Leadership

Mark Mader, CEO

As president and chief executive officer of Smartsheet (NYSE: SMAR), Mark leads a company committed to transforming the way organizations plan, track, manage, automate, and report on work at scale.

With over 20 years executive leadership experience driving innovation for high-growth Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies, Mark is a recognized leader in the technology community. He has been named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology for the Pacific Northwest, and GeekWire’s CEO of the Year. Under his leadership, Smartsheet was named Washington’s Best Workplace by the Puget Sound Business Journal, and Seattle’s Next Tech Titan by GeekWire.

Passionate about entrepreneurship and tech innovation, Mark is a contributor to media outlets like Forbes, CNBC, and Entrepreneur, and has been a featured speaker at a range of events, including the NYSE Tech Leadership Summit, SaaStr, and YPO Innovation Week. He also serves as a board member of the University of Washington Information School, one of the world’s top information science programs.

A dual-citizen of Germany and the United States, he has spent considerable time working and living abroad and applies that global perspective to the products and services that Smartsheet delivers. Mark graduated with a B.A. in Geography from Dartmouth College.

Jennifer Ceran, CFO

Jennifer Ceran is Smartsheet’s chief financial officer and corporate treasurer. With more than 30 years of work experience in the US and internationally, Jennifer is passionate about creating high-performing teams and scaling businesses. Prior to Smartsheet, Jennifer was the CFO of Quotient Technology, Inc. (formerly Coupons.com), VP finance at Box Inc., VP finance at eBay Inc., and director of corporate finance at Cisco. In 2017, she was named CFO of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal and has frequently been recognized by Treasury and Risk Management as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance.”

Jennifer received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and BAs in Communications and French from Vanderbilt University. In her free time, she enjoys sports, exploring the Pacific Northwest and mentoring others.

Mike Arntz, CRO

Mike Arntz is Smartsheet’s chief revenue officer and executive vice president of worldwide field operations, responsible for the company’s sales, service, and support operations. Before joining Smartsheet, Mike served as NetSuite's senior VP of sales, Americas. Prior to that, he spent nearly 20 years at Oracle Corp., most recently serving as group vice president, North America application sales, where he created and led the organization responsible for sales of Oracle's Software as a Service (SaaS) applications.

Mike received degrees in engineering and biology from Michigan Technological University. In his non-work time he enjoys cheering on his three kids in their various sports activities, fishing, sailing, and skiing.

Anna Griffin, CMO

Anna Griffin is chief marketing officer at Smartsheet. She brings more than two decades of experience in senior marketing roles and was most recently chief marketing officer at IEX Group, a disruptive trading exchange for U.S. equities. Prior to IEX Group, Anna spent five years at CA Technologies as senior vice president of corporate marketing, where she led a global re-branding effort. Before CA, she served for five years as vice president of global marketing at Juniper Networks.

Anna has also held executive-level positions at advertising and brand communication agencies, leading integrated marketing programs for brands such as Apple, Bank of America, Royal Caribbean, Sony, Saturn, and Land’s End. She has been awarded two Golden Effies, four Best B2B Campaigns of the Year, the Edgar R. Murrow Award for Digital Media, and was named 2016 Advertising Women of New York’s Game Changer, and Moves Magazine Power Woman 2018.

A native of Eastern North Carolina, Anna is a fierce college basketball fan (go UNC Carolina!) and is excited to explore the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children.

Gene Farrell, CPO

Gene Farrell is the chief product officer at Smartsheet, responsible for executing the company's product and partner marketing strategies. Gene comes to Smartsheet from Amazon Web Services where he spent five years as vice president of enterprise application services and EC2 Windows. Prior to his leadership at Amazon, Gene spent 24 years as a senior executive at The Coca-Cola Company, the last seven of which as vice president and general manager of the Coca-Cola Freestyle Business Unit.

Gene graduated with a degree in business administration and management from the University of Washington and received an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Gene and his wife Helen live in Sammamish. In his spare time, Gene enjoys golf, snow skiing, cycling, and almost all water sports.

Praerit Garg, CTO

Praerit Garg is Smartsheet's chief technology officer and executive vice president of engineering. He brings more than 23 years’ experience building large-scale distributed systems and internet services, and is co-inventor on more than 25 patents. He joins us from AWS, where he was general manager for identity, access, and directory services; prior to that, he co-founded Symform, a distributed internet storage startup which was acquired by Quantum. He also served for 12 years at Microsoft, was part of the original team that built Active Directory, and led the design and implementation of many of the user identity, access, and encryption features in Windows. He built and led a 300+ person organization that delivered distributed systems management capabilities across Windows, System Center, and Visual Studio products.

Praerit is passionate about building an engineering culture of innovation that scales, finding simpler solutions to hard problems, and delivering great experiences for our customers. He holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University. In his free time, he loves to travel with his family, experiencing different cultures and their food, art, architecture, and related human history.

Kara Hamilton, CPCO

 

Kara Hamilton is chief people and culture officer at Smartsheet. She is dedicated to creating a meaningful and inclusive employee experience that motivates and inspires, and it shows: Smartsheet has garnered numerous company culture and leadership awards, most recently taking top honors as a best place to work in Seattle and Boston. Prior to focusing exclusively on people and culture at Smartsheet, Kara also led finance, legal, and IT to achieve operational excellence in support of Smartsheet’s strategic goals. 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. A Bay Area native who fell in love with the Pacific Northwest, Kara and her family live in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood of Seattle.

Paul Porrini, CLO

Paul Porrini is Smartsheet’s chief legal officer and secretary. He has over 20 years of experience leading public and private technology companies through periods of significant growth and change. Paul most recently served as president and chief executive officer at YuMe, Inc., a global digital video advertising platform; prior to that, he was their executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary. Previously, he was vice president, deputy general counsel, and assistant secretary at Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ), a large cap technology company. Before that he was senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Bluestone Software, Inc., a web app server enterprise software company. He has also held partner and associate roles at several law firms.

Paul began his legal career in the US SEC's Division of Corporation Finance. He holds a B.S. in quantitative business analysis from Pennsylvania State University, a J.D. from Widener University School of Law, and an L.L.M. (Taxation) from Georgetown University Law Center. In his spare time, Paul likes keeping track of his 3 grown children, hiking, cycling, and playing hockey.