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Leadership

Our management team brings together years of expertise in SaaS and Digital Intelligence solutions. Together, they're working toward the goal of creating a Digital Intelligence Platform designed to serve people building modern software.


Lew Cirne
Lew Cirne
CEO and Founder

Lew is New Relic’s CEO and founder and has led the company since its beginning in 2008. A passionate product visionary and leader, Lew started New Relic to bring unprecedented visibility into application performance through SaaS. Under Lew’s leadership, New Relic has grown its offering into an full Digital Intelligence Platform, delivering powerful full-stack visibility to enterprises around the world. As the pioneer of modern APM, Lew previously founded Wily Technology and led the company from 1998 to 2006. A developer at heart, Lew started his career with engineering positions at Apple and Hummingbird Ltd. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford and Harvard, speaking on entrepreneurship. Lew also serves on the board of directors at CURE International. He holds an A.B. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

Jim Gochee
Jim Gochee
Chief Product Officer

Jim is New Relic's Chief Product Officer, overseeing the teams that design, build, and deliver New Relic's products. He has a passion for building world-class products and loves technology – especially when it's well architected, scalable, and fast. He takes great pleasure in helping New Relic's customers analyze their technology and build great digital experiences. Prior to New Relic, Jim was the Chief Architect for the Wily Technology division of CA, where he was the technical lead for Introscope, an industry-leading web application performance monitoring solution. Prior to that, he was Chief Technology Officer for an internet-based trading system for the wholesale food industry. Jim also spent four years at Apple, Inc. and three years at Connectix Corporation working on VirtualPC. He holds an A.B. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

Erica Ruliffson Schultz
Erica Ruliffson Schultz
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales

Erica Ruliffson Schultz is Executive VP of Worldwide Sales at New Relic, and is responsible for driving the company’s go-to-market strategy globally. She has more than 20 years of experience in software and SaaS sales, having most recently served as Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Customer Success at LivePerson, a leader in digital engagement. Prior to joining LivePerson, Schultz had a 16-year tenure with Oracle Corporation, where she founded and led numerous teams within the sales organization, including pioneering the company’s cloud business, and leading teams for North American and Latin American markets. She holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College where she also currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Robson Grieve
Robson Grieve
Chief Marketing Officer

Robson is CMO at New Relic, leading the company’s marketing and alliances efforts. Prior to New Relic, Robson served as CMO for enterprise software provider Citrix Systems. Prior to Citrix, he served as Sr. Vice President of Marketing for Concur, a cloud-based provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions, from 2012 until its acquisition by SAP America, Inc. in December 2014. Prior to these corporate marketing roles, Robson spent six years as President of Creature, Inc., a creative agency with offices in Seattle and London. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Mark Sachleben
Mark Sachleben
Chief Financial Officer

Mark is New Relic’s Chief Financial Officer and has been since the company’s start in 2008. Mark drives the company’s financial strategy and reporting, and also oversees legal, security, and IT. He is passionate about driving high growth metrics while also improving operating efficiency. He has partnered with New Relic’s CEO and founder, Lew Cirne, since 1999, previously serving as Vice President of Finance at Wily Technology, an application performance company. Mark has served on the board of the San Francisco Friends School and is currently a board member at Marin Academy. He holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and an A.B. in Engineering Science and B.S. in Fluid and Mechanical Engineering from Dartmouth College.

Roger Scott
Roger Scott
Senior Vice President Global Technical Sales, Services and Support

Roger Scott is SVP of Technical Sales, Services and Support at New Relic, responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s customer facing technical resources across sales engineering, technical account management, professional services and support engineering. Roger has more than 25 years international enterprise software and services sales experience, having spent time living and working across Africa, Europe, Asia and North America, in executive leadership positions covering Marketing, Sales, Sales Engineering, Business Development and Professional Services.Prior to joining New Relic, Roger spent 17 years with Oracle Corporation, where he held a variety of positions, including Head of Global Online Sales, Head of North American Business Development for Technology Software Sales and Head of Technology Sales Engineering for Asia Pacific. Roger holds an M.B.A. from University of Bath (UK) and Bachelor's degrees in Commerce and Science from University of Cape Town (South Africa).

Kristy Friedrichs
Kristy Friedrichs
Chief People Officer

Kristy is New Relic’s Chief People Officer, leading all aspects of the company’s strategy for its people and culture. She is passionate about working with employees to create the best place to work. Kristy joined New Relic after spending more than 15 years at Bain & Company, first as a consulting Principal and most recently as the head of consulting operations for the Bay Area. She holds a B.S. in Economics from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Board

Peter Fenton

Peter Fenton, Chairman

Benchmark Capital

Peter Fenton has served as a member of our Board since February 2008 and has served as our Chairman since November 2008. Since September 2006, Mr. Fenton has served as a General Partner at Benchmark, a venture capital firm. From October 1999 to May 2006, Mr. Fenton served as a Managing Partner at Accel Partners, a venture capital firm. Mr. Fenton currently serves on the boards of directors of Yelp Inc., Zendesk, Inc., Hortonworks Inc., and a number of privately-held companies. Mr. Fenton served on the board of directors of Twitter, Inc. from February 2009 until May 2017. Mr. Fenton holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. We believe Mr. Fenton is qualified to serve as a member of our Board because of his extensive experience in the venture capital industry and his knowledge of technology companies.

Dan Scholnick

Dan Scholnick

Trinity Ventures

Dan Scholnick has served as a member of our Board since October 2008. Mr. Scholnick served as an Associate at Trinity Ventures, a venture capital firm, since September 2007, and has served as General Partner since 2010. Prior to that, he worked at SVB Capital, the venture capital investment arm of SVB Financial Group, from 2004 to 2005, and founded Flurry, Inc., a mobile analytics software company, in 2005. Mr. Scholnick holds an A.B. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Sarah Friar

Sarah Friar

Square

Sarah Friar has served as a member of our Board since December 2013. Since July 2012, Ms. Friar has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Square, Inc., a provider of payment processing and point-of-sale systems for businesses and mobile payment offerings for consumers. From April 2011 to July 2012, she served as the Senior Vice President, Finance and Strategy at salesforce.com, inc., a software company. From July 2000 to April 2011, she was employed by The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., an investment banking company, most recently as a Managing Director in the Equity Research Division covering software and as the Business Leader for the Technology Research Business Unit. Ms. Friar also served as a member of the board of directors of Model N, Inc. from September 2012 until May 2015. Ms. Friar holds a M.Eng. in Metallurgy, Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Adam Messinger

Adam Messinger

Twitter

Adam Messinger has served as a member of our Board since April 2014. From March 2013 until December 2016, Mr. Messinger served as the Chief Technology Officer of Twitter, Inc., an online social media company, where he previously served as Vice President of Application Development from April 2012 to March 2013, and Vice President of Platform Development from November 2011 to April 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Messinger was Vice President of Development at Oracle Corporation, a computer technology company, from January 2008 to November 2011. Mr. Messinger holds a B.S. in Physics and Computer Science from Willamette University and an M.S. in Management from Stanford University. We believe Mr. Messinger is qualified to serve as a member of our Board because of his extensive experience in the software development industry, both as a developer of tools for other developers and of large online services and as an executive at a variety of software development organizations.

Sohaib Abbasi

Sohaib Abbasi

Sohaib Abbasi has served as a member of our Board since May 2016. From 2004 to August 2015, Mr. Abbasi served as the Chief Executive Officer of Informatica Corporation, where he also served as Chairman and a member of the board of directors from 2004 to December 2015. From 1982 to 2003, Mr. Abbasi served in various roles at Oracle Corporation, most recently as a member of Oracle’s executive committee and as senior vice president of two divisions, Oracle Tools/Middleware/BI Products and Oracle Education Services. Mr. Abbasi currently serves on the board of directors of Red Hat, Inc. Mr. Abbasi holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

James Tolonen

James Tolonen

James Tolonen has served as a member of our Board since May 2016. Mr. Tolonen served as the Senior Group Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Business Objects, S.A., an enterprise software solutions provider, where he was responsible for its finance and administration commencing in January 2003 until its acquisition by SAP AG in January 2008. He remained with SAP AG until September 2008. Mr. Tolonen served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer and a member of the board of directors of IGN Entertainment Inc., an Internet media and service provider, from October 1999 to December 2002. He served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Cybermedia, a PC user security and performance software provider, from April 1998 to September 1998, where he also served as a member of the board of directors from August 1996 to September 1998. Mr. Tolonen served as Chief Financial Officer of Novell, Inc., an enterprise software provider, from June 1989 to April 1998. Mr. Tolonen currently serves on the boards of directors of Imperva, Inc. and MobileIron, Inc. Mr. Tolonen previously served on the boards of directors of Blue Coat Systems, Inc. and Taleo Corporation. Mr. Tolonen holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. from University of Michigan.

Lew Cirne

Lew Cirne

New Relic

Lew is New Relic’s CEO and founder and has led the company since its beginning in 2008. A passionate product visionary and leader, Lew started New Relic to bring unprecedented visibility into application performance through SaaS. Under Lew’s leadership, New Relic has grown its offering into an full Digital Intelligence Platform, delivering powerful full-stack visibility to enterprises around the world. As the pioneer of modern APM, Lew previously founded Wily Technology and led the company from 1998 to 2006. A developer at heart, Lew started his career with engineering positions at Apple and Hummingbird Ltd. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford and Harvard, speaking on entrepreneurship. Lew also serves on the board of directors at CURE International. He holds an A.B. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

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