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Our leadership team brings deep experience in leading growth organizations through cloud and digital transformation. Together they are passionately focused on making Observability a data-driven approach and daily practice at every stage of the software lifecycle to help millions of engineers globally create more perfect software for their companies and customers.

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Bill Staples

CEO

Bill Staples is New Relic’s chief executive officer, responsible for leading the company into the future in support of its customers, users, and their success. A product and engineering leader his entire career, Staples brings his passion for developers, technology and innovation to his role at New Relic where he’s focused on empowering the engineering community to create more perfect software. Staples is an execution-focused leader who loves to build and scale cloud-based businesses to deliver increasing value to customers and users. 

Staples joined New Relic as chief product officer and was later promoted to president and CPO prior to his promotion to CEO. During that tenure, he has aligned the company around a compelling vision focused on customers and their success, and developed and launched a strategic plan to accelerate the company’s growth. He defined the core strategy for New Relic One including a simpler go to market for the company’s observability platform, fundamentally changing its packaging and pricing around the value delivered to customers and the developer community. Additionally, he has been a champion for the company’s embrace of open source and open telemetry, and was instrumental in the company’s recent acquisition of Pixie Labs

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 corporate 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 engineers, developers and IT as the customer.

 

 

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Steve Hurn

Chief Sales Officer

Steve Hurn is New Relic’s chief sales officer, having previously served as New Relic’s executive vice president of EMEA Sales. He joined New Relic from TIBCO Software, where he served as president of worldwide sales, responsible for all regional sales, global pre-sales, high-velocity sales, and partner sales. Previously, he served as head of EMEA sales, and SVP of worldwide sales. Prior to joining TIBCO, Hurn held senior roles at SAP, Oracle, and served as CEO at several startups.

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Rey Perez

Chief Customer Officer

Rey Perez is New Relic’s chief customer officer.  He manages the relationships with all customers globally to ensure they are achieving value and success using New Relic. His focus is on execution excellence and value realization for customers deploying the New Relic One observability platform. Prior to New Relic, Rey was responsible for driving the success of large complex business and IT solutions for Fortune 500 customers, and has led a number of organizations in solving customer challenges with a focus on digital transformation, cloud migration, cloud platforms, organizational optimization, and ROI. Rey has led technical teams to design and architect application solutions for more than 400 customers, while at Sun Microsystems where he led the design, architecture, and implementation of global SAP solutions. Rey has worked as a consultant, advisor, and change agent over his 25+ year career. Rey holds a Masters in Software Engineering from Monmouth University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Manav Khurana

Chief Growth Officer

Manav Khurana is New Relic’s chief growth officer. He and his team are responsible for global marketing programs and building self-service product experiences. He is passionate about empowering engineers to take a data-driven approach and do their best work. He brings deep experience in creating new technology categories by merging product-led and sales-led growth strategies. 

Khurana joined New Relic as SVP, Product GM and implemented the company’s consumption business model. Prior to New Relic, he held product and marketing leadership roles at Twilio, InVision, Aruba (HPE), and Motorola. Khurana holds a Bachelor of Science of Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from the University of Rochester and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

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Kristy Friedrichs

Chief Operating Officer

Kristy Friedrichs is New Relic’s chief operating officer. As COO, Friedrichs oversees corporate operations, business systems and applications, data analytics and engineering, sales strategy and operations and product operations. She is passionate about what she calls ‘turning strategy into reality’: aligning the company around an inspiring vision, mission and strategy; establishing goals and clear priorities toward achieving that strategy; and enabling cross-functional execution against those goals. She believes that aligned teams with high trust are the foundation of good execution, and works to empower all employees to execute against business goals by bringing their best, authentic selves to work every day. Friedrichs has served as chief people officer at New Relic for more than 4 years. Prior to New Relic, she spent 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.

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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.

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Tracy Williams

Chief People and Diversity Officer

Tracy Williams is New Relic’s chief people and diversity officer. Williams oversees the company’s people strategy and its diversity, equity and inclusion strategy in support of the company’s business goals, culture and core values. She is passionate about building a culture and community where all Relics are engaged, supported and motivated, and have a strong sense of belonging, allowing them to do their best work for our customers and each other every day. Prior to joining New Relic, Williams was the HR leader responsible for full scale HR support for the west coast operations of Conversant/CJ Affiliate (a marketing technology company). She has more than 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 Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

 

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Anita Lynch

Chief Data Officer 

Anita is New Relic’s Chief Data Officer, leading the company's data strategy, data architecture and engineering, analytics, data science and data governance efforts. As New Relic’s first chief data officer, Lynch is responsible for extracting the business value from our data to drive our long-term growth strategy of putting the power of data in the hands of the world’s software engineers and developers. 

Lynch has led enterprise teams for major tech innovators including Apple, Yahoo, Amazon and most recently Disney Streaming. As an expert in tech, data and strategy, she has led and advised organizations to successfully achieve competitive advantage through data, and effectively scaled data platforms in businesses ranging from startups to global enterprises. Lynch was a management consultant at Bain & Company until 2011 after completing her master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 2008.

 

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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.

Board of Directors

Lew Cirne

Founder & Executive Chairman of the Board

Lew Cirne is New Relic’s founder and executive chairman of the board. He led the company as CEO from its founding in 2008 through June 2021. With a passion for innovation and desire to have a broader impact on the world, business and technology, Cirne has spent his career as an inventor, technologist, strategist and visionary leader. 

Cirne founded New Relic to bring unprecedented visibility into application performance all for the love of software. There he invented APM-as-a-Service as well as NRDB, the world’s first and most powerful multi-tenant telemetry database built to create more perfect software. He also collaborated to bring New Relic One to life as the world’s first programmable observability platform and the foundation for the creation of the observability category that New Relic leads today. Cirne is the sole inventor or co-inventor of more than 20 US patents. Under Cirne’s leadership, New Relic has grown its offering into a complete observability platform, delivering powerful full-stack visibility and programmability to enterprises and hyper-growth startups globally. 

As the pioneer of modern Application Performance Management, Cirne previously founded Wily Technology and led the company as CEO from 1998 to 2006. There he invented the first bytecode instrumentation agent that served as the foundation for today’s APM market. A developer at heart, Cirne started his career in engineering positions at Apple and Hummingbird Communications. Cirne is a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford and Harvard, speaking on entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

Hope Cochran

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.

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.

RK Mahendran

Radhakrishnan (RK) Mahendran currently serves as Partner, Software Sector Head, and Member of the Investment Committee at HMI Capital Management, L.P. Prior to joining HMI Capital in 2014, RK worked at Thomas H. Lee Partners, a leading private equity firm based in Boston, and at Goldman Sachs within their Investment Banking Division. RK graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in 2009. RK serves as Board President of the San Francisco Education Fund, a non-profit in SF supporting underserved public-school students.

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.