Chief Executive Officer
Sameer Dholakia has nearly 20 years of experience in successfully bringing high growth, disruptive cloud and enterprise software solutions to market. Prior to joining SendGrid, he served as Group Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Platforms group at Citrix, driving the company’s product strategy for cloud infrastructure and server virtualization. Sameer joined the company in 2010, when Citrix acquired VMLogix, where he served as CEO and doubled revenues during each year of his tenure. Prior to that, he worked for 12 years at Trilogy, where he held key leadership roles in sales, business development and product management and helped the company grow from a start-up to a $300 million business. Sameer received Bachelor’s and Master's degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Yancey Spruill is Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of SendGrid, where he is responsible for financial and operational performance. Yancey’s career has spanned multiple businesses and industries. In his previous roles as an engineer, investment banker, and operating executive of a public company, he successfully directed over $25 billion in capital-raising transactions and acquisitions. Most recently, Yancey served as the CFO of TwentyEighty, a business focused on corporate training and prior to that served as the CFO of DigitalGlobe, where he led the company’s revenue growth from $60 million to over $650 million, and spearheaded its 2009 public offering on the NYSE.
Yancey holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where he currently sits on the advisory board to the MBA program.
VP of Product & Marketing
Paul Ford is a serial entrepreneur, technology evangelist, innovator, strategist, and startup advisor with two decades of experience at IaaS and SaaS organizations. As Vice President of Product and Marketing, Paul drives SendGrid’s overall product strategy and marketing efforts. Prior to SendGrid, Paul served as the Vice President of Ecosystem Development at Softlayer Technologies. While there, he created and managed several strategic programs, including the Catalyst Startup Program. Paul continues his mentorship at TechStars, 500 Startups, Tech WildCatters, SeedCamp and Wayra. He is also one of five “Entreprenuers in Residence” currently supporting the White House and Department of Homeland Security’s efforts in growing the economy and creating more American jobs.
VP of Engineering
Craig brings over 15 years experience leading, contributing to, and growing engineering organizations in top SaaS technology companies. Craig joined SendGrid in early 2015 from Cisco where as the Senior Engineering Director, he most recently grew the organization from a small co-located startup to a team of 150 distributed engineers. In his 7 years at Cisco, Craig held multiple Senior Engineering roles across Mobility, Platform, and Messaging focusing on growth and scale while modernizing architectures and processes. Prior to its acquisition by Cisco, Craig successfully grew from Technical Lead to VP of Engineering for Jabber where he was responsible for all of engineering – client (both desktop and mobility), server, and quality assurance.
VP of SendGrid Labs
Mike has one goal, to make developer’s lives’ more awesome. Developing a world-wide data analytics platform in the early 90’s while at APC and founding one of Rhode Island's earliest ISPs in 1995 set the direction for Mike’s future professional efforts. Later, co-founding three additional companies serving as CTO and leading R&D efforts. Prior to joining SendGrid Mike lead R&D at GeoTrust until its successful acquisition by VeriSign/Symantec in 2006. Waiting only three weeks, Mike went on to co-found RatePoint where he built a scalable cloud-based email platform with a monthly throughput of nearly 500M emails. Mike was named a 40 under 40 honoree for emerging business leaders in Boston. Mike loves playing golf, but most of all spending time with his wife and their daughter.
General Counsel, SVP
Michael Tognetti is SendGrid's General Counsel and Vice President. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Notre Dame and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Michael has always worked for high technology companies, starting with his clients at law firms Cooley Godward and Holme Roberts and Owen, to working as in house counsel at Vericept and Decisioneering, the original makers of Crystal Ball software. After Decisioneering was acquired by Hyperion, who was subsequently acquired by Oracle, Michael spent time working with the Crystal Ball global business unit created within Oracle. A Montana native, he enjoys golf, and anything less than 50 rounds a year is failure.
VP of Revenue
Laurence leads sales, business development, and customer acquisition for SendGrid. Prior to joining SendGrid, Laurence led business development and go-to-market strategy for Bloomspot, Inc., an e-commerce startup that was acquired by Chase Bank in 2012. He was also co-founder of Trifonic Music LLC, a music production and licensing company. Laurence holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University. Laurence currently resides in Boulder, CO where he enjoys running, hiking, and excellent coffee.
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