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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 the New Relic 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 a full 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
Chief Revenue Officer

Erica Ruliffson Schultz is Chief Revenue Officer 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
Executive Vice President, Chief Customer Officer

Roger Scott is EVP, Chief Customer Officer 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 of Directors

Peter Fenton

Peter Fenton, Chairman

Peter Fenton has served as a member of New Relic’s Board since February 2008 and has served as our Chairman since November 2008. Since September 2006, Peter has served as a General Partner at Benchmark, a venture capital firm. From October 1999 to May 2006, Peter served as a Managing Partner at Accel Partners, a venture capital firm. He currently serves on the board of directors for Yelp Inc., Zendesk, Inc., Hortonworks Inc., and a number of privately held companies. Peter served on the board of directors of Twitter, Inc. from February 2009 until May 2017. Peter holds a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Sohaib Abbasi

Sohaib Abbasi

Sohaib Abbasi has served as a member of New Relic’s Board since May 2016. From 2004 to August 2015, Sohaib 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, Sohaib 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. He currently serves on the board of directors of Red Hat, Inc. Sohaib holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lew Cirne

Lew Cirne

Lew Cirne 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 a full 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. He also serves on the board of directors at CURE International. Lew holds an A.B. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

Michael Christenson

Michael Christenson

Michael Christenson has served as a member of New Relic’s Board since August 2018. He has served as a Managing Director at Allen & Company, a private investment banking firm, since 2010. From 2006 to 2010, Michael served as President and Chief Operating Officer of CA, Inc., an enterprise systems management and security software company. In 2005, he served as CA, Inc.’s Executive Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development. Prior to joining CA, Inc., Michael was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, Inc. and its successor firm, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., from 1987 to 2004. He currently serves on the board of directors of LogMeIn, Inc., a provider of cloud-based communications, collaboration, identity management, and customer support software. Michael holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from New York University.

Hope Cochran

Hope Cochran

Hope Cochran has served as a member of New Relic’s Board since May 2018. Hope has served as a Venture Partner at Madrona Venture Group since January 2017. From September 2013 to June 2016, she served as the Chief Financial Officer of the gaming company King Digital Entertainment plc, which was acquired by Activision Blizzard, Inc. in February 2016. Prior to King Digital, Hope served as the Chief Financial Officer of Clearwire Corporation, a telecommunications operator, from February 2011 until its acquisition by Sprint, Inc. in July 2013. Previously, she has held several roles in the software industry, including at PeopleSoft, Inc., Evant Inc. and SkillsVillage Inc., a human resources software company that she founded. Hope currently serves on the board of directors of Hasbro, Inc. and MongoDB, Inc. Hope received a B.A. in Economics and Music from Stanford University.

Adam Messinger

Adam Messinger

Adam Messinger has served as a member of New Relic’s Board since April 2014. From March 2013 until December 2016, Adam 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, he was Vice President of Development at Oracle Corporation, a computer technology company, from January 2008 to November 2011. Adam holds a B.S. in Physics and Computer Science from Willamette University and an M.S. in Management from Stanford University.

Dan Scholnick

Dan Scholnick

Dan Scholnick has served as a member of New Relic’s Board since October 2008. Danhas served as a General Partner at Trinity Ventures, a venture capital firm, since 2010 and was previously an Associate since 2007. 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. Dan holds an A.B. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

James Tolonen

James Tolonen

James Tolonen has served as a member of New Relic’s Board since May 2016. James 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. James 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. James served as Chief Financial Officer of Novell, Inc., an enterprise software provider, from June 1989 to April 1998. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Imperva, Inc. and MobileIron, Inc. James previously served on the boards of directors of Blue Coat Systems, Inc. and Taleo Corporation. James holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. from University of Michigan.

Caroline Watteeuw Carlisle

Caroline Watteeuw Carlisle

Caroline Watteeuw Carlisle has served as a member of New Relic’s Board since August 2018. She has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Caliber Home Loans, Inc. since June 2016. Previously, Caroline served as Technology Officer at Warburg Pincus LLC, and served as a senior technology advisor to chief executive officers and corporate boards at Innovation Through Technology. Prior to that, Caroline served in various roles at PepsiCo, Inc., including Chief Information Officer for North America, and Global Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President Business Information Solutions. Before PepsiCo, Inc., she held several technology roles, including at iFormation Group, TradingEdge and Credit Suisse Group AG. Caroline served on the board of directors of Capgemini SE, and has been a Trustee of New York Institute of Technology since November 2015. Caroline received an Engineering degree at the University of Ghent in Belgium and a M.S. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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