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  • Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle
    Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle
  • SAFRA CATZ
    SAFRA CATZ
  • LARRY ELLISON
    LARRY ELLISON
  • Derek Wise
    Derek Wise
  • Ben Plummer
    Ben Plummer
    CMO
  • John Snyder
    John Snyder
    CEO (New York/Cambridge/London)
  • Dr. Martin Porter
    Dr. Martin Porter
    Chief Scientist
  • Kurt Kratchman
    Kurt Kratchman
    COO (New York/Cambridge/London/Singapore)
  • Mark Ashworth
    Mark Ashworth
    Finance Director/CFO (Cambridge)
  • Alex Palmer
    Alex Palmer
    Senior Software Architect (Cambridge)
  • Bob Cox-Wrightson
    Bob Cox-Wrightson
    Editor (Cambridge)
  • Chris Good
    Chris Good
    Head of Systems and Networks
  • Claire Ormston
    Claire Ormston
    Financial Controller (Cambridge)
  • Colin Keith
    Colin Keith
    Senior Systems Administrator (Cambridge)
  • Magdalena Cirilo
    Magdalena Cirilo
    Snr. Finance Assistant (Cambridge)
  • David Buttar
    David Buttar
    Lead Front End Developer (Cambridge)
  • John Orosa
    John Orosa
    Integrations Manager (Cambridge)
  • Mark Hagger
    Mark Hagger
    Technical Director (Cambridge)
  • Shawn Hines
    Shawn Hines
    Developer (Cambridge)
  • Thomas Plowman
    Thomas Plowman
    Categorisation Analyst (Cambridge)
  • Stuart McIntyre
    Stuart McIntyre
    Senior Software Engineer (Cambridge)
  • Sioned Arrowsmith
    Sioned Arrowsmith
    Senior Information Retrieval Architect (Cambridge)
  • Krishan Solanki
    Krishan Solanki
    Jnr. Front End Developer (Cambridge)
  • Ben Sanders
    Ben Sanders
    Technical QA (Cambridge)
  • David Crick
    David Crick
    Systems Administrator (Cambridge)
  • Kristof Barta
    Kristof Barta
    Developer (Cambridge)
  • Leonardo Sorrentino
    Leonardo Sorrentino
    Systems Administrator (Cambridge)
  • Tiago Sebastião
    Tiago Sebastião
    Developer (Cambridge)
  • Andrew Kennedy
    Andrew Kennedy
    Senior Project Manager (Cambridge)
  • Angelina Chutkhan
    Angelina Chutkhan
    Client Services Director
  • Ben Lodge
    Ben Lodge
    Technical Account Director (London)
  • Malcolm Cox
    Malcolm Cox
    Marketing Director (London)
  • Laura Stokes
    Laura Stokes
    Head of Publishers (London)
  • Emma Hunt
    Emma Hunt
    Partnership Manager (London)
  • Gael Norris
    Gael Norris
    Head of HR (London)
  • Francisco Frances
    Francisco Frances
    Client Services Manager
  • Ben Smith
    Ben Smith
    Customer Support Operations Executive (London)
  • Mike Edwards
    Mike Edwards
    Account Director EMEA (London)
  • James Green
    James Green
    Customer Support Operations Executive (London)
  • Lauren Greyson
    Lauren Greyson
    Senior Marketing Executive, EMEA (London)
  • Kevin McElroy
    Kevin McElroy
    Sales Director (New York)
  • Chris Stark
    Chris Stark
    SVP Product Marketing
  • Thomas Shepherd
    Thomas Shepherd
    Client Services (New York)
  • Adam Lobelson
    Adam Lobelson
    Account Executive (New York)
  • Matt Oliver
    Matt Oliver
    Support Executive (New York)
  • Nicole Brodeur
    Nicole Brodeur
    Snr. Client Service Manager (New York)
  • Shai Noznisky
    Shai Noznisky
    US Coordinator (New York)
  • Keith Liller
    Keith Liller
    Account Executive (New York)
  • Sarah O’Donnell
    Sarah O’Donnell
    Senior Product Manager (New York)
  • Ryan McBride
    Ryan McBride
    Director, Business Development (New York)
  • Kailei Nassar-Reis
    Kailei Nassar-Reis
    Senior Account Manager (New York)
  • Chris Pattinson
    Chris Pattinson
    SVP, APAC (Singapore)
  • June Cheung
    June Cheung
    VP, AU & NZ (Sydney)
  • Zainal Abidin
    Zainal Abidin
    Regional Sales Manager (Singapore)
  • Faizah Salleh
    Faizah Salleh
    Regional Client Services Manager (Singapore)
  • Joy Lee Yi Hui
    Joy Lee Yi Hui
    Regional Client Services Manager (Singapore)
  • Liza Tan
    Liza Tan
    Regional Account Manager (Singapore)
  • John Snyder
    John Snyder
    CEO
  • Dr. Martin Porter
    Dr. Martin Porter
    Chief Scientist
  • Robert Whitby-Smith
    Robert Whitby-Smith
    Investor Director
  • Max Bautin
    Max Bautin
    Investor Director
  • Tim Schoonmaker
    Tim Schoonmaker
    Chairman
  • Mark Ashworth
    Mark Ashworth
    CFO
  • Malcolm Cox
    Malcolm Cox
    Marketing Director
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    Mediamath
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    Appnexus
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    SiteScout
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    Turn
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    The Trade Desk
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    Kurt Kratchman
    COO
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    AdGear
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    Time Inc.
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    The Economist
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    The Daily Telegraph
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    MailOnline
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Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle

Mark Hurd is CEO of Oracle Corporation and a member of the Oracle Board of Directors. He joined Oracle as president in 2010 and was named CEO in 2014, along with Safra Catz.

Mark Hurd facilitates corporate direction at Oracle, supporting efforts in corporate strategy, leadership and innovation. According to Hurd, Oracle’s mission is to help customers innovate and save money through the use of technology.

Mark Hurd was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 25 Most Powerful People in Business in 2007. He was recognized by Barron’s in its Best CEOs lists and has been named multiple times by Business 2.0 magazine as one of the 50 Who Matter Now. In 2008, The San Francisco Chronicle honored him as CEO of the Year.

Mark Hurd is a Baylor University graduate, which he attended on a tennis scholarship. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baylor in 1979. He continues to support Baylor’s tennis program by providing philanthropic donations to upgrade and renovate facilities in the Hurd Tennis Building, which is part of the Hurd Tennis Center. Hurd currently serves on the Baylor Board of Regents, where he is vice chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee. In 2012, Hurd was honored by Baylor with the 2012-2013 the Baylor Legacy Award.

Resources
Oracle CEO Mark Hurd: ‘We’re different than Amazon’ | CNBC
Watch keynote highlights and customer interviews at Mark Hurd’s YouTube Channel
Learn more about Mark Hurd’s career on his LinkedIn profile
Read Mark Hurd’s executive biography from Oracle

SAFRA CATZ

Safra A. Catz is chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation and a member of the company’s board of directors. She previously served as president of Oracle and has also served as the company’s chief financial officer. Catz first served as Oracle’s chief financial officer from 2005 to 2008, as executive vice president from 1999 to 2004, and as senior vice president from April to October 1999. She served on the board of directors for HSBC Holdings, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations, from 2008 through 2015. Catz currently serves as a director of The Walt Disney Company.

LARRY ELLISON

Larry Ellison is chairman of Oracle Corporation and chief technology officer. He founded the company in 1977 and served as CEO until September 2014. He also races sailboats, flies planes, and plays tennis and guitar.

Derek Wise

Derek’s background includes over 10 years operating infrastructure as a service offerings at the companies including the one he founded (GNi). As well as experience building software teams in the areas of artificial intelligence in pharmaceutical research, online games, and open API platforms; Derek’s background in the US Marines gave him insights into a wide range of communications security practice. Derek has a strong passion for Agile and product development processes that put the customer at the center of design.

Ben Plummer
CMO

Ben leads the global marketing and product marketing teams in order to increase revenue across US, EMEA and APAC. As an enterprise software executive with over twenty-four years of experience, Ben has focused his career on helping organizations identify major market opportunities, and then transformed operations and go-to-market strategies to improve the customer experience.
Ben has held executive positions in sales, services, marketing and product development in large publicly traded and small privately held companies. He has created demand generation machines, orchestrated major branding efforts, launched new products globally, created new businesses, transformed product strategies and created category leaders.

John Snyder
CEO (New York/Cambridge/London)

John Snyder!! is CEO and Co-Founder of Grapeshot. John has built Grapeshot into a global leader in contextual intelligence with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, New York, London, Cambridge, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney. Grapeshot applies advanced keyword technology to the programmatic advertising market. John has spent his whole career in the field of information retrieval and keyword technology, with a successful exit of the Muscat information search business in 1997, and a series of investments in hi-tech start-ups. He holds a BA Honors degree from the University of Cambridge, where he remains a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Judge Business School. His Grapeshot Keywords are: Saxophone, Kite Surfing and Explorer!

Joined

@ Conception

Dr. Martin Porter
Chief Scientist

Martin has devoted his working life to the implementation of information retrieval (IR) systems; in particular, probabilistic models. He studied at the University of Cambridge, achieving a distinction in the Diploma in Computer Science and took a PhD supervised by Karen Spärck Jones. The paper describing his original stemming algorithm (‘An algorithm for suffix stripping’ Program, 14(3)) has become one of the most frequently cited in information retrieval research. In 2000, he won the Strix Award ‘for outstanding contribution to the field of information retrieval’.

Joined

@ Conception

Kurt Kratchman
COO (New York/Cambridge/London/Singapore)

Kurt Kratchman is COO of Grapeshot. He leads global operations across offices in New York, Cambridge, London, and Singapore. Grapeshot applies advanced keyword technology to the programmatic advertising market.

Kurt began his career in traffic engineering in New York City. From there he applied his skills to data visualization, rich media creation, content management, digital distribution and software development. After two successful exits to WPP (Blast Radius and Schematic), Kurt worked as a consultant helping companies with technology transfer, economic development initiatives, and most recently in private equity. He studied Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Tulane University and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and new media at The Vancouver Film School.

His Grapeshot Keywords are: Resilient, Resourceful and Relentless!

Joined

January 2016

Mark Ashworth
Finance Director/CFO (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

Challenge and drive the business in its plans and ambitions (asking “why”? and “why not?)
Provide strategic oversight from an in-depth knowledge of how the business makes money and grows
Support the CEO in selling the business to investors
Look after the assets, minimise the liabilities
Provide a vision for the workings of a nimble $50million business

Bio

Husband, Father, Cricketer, Runner, Man, Skinny, Handsome, Bald, Strategist, Leader, People Developer, Simplifier, Loner, Socialiser, Drinker and Smoker, Non-drinker and non-smoker, frustrated gourmand. Hills, Mountains, Lakes, Views. Religious views? Mont St. Michael from the French coast

Joined

October 2014

Alex Palmer
Senior Software Architect (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

Platform Integrations, Product Development and Engineering
Building things that work; fixing things that don’t
Focused on the customer experience

Bio

Euler, FL Studio, Michelin, Lotus, Cressi, Whistler, Sudoku, Cessna, Liverpool FC, Orion Nebula, Peak District, Celestron, Suunto, Marmite

Joined

May 2010

Bob Cox-Wrightson
Editor (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

I create, edit, QA and test the standard segment sets. I enjoy editing the segments to make sure they match relevant context in multiple languages.

Bio

I have had a wide-ranging career in the publishing industry. I completed an MA in Publishing in 2011, and then joined Grapeshot as Editor.

Joined

November 2011

Chris Good
Head of Systems and Networks

Responsibilities

Keeping all our production systems servicing customers.
Building out our systems and networks around the world.
Delivering scalable solutions to support our continued growth.
Driving cost-efficiency in IT systems.

Joined

September 2009

Claire Ormston
Financial Controller (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

All things Finance related!

Bio

I have worked for several Cambridge tech companies in various finance roles before becoming part of the Grapeshot family. When I am  not crunching numbers at work I am either being out -shopped by my daughter, dragged round  record shops by my husband, in a spin class at the gym or walking Elvis the family labradoodle. Most likely to be seen: Somewhere fabulous with  Gael N

Joined

March 2014

Colin Keith
Senior Systems Administrator (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

Server management, network infrastructure, firewalls, VoIP system, cabling and desktop support.

Joined

August 2014

Magdalena Cirilo
Snr. Finance Assistant (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

AP; Running and updating  bank reconciliations for all company bank accounts; Reconciling Cash Book to bank statements and Sage; Processing and paying invoices and expenses; Reconciling company paypal account, credit cards and petty cash;

Joined

February 2015

David Buttar
Lead Front End Developer (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

Designing, building and  updating company user interfaces maintaining company branding.
Setting architectural and engineering direction for front end development.

Joined

August 2011

John Orosa
Integrations Manager (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

Project managing/co-ordinating the various platform integrations and categorisation QA. Scrum Master

Bio

Graduated from Durham University in Spanish and from Salford University with MSc in International Marketing.Spent some time at Reuters where I involved myself in editorial, coming up with new products, setting up professional services department. Then onto the Internet start up roller coaster at various software companies in product and BizDev roles, ending up setting up and running a cultural/educational charitable foundation. I can sometimes be found playing Flamenco guitar at a local Cambridge hostelry; I also co-run  various cultural/linguistic projects as hobbies in my spare time.

Joined

April 2012

Mark Hagger
Technical Director (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

Anything with computation involved, keeping it all running so that no-one even knows it’s all there
More specifically the backend systems, crawling, categorisation, integrations.  Focusing heavily on performance, reliability, scaling issues.

Bio

PhD in Numerical Analysis, which meant extreme performance computing on massive, and small, computer systems.  My belief is that computers can do all my work for me, I just need to explain to them what this means.  Sometimes found working on the family allotment, growing weeds is a speciality of mine.  Keen cyclist and play badminton weekly.

Joined

September 2009

Shawn Hines
Developer (Cambridge)
Thomas Plowman
Categorisation Analyst (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

Cambridge office: understanding and improving our Information Retrieval capabilities in existing RTB products and new data sets. Engineering support for editorial work; with a special interest in languages, scoring & weighting and quality.

Bio

Graduated in Philosophy from Cambridge, then stumbled into software engineering in various artificial intelligence and computer vision outfits in the Silicon Fen. Joined Grapeshot to analyse the performance of our bid stream categorisation; realised it was special for its ability to extract the finest subtleties from massive complex data sets. The office model railway probably helped a bit too. Norwich man at heart, likes to holiday in the French Alps and Norfolk Coast with his partner Mattie.

Joined

October 2014

Stuart McIntyre
Senior Software Engineer (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

Cambridge office; currently Datashot and assorted oddments from the core Lodestone system.

Bio

BSc in Computer Science and PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Aberystwyth, Wales (a beautiful but bleak coastal area of the UK). I joined Grapeshot in 2006 so I’ve seen it grow from a tiny acorn to the mighty oak it is today. I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to try out lots of fantastic activities. I ranked 7th in the recent World Championships in “Canne de Combat” (french canne fighting) and also practice historical longsword. I playing bass guitar in a rock band “Born to Destruct,” although the guitar was my first instrument (I wish I could sing though). I also enjoy boardgames, walking, cycling and sailing.

Joined

March 2006

Sioned Arrowsmith
Senior Information Retrieval Architect (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

Working from home in Wales as extension to Cambridge office; core Grapeshot SDK, language-related code, some search-oriented projects, and general repository of knowledge.

Bio

Completed Diploma in Computer Science at Cambridge 1993 (having previously studied crystallography). Previously worked with John Snyder and Martin Porter at Muscat (from 1996), then rejoined them at Grapeshot in 2007. Moved to rural Wales to be nearer family in 2011. Took over responsibility for the core Grapeshot code from Martin Porter in 2014. Dilettante photographer, writer and musician. Even less serious gardner. But devoted cat-parent.

Joined

January 2007

Krishan Solanki
Jnr. Front End Developer (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

Architecting, building of front end applications and researching new technologies and coding methods to implement and improve code bases.

Joined

November 2014

Ben Sanders
Technical QA (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

Grapeshot QA – testing Grapeshot systems, and working to improve processes so that issues are caught earlier, before they have a chance to affect customers.

Bio

Worked on Moviestorm, initially as QA, but later as someone who know how all the different systems fit together.

Joined

November 2015

David Crick
Systems Administrator (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

Servers, systems, networks, VoIP, and desktop support.

Joined

February 2015

Kristof Barta
Developer (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

Working on the backend side.

Bio

I’ve graduated as a Program Designer Mathematician at the University of Szeged in 2010. I began my career in the Glasses-Free 3D Technology industry. After moving to the UK in 2013 I started working for a company developing Cyber Defense Software.

Joined

July 2015

Leonardo Sorrentino
Systems Administrator (Cambridge)
Tiago Sebastião
Developer (Cambridge)

Responsibilities

API development.

Bio

MSc in Systems, Control and Robotics from both IST, Lisbon and KTH, Sweden.
Developed strong passion for programming after learning multiple languages in varied areas, from robotics to machine learning. Currently living the dream in the UK, having Grapeshot as my first non-academic mentor.
Strong classical music background, with long presence in youth orchestras in Lisbon. I play the piano and the violin.

Joined

January 2016

Andrew Kennedy
Senior Project Manager (Cambridge)

Coming Soon

Angelina Chutkhan
Client Services Director

Responsibilities

Responsible for building and nurturing a client services team creating and promoting a customer focused culture across the business.
Expanding on Grapeshot existing opportunities to sell and cross-sell and upsell
Assisting in the creation of value propositions for all Grapeshot products
Driving client strategies, specifically retention and cross sell
Developing strategies with clients to enhance product development
Facilitating processes to enhance  internal communication within Grapeshot (UK Client Services,  Marketing, Finance, Technology, HR)

Bio

BSc Biochemistry
MSc Information Technology
With over 13 year Operational and Client Services  experience in the digital space, understanding workflow, processes is my thing. Love the people I work with and bounce out of bed nearly everyday to join the fun.

Joined

June 2011

Ben Lodge
Technical Account Director (London)

Responsibilities

Tech pre-sales; Platform Partner onboarding and account handling; Projects.

Bio

Back in 2001 a friend called Chris Hogg suggested I join an ad tech company called Engage.Eleven years later in 2012 he also suggested I join Grapeshot! I’m lucky my career has given me exposure to almost all aspects of online advertising across display, video, search, rich media, ad serving, exchanges, RTB, audience and so on; I’ve been a vendor of tech and user of it, I’ve been on the advertiser and publisher side, in London and Sydney. I have a wonderful young family, I’m an avid sports fan (LFC, Gloucester RU, GCCC) and when time allows one day I’ll do more than just 5-a-side. I tolerate long train journeys but I love Dirty Martinis.

Joined

June 2012

Malcolm Cox
Marketing Director (London)

Responsibilities

Marketing. Brand and Communication Strategy.
Merchandising distribution channels
Events. PR.
Keeping the focus on the customer.
Thinking differently.

Bio

Media Owners and Advertising Agencies. Kiss. Magic. Naked. Lunch. Kerrang! Capital. Anglia. LWT. College for Distributive Trades. Stanford.

Joined

2014

Laura Stokes
Head of Publishers (London)

Responsibilities

Managing sell side business. Developing strong partnerships with all publisher clients. Identifying opportunities for sell side business growth and establishing Grapeshot as THE favourite technology partner.

Bio

Over 9 years digital industry experience, previously heading up an award winning Ad Ops team for the UKs leading quality newspaper. An ambassador for advertising operations best practice with a commercial mind and a huge passion for publisher people, I enjoy being able to apply my enthusiasm for the digital publishing industry to my role at Grapeshot. I am addicted to travel magazines and enjoy planning my next adventures around the world yet deep down I love nothing more than enjoying a decent pint in a proper English pub.

Joined

Sept 2014

Emma Hunt
Partnership Manager (London)

Responsibilities

Grapeshot’s key liaison to our current partners across EMEA and APAC.
Managing communications across  our partner platforms on Grapeshot’s product features, performance and overall level of client satisfaction.
Evaluating new partnership opportunities and assisting with the onboarding process when new partnership opportunities come to fruition.

Bio

I’m from an agency background which has allowed me to develop expertise across all areas of digital media. Throughout my time agency side I took a real interest in the development and growth of RTB. After 8 years of agency life I decided to make the move over to the tech side of things.

Joined

November 2014

Gael Norris
Head of HR (London)

Responsibilities

HRM
Health & Safety
Occupational Health
Training and Development

Bio

Health and fitness convert with a fondness for spinning classes, kale smoothies and fancy new restaurant openings. Most likely to be seen: Somewhere fabulous with Claire O.

Joined

Jan 2013

Francisco Frances
Client Services Manager

Responsibilities

Client Services
RTB
Showing my love to MediaMath

Bio

A commercial lawyer working in Programmatic Advertising – I still ask myself why Angelina and Dee gave me the job. Apart from my irrelevant experience as a lawyer in Spain, I worked in London for a Marketing company managing SEM campaigns before joining Grapeshot – I love keywords so much!
I don’t know why I’m touching my face on the photo. Good luck with my accent. KPu for Prime Minister!

Joined

July 2013

Ben Smith
Customer Support Operations Executive (London)

Responsibilities

Client services and support for EMEA customers
Supporting EMEA Sales team
Supporting Account Management
Developing and making internal processes more efficient

Bio

Graduated from UCL with a BSc in Atomic and Particle Physics with Science and Technology Studies.
I had originally intended to carry on with further research in Physics but didn’t fancy it upon finishing my third year. My subsequent job hunt led me to find Grapeshot.
I’m a keen cyclist and enjoy doing big trips on my bike when I can. I’m a bit of a science geek as well and if I’m not exploring the music scene in London on the weekends you can find me volunteering in the Science Museum.

Joined

December 2015

Mike Edwards
Account Director EMEA (London)

Responsibilities

Leading Grapeshot’s Account Management Team in EMEA

Bio

Before joining Grapeshot I headed up the agency account management team for an award winning Programmatic Trading Desk and Tech Company.

Joined

January 2016

James Green
Customer Support Operations Executive (London)

Responsibilities

Client services and support for EMEA customers.
Supporting the EMEA sales team.
Streamline internal processes.
Supporting Account management team.

Bio

Graduated from Keele University with a BSc Information Technology for Management Business.
Spending most of my life on the East Yorkshire coast, and spending my university years in Staffordshire I relocated to London for my first graduate job, here at Grapeshot.

An avid rugby player and sport enthusiast, fifa obsessed, foodie, and socialite.

Joined

November 2015

Lauren Greyson
Senior Marketing Executive, EMEA (London)

Responsibilities

Promoting Grapeshot in EMEA.
Taking on partner communications and event activities.
Internal events and communications.
Supporting with sales strategy and marketing messages in EMEA.

Joined

February 2016

Kevin McElroy
Sales Director (New York)

Responsibilities

US Sales & Client Services Manager

Joined

July 2013

Chris Stark
SVP Product Marketing

Responsibilities

US-facing product marketing and Global New Product Development

Bio

A digital marketing product and analytics leader shaped by fourteen years of experience across international digital advertising (8 years) and database and systems architecture consulting (6 years).  Chris brings a blend of experience running Product, Marketing Analytics, Sales Operations, and Technical Operations into a focus on digital data strategy that encompasses online marketing techniques, e-commerce, CRM, business intelligence, and data infrastructure. Chris is also an amateur coffee snob, a casual petrolhead, and part-time sci-fi geek.

Joined

June 2014

Thomas Shepherd
Client Services (New York)

Responsibilities

Client Services

Bio

Moved around a few times growing up. A year in New Orleans, Orlando and Maryland, but Philadelphia was what I considered home. I got really good at being the new kid. Now I live in Brooklyn and will sing to anyone that will listen!

Joined

January 2013

Adam Lobelson
Account Executive (New York)

Responsibilities

Generate new business on all platforms through strategic outbound prospecting, as well as relationship management.
Geo–territories include Chicago, Dallas, and Miami — secondary markets include Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Baltimore.

Bio

Born and raised on the South Shore of Long Island. Now live in Queens, but deeply miss my collegiate days down in New Orleans. Constantly searching for decent cajun food in the big apple.

Joined

April 2014

Matt Oliver
Support Executive (New York)
Nicole Brodeur
Snr. Client Service Manager (New York)

Responsibilities

Manage and train clients across all DSPs.
Build client relationships as their main point of contact.
Work with clients to develop strategy based on campaign goals.

Bio

Born in Connecticut and educated in Rhode Island. I have lived in New York for five years, in five different apartments, in three different neighborhoods. Started my career in market research and eventually moved over the ad tech industry.

Joined

November 2014

Shai Noznisky
US Coordinator (New York)

Responsibilities

Office management
Data analysis
Client services and sales support

Bio

I was born and raised in Philadelphia until I went to Ithaca College. I have an affinity to the natural world and am a scientist at heart. When you give me a subject, I will learn all there is to know about it. I am excited to be a part of the ad tech industry because there are endless subjects to do research on.

Joined

April 2015

Keith Liller
Account Executive (New York)

Joined

April 2015

Sarah O’Donnell
Senior Product Manager (New York)

Responsibilities

New product strategy and development, primarily investigating new ways to use Grapeshot’s superior tech for the betterment of our customers.

Bio

A serial product manager, I’m obsessed with the art of product management. From a successful startup to small business acquired for strategic growth, to large publishing and media firms such as Bloomberg and eBay Enterprise, I enjoy playing the role of customer advocate.
Most likely spotted: outdoors with my family on a field, ocean or mountain.

Joined

Late 2015

Ryan McBride
Director, Business Development (New York)

Responsibilities

Platform & Strategic Partnerships.

Joined

December 2015

Kailei Nassar-Reis
Senior Account Manager (New York)

Coming Soon

Chris Pattinson
SVP, APAC (Singapore)

Responsibilities

The 4 R’s : Revenue, Revenue, Revenue and Revenue
Stabilising [and growing] regional activity from Singapore
Strategic Asian market growth / entry

Bio

Old enough to have been around the media block a few times, but young enough to still love it. Lived in Asia longer than I haven’t. Great at customs but terrible at languages. Started life as a TV guy, then became a digital guy, then an integrated guy (which is a TV + digital guy), then a digital guy again and lastly a content guy on digital TV. Now I’m back to being a digital guy.

Joined

As soon as I could. 1 September, 2014

June Cheung
VP, AU & NZ (Sydney)

Responsibilities

Develop, lead, manage and grow Grapeshot in AU & NZ.

Bio

June studied Engineering at University but after graduation she realised that her passion was with people and chose a career in digital media.
She’s spent the majority of her career in mobile media, way before it was even the year of mobile.
An experienced digital media professional, June has a natural knack of understanding people and adding intrinsic value to their businesses.
On the weekends, you’ll find June walking her dog in the park and saying ‘Howdy’ to whoever walks by.

Joined

June 2016

Zainal Abidin
Regional Sales Manager (Singapore)

Responsibilities

Primarily drive Grapeshot revenue from the demand side of the Southeast Asian digital advertising universe.
Secondary focus on market education and extolling the virtues of contextual targeting to the programmatic proletariat.

Bio

Descending from a long line of Bugis (Indonesian) pirates, I have instead chosen to navigate the turbulent waters of digital media in the slightly (but barely!) more respectable profession of a sales executive.
I have managed to do so from the safe haven of Singapore for the last 7 years at Aktiv Digital (SEA’s leading ad network) and TripAdvisor’s display advertising team where I drove the agency and direct client sales effort for Indonesia & Malaysia.
On weekends, I am either buzzing from a Tottenham Hotspurs victory or curled up in a ball crying myself to sleep after yet another character-building loss.

Joined

October 2015

Faizah Salleh
Regional Client Services Manager (Singapore)

Responsibilities

Day-to-day client servicing, including training and recommending Grapeshot contextual strategies.
Ensure my clients know that I always have their backs!

Bio

Born in the 1980s.
First ate sushi in 1994.
Self-proclaimed Spice Girls superfan in 1996.
Got introduced to Baldur’s Gate and discovered my love for fantasy RPG in 2000.
Entered the digital industry by accident in 2008.
Hugged Katy Perry in 2010.
Interviewed Aerosmith and Metallica in 2013.
Currently obsessed with world history and my PS4.

Joined

September 2015

Joy Lee Yi Hui
Regional Client Services Manager (Singapore)

Responsibilities

Responsible for the day-to-day servicing of clients in the APAC region.
Client and partner education for agencies and DSPs especially Xaxis APAC, AppNexus and iPinYou.
Involved in the development of the Chinese language aspect of the business.

Bio

Proud 3rd Gen Singaporean Chinese. Lived in Singapore all my life and hence, love wandering the world outside.
Embarked on the “unconventional” route of working in digital/ad tech as an Economics degree holder for a much more exciting career than banking.
Drummer/percussionist. Enjoy jamming with friends. Does occasional gigs for good fun.
Aspiring entrepreneur.

Joined

October 2015

Liza Tan
Regional Account Manager (Singapore)

Responsibilities

Manage and grow existing key accounts, with a primary focus on Xaxis APAC, by identifying revenue opportunities and building strategic client relationships.
Educate clients and partners on Grapeshot’s contextual strategies and the programmatic industry.

Bio

Started in traditional advertising on the brand & creative side and then took on the fast-paced, complex world that is digital and never looked back.
Born and raised in Manila.
Spends the weekends binge watching on the latest series episodes or baking cookies and cupcakes.

Joined

May 2016

John Snyder
CEO

John Snyder is CEO and Co-Founder of Grapeshot. John has built Grapeshot into a global leader in contextual intelligence with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto, New York, London, Cambridge, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney. Grapeshot applies advanced keyword technology to the programmatic advertising market. John has spent his whole career in the field of information retrieval and keyword technology, with a successful exit of the Muscat information search business in 1997, and a series of investments in hi-tech start-ups. He holds a BA Honors degree from the University of Cambridge, where he remains a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Judge Business School.

Dr. Martin Porter
Chief Scientist

Martin has devoted his working life to the implementation of information retrieval (IR) systems; in particular, probabilistic models. He studied at the University of Cambridge, achieving a distinction in the Diploma in Computer Science and took a PhD supervised by Karen Spärck Jones. The paper describing his original stemming algorithm (‘An algorithm for suffix stripping’ Program, 14(3)) has become one of the most frequently cited in information retrieval research. In 2000, he won the Strix Award ‘for outstanding contribution to the field of information retrieval’.

Robert Whitby-Smith
Investor Director

Robert is a Partner at Albion Ventures LLP. Albion Ventures is one of the largest independent venture capital investors in the UK, managing approximately £250 million across six Venture Capital Trusts. Robert currently represents Albion Ventures on the boards of Grapeshot, Elateral, OmPrompt, Process Systems Enterprise and several others.

Max Bautin
Investor Director

Max is a Managing Partner at IQ Capital, a technology VC fund. He has worked in venture capital since 2001 and has invested in over two dozen high-technology companies – including Phonetic Arts (Google), ImSense (Apple), Sirigen (BD), Neul (Huawei), DanioLabs (Summit) and Quotient (EKF). He currently represents IQ Capital on the boards of Grapeshot, Stillfront and several others. Max holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Cambridge.

Tim Schoonmaker
Chairman

Tim Schoonmaker manages a portfolio of public company investments and is an early-stage Grapeshot investor. He was at Emap plc. from 1983 to 2004, where he was CEO of Emap Performance, including the group’s radio and music TV interests, pioneering cross-media brand creation through digital platforms. Tim was also Chairman of EMAP Advertising. Thereafter, he was CEO of Odeon Cinemas Ltd, where he led the business through an exit that was successful for investors, as well as serving as the media industry partner of mid-market private equity fund DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. He holds an MBA from the London Business School and a BA from Dartmouth College.

Mark Ashworth
CFO

As CFO, Mark has a particular focus on developing a flexible and responsive organisation to keep pace with the huge opportunity at Grapeshot. He has built his career around high-growth organisations with technology at their core, both as a professional advisor with “Big 4” Corporate Finance, and directly within industry. Bringing extensive M&A and fundraising experience to Grapeshot, Mark also can draw upon financial, strategic and operational oversight honed during several international roles in blue-chip, FTSE-listed organisations. Mark holds an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Malcolm Cox
Marketing Director

Malcolm Cox is Grapeshot’s Marketing Director. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the business and is custodian of the Grapeshot brand. He believes that brands are built through culture, a philosophy honed working with communications agency Naked and media business Emap, where he had Marketing responsibility for the multi-platform music brands. Malcolm studied Marketing and Advertising at London’s CDT and Strategic Marketing at Stanford.

Mediamath

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Appnexus

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SiteScout

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Turn

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The Trade Desk

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Kurt Kratchman
COO

Kurt Kratchman is COO of Grapeshot. He leads global operations across offices in New York, Cambridge, London, and Singapore. Grapeshot applies advanced keyword technology to the programmatic advertising market.

Kurt began his career in traffic engineering in New York City. From there he applied his skills to data visualization, rich media creation, content management, digital distribution and software development. After two successful exits to WPP (Blast Radius and Schematic), Kurt worked as a consultant helping companies with technology transfer, economic development initiatives, and most recently in private equity. He studied Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Tulane University and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and new media at The Vancouver Film School.

His Grapeshot Keywords are: Resilient, Resourceful and Relentless!

AdGear

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MailOnline

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Local World

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AOL

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iPinYou

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Adform

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