President & CEO
Mark is CEO of Cority Software Inc., a Toronto-based, award-winning, global SaaS company. Under Mark’s leadership, Cority’s revenue has grown consistently at a compounded rate of 25%. The company has grown in employees from 29 when Mark started in 2003 to close to 400 employees today. It enjoys an industry-leading profit margin. In 2016, Cority raised capital with Norwest Venture Partners, Georgian Partners, and BMO; in 2019 Cority raised capital from software specialist Private Equity firm Thoma Bravo and with Norwest again stepping up as an investor. Mark was a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2017 and 2018. Previously, Mark was Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary and a member of the executive management team of AT&T Canada Corp. Mark is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, where he recently completed 10 years on the Board of Governors, including four as Chair of the Board. He received his J.D. from the University of Victoria and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Mark is active in mentoring young entrepreneurs and has served on several other not for profit boards.
Chief Financial Officer
Ryan Magee is the Chief Financial Officer at Cority. Since joining Cority in 2012, he has supported Accounting and Finance department, ensuring that Cority is on solid financial ground, while building a platform for growth and expansion. In 2014 Ryan began supporting the Human Resources and Legal departments as well. Ryan also leads Cority’s Corporate Development and post-merger integration initiatives. He was pivotal in the acquisitions of regAction and IQS in early 2017. A CPA, CMA, Ryan has over a decade of experience working in the Software and Technology industries where he has helped many companies scale and grow. Ryan’s most recent position before joining Cority was Director of Finance at Redknee Inc.
Chief Revenue Officer
Stephen has held several progressively senior Sales leadership positions with Navex Global, Clinicient, and Viewpoint. Stephen was a key part of the team at Navex Global that grew the company to $200 M in revenues. Stephen’s original company, EthicsPoint, was acquired by Navex Global along with three other companies. Stephen was a key part of the team that integrated the sales teams and companies. During Stephen’s 2+ years at Viewpoint, they grew revenues from $100 M to $200 M, growing EBITDA margin from 30% to 50%. Stephen’s sales team grew net new sales bookings from $6 M to $30 M, at which point Viewpoint was acquired by strategic investor, Trimble. Stephen has worked with Private Equity firms Vista, Riverside, Catalyst, and Bain Capital and with his companies’ Boards of Directors.
Chief Product Officer
Ted Kail is the Chief Product Officer at Cority and oversees the Product Management, Solution Marketing & Enablement functions that serve Cority’s customers throughout the globe. For the past 15 years Ted has led Product organizations at Start-Ups & Fortune 500 companies within the Higher Education, Federal & State Governments, and Healthcare Markets. Most recently Ted was the Chief Product Officer at Gordian, which is a Fortive Operating Company (FTV). In this role, he was responsible for determining the strategic direction of all products across Gordian’s product portfolio that included both SaaS and data product offerings.
Ted holds a Bachelor of Science in business as well as an Executive MBA from Northeastern University.
Chief Technology Officer
Ghosh brings over 20 years of experience in product engineering expertise in B2B cloud-based software, products, and services to Cority. Ghosh joins from Neustar, a leading global information services provider serving more than 8000 clients worldwide, including 60 of the Fortune 100, where he was Senior Vice President of Product Engineering and led the engineering and development organization for Neustar’s broad set of Marketing, Risk, Security, and Communications solutions. Prior to Neustar, Ghosh was Senior Vice President of Global Research and Development for Ellucian, where he led the research and development organization of over 800 employees responsible for the design, development, and release of Ellucian’s broad product portfolio that served over 2,500 higher education institutions globally. Previously, he held a number of senior leadership roles at Blue Yonder, a leading supply chain software provider. Ghosh holds a BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics from Clemson University.
Chief Customer Officer
As Chief Customer Officer, Pablo oversees the successful delivery of Cority’s solution to our client’s around the globe. Pablo brings a decade of experience delivering enterprise solutions to top-tier clients throughout North America, Europe and APAC. Prior to joining Cority in January 2018, Pablo was the VP of Strategic Planning at NexJ Systems. Pablo has also held various Professional Services roles and always maintained an excellent track record of delivering solutions and establishing strong relationships with clients. Pablo’s experience driving operational efficiencies and leading high performing teams will help Cority through its next stage of growth. Pablo has also held research and teaching positions at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, the Advanced Microsystems and Nano Lab, at Queen’s University, and the Royal Military College. Pablo holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, and both an M.A.Sc. and MBA from the University of Toronto.
VP, Solutions Marketing & Enablement
Amanda Smith is Cority’s VP, Solutions Marketing & Enablement, where she brings over 15 years of experience in cloud-based software and human/computer interaction to oversee the creation, marketing, and support of targeted industry solutions. In her role, she focuses on helping to solve EHS&Q problems and providing valuable technology solutions to Cority customers. Amanda has a degree in Industrial & Operations Engineering from University of Michigan.
Vice President, Customer Success
Simona brings over 18 years of customer-focused experience, having had diverse leadership roles in Customer Success, Professional Services, Product Management, and Software Development that uniquely position her to understand the SaaS customer life cycle. Prior to Cority, Simona was SVP Customer Success at Varicent, after having served as the Offering Management Leader at IBM for the Varicent portfolio.
VP, Human Resources
Marlene da Costa is the VP, Human Resources, where she heads the People & Culture Function for Cority across Canada, US, UK, France, Germany and Australia. In her current role, Marlene and her team manage the Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, HR Business Partnering, Organizational Development, Leadership & Development, Compensation and Employee Engagement programs. Marlene brings a decade of international Human Resources experience especially in talent acquisition, talent management and employee engagement to the role. Prior to Cority, Marlene headed the HR function for a software company in the financial services space in downtown Toronto. Marlene holds two Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and Mumbai University. Marlene is also a Certified Human Resources Leader, certified through the Human Resources Professionals Association of Canada.
VP, Product Management
John Easton is Cority’s VP, Product Management. He leads the team of Product Managers whose expertise bring continuous innovation to the Cority solutions. John has built and led the Cority Product team since joining in 2010. Prior to joining Cority, John spent 14 years in the EHS field, most of those with Toyota Motor Manufacturing. He is a Safety Professional, and has a Masters degree in Industrial Hygiene, and has extensive experience in developing and managing standards and programs for industrial hygiene and safety.
VP of Marketing
DeAnn Poe is the VP of Marketing, overseeing the Growth Marketing, Brand and MarComm, and Business Development functions at Cority. She is a versatile marketer with over 20 years of experience serving in Marketing Leadership, Demand Gen and MarComm functions at software companies across a variety of verticals. With a proven track record for building efficient, data-driven marketing teams, she is passionate about proving marketing’s impact on the bottom line and empowering her teams to drive sustainable revenue for the organization. DeAnn holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Marcos.
VP of Strategic Solutions
Carrie has spent her 25+ year career around EHSQ software solutions; first as a customer using software in the chemical industry, next as an implementation partner guiding customers through their software journey, and most recently within the software provider community developing market leading solutions. In each of these roles, she has led high performance teams and implemented strong organizational change techniques as the foundation for success. She brings a 360° view to her role as the VP of Strategic Solutions, helping customers identify and execute solutions that drive powerful change.
Carrie holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas specializing in Environmental Studies, is trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt, and is a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.
She formerly was the Vice President of Operational Excellence for a technology company, Waitr Holdings, the Vice President of Professional Services at Sphera, the Director of Professional Services at Rolls-Royce, as well as a process engineer at Vulcan Chemicals and an Environmental Consultant at Trinity Consulting.
VP of Sales
As Senior Sales Director, Brad is responsible for leading and developing a team of sales professionals focused on one thing: providing the best possible commercial experience to Cority’s prospective customers. A 25 year veteran of Enterprise Sales, Brad prides himself on leaving no stone unturned when it comes to our clients understanding of the entire sales process from the first point of contact to the launch of a successful program and beyond. Brad is passionate about the environment and helping organizations maintain safe and healthy workplaces and sustain the communities in which they operate. Outside of work, you can find Brad on the golf course or running along the Toronto Beaches and spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.
VP of Sales
Jesse Miller is the leader of Customer Sales for Cority, working closely with our customer success and product management teams to support the adoption and use of our solutions. Jesse is an avid scuba diver and underwater photographer, which drives his passion to help our customers create a healthy and more sustainable future. Throughout his career he has held progressively senior leadership positions helping software companies scale by investing in the people and processes that lead to success. As a leader with Dexter and Chaney, Viewpoint, and Rhumbix, Jesse helped construction companies through a digital transformation of their business to create efficiency, and reduce risk. He was an integral part of the team at Viewpoint that grew the company from $25M to $200M in annual revenue, which resulted in an acquisition by Trimble Inc (TRMB). During Jesse’s 15 year sales career, he has helped software companies with numerous M&A activity, scaling, and organizational change. Jesse holds a Masters degree in Communication and Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, with minors in Applied Finance and Marketing.
VP of Sales
Tjeerd Hendel-Blackford has over 18 years of experience working in the environment, health, and safety (EHS) field. Drawing on his legal background, Tjeerd has extensive experience in advising global companies on EHS laws and best practice approaches to managing compliance with those laws around the world. In his current role as a Strategic Account Manager at Cority, Tjeerd works to build long-term strategic partnerships with clients to help them reach and exceed their EHSQ goals through the application of enterprise-wide market-leading software solutions.
VP of M&A Integrations
With over 20 years of experience in enterprise software solutions, Justin Dennis serves as the VP, M&A Integrations at Cority where he provides program governance on the complex integration of people, processes, and technologies of acquired companies. In 2020, Justin created the highly successful Cority Center of Excellence (CoE), which manages multiple strategic initiatives and digital transformations that support increasing company valuation. He is a visionary leader with a proven track record to enable an organizational culture of continuous competency improvement through cross-functional collaboration. Prior to joining Cority in 2017, Justin served as the VP, Information Technology and principal at RegAction. During his tenure he managed the company P&L, led product development, cloud strategy, IT security, platform integrations, and corporate expansion efforts. Justin’s deep domain expertise and passion for technology operations were cultivated during his time at BMC Software. He holds a BBA degree in both Management Information Systems and Marketing with a minor in Latin American Studies at University of Houston, C.T. Bauer College of Business.
Director, Professional Services
Adrian Williams is the Director, Professional Services at Cority. He graduated in Computing from Staffordshire University before commencing his career implementing enterprise manufacturing execution systems globally. Having an extensive corporate IT background including time with Anglo American and Michelin, he has a passion for high quality service delivery. Adrian leads the Professional Services team’s functional consulting resources and actively involves himself in project governance duties. One of his key roles at Cority has been to gather post implementation lessons learned feedback to share with the wider business to ensure continuous improvement.
VP of Engineering
Brian Chan is Cority’s Director, Software Engineering. Brian manages the core development operations, and he began his career at Cority in 2002 on the Helpdesk. Throughout the years, Brian has held progressive roles in the software engineering department including, Software Developer, Software Architect, Manager, Software Engineering. Brian is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
VP of Engineering
Lee Estepp is the Director of Engineering where he oversees the product development and integration of the technology vision at Cority. He joined in 2018 to head up engineering, operations, and support for Cority IQS. Lee continues to lead Cority’s Quality initiatives while also directing development for the Environmental, Chemical, and Ergonomics solutions. Prior to joining Cority, he served as Senior Director in PTC’s PLM division and has more than 20 years of global enterprise software experience. Lee holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Physics and Computer Science at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Sr Director of Revenue Operations
Ilse Palazzolo Cority’s Director, Revenue Operation. She is responsible for supporting the revenue growth team including sales, marketing, business development and customer success, and working cross-functionally to optimize business processes. Her areas of expertise include business analytics, sales tools and technology, process automation, continuous improvement, sales enablement, and sales compensation. Ilse previously served as Director, Sales operations for Cority Enviance and has held various positions in Sales and Revenue Operations in the software industry since 2014. Ilse holds a BBA from Eastern Kentucky University and Avans Hogeschool, and an MBA from Eastern Kentucky University.
VP of Customer Support
Chris Slaugh is Cority’s Director, Customer Support. In this role, he is responsible for leading our global customer support division and driving best-in-class customer support experiences. Prior to joining Cority, Chris has held several senior leadership roles in various support organizations including, Director, Support Operations for Cornerstone OnDemand, and Vice President of Client Response Services at Goldman Sachs. In addition to these roles, Chris brings over 15 years of IT and Customer support experience and has dedicated his career to providing his customers the best support experience possible. Chris holds an MBA from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business.
Director of Security Technology
Daphne Reed is the Director Of Security at Cority Inc. With 20 years of experience in the technology field, Daphne has worked with organizations such as Infrastructure Ontario (Crown Agency), Loyalty One (Air Miles), and most recently worked with the tech start-up Vidyard for 8 years from its infancy to its current size in the enterprise market. Beginning with late mainframe technology in the 90s, she has witnessed the transformation and migration journey through to today’s Cloud systems, and the compliance and regulatory demands that have come with it. Daphne’s focus on process efficiency brings faster and smarter connections between otherwise disparate enterprise teams, always to foster and facilitate the human connection first.
Director of Cloud Operations
Val joined Cority in 2022 and serves as the Director of Cloud Operations. His experience includes more than 20 years of individual contributor and leadership roles in Production Support, Operations, and DevOps. He started his tech career in the mid-1990s as a consultant and trainer for organizations just starting to establish Internet services. He has since led or assisted teams and companies with their digital transformations into virtualization, software as a service, private cloud, and public cloud, while maturing practices through adoption of Agile and DevOps principles. He’s worked in a variety of industries including education, managed services, point-of-sale, financial services, marketing, and most recently, consumer loyalty programs at LoyaltyOne (Air Miles).
Paul Zuber is an Operating Partner at Thoma Bravo. He brings 25 years of experience in founding and growing successful global technology companies. Paul currently serves as Chairman at Elemica, Inc., Continuum Managed Services, and MeridianLink, and holds Board positions at Dynatrace, LogRhythm, Inc., MedeAnalytics, Inc., Imprivata, Inc., Kofax, Empirix, Barracuda Networks, Inc., Frontline Education, and ABC Financial. He is a former board member of Telestream, Keynote, PowerPlan, Mediware, Landesk/Ivanti, Embarcadero, GHX, and SRS Software LLC.
Hudson Smith has been a Partner at Thoma Bravo since 2016. Based in San Francisco, he is responsible for finding and executing new deals and monitoring and growing the portfolio as an active board member for the firm’s Discover funds, which focus on investing in mid-sized and smaller software and technology companies. Prior to joining Thoma Bravo, he served as Managing Director of HGGC, where he led software and technology investments. Previously, he worked at Bain & Company in Dallas and Sidney and Lincoln International in Chicago. Hudson earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS degree in Business Administration, magna cum laude, from Washington and Lee University.
Matt LoSardo is a Vice President at Thoma Bravo. Based in San Francisco, he joined the firm in 2016. Previously Matt worked in private equity at Harvest Partners and investment banking at Morgan Stanley. He holds a BS degree in Economics from Duke University.
Nicolaas Vlok is an Operating Partner at Thoma Bravo. He brings more than 20 years of experience leading high-growth, publicly traded, and PE-backed software and data businesses, by driving market expansion, revenue growth, product innovation, and operational excellence. As a transformational leader, he executed multiple growth strategies that transformed companies into clear market leaders, which included integrating multiple acquisitions accelerating growth. He holds board positions at ABC Fitness, Centrify, Cority, MailGun, and MeridianLink, all industry leading software companies. He is a former board member of Vision Solutions and Idaptive.
Nicolaas is also the President and CEO of MeridianLink, and the former President and CEO of Vision Solutions, which was a Thoma Bravo portfolio company, and subsequently sold to Clearlake Capital. Prior to Vision Solutions, he was the Co-Founder and CEO of IDION Technology Holdings, a publicly traded company on the JSE in South Africa.
Nicolaas was born and raised in South Africa, and studied Computer Engineering at the University of Pretoria. In 2000, he moved to the US to lead IDION’s growth in North America. He is married to the love of his life, and together they are raising their three sons in Southern California.
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Ran focuses on growth equity investments across a wide range of sectors including technology, business services, and consumer. Ran sits on the board of Avetta and Infutor, and he is actively involved with Norwest’s investments in ACL, Avetta, Cority, Infutor, Kendra Scott (recapitalized by Berkshire Partners), and The Rainmaker Group. Ran was previously involved with Norwest’s investments in 1010data (acquired by Advance), Rainmaker – Multifamily (acquired by RealPage), and The Retail Equation (acquired by Appriss).
Ran holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University. Ran is also a CFA charterholder.
Multi-faceted Finance and Operations Executive possessing more than 15 years of management experience. I have achieved measurable success in P&L management, budgeting, human resource administration, treasury models and facility management. Significant experience in SaaS supply chain solutions, sourcing services and IT delivery. International finance experience managing operations in Europe and Asia.
Currently, Chief Financial Officer at Elemica, a leading cloud based software company headquartered in Wayne, PA that enables the world’s largest manufacturing companies to effectively manage their demand and supply chains.