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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 currently serves on the board of directors of LogMeIn, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from New York 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.

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.

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.

Bonney Pelley
Bonney Pelley
Senior Vice President, Business Operations

Bonney Pelley is New Relic’s SVP, business 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.


Board of Directors

Peter Fenton
Chairman

Peter Fenton has served as a member of New Relic’s board since February 2008 and has served as the company’s chairman since November 2008. Since September 2006, Fenton has served as a general partner at Benchmark, a venture capital firm. From October 1999 to May 2006, Fenton served as a managing partner at Accel Partners, a venture capital firm. He currently serves on the board of directors of Elastic N.V., Cloudera, Inc., Zuora Inc. and a number of privately held companies. Fenton served on the board of directors of Yelp Inc. from August 2006 until March 2019, Hortonworks Inc. from June 2011 until January 2019, Twitter, Inc. from February 2009 until May 2017, and Zendesk, Inc. from July 2009 until October 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford 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.

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 currently serves on the board of directors of LogMeIn, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from New York University.

Hope Cochran

Hope Cochran has served as a member of New Relic’s board since May 2018. Cochran 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, 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.

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 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. James previously served on the boards of directors of Imperva, Inc. and 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. She currently serves as a senior technology advisor to chief executive officers and corporate boards at Innovation Through Technology.  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.