Sun Microsystems.

Arif holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

In his free time, Arif plays ice hockey with his wife, who yells at him for never passing the puck to her.

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Alex Bard

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Alex is a career tech entrepreneur, executive, and angel investor. In 1996, he co-founded eShare technologies, a web-based customer support platform acquired in 1999. Alex then co-founded eAssist Global Solutions, a CRM for support acquired in 2004. Alex went on to next co-found Goowy Media, a distribution and analytics platform, backed by Mark Cuban and acquired by AOL in 2008. After 2 years at AOL, Alex co-founded Assistly (now Desk.com).

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