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, you’ll rarely find Brent sitting down. He even uses a stand-up desk.
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 son enjoy downhill skiing, whitewater rafting and hiking. John scaled Mount Whitney and hopes to summit Mount Rainier one day.
Andrew Lientz, Senior VP of Engineering
Andrew Lientz is the senior vice president of engineering at Smartsheet. With over 20 years of experience as a leader in infrastructure, planning, and SaaS, he has been the founder of, or on the leadership team for, three successful start-ups including content delivery network EdgeCast, web analytics SaaS provider Harvest Solutions, and web development agency Zentropy. As a partner at Microsoft, Andrew led infrastructure efforts in both long range planning and internal CDN development.
Andrew graduated with a B.S. from Harvey Mudd and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. He moved to the Pacific Northwest from Los Angeles in 2012 to experience seasons, more time with his family and an opportunity to walk to work. A goal-oriented fitness enthusiast, he has run a marathon, ridden 100 miles on a bike and bench pressed 500 pounds.
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. 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.
Jennifer Savage, VP of Partner and Product Marketing
Jennifer Savage is the vice president of product and partner marketing at Smartsheet. Prior to Smartsheet, Jennifer held various product marketing roles at DocuSign as the company grew from about 100 to over 1,000 employees. Over the previous 15 years, Jennifer focused on developing SaaS programs as various organizations, including PlaceWare and Microsoft.
Jennifer graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Economics from the University of Oregon and an M.B.A. in Marketing with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. When she’s not at work, you can find Jennifer chasing her son - whether he’s skiing, in line for a Star Wars movie or playing Pokemon and Minecraft games.
Chris Blessington, VP of Corporate Marketing and Communications
Chris Blessington is the VP of corporate marketing and communications at Smartsheet. Prior to Smartsheet, Chris was at ExtraHop Networks where he led the company's corporate and solutions marketing teams. Prior to his tenure at ExtraHop, he spent seven years leading the marketing and communications team at Isilon Systems through the company's successful IPO and subsequent acquisition by EMC.
Chris graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Psychology from Syracuse University. In his non-work time, Chris spends as much time as possible with his family. When they tire of him, he heads off into the mountains to fly-fish, backpack, snowshoe, and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. When he wants to irritate himself, he heads to the golf course.
Andrew Bennett, VP of Commercial Sales and Demand Generation
Andrew Bennett is the vice president of commercial sales and demand generation at Smartsheet. Prior to Smartsheet, Andrew ran a group of destination fishing lodges, focusing heavily on the company's digital marketing efforts. Andrew previously served as the vice president of professional services for the Americas at Onyx Software.
Andrew graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College. He is an avid outdoorsman and a fanatical fly angler, spending much of his time away from work standing in a river or on a saltwater flat.
Mike Andrews, VP of Enterprise Sales
Mike Andrews is the vice president of enterprise sales at Smartsheet, where he leads our work with the Global 2000. With over 25 years of experience in customer-facing leadership roles in the software industry, Mike helps large organizations drive business results through the alignment of strategy, people, process and tools. Mike started his career at IBM, and has spent the past 15 years building and leading SaaS sales organizations.
A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Mike was part of the inaugural graduating class of the Business Leadership Program. While a Seattle native, Mike has also studied and spent time in the south of France. When not at 35,000 feet, he resides in Seattle with his family.
Michael Ferrante, VP of Inside Sales
Michael Ferrante is the vice president of inside sales at Smartsheet. Prior to joining Smartsheet, Michael served as the director of inside sales at Skillsoft, a global pioneer in the field of learning and talent management software. During his nine years at Skillsoft, Michael held several key roles across lead generation, new business acquisition, and account management, helping Skillsoft achieve significant, consistent growth.
Michael graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Economics. When not in the office, Michael enjoys spending time with his nephews, taking weekend trips to the desert and watching college basketball. He has a new-found passion for golf and describes himself as an unorthodox, self-taught, high-handicapper, who just loves the game.
Stephen Branstetter, VP of Services and Customer Success
Stephen Branstetter is the VP of services and customer success. Prior to Smartsheet, Stephen was at Active Network where he led the company’s Youth & Education business unit. Stephen joined Active Network in 2007 via the acquisition of Thriva, a company he helped build from the ground up, where he managed services and account management for the SaaS product and created a consumer services business division.
Stephen graduated from University of Washington with a B.A. in Business Administration. In his non-work time, he and his wife can be found chasing their twin boys around and spending as much time as the weather permits on the water swimming and boating. Stephen stays active by joining friends for at least one triathlon per year.
<em>Meet the senior leadership team</em>