Investor Relations

Executive Team

Marcus Ryu, Chief Executive Officer

Marcus Ryu Marcus Ryu is Guidewire’s Chief Executive Officer and President and has overall responsibility for our operations and strategic direction. Since co-founding the company in 2001, he has held a variety of roles for the company, including securing key customer relationships, communicating our value proposition, and defining our product strategy. He serves on our Board of Directors and has managed the engineering, sales, services, and strategy departments. Before Guidewire, Marcus was Vice President of Strategy at Ariba and an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. Marcus currently serves on the Board of Directors of Bloomreach, a cloud personalization platform company. He has an A.B. from Princeton University and a B.Phil. from New College, Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar.

Priscilla Hung, Chief Operations Officer

Priscilla HungPriscilla Hung oversees Guidewire's worldwide operations, including product development, corporate and product strategy, presales, product marketing, alliances, information systems technology and security, cloud operations, and customer support. Priscilla has extensive enterprise software experience at startups and public companies. Before joining Guidewire in 2005, she held several management positions at Ariba Inc., including Director of Operations and Director of Global Channels and Alliances. Previously, she held several channel, business development, and product marketing positions at Sun Microsystems, Uniface/Compuware, Pyramid/Siemens Nixdorf, and Oracle Corporation. Priscilla has an M.Eng Industrial Engineering and Operations Research degree from Cornell University and serves on the board of ContractRoom.

Curtis Smith, Chief Financial Officer

Curtis SmithCurtis Smith is Guidewire’s Chief Financial Officer and has overall global responsibility for our finance operations. From 2014 to 2018, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Infusion Software, a cloud-based sales and marketing automation company. From 2010 to 2013, he was Chief Financial Officer at Keynote Systems, a publicly traded cloud-based digital performance management software company. Previously, he held leadership positions at investment banks focused on the software industry, including Credit Suisse First Boston Technology Group. Curtis holds an M.B.A. degree from the University of Southern California and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.

Diego Devalle, Global Head of Product and Engineering

Diego Devalle has held a number of executive positions overseeing technology and product development in the San Francisco Bay Area, India, and Europe. As Vice President of Software Development at SAP Labs in Bangalore, Diego led the local development team on multiple releases of SAP’s SRM software. As Vice President of Product and Engineering at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California, he led a team distributed across Shanghai, Montreal, and Palo Alto that delivered SAP Business suite solutions. As Senior Vice President of Product Development at Monitise, he integrated the company’s development team after its acquisition of Clairmail and introduced agile methodology. Diego started his career in Italy , where he followed his passion for technology and in 1992 co-founded Italy’s first online community, Znort.it, where he pioneered digital marketing and e-commerce before moving to the Netherlands to join Baan and begin his career in enterprise software.

Steven Sherry, Chief Sales Officer

Steven SherrySteven Sherry has a successful track record of enterprise application sales management at large enterprise software companies. As Guidewire’s Chief Sales Officer, he leads the company's organizations for global sales, sales operations, customer relationship management, and partner alliances. His teams are focused on achieving alignment between Guidewire’s core, data, and digital product portfolios and the transformation agendas of property and casualty insurers. Previously, as Group Vice President for Americas Sales, Steve was instrumental in leading Guidewire’s sales teams to success over the past decade throughout the United States, Canada, and South America. Before joining Guidewire, he served as Area Vice President for Oracle Corporation as well as Vice President for Worldwide Sales at Siemens Corporation. Steve has a B.S. in Marketing and Business from Arizona State University.

Eileen Maier, Chief Transformation Officer

Eileen MaierAs Chief Transformation Officer, Eileen Maier has global responsibility for enterprise-wide change initiatives. Eileen’s team ensures that Guidewire’s change initiatives align with overall business strategy and encourages a systematic and streamlined approach to communication, collaboration, planning, and execution. Since joining Guidewire in 2005, she has had executive leadership roles across sales, marketing, and go-to-market functions. Before joining Guidewire, she held several positions in presales at PeopleSoft and Oracle, as well as a variety of underwriting and management positions at Liberty Mutual Insurance. Eileen holds a B.A. in English from Loyola University, Baltimore, and an MBA from Suffolk University, Boston.

Brian Desmond, Chief Marketing Officer

Brian Desmond Brian Desmond is responsible for Guidewire’s global marketing efforts, including demand generation, branding, product and solution marketing, sales enablement, and communications. Brian joined Guidewire in 2006, and during his tenure the company has been recognized as an industry-leading brand serving customers in 30+ countries. He has more than 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry. Prior to Guidewire, he served as Vice President of Marketing for PeopleSoft’s Supply Chain division and held marketing leadership and product marketing roles at Ketera, Ariba, and Tradex. Brian began his career at Accenture. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College of Cork, Ireland.

Mike Polelle, Chief Delivery Officer

Mike PolelleMike Polelle is Chief Delivery Officer and responsible for Guidewire’s professional services including Consulting, Education, and Support. In this role he is responsible for ensuring customers obtain the maximum value and success in utilizing Guidewire solutions. Mike brings 25 years of experience of building and managing enterprise application services organizations, both in services only companies as well as end-to-end solutions providers. Prior to joining Guidewire Mike was Senior Vice President for Americas Services for JDA, a leading supplier of enterprise supply chain systems where he led the organization through several transformations including the merger with Red Prairie. Prior to JDA Mike served as Vice President of North American services for both Manugistics and QAD, and a variety of management positions at Accenture, Grant Thornton, and TDS. Mike holds a B.S. In Applied Math, Engineering, and Physics from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. In Operations Management from the University of Minnesota.

Alexander C. Naddaff, Chief Cloud and Customer Officer

Alexander NaddaffIn his role as Chief Cloud and Customer Officer, Alex Naddaff leads Guidewire’s Customer Success, Value Consulting, and Support teams. His teams partner with customers to maximize the value of their Guidewire investments and to ensure that customer interests remain a top priority for the company. Alex served as Guidewire’s Vice President of Professional Services from 2002 to 2014, building the group from a one-person operation into a global organization of more than 500 employees working in over 21 countries. In his career, Alex has played a key role in designing technology solutions for the insurance industry and ensuring successful customer implementations. He brings more than 20 years of experience building, implementing, and managing mission-critical systems for major financial institutions. As Vice President of Claims Technology at Hartford Financial Services, Alex established a multi-year strategic direction and led the implementation of claims technology for more than 6,000 claims staff supporting the auto, property, general liability, and workers’ compensation business lines. Prior to that, he was First Vice President of Credit Systems at MBNA America, where he developed systems for credit line management, credit application processing, and imaging. He was previously a Vice President at J.P. Morgan. Alex has a B.S. from Wagner College.

Winston King, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel

Winston KingWinston King is responsible for Guidewire’s worldwide administrative functions, including human resources, legal, recruiting, and corporate services, while also serving as Guidewire’s General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to Guidewire, Winston served as EVP, General Counsel, and Secretary at Infogroup Inc., a marketing data, services, and research firm. Previously, he was with WilmerHale, an international law firm, where he worked primarily in the corporate, M&A, and securities enforcement areas. Winston served as a clerk to Judge Bruce Selya on the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Law and earned an economics degree with honors from Duke University.

Paul Mang, General Manager, Analytics and Data Services

Paul MangBefore joining Guidewire in 2018, Paul Mang served as the Global CEO of Analytics at Aon plc, a leading professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement, and health solutions around the globe. Paul was also the Managing Partner at Avarie Capital LLC, a strategic advisory and investment firm focused on new ventures in fintech. He was a Partner at McKinsey & Company and a leader in its North American Insurance practice. During his 14 years at McKinsey's offices in both Chicago and London, he counseled numerous clients on issues of strategy, organization, and operations. Prior to McKinsey, Paul was on the faculty of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. His research in technology strategy, entrepreneurship, and innovation management has been published in journals such as Strategic Organization, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Research Policy,and McKinsey Quarterly. Paul holds a doctorate from Harvard University and both an MS in Engineering and a BA in Economics from Stanford University.

Neil Betteridge, Vice President, Strategy

Neil BetteridgeAs Guidewire’s Vice President of Strategy, Neil Betteridge is responsible for shaping Guidewire’s strategic direction. Previously, Neil held the role of Guidewire’s Director of Product Marketing where he was instrumental in the marketing strategy, positioning, and direction of Guidewire’s product suite. Neil has over 25 years of professional experience with the last two decades focused on development, implementation, marketing and management of technology solutions in the insurance industry. Prior to Guidewire, Neil was with Skywire Software (now Oracle), as Vice President of Product Management. Neil also served as Vice President of Marketing with InSystems. Earlier in his insurance industry carrier, Neil held a variety of marketing and technical positions at other software providers. In addition to his professional experience, Neil holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University.