Executive Team

Sameer Dholakia

Sameer Dholakia

Chief Executive Officer

Sameer Dholakia has been the CEO of SendGrid since 2014 and he is responsible for the overall strategy and operations of the company. During his tenure, SendGrid’s revenue has nearly quadrupled to $111 million in 2017 and he led the company’s 2017 initial public offering. Under his leadership, SendGrid has emerged as a leader in customer communications, delivering transactional and marketing email through one reliable cloud-based platform. Sameer has over 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 Citrix in 2010, following the company’s acquisition of VMLogix, where he served as CEO and doubled revenues during each year of his tenure. Previous to that, he worked at Trilogy for 12 years, 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.

Yancey Spruill

Yancey Spruill

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.

Leandra Fishman

Leandra Fishman

SVP of Sales and Customer Success

Leandra Fishman comes from a background as a Silicon Valley based Senior Vice President with responsibilities spanning from sales and marketing to operational roles with 25 plus years experience in building high performance teams for Fortune 500 companies and early stage start ups. As Senior Vice President of Sales and Customers Success, Leandra is responsible for scaling SendGrid’s global Sales and Customer Success teams, defining the sales blueprint for new market entry, forging strategic relationships with customers and ensuring they receive an outstanding customer experience. Prior to joining SendGrid, Leandra served as an independent Executive Management Consultant, where she successfully developed sales and marketing strategies for several startup companies. In addition to creating her own consulting business, she held the position of VP Global Corporate Sales at Jive Software as well as VP Deal Development / Advisor at Mamapedia, VP, Worldwide Inside Sales at EMC and VP Sales at VMLogix, acquired by Citrix Systems.

Craig Kaes

Craig Kaes

SVP 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.

Pattie Money

Pattie Money

Chief People Operations Officer

Pattie Money comes to SendGrid with over 20 years of HR leadership experience, spending the last 15 years in the technology sector. As the Chief People Officer at SendGrid, she oversees SendGrid’s greatest assets, our human resources, and is responsible for building and implementing the People Operations strategies and programs that support our ambitious growth and evolving organization while preserving and enhancing our core culture. Prior to joining SendGrid, Pattie served as Chief People Officer at TubeMogul, a publicly traded global ad tech company in the Bay area and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Mercury Payment Systems, a payment technology company. Pattie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from University of Memphis and a Master of Science in Human Resource Development Degree from Villanova University.

Carrie Palin

Carrie Palin

Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer, Carrie is responsible for elevating SendGrid’s brand, driving demand for its products and services and leading its overall Marketing operations. Carrie oversees corporate and product marketing, demand generation, corporate communications and SendGrid’s community development team. Before joining SendGrid, Carrie was a Senior Vice President at Box and the company’s first Chief Marketing Officer. During her tenure, she helped Box transform and improve the way its marketing and sales teams operate, contributing to Box nearly doubling its revenue. Prior to Box, Carrie was the Vice President of Marketing for IBM’s Cloud Data Services and Analytics Software Division where she led the team responsible for the growth of their SaaS offerings. Prior to her time at IBM, she spent over 16 years at Dell, where she led several global marketing organizations, including the team responsible for demand generation for its data center solutions and the team in charge of Dell’s server portfolio go-to-market strategy, including the portfolio launch of 12G solutions. Carrie sits on the executive advisory board for Marketo and holds a BS in Communications from Texas Christian University.

Steve Sloan

Steve Sloan

Chief Product Officer

Steve Sloan is SendGrid’s Chief Product Officer where is he is responsible for leading product strategy, UI/UX, and the development of SendGrid’s product roadmap. Prior to joining SendGrid, Steve led Marketo’s global product organization including engineering, product management, UI/UX, developer evangelism and data center operations. While at Marketo, Steve Introduced the company’s mobile strategy and next generation technology platform. Previously, Steve worked at Amazon, where he led product management for one of AWS’s emerging services and helped open the Silicon Valley development center.

Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Michael Tognetti

Michael Tognetti

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.

Senior Leaders

Ken Apple

Ken Apple

VP of Operations
Mohammed Attar

Mohammed Attar

VP of Software Development
David Banks

David Banks

VP of Investor Relations
Carly Brantz

Carly Brantz

VP of Revenue Marketing
Scott Davis

Scott Davis

VP of Talent Acquisition
Paul Ford

Paul Ford

VP of Community Development
JR Jasperson

JR Jasperson

Chief Architect
Courtney Potter

Courtney Potter

VP, Finance
Len Shneyder

Len Shneyder

VP Industry Relations
Jamie Tischart

Jamie Tischart

VP of Technical Operations
Laurence Trifon

Laurence Trifon

VP of Corporate Development
Minli Virdone

Minli Virdone

VP of Business Operations
Scott Williamson

Scott Williamson

VP of Product Management
Steven Witte

Steven Witte

VP, Internal Audit
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