Leadership Team

Sree Nagarajan

CEO

Sree is a software engineer by training. His previous experience includes product management, professional services, and field sales roles in various enterprise software and services companies. Early in the evolution of social networks, Sree was fascinated by how much emotional affinity data was becoming publicly available. His passion for marketing analytics and the emergence of this social data led him to found AffinityAnswers with a mission to aggregate this information and make it useful for content and brand marketers.

Scott Turner

Chief Revenue Officer

Scott has spent 33 years working in the syndicated research business, focusing on local market TV & Radio audience measurement during his time with Arbitron and National TV & Magazine measurement during his time with GfK MRI. He understands the Media industry needs to move beyond the silos that have been built around specific activation channels and focus on the entire consumer experience. Scott graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and has done post-graduate studies at the Booth School of Business – University of Chicago and at the Players Workshop of the Second City.

Mahesh Narayanan

VP Product

Mahesh has an inquisitive nature about pretty much anything involving technology. Mahesh is known for his infectious enthusiasm and his drive to delight customers. He brings over 20 years of software experience building products in email marketing and search marketing at Yahoo! and Mahindra Satyam. Mahesh has a Masters in Computer Science from Iowa State University, in addition to being an IIT Mumbai graduate.

Shawn Rutledge

Chief Data Scientist

Shawn Rutledge is an accomplished machine learning practitioner with over a decade of experience building analytics solutions across verticals as diverse as financial services, travel, and social media. He joined Affinity Answers as Chief Scientist in 2015. While he has served as a technology executive for IBM, First Data, and Expedia, he is most at home in the startup environment and has been a principal contributor, leader, advisor, and angel investor to more than a dozen Seattle area startups. Shawn holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and has completed graduate coursework in Statistics at Stanford.

Board

Pradeep Singh

Chairman, Aditi & Founder, Talisma

Pradeep founded several companies – Aditi Technologies in 1994, which spun off Talisma a CRM software provider which was sold and then Aditi Staffing. He now serves as CEO for VidyaNext an online education provider in India.. Prior to VidyaNext and Aditi, Pradeep held several management positions at Microsoft, including GM of the Windows 95 Mobile Services, Office Excel, and Encarta groups.

Jack Klues

Retired Chairman, VivaKi

Jack is widely regarded within the global media industry as a true visionary. From founding VivaKi within Publicis Groupe in 2008 as a means to provide best-in-class solutions across all screens, technology and media; to expanding the reach, research, tools and executive development within Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia as chairman of Publicis Groupe Media, Jack has been a key architect of digital development and transformation for Publicis. In his storied 35-year career, Jack has earned numerous industry honors, including Media Person of the Year from the Festival of Media, Mediaweek’s Media Director of the Year and an Advertising Age Media Maven.

John Bess

Former General Manager, Procter & Gamble

John brings incredibly deep expertise in branding and consumer behavior from his executive role as a VP/GM overseeing some of P&G’s largest US and global businesses. His passions include innovation and developing transformational business strategies.

Advisors

Chris O’Hara

Global Marketing, Salesforce DMP

Chris O’Hara runs global marketing for Salesforce DMP, the data management platform (acquired as Krux in 2016). A frequent speaker at industry events, Chris’ AdExchanger columns, and feature-length EConsultancy whitepapers cover data management, programmatic media, artificial intelligence, and many other topics pertinent to marketing and advertising. Prior to Krux, Chris was co-founder and CRO of Bionic Advertising Systems, an innovative workflow management tool for media agencies. Chris is also a prolific writer and the author of 6 popular books including “Great American Beer” (Random House).

Damon Burrell

SVP Consumer Engagement, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

At Estée Lauder, Damon is responsible for advancing consumer engagement capabilities to enable seamless consumer experiences across all touchpoints and channels. Previously, at Nickelodeon and MTV, Damon led many successful marketing initiatives in the areas of marketing strategy, agency relationship management, digital and traditional media integration, and content syndication. Damon began his career on the agency side with leadership roles at Agency.com, DDB and Ogilvy.

Sam Decker

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Clearhead & Co-Founder and Chairman, Mashbox

Sam’s experience spans two-and-a-half decades, for startups and Fortune 50 companies across roles in marketing, product development, business development, and chief executive leadership. Sam was founder and CEO of Mass Relevance, prior to the company merging with Spredfast in 2014 to become the world’s largest social marketing company (Sam now serves on the Board). Prior to starting Mass Relevance, Sam managed Dell’s consumer web site, growing online revenue to $3.5B, and then served as the founding CMO for Bazaarvoice. Today Sam is a company growth advisor, angel investor, and board member.

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