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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 both 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 holds 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.

Richard Hart, Chief Strategy Officer

Richard HartRichard Hart is Guidewire’s Chief Strategy Officer, with responsibilities including corporate strategy, acquisition strategy, and financial and operational analysis in support of Guidewire’s subscription business model. From March 2015 to March 2018, Richard served as Guidewire’s Chief Financial Officer. From March 2004 to November 2013, he served as Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, an investment bank. From 1999 to 2004, he was an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston, an investment bank, most recently serving as Managing Director. Richard holds a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ali Kheirolomoom, Chief Product Officer

Ali KheirolomoomAli Kheirolomoom is Guidewire's Chief Product Officer and is responsible for Guidewire's development organization. Ali joins Guidewire from Serena Software where he was responsible for product development and product strategy. Prior to Serena, Ali was co-founder and Vice President of Development/Chief Technology Officer for Avinon where he oversaw the development of the company's highly regarded NetScenario software for Web services application assembly. Before Avinon, he was Vice President of Product Management at Mosaix. There he defined the company's product strategy and was the driving force behind the development of its leading-edge process automation product, which subsequently became the foundation for the CRM initiative at Lucent Technologies (now Avaya, Inc.). Ali is a past recipient of ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT Leaders and Premier 20 Innovators awards. Ali holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of California in Santa Cruz.

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 Business Officer

Eileen MaierAs Chief Business Officer, Eileen Maier has global responsibility for product-line business strategy, presales, product marketing, and value consulting. Her teams are responsible for ensuring that Guidewire’s product lines are driven by market-informed, ambitious, multiyear strategies, and for providing the messaging, training, and demonstration systems needed for sales success. Previously, as Senior Vice President of Solution Consulting, Eileen built Guidewire’s industry-leading global presales teams that are responsible for engaging our customers through their product selection process. 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 and an MBA from Suffolk University, Boston.

Brian Desmond, Chief Marketing Officer

Brian Desmond As Chief Marketing Officer, Brian Desmond is responsible for the development and execution of Guidewire’s global marketing efforts, including demand creation, positioning, branding, and communications. Brian joined Guidewire in 2006, and during his tenure the company has become an industry-leading brand, developed a customer base in more than 20 countries, and had a successful public offering. He has more than 25 years’ experience in the high-tech industry. Prior to joining Guidewire, he served as Vice President of Marketing for PeopleSoft's Supply Chain solutions and held a variety of marketing leadership and product marketing roles at Ketera, Ariba, and Tradex Technologies. Brian began his career at Accenture. He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics and Marketing 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 Officer

Alexander NaddaffIn his role as Chief Cloud 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, General Counsel and Secretary

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.

Andy Scurto, Head of Products, InsuranceNow

Andy ScurtoFollowing Guidewire’s recent acquisition of ISCS, Andy Scurto now manages strategic direction for Guidewire InsuranceNow. He was the founder and strategic leader of ISCS, where his deep understanding of both insurance and IT led to the development of products with uniquely rich insurance flexibility and capabilities. He started ISCS with the idea that vendors to the insurance industry need to be solutions providers and not just software companies. Andy is a rarity among company executives in reserving significant time to work in the trenches with customers. His decisions for Guidewire InsuranceNow are informed by this continued customer contact and knowledge of both the large, strategic issues and the minutiae of the P&C business learned through more than 25 years working specifically with industry systems. Before founding ISCS, Andy worked at GEMData, a startup servicing insurers, and prior to that he was with Computer Power Group, working as an S.I. for financial systems in manufacturing and mining. He is passionate about technology and continually exploring how the newest technology developments can provide practical benefits for the industry. He speaks frequently at conferences and contributes to industry publications. Andy received his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from San Jose State University.

Arvind Parthasarathi, Senior Vice President, Cyence Risk Analytics

Arvind ParthasarathiArvind Parthasarathi manages Guidewire’s Cyence Risk Analytics product line, which applies data science and risk analytics to enable P&C insurers to grow by underwriting “21st-century risks” that have gone underinsured or uninsured. Customers use Cyence Risk Analytics to identify, assess, and price risks and to manage portfolios and accumulation. Previously, Arvind was CEO and co-founder of Cyence, the market-leading cyber risk modeling firm that was acquired by Guidewire. Prior to Cyence, Arvind served as President of YarcData, which pioneered an analytics platform for data discovery and is now part of Cray Inc. Before that, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Master Data Management at Informatica, where he led a global team building big data management and analytics solutions. He started his career in data technology at Oracle Corporation. Arvind holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves on the board of trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education.

Ken Shapiro, Group Vice President, Americas Sales

Ken Shapiro Ken Shapiro was Regional Vice President of Sales for the United States and Latin America for six years before being named to his current position as Group Vice President for the Americas. He has held executive positions in sales for Oracle Corporation, Skyware Software, Docucorp International, and ITC. Ken holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ian Tavener, Vice President, Sales - Asia Pacific

Ian TavenerIan Tavener has lead Guidewire’s operations in Asia Pacific since joining the company in 2004. He has been responsible for Guidewire's entry into the APAC markets, growing our customer base and building our teams in Sydney, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. He is responsible for sales and market entry strategy and is a passionate advocate at Guidewire headquarters for the needs of insurance companies in the region. Prior to Guidewire, Ian has been responsible for APAC operations of Xchange Inc. (formerly Exchange Applications), and ANZ operations of MRO Software (formerly PSDI). Ian holds a BSc. and MEng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath.

Keith Stonell, Vice President, Sales - EMEA

Keith StonellKeith Stonell joined Guidewire in January 2013 as the new Managing Director of EMEA. Keith is based in our London office and has the very important task of leading the next phase of investment to further develop the EMEA business for Guidewire. Keith joined Guidewire from Temenos Software where he led a portion of their European and Emerging Markets Operations. Previous to Temenos, Keith acted as the managing Director for EMEA for the Financial Services Division of Misys PLC. Both Temenos and Misys are large enterprise software companies selling core systems to the financial services industry. Prior to this, Keith has run Software operations in Asia Pacific. He has a BSc Econ from Southampton 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.