Mark Mader, CEO
Mark Mader is the chief executive officer of Smartsheet. Passionate about delivering superior customer experiences and organizational excellence, Mark strives to find innovative ways for customers to collaborate more intelligently using the Smartsheet platform and its partner ecosystem. Prior to Smartsheet, Mark served as senior vice president of global services for Onyx Software, leading the consulting and customer operations teams in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In 2015, he was recognized as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology for the Pacific Northwest.
A dual-citizen of Germany and the United States, Mark has spent considerable time working and living abroad, making every attempt to apply a global perspective to what Smartsheet provides. Mark graduated with a B.A. in Geography from Dartmouth College. He and his family are avid boaters and between the months of March and November, he can often be seen commuting across Lake Washington on his SeaDoo.
Brent Frei, CMO
Brent Frei is the chief marketing officer of Smartsheet. Before co-founding Smartsheet, Brent was the CEO and co-founder of Onyx Software Corporation, a Bellevue-based customer relationship management (CRM) software company that consistently ranked top five amongst CRM vendors worldwide. In his ten years as Onyx CEO, Brent oversaw the generation of $600 million in direct revenue.
In 2001, Brent was recognized by the Smithsonian Institute as a "Pioneer in Technology" and was awarded Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering Fletcher Award for lifetime achievement. Brent has also held roles at Intellectual Ventures, Microsoft and Motorola. An active sportsman and father to five children (all age five and under), you’ll rarely find Brent sitting down. He even uses a stand-up desk.
Peter Boit, EVP of Sales
Peter Boit is the executive vice president of sales of Smartsheet. Before joining Smartsheet, Peter served as a senior vice president at Juniper Networks, where he led worldwide enterprise sales, field strategy, and operations. Prior to Juniper, Peter served multiple global leadership roles at Microsoft and has over 20 years of hands-on experience in leading businesses to scale in technology and software sales, go-to-market strategy, industry solutions, licensing, and operations.
Peter graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Vermont and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. In his spare time, Peter is actively involved at multiple leadership levels of competitive snow sport organizations. He enjoys skiing, golfing, boating and generally exploring the Pacific Northwest outdoors with his family.
John Creason, CTO
John Creason is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Smartsheet. Prior to the inception of Smartsheet, John served as director of development at Concur Technologies during the company's transition from an on-premise software provider to an on-demand business service. Prior to Concur, John served as director of development and co-founder at Captura Software (later acquired by Concur) where he lead the development of the first fully-hosted corporate expense management system.
John received his B.S. in Business and Management from the University of Redlands. Both a software architect and woodworker, John sits behind a birchwood desk he built himself and often works hands-on coding for Smartsheet. He and his seventeen-year-old son enjoy downhill skiing, whitewater rafting and hiking. John scaled Mount Whitney and hopes to summit Mount Rainier one day.
Kara Hamilton, VP of Finance and Human Resources
Kara Hamilton is the vice president of finance and human resources for Smartsheet, where she oversees the company’s business operations. She is dedicated to creating a culture that motivates and inspires, and it shows: Smartsheet was named one of Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For two years in a row. Before joining Smartsheet, Kara served as the director of finance for GoAhead Software (acquired by Oracle), and led their business operations across the US, Poland, and India. Prior to GoAhead, she held various leadership roles at Vigilos across operations, development and finance, and served as their vice president of finance for three years.
Kara graduated with a B.S. in Commerce from Santa Clara University, and is a board member of Pacific Crest School. A bay area native who fell in love with the pacific northwest, Kara and her family live in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle. She can often be found walking around Green Lake or cheering for her daughter’s soccer team.
Brian Harper, VP of Development
Brian Harper is the vice president of research and development for Smartsheet, where he oversees all software development operations. Prior to his tenure at Smartsheet, Brian served in multiple roles at Amdocs and Qpass (acquired by Amdocs), designing and delivering massively scalable online processing systems.
He served as solutions architect, development manager and lead software engineer in addition to building a new solutions delivery team. Prior to Qpass, Brian worked in various positions at Microsoft. Brian graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Western Washington University. He and his wife love to travel, especially to Europe. Brian is an avid poker player.
Eric Browne, VP of Product Management
Eric Browne is the vice president of product management and co-founder of Smartsheet. Prior to Smartsheet, Eric was at Onyx Software Corporation, where he led the vertical product marketing and alliance teams. Prior to his tenure at Onyx, Eric worked with Accenture, a management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, focusing on Fortune 500 clients.
Eric graduated with a B.A. in Engineering from Dartmouth College and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, basketball, tennis and playing with his three kids--and testing other SaaS apps for usability, of course.
<em>Meet the senior leadership team</em>