Our World-Class Team

Meet our world-class team, which includes 6 ex-Googlers, 3 medalists from programming competitions, an Air Guitar champ and even an ex-VC!

Al Rey
SVP, Global Sales

A passion for working with a great team, building relationships, and my experience in scaling businesses inspired me to join Leanplum. Before Leanplum, I served as Director of Global Sales and Business Development for Kontagent.

I enjoy optimizing the length and time of my jogs in San Francisco.

Al Rey
SVP, Global Sales
Aleksandar Gyorev
Software Engineer

An ex-informatics competitor, who interned in Bing @ Microsoft, and always looking for new challenges and adventures. I am a music addict, that plays drums, and a sports lover.

I love to optimise my music playlists so that the beats-per-minute match my coding speed.

Aleksandar Gyorev
Software Engineer
Alex Lee
Director of Enterprise Sales

Since graduating from the University of Michigan, I've been addicted to working for startups. I have extensive experience in all facets of sales, particularly with direct selling, training, and management. I'm a huge NBA fan, and my favorite team is the Washington Wizards.

When walking with my dog Spanky, I like to optimize my routes for the least number of hills. One of his hind legs is slightly shorter than the other.

Alex Lee
Director of Enterprise Sales
Alok Damireddy
VP of Engineering

Passionate about building out product engineering team and derive actionable insights from data. My past experience includes a SAAS startup and a financial company. At Reputation.com, our team grew from 105 to 260 people during my tenure with ~3x revenue growth. Focussed on making Leanplum a world class SAAS platform enabling our customers optimize their products.

Currently trying to optimize time spent exercising my hyper active 9 yr yellow lab.

Alok Damireddy
VP of Engineering
Analise Perry
Senior Accountant

I have 14 years of accounting experience, the last 5 years dedicated to startups. I have a passion for numbers and love saving money. I like to be efficient, cost effective, and reliable. I've been following Leanplum since 2013 and jumped at the chance to be a part of the team.

I like to optimize my grocery shopping trips by writing my list of groceries in the order you will find them in the store.

Analise Perry
Senior Accountant
Anton Anastasov
Software Engineer

An ex-informatics contestant with a silver medal from IOI, I graduated from MIT with a double-major in Computer Science and Mathematics. While a student, I interned 5 different companies, most recently doing Quantitative Analysis/Software Engineering at the D. E. Shaw Group. With a relentless desire for learning, I'm super excited to join Leanplum.

I have learned the hard way that some pictures are impossible to retake. I optimize for the perfect photo by taking 5 to 10 shots for the duration of a blink.

Anton Anastasov
Software Engineer
Andrew First
Co-founder & CTO

I started programming games in elementary school, and have been hooked ever since. I graduated from Duke University and spent 2 years at Google optimizing video ads.

I optimize my downtime by listening to audiobooks while walking, driving, or at the gym.

Andrew First
Co-founder & CTO
Atanas Valchev
Technical Support Engineer

I have spent the last almost 4 years supporting an Enterprise CMS, where I discovered my passion for solving problems and assisting clients. I love learning new technologies and am a firm believer that the future is mobile.

In my daily activities, I like to optimize my sleep patterns in order to get optimal rest with least time spent sleeping.

Atanas Valchev
Technical Support Engineer
Binh Tran-Tu
Marketing Intern

I’m an aspiring entrepreneur with a passion for marketing and technology. Always eager for new experiences, I enjoy learning new skills whether it be coding or cooking something new for dinner. I am currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration, double majoring in Marketing and Finance from the University of San Francisco.

I optimize my shower time and water consumption through listening to two new songs each time I shower.

Binh Tran-Tu
Marketing Intern
Bob Garcia
VP of Business Development

I’m passionate about helping brands and their partners use marketing technologies to deliver personalized and optimized user experiences. I’ve been a part of digital marketing since the start having worked at Netscape, Macromedia, Webtrends and most recently Urban Airship. My diverse background has provided with a holistic and cross-functional approach to delivering results.

My optimization efforts are focused on air travel to minimize time spent at airports.

Bob Garcia
VP of Business Development
Boris Peltekov
Software Engineer

Ex-informatics competitor in the extended Bulgarian national team. Right after high school I was passionate about computer graphics and computational geometry, but after interning at IBM Research I did a radical change - GPGPU, concurrent programming, software analysis and verification. I’d describe myself as a low level backend hacker with a tendency to sacrifice speed over the maximal attainable correctness and predictability. One invariant to rule them all!

I strive to optimize the way I’m expressing my thoughts so I wouldn’t commit logical fallacies.

Boris Peltekov
Software Engineer
Brian Hollinger
Director of Enterprise Sales

A seasoned sales professional who previously worked at Salesforce.com prior to becoming a sales leader at early stage companies. I'm passionate about my customers' success and enjoys introducing them to game changing technologies.

I optimize my day by staying caffeinated, A/ Latte B/ Drip Coffee followed by C/ Diet Coke.

Brian Hollinger
Director of Enterprise Sales
Brittany Fleit
Content Marketer

My passion for writing and tech has led me on a windy journey through mobile advertising, journalism and commerce. Most recently, I led the content marketing and PR initiatives at Kiip. Before that, I specialized in launching content for new markets at Sosh, and leading the East coast curation teams at Bloomspot.

I optimize my downtime by traveling the world, hiking, and teaching myself photography. I'm happiest taking in the scenery of a new city, with a good book and my daydreams to keep me company.

Brittany Fleit
Content Marketer
Brittany Roderman
Mobile Strategist

I graduated in 2012 from Bentley University with a degree in Management and Global Perspectives. I began my career at IBM in management consulting working on business processes for major systems integrations and GIS software. I truly believe that technology is changing the world for the better.

I am a distance athlete and adrenaline seeker with a deep passion for travel and culture appreciation. I optimize my life by gaining experiences through running, biking, eating and learning my way around the world.

Brittany Roderman
Mobile Strategist
Christian Castro
Customer Success Manager

A decade-long San Fransiscan, I've worked across various tech companies and enjoy seeing the interconnected nature of how various roles support customers. Meals and experiences are important to me and love sharing my experiences with others - either my bringing them along or providing useful tips. I've been known to travel just to repeat a dining experience, especially at local family-ran spots.

I optimize time with friends and exploring new places to eat.

Christian Castro
Customer Success Manager
Darren Chan
Design Intern

I am a graphic designer from San Francisco who relishes the creative process and always seeks the best solutions for every challenge. I believe in lifelong learning and approaching the unknown with deliberation and passion. Looking forward to learning and growing with the Leanplum team!

I like to optimize my mood by listening to music wherever I go (when appropriate). I want to feel like I have a perfectly curated soundtrack to my life at all times.

Darren Chan
Design Intern
Dinna Davis
Senior Recruiting Manager

I LOVE RECRUITING! I am passionate about building teams and programs that cover retention, mentorship, training, and internships. But most of all I love building relationships with everyone I come into contact with. In our world of technology advances, I strive to maintain that human touch and personal care to connect talented individuals with amazing and meaningful opportunities.

I optimize my life by pushing past any fears through various activities: “Speed” solved by riding motorcycles; “Underwater” I became a certified advanced scuba diver; “Selecting the best wine for food” this is an ongoing challenge so I continue to explore wineries close to home and on my travels. Up next for 2016 is “Heights” sky dive to be scheduled; and “Never Speaking a 2nd language” I’ll start to learn French!

Dinna Davis
Senior Recruiting Manager
Ed Pizzi
Software Engineer

I'm a software engineer with expertise in backend development, automation, and scalable, reliable design. I have 9 years experience in teams running Google's core infrastructure, and I'm excited to take on new challenges.

I A/B test different ways of preparing my favorite foods.

Ed Pizzi
Software Engineer
Emily Taggart
Mobile Strategist

I graduated with my B.A. from Wake Forest University, where I was also a member of the U-21 United States Women’s Soccer Team. I thrive on building dynamic teams and networking to reach common goals. I am passionate about technology, travel and experimentation. Most recently, I’ve returned from studying and working in Australia for three years. I am excited to be back home in the SF Bay Area and to join the Leanplum team!

When I am not exploring the great outdoors, I optimize my time by composing songs on my guitar and computer, ensuring that every note leads to a unique finished product.

Emily Taggart
Mobile Strategist
Federico Casali
Technical Support Engineer

I graduated in my hometown Pavia, Italy, where I also started my career in startups working on delivering software for the earliest mobile technologies. I always liked to use my time for others, helping people and acting as support to them. Innovation has always thrilled me and I think that exploring and improving our knowledge is the greatest gift we can do to ourselves. I'm passioned about live music, cooking and history. I'm also a great fan of Juventus FC.

I like to optimize my travels learning about the history of every place I go and A/B testing diffent kind of local food.

Federico Casali
Technical Support Engineer
Garrett Kline
Visual Designer

Constantly curious creative for 15 years in the ways of design and photography. I have worked in the realms of fashion, lifestyle, and technology for the better part of a decade. It's about the work and always will be.

I like to optimize my life by doing my best to get up before the sun rises each day. Make the most of every moment.

Garrett Kline
Visual Designer
Ivan Vergiliev
Software Engineer

An ex-informatics competitor with a bronze medal from IOI, I interned at Google and Facebook before doing recommendations at SoundCloud. Now I'm eager to use my experience to make Leanplum's product even better.

I'm currently A/B testing different walking routes to our San Francisco office.

Ivan Vergiliev
Software Engineer
Jan Schwarzenberger
Lead Product Design

With over 13 years of diverse product and design experience as a Founder, VC Co-Founder and Head of Product/Design, I see myself as a connector between users and technology, by making highly complex products fun to use. My passion for solving problems, that haven’t been solved before, is keeping me up at night.

I want to help at least 1% of the human population to optimize their life. I am on a 2 year happy-day streak.

Jan Schwarzenberger
Lead Product Design
Jeffrey Nadeau
Customer Success Manager

Originating from Boston, I enjoy learning about challenges customer’s are looking to solve and helping them find a solution. My background is in Sales and am excited to help Leanplum customer’s optimize their business.

In my spare time I am exploring all of what San Francisco has to offer and I optimize my ice cream consumption by cutting klondike bars in half so I have more!

Jeffrey Nadeau
Customer Success Manager
Joyce Solano
Head of Marketing

I’m dedicated to building contemporary brands who keep their community at the heart of what they do. Formerly, I’ve developed analytics and optimization strategy for top clients like Toyota and PayPal. Most recently, I led brand strategy for Adobe’s multi-billion dollar Creative Cloud portfolio including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

My optimization efforts are currently focused on crafting the perfect mezcal negroni.

Joyce Solano
Head of Marketing
Justin Hypes
Director of Enterprise Sales

With a deep understanding of human behavior and a strong focus on relationship building, I thoroughly enjoy bringing customers into the organizations I have worked for. Super excited to be a part of a great and growing team at Leanplum!

I optimize my spare time by hanging with my little rock stars, playing drums, snowboarding, and winning air guitar competitions.

Justin Hypes
Director of Enterprise Sales
Kristina Petrova
Office Administrator

Making my dreams come true is my goal. That's why I really enjoy being a part of the Leanplum Team. It's a kind of challenge for me, comunicating with people from different nationalities, helping each other, being like a family. Graduated in the University of Economics, Varna, Bulgaria with specialty Tourism, I like to detect new places and to obtain new and positive emotions.

I like to optimize my schedule every day, not to loose time and precious moments. If you are an organized person, you manage to find time for many things, because tomorrow is not today.

Kristina Petrova
Office Administrator
Katya Korepanova
People & Operations

After attaining a masters degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, I have gained valuable experiences working in Human Resources in the startup and corporate worlds. I joined Leanplum looking to build on my experience and bring my skills to a dynamic team. I enjoy learning about people, forging relationships, and sharing positivity with my colleagues.

I optimize in my life by surrounding myself with people who are positive, creative and helpful. This allows me to get the most out of my time in daily life.

Katya Korepanova
People & Operations
Lauren Wendland
Director of Customer Success

Making data meaningful and actionable is my goal! I am passionate about customer success and thrive on finding new ways to delight, educate and engage customers. My background is solely focused on working with clients and mentoring teams to provide superior guidance.

I like to optimize my running routes for a good balance of hills and inspiring SF views.

Lauren Wendland
Director of Customer Success
Leigh Smith
Mobile Strategist

I'm deeply passionate about creating and fostering meaningful relationships on a personal and professional level and love every challenge that a start-up throws my way. Outside of work I love to play and coach football/futsal.

I optimise my coaching sessions by setting up all of the drills before my team attends, allowing them maximum playing time.

Leigh Smith
Mobile Strategist
Marin Atanasov
Software Engineer

I am a software engineer who loves to take on new challenges. I have a degree in Software Engineering from Sofia University. During my last year at the university, I attended a 1-year programming academy in order to improve my coding skills.

I tend to optimize what I do to the point where people think I am lazy.

Marin Atanasov
Software Engineer
Melanie Cole
Mobile Strategist

I am your team player, dreamer, innovative strategist, and creator. Joining Leanplum’s dynamic team will continue to foster my thirst for knowledge and my passion for contributing value to people’s lives.

I optimize my time by always seeing my coffee cup half full. Life’s most aromatic brews always seem to consist of the same elements: unique flavors from around the world, robust notes blended with a sprinkling of spice and a heap of humor, and a vibrant color that elicits inspiration. This brew is best savored in the company of others.

Melanie Cole
Mobile Strategist
Mike Donohue
Director of Enterprise Sales

I started my own business while studying at Columbia University and I have been passionate about building and growing companies ever since. Before Leanplum, I was a founding member of the sales team at Square and an Account Executive at Optimizely. My enthusiasm to embrace challenges drives me to deliver results.

I am currently optimizing my time by A/B Testing the espresso in San Francisco's coffee shops.

Mike Donohue
Director of Enterprise Sales
Momchil Kyurkchiev
Co-founder & CEO

I am a long-time Googler turned entrepreneur. I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University.

I love to optimize how much time I take to go to the gym every morning. For example, if I’m running late, I cut my bike routine short and still have time to take a shower and show up on time for our 10am daily standup.

Momchil Kyurkchiev
Co-founder & CEO
Nick Pataky
Customer Success

My background is in mobile advertising where I learned early on the value of rapid testing for mobile developers. I passionately believe that continuous customer feedback is imperative to building any successful product. I get excited about working with world class teams who are trying to tackle problems that affect a lot of people!

I optimize for new experiences in San Francisco by not allowing myself to return to a bar or restaurant more than three times without first trying a new one.

Nick Pataky
Customer Success
Petar Nedyalkov
Senior Director of Operations

Thinking big would mean nothing without efficient execution. I'm goal-oriented and this has led me to a successful career as a CTO for software companies and also as a VC delivering impressive returns to his investors. For me, joining Leanplum is an excellent opportunity to build a successful company with a world-class team and a huge customer base.

I like to optimize the number of happy people around me and the number of smiles I put on their faces.

Petar Nedyalkov
Senior Director of Operations
Petur Subev
Software Engineer

I went through different educational programs to learn coding the right way. I believe the most valuable lesson was to learn to love to learn. I have master degree in Computer Systems and Technologies from Technical University of Sofia. Before joining Leanplum I was developer in the Kendo UI team @ Telerik.

While coding I optimize the number of keystrokes and hand movements using Vim.

Petur Subev
Software Engineer
Sasho Hadzhiev
Technical Support Engineer

Although I have just a few years of experience in Software Delivery & Support I believe I will always enjoy working closely with passionate teams towards bringing products to life and bettering peoples lives.

I optimize the way opportunities are seized by quickly generating the number of failures needed to succeed.

Sasho Hadzhiev
Technical Support Engineer
Shawn Azman
Senior Director of Sales Engineering

A graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, I enjoy working with customers to find meaningful ways technology can improve their business. When not at work you can probably find me singing at a local karaoke bar.

A continual task of optimization for me is finding the least amount of dishes I can use to make dinner (thus saving time when cleaning up).

Shawn Azman
Senior Director of Sales Engineering
Solon Mao
Associate Product Manager

Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a major in Computer Science. I enjoy collaborating across teams to make great products and experiences.

I optimize my time by listening to podcasts at 2x speed.

Solon Mao
Associate Product Manager
Sophie Saouma
Technical Support Engineer

I enjoy working with people to find solutions to their technical bugs. To keep up with the changing world, I enjoy learning new programming and foreign languages beyond those I learned at Scripps College.

I optimize my morning by brewing the most perfect coffee (or latte) possible.

Sophie Saouma
Technical Support Engineer
Tina Tischler
Office Coordinator

My experience working in executive support, event management, and being a professional coach has helped me understand people and their needs. I am excited to combine my planning skills with my understanding of people to support the Leanplum team.

I optimize my days by adding creativity to all I do and by focusing on the positive things in life.

Tina Tischler
Office Coordinator
Trig Gullberg
Senior Sales Engineer

I have professional experience as a sales engineer, consultant, developer, and system architect. I have an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah. I am married with two kids.

I enjoy optimizing the algorithm that yields the perfect cup of coffee.

Trig Gullberg
Senior Sales Engineer
Tristan Soemali
Enterprise Sales Executive

Passionate about working with awesome people and disruptive mobile technologies while always placing value on company culture. Outside of work, I love all that travel entails: food, language, diving and all the unforeseen along the way.

I optimize my map-pinning by never taking a trip to the same continent twice in a row.

Tristan Soemali
Enterprise Sales Executive
Vassil Lunchev
Software Engineer

I like analysing data and extracting actionable conclusions out of it. I have a BSc in Informatics from Sofia University where I am currently teaching an introductory course. Prior to joining Leanplum I worked at SoundCloud on an automated music genre recognition system.

I always optimise the amount of food in my refrigerator in order to minimize the waste.

Vassil Lunchev
Software Engineer
Walter Lee
Director of Product Management

I am a former Google product manager and software engineer, a former startup founder, and a hacker since 4th grade. I have a BS in computer science from Princeton University.

I optimize my laundry by having 14 pairs of identical socks, so I save time by not matching them or hunting for lost ones.

Walter Lee
Director of Product Management
Wanchen Tsai
Growth Marketer

I love finding new ways to grow things. Life is all about A/B testing and seeing how these tests work or not. Not only do I enjoy being a data nerd, but I'm actually more of an artist, and love to be creative in everything I do.

Currently optimizing my life experiences by picking up new sports. I learned how to rock climb, ice skate, and snowboard this past year. Now it's time to learn something new!

Wanchen Tsai
Growth Marketer
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