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Appian Leadership

Matt Calkins Chairman & CEO

Matthew Calkins has been CEO & Chairman of the Board since founding Appian in 1999. He has been recognized as an Innovator by InformationWeek, Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and a top entrepreneur by the Washington Post and the Washington Business Journal. Matt worked at MicroStrategy (MSTR) from 1994-1999, serving on the board from 2005-2014. As a board game designer and player, he won “Wargame of the Year” and finished third in the 2012 World Boardgaming Championships.

Edward Hughes Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales

Edward Hughes has more than 25 years of experience driving software sales organizations to market leadership. Prior to Appian, Edward served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Pegasystems where he was responsible for doubling its size over a three-year period. Edward also served as Vice President of Sales for IBM and Rational Software. Edward started his career with Compuware Corporation where he rose to the position of Senior Vice President for Professional Services, overseeing a $1.2 Billion business.

Robert C. Kramer General Manager

Bob Kramer is responsible for coordinating business and technical operations across the company. Bob is a Co-Founder of Appian and a member of Appian’s Board of Directors.

Michael Beckley Chief Technology Officer
Chief Customer 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.

Samir Gulati Vice President, Marketing

Samir Gulati oversees Marketing at Appian where he has successfully positioned Appian as a leader in the BPM market. Previously, Samir served as Vice President of Global Marketing for Pegasystems, and has also held similar product management and marketing positions at General Electric and Software AG. Samir holds an M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Marc Wilson Senior Vice President, Industry Markets

Marc Wilson is a Co-Founder of Appian and is responsible for the company’s sales into Financial Services, Insurance, and Pharmaceuticals. Marc’s prior roles at Appian include building Appian’s Global Partnership Team and running Appian Professional Services. Marc received his B.A. in Government (International Relations) from Dartmouth College.  At Dartmouth, Marc was recognized as one of the top ranked inter-collegiate debaters in the United States.

Lang Ly Vice President of Strategy

Lang Ly is Vice President of Strategy. In coordination with the CEO and other executives, she develops, communicates, executes, and sustains strategic initiatives. With 20 years of leadership experience in enterprise software, technology services, professional services, information technology, and real estate, she is adept at combining people, process, and technology to positively drive global corporate change. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B. in Information Systems, is a rock climber and photographer, and has visited all seven continents.

Mark Lynch Chief Financial Officer

Mark Lynch joined Appian in October 2008 and is responsible for overseeing all Appian financial activity. Prior to Appian, Mark served as CFO at MicroStrategy, and prior to that as CFO at World Airways. In addition, he was Vice President of Finance at Intellidata. Mark holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from The George Washington University. In 2010, Mark was named as CFO of the Year by the Washington Business Journal.

Karen Astley Vice President, Asia Pacific

Karen Astley leads Appian’s Asia Pacific operations, responsible for customer success throughout the region. Karen joined Appian in 2011 to open the Asia-Pacific practice and has expanded the client base across a range of industries. Karen is passionate about the benefits BPM brings to organizations and has 15 years of senior management experience at Pegasystems and Lombardi (now IBM). Karen has extensive knowledge of client implementations, having managed both pre- and post-sale consulting teams.

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.

Marco Pescosolido Chief Architect

Marco Pescosolido is responsible for Appian’s product architecture and has spearheaded innovation of the Appian platform since joining the company in 2001. Previously, Marco held research positions designing systems under requirements for scale, performance, and availability, ranging from search engines to financial trading platforms. Marco earned a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia studying fault-tolerant computer systems, and a Laurea degree in Microelectronics from Politecnico di Milano.

Garry Yeates Vice President, Professional Services

Garry Yeates is responsible for Appian professional services leadership, including Appian’s Expert Services and Center of Excellence. Garry has an extensive background in enterprise software services, having served as Managing Principal at CIGITAL, Inc., a software security consulting firm for the Fortune 1000, Director of Federal Business Development for Sapient, a leader in eBusiness transformation, and Vice President at James Martin and Company, an international Information Engineering consulting firm.

Vikki Hailey Vice President, UK & Ireland

Vikki Hailey leads Appian UK & Ireland Channels, significantly growing Appian’s UK operations since joining the company. Vikki has 25 years of experience managing successful software organizations. Vikki has worked at software companies including OpenText, Captiva Software and HandySoft where she was responsible for increasing revenues. Vikki started her career with McDonnell Douglas Information Systems and was responsible for multi-million pound revenues for a new product called PRO-IV Financials.

Myles Weber Chief Information Officer

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.

Medhat Galal Vice President, Enablement

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.

David Metzger Vice President of Talent Management

David Metzger is responsible for improving business value through employee and leadership development, workforce planning, employee assessment, and competency development. Prior to Appian, David served as Director of Leadership Development for Canon USA, developing the corporate university and talent management processes. David has more than 20 years of talent management experience. David received his MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

Debbie Moser Vice President, Human Resources

Debbie Moser is Appian’s Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to joining Appian in 2010, Debbie was the Director of Human Resources for WEST*GROUP, a real-estate development company in Tysons Corner. Debbie holds a B.A. in Communication from Virginia Tech.

Kevin Spurway Senior Vice President, Marketing

Kevin leads Appian’s business development team and also manages sales and marketing operations for the company. Prior to Appian, Kevin was SVP of Marketing at MicroStrategy, where he was responsible for product marketing and product management of the company’s analytics solutions. He has held similar senior marketing and corporate development positions at Altosoft, Appian, and PTC. Kevin holds a B.A. from Dartmouth and a JD from Harvard Law School.

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Board of Directors

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Matt Calkins Chairman & CEO

Matthew Calkins has been CEO & Chairman of the Board since founding Appian in 1999. He has been recognized as an Innovator by InformationWeek, Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, and a top entrepreneur by the Washington Post and the Washington Business Journal. Matt worked at MicroStrategy (MSTR) from 1994-1999, serving on the board from 2005-2014. As a board game designer and player, he won “Wargame of the Year” and finished third in the 2012 World Boardgaming Championships.

Marc Wilson Senior Vice President, Industry Markets

Marc Wilson is a Co-Founder of Appian and is responsible for the company’s sales into Financial Services, Insurance, and Pharmaceuticals. Marc’s prior roles at Appian include building Appian’s Global Partnership Team and running Appian Professional Services. Marc received his B.A. in Government (International Relations) from Dartmouth College.  At Dartmouth, Marc was recognized as one of the top ranked inter-collegiate debaters in the United States.

Michael Beckley Chief Technology Officer
Chief Customer 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.

Robert C. Kramer General Manager

Bob Kramer is responsible for coordinating business and technical operations across the company. Bob is a Co-Founder of Appian and a member of Appian’s Board of Directors.

Michael J. Mulligan Director

Michael J. Mulligan brings more than 20 years of executive operations insight and experience to the Appian board. Currently President of Sea Level Investment Corporation, he is the former Chairman and CEO of MapQuest, the world leader in online mapping and driving directions (now a subsidiary of AOL Time Warner). At MapQuest, Mulligan designed and executed the strategy that drove the company’s rapid growth to market leadership and a market value of more than $750 million. He successfully led the company through IPO and through its sale and integration into AOL. Prior to MapQuest, Mulligan was an executive with American Express, first in the Relationship Services group, where he oversaw the development of consequential new streams of profit through joint ventures, acquisitions, and business development, and later in the Travel Related Services group, where he developed and implemented the company’s Interactive Travel strategy. Mulligan has also held executive and leadership positions with Berlitz International, Trans National Group Services, and Bain and Company.

Jack Biddle Director

Prior to co-founding NBVP in 1996, Jack was President and CEO of InterCAP, a venture-backed computer graphics software company. InterCAP was number 18 on the “Fast 50” list of the mid-Atlantic’s fastest growing companies and was acquired by Intergraph in 1995. From 1987 to 1990, Jack rose from Senior Associate to Partner at Vanguard Atlantic, Ltd., a merchant banking group focused on M&A advisory work and control investments in software companies. At VAL, he served as turnaround CEO of a system software company and then as COO of an application software company. Earlier in his career he was an IT Industry Generalist, focused on Telecommunications Technology at the Gartner Group, where he was also Executive Assistant to the CEO, Gideon Gartner. He began his career in 1983 in Austin, Texas at Business Development Partners, an early stage venture capital partnership. Jack holds a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Jack currently serves on the Boards of WealthEngine, Vision Chain (Chairman), CorasWorks (Chairman), Triumfant, eMinor/ReverbNation, Starfish Retention Solutions, Shoeboxed, FiberZone Networks, Princeton Optronics and Appian Corporation.

PV Boccasam Director

Prashanth, or “PV”, is a General Partner at Novak Biddle Venture Partners and has over 20 years of operational and executive management experience. PV is currently on the Boards of Appfluent Technologies, Appian Corporation, Centrifuge Systems and Copiun (acquired by Good Technology). He was also an investor and co-founder of ClearStandards (acquired by SAP AG in May 2009). Presently, PV has stepped in to the role of Chief Executive Officer of Orchestro (formerly Vision Chain) for which he sets the vision, strategy and governance for the evolving company. PV was also the founder and CEO (2001-2008) of Approva Corporation (acquired by Infor) and founder and president (1996-2000) of Entevo Corporation (acquired by Bindview Corporation).

Mike Devine Director

Mike chairs the Audit Committee of our Board. He was an audit partner at Arthur Andersen and Deloitte. Mike led Andersen’s efforts in working with technology companies in the Washington, D.C. area. He has assisted many software and telecommunication companies in their transitions from start-up to IPO and beyond. After retiring from the public accounting business, Mike was CFO of Secure Software from 2004 through 2007. Since then, Mike has been helping technology companies improve their finance and accounting functions. Mike also served on the Board of Directors and audit committee at Martek Biosciences from 2008 until its acquisition by DSM in 2011.