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

Michael Christenson
Michael Christenson
President and Chief Operating Officer

Michael Christenson is New Relic’s President and Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for corporate functions including go-to-market, business operations, and corporate development. He is passionate about building sustainable businesses and transforming strategy into execution. Christenson is also a member of New Relic’s Board of Directors. Previously, he was a managing director at Allen & Company, a private investment banking firm, where he focused on the software sector. Prior to that, Christenson served in various roles at CA, Inc., an enterprise systems management and security software company, including  president and chief operating officer and executive vice president of strategy and corporate development. Prior to joining CA, Inc., Christenson was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, Inc. and its successor firm, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from New York University.

Kristy Friedrichs
Kristy Friedrichs
Chief People Officer

Kristy Friedrichs 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 where people can have an impact, learn and grow their careers, and have a deep sense of belonging. Friedrichs 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 Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Duke University.

Seema Kumar
Seema Kumar
Chief Marketing Officer

Seema Kumar is New Relic’s chief marketing officer, responsible for all aspects of worldwide marketing, including product marketing, demand generation, brand, events, content, and communications. A seasoned enterprise SaaS marketing executive, Kumar is passionate about emotional storytelling and making the complex simple.  Most recently, she ran global marketing for ServiceChannel.  Before that, Kumar spent eight years at Salesforce where she was vice president of marketing for the Salesforce Platform. Earlier in her career she held leadership roles at VMware, Bain & Company and Intel.  She holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Bonney Pelley
Bonney Pelley
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations

Bonney Pelley is New Relic’s SVP of strategy and operations, responsible for driving cross-functional operations and strategy execution throughout the company. Prior to New Relic, Pelley worked for Altitude Ventures Holding, parent company to Avinode and SchedAero, where she held a variety of positions in business development, operations, finance, marketing, and product development as the company grew to become the leading SaaS provider for the business aviation industry. Pelley was co-founder of Echo Networks, a pioneering streaming music service, and began her career at Hambrecht & Quist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History of Science from Harvard University.

Wayne Purboo
Wayne Purboo
Senior Vice President of Strategy

Wayne Purboo is New Relic’s SVP of strategy, leading strategy for the company’s product and customer efforts. Prior to New Relic, Purboo was SVP of product for AT&T Entertainment Group, responsible for video product strategy, roadmap and performance for DIRECTV, U-verse, OTT products, as well as the integration of the Quickplay platform. Purboo founded Quickplay Media in 2003 and led the company as CEO until its acquisition by AT&T in 2016. A 25-year technology veteran, Purboo has held a number of leadership roles with technology startups and industry leaders, including Amdocs,  Solect (purchased by Amdocs), and Network Computing Devices (NCD). Purboo has been recognized by Canada's Top 40 under 40, Deloitte Fast 50, Canada's Spotlight Awards, and most recently by the University of the West Indies with the Vice Chancellor's Award.

Mark Sachleben
Mark Sachleben
Chief Financial Officer

Mark Sachleben is New Relic’s chief financial officer and has been since the company’s start in 2008. Sachleben 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. Sachleben 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. Sachleben has served on the board of the San Francisco Friends School and is currently a board member at Marin Academy. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering and Science and a Bachelor of Science in Fluid and Mechanical Engineering from Dartmouth College.

Jay Snyder
Jay Snyder
Chief Customer Officer

Jay Snyder is New Relic’s chief customer officer, accountable for driving the success of the global customer base.  He is responsible for all aspects of the customer journey, including customer success, support, education, renewals, expert services, customer solutions hub, and alliances & channels. Prior to New Relic, Snyder had a 20+ year career at Dell Technologies (EMC Corporation), where he held several senior management and executive roles, including SVP, Global Alliances; SVP, Americas Global Services and COO, Americas Sales and Customer Operations. Prior to Dell EMC he held management positions at PeopleSoft (Oracle) and Accenture. Snyder is passionate about building winning teams, driving growth, and supporting customer and partner success around the globe all while creating an inspired, inclusive and rewarding culture. Snyder currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rimini Street. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Bentley University.

Bill Staples
Bill Staples
Chief Product Officer

Bill Staples is New Relic’s chief product officer, responsible for driving the company’s market-leading platform strategy and leading New Relic’s product management, engineering and design functions. Staples is an execution-focused product and engineering leader who loves to build and scale cloud-based businesses. Previously Staples was at Adobe, where he led the 1,500+ employee global engineering team behind Adobe’s market-leading Experience Cloud. Prior to Adobe, Staples spent 17 years at Microsoft, including his last role as vice president of Microsoft’s Application platform. At both Microsoft and Adobe, he successfully led transformative product, culture and technical innovation agendas, helping both companies expand multi-billion dollar cloud portfolios with developers and IT as the customer.

Tracy Williams
Tracy Williams
Chief Diversity Officer and VP, Global HR Business Partner Group

Tracy Williams is New Relic’s chief diversity officer and vice president of the global HR business partner group. In this role she is responsible for the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, as well as developing and directing a people strategy that supports New Relic’s business goals. Prior to joining New Relic, Williams was the HR leader for CJ Affiliate (a division of Conversant/Epsilon) and was responsible for full scale HR support for the most trusted name in affiliate marketing. She has over 15 years of HR experience including holding regional HR leadership positions with Target (Mervyns) and Michaels Arts & Crafts stores. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.


Board of Directors

Hope Cochran
Chair

Hope Cochran has served as a member of New Relic’s board since May 2018. Cochran is currently a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, where she has served as a venture partner 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, Cochran 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. Cochran currently serves on the board of directors of Hasbro, Inc. and MongoDB, Inc. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Music from Stanford University.

Michael Christenson

Michael Christenson is New Relic’s President and Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for corporate functions including go-to-market, business operations, and corporate development. He is passionate about building sustainable businesses and transforming strategy into execution. Christenson is also a member of New Relic’s Board of Directors. Previously, he was a managing director at Allen & Company, a private investment banking firm, where he focused on the software sector. Prior to that, Christenson served in various roles at CA, Inc., an enterprise systems management and security software company, including  president and chief operating officer and executive vice president of strategy and corporate development. Prior to joining CA, Inc., Christenson was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers, Inc. and its successor firm, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from New York University.

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, he started New Relic to bring unprecedented visibility into application performance through SaaS. Under Cirne’s leadership, New Relic has grown its offering into a full observability platform, delivering powerful full-stack visibility and programmability to enterprises around the world. As the pioneer of modern APM, Cirne previously founded Wily Technology and led the company from 1998 to 2006. A developer at heart, he started his career with engineering positions at Apple and Hummingbird Ltd. Cirne is a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford and Harvard, speaking on entrepreneurship. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

Anne DelSanto

Anne DelSanto is a limited partner at Operator Collective and Stage 2 Capital venture funds, and a veteran technology executive with more than three decades of experience driving organizations towards exponential growth. As EVP and GM of Salesforce Platform, she led the company’s industry-leading platform services including low-code lightning builders, Heroku, IoT and AppExchange, the number one business app marketplace. Prior to Salesforce, DelSanto served as group vice president of sales engineering at Oracle. She began her career as an account systems engineer with IBM, where she spent several years building solutions for the healthcare market. She serves on the boards of directors at Juniper Networks and Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. Anne graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in Computer Science and earned an M.S. in Administrative Studies from Boston College.

David Henshall

David Henshall is president & chief executive officer at Citrix. He brings 30 years of technology management experience, including serving as chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Citrix, overseeing the company’s worldwide finance, operations and administration organizations. Prior to joining Citrix, he served as chief financial officer of Rational Software Corporation, a software company acquired by IBM Corporation, and also held various finance positions at Cypress Semiconductor and Samsung. He serves as a member of the board of directors at Citrix. Henshall holds a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Arizona and a M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.

Adam Messinger

Adam Messinger has served as a member of New Relic’s board since April 2014. From March 2013 until December 2016, 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, he was vice president of development at Oracle Corporation, a computer technology company, from January 2008 to November 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Computer Science from Willamette University and a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University.

Dan Scholnick

Dan Scholnick has served as a member of New Relic’s board since October 2008. Scholnick is currently a General Partner at Four Rivers Group, a venture capital firm. Previously, he served in various roles at Trinity Ventures, a venture capital firm, from September 2007 to June 2019, and served as General Partner from 2010 until June 2019. 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. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

James Tolonen

James Tolonen has served as a member of New Relic’s board since May 2016. 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. 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. Tolonen served as chief financial officer of Novell, Inc., an enterprise software provider, from June 1989 to April 1998. He currently serves on the board of directors of MobileIron, Inc. Tolonen previously served on the boards of directors of Imperva, Inc., Blue Coat Systems, Inc. and Taleo Corporation. Tolonen holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from University of Michigan.

Caroline Watteeuw Carlisle

Caroline Watteeuw Carlisle has served as a member of New Relic’s board since August 2018. Through Innovation Through Technology, she currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer of Corten Capital and acts as a senior technology advisor to chief executive officers and corporate boards. She served as executive vice president and chief information officer of Caliber Home Loans, Inc. from June 2016 until February 2019. Previously, she served as a technology officer at Warburg Pincus LLC supporting their technology due diligence process and advising their portfolio companies.  Prior to that, Watteeuw Carlisle 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. Watteeuw Carlisle served on the board of directors of Capgemini SE and has been a trustee of New York Institute of Technology since November 2015. She received an Engineering degree at the University of Ghent in Belgium and a Master of Science in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.