Meet our Board of Directors and Advisors
We are humbled to have experienced industry leaders helping to steer our BrightTALK mission. These are people are at the top of their careers with a vast amount of knowledge, not only in our space, but other spaces as well.
Board of Directors
Riadh Dridi, Chief Marketing Officer, Automation Anywhere
Riadh is the Chief Marketing Officer for Automation Anywhere, a leading provider in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), the platform on which more organizations build world-class Intelligent Digital Workforces. Prior to joining Automation Anywhere Riadh was the CMO of RingCentral and VP of Americas Marketing at VMware Inc. Riadh has held several leadership roles in marketing, product management, and sales. Riadh started his career as a software engineer and holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Superieure de Chimie Physique Electronique de Lyon (France).
Brian Goffman, Venture Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures
Brian is currently a venture partner at Technology Crossover Ventures. He was previously VP Enterprise Marketing at LinkedIn, leading all of LinkedIn’s monetization marketing efforts including Talent Solutions, Marketing Solutions, and Sales Solutions. Prior to LinkedIn, Brian was CEO and Co-Founder of Optify, a marketing automation software company, acquired by Marketo (MKTO). Earlier, he helped launch the Unified Communications and Office 365 businesses at Microsoft. Brian started his career at McKinsey & Company. He holds an AB and MBA from Harvard University.
Richard Heald, Chief Executive Officer at CallSquad
Richard is the CEO and founder of CallSquad, a company providing a highly scaleable outbound sales development platform. Prior to CallSquad Richard was the executive vice president of sales at BrightTALK where he was responsible for growing the company’s global client base and ensuring that every client engagement was successful. Prior to BrightTALK, he was an associate director at Schroders Investment Management. He previously held similar roles at HSBC Bank and Aviva Insurance. Heald has a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Leeds University (U.K.).
Andrew Wait, Independent Advisor, Consultant, Board Member at BrightTALK
Andrew is an experienced consumer and enterprise technology executive. Andrew is the former President of Lynda.com, President of EF EnglishLive, CRO of Blurb, GM and SVP of Ancestry.com and has held many growth, marketing, product, international and technology leadership roles. Andrew was a key contributor to the sale of Lynda.com to Linkedin and to the Ancestry.com private equity and IPO transactions. He holds a BA from The University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from St. Mary’s College.
Graham Elliot, Chairman of the Board at BrightTALK, Chief Executive Officer at Azur Underwriting
Graham is currently CEO of Azur Underwriting, a new Managing General Agency platform. Prior to that he was the Managing Director of Aqueduct Underwriting Ltd, a specialist MGA that provided niche insurance products via intermediaries. Before joining Aqueduct he was CEO of Oxygen Insurance Brokers Ltd. He began his financial services career in institutional equity sales and was, latterly, global director of US Institutional Equity Sales for Prudential Equity Group in New York. He is also an experienced angel investor. Elliott has a degree in English Literature from Christ Church, Oxford (UK).
Paul Heald, Chief Executive Officer at BrightTALK
Paul created BrightTALK in 2002 to help professionals advance their careers and learn from the expertise of global thought leaders. BrightTALK’s rapidly growing professional communities now stimulate a vibrant knowledge exchange between experts, companies and business decision makers. As CEO, Heald has led BrightTALK to its current position as the leading video destination for business professionals. Before founding BrightTALK, Heald was the European managing director of Scient. Prior to Scient he ran Arthur D. Little’s e-business consulting group. Heald is an MBA graduate of Cranfield School of Management (U.K.).
Russ Pyle, Managing Partner of Guidepost Growth Equity
Russ is a Managing Partner of Guidepost Growth Equity and has been with the firm since its inception in 2007. Russ focuses on technology-enabled services, communications infrastructure, and vertical software companies. Previously, Russ was a Partner at M/C Venture Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm. Earlier in his career, Russ was an Associate at TA Associates in the technology group and an investment banking analyst at Alex. Brown & Sons. Russ enjoys partnering with passionate owner-entrepreneurs to create category-defining businesses. He works closely with his portfolio companies to make key additions to their boards and management teams, evaluate acquisitions, and create long-term strategic plans. Russ has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. from Princeton University. He enjoys playing golf, coaching his kids’ sports teams and reading American history.
Samantha Loveland, Vice President of Customer Success at ServiceNow
As VP of Customer Success for the Americas at ServiceNow, Samantha is responsible for building out a rapidly growing team of Customer Success Executives across the Americas. Her team provides prescriptive guidance to achieve business outcomes for customers. This includes evolving ServiceNow’s best practices, innovations, and capabilities to drive greater business value. Previously, Samantha was xMatter’s VP of Client Success where she works to drive the adoption and usage of the xMatter product line. Prior to joining xMatters, she was at FinancialForce.com where she ran everything post-sales including Customer Success, Professional Services and Support. Prior to that, Samantha was at Findly, where she started the Customer Success Program and also with Microsoft (acquired Yammer in June 2012), where she ran the Customer Engagement organization world wide. Functions included on her team were customer success, services, training, support, and renewals. Before that, Samantha was a Vice President at salesforce.com, a leader in SaaS and CRM solutions, where she ran the Customer Success and other services teams. Previously, she was a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting focused on CRM its impact to industries. Samantha has a B.A. in Quantitative Economics from UCSD and a MBA from Columbia University.
Chuck Dietrich, Chief Executive Officer at MileIQ
Chuck is the CEO and co-founder of MileIQ, a company involved in revolutionizing mileage reporting. Previously Dietrich was the CEO of SlideRocket, a VMWare company, that was sold to ClearSlide. Prior to SlideRocket, Chuck served as general manager and vice president at salesforce.com. In his nine years at salesforce.com, Chuck built and ran many channel and partner programs and spearheaded the company’s mobile strategy. Dietrich holds an MBA degree from the University of Utah and a BA degree from the University of Colorado.
Chris Yeh, CEO at WhereTo
Chris is the CEO at WhereTo. WhereTo is a venture-backed startup revolutionizing the online travel industry and business travel with radically intuitive search and booking platforms. Previously, Chris was Senior Vice President of Product and Platform at Box, where he was responsible for Box’s product management, platform strategy, partner ecosystem development and third-party innovation. Chris joined Box from Yahoo!, where he was the product lead for Yahoo! Groups, Delicious and other community products. Chris was also formerly the head of the Yahoo! Developer Network (YDN), the company’s third-party developer program. Prior to Yahoo!, Chris was Vice President of Marketing at Tacit Software, which was acquired by Oracle in 2008, Vice President of Product Management at Blue Martini Software, and a principal at strategy consulting firm Mercer Management Consulting. A long time ago, Chris was employee 9999 at Oracle. Chris holds an M.B.A. from Wharton and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.