About Lucidworks

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Management Team

Will Hayes


Will joined Lucidworks in 2013 as our Chief Product Officer and was appointed CEO in 2014. He has over 15 years of product, marketing, and business development experience. Prior to Lucidworks he was head of technical business development for Splunk, where he was responsible for defining the company’s market category and key product feature sets. He created and led the company’s global partner program, building the ecosystem to more than 50 consultants, developers, resellers, system integrators, service providers, and technology partners. Earlier in his career, Hayes served as a software engineer at Genentech, where he built solutions that supported the sales and drug development teams in their field activities.

Grant Ingersoll

Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Grant is the CTO and co-founder of Lucidworks, co-author of Taming Text, co-founder of Apache Mahout and a long-standing committer on the Apache Lucene and Solr open source projects. Grant’s experience includes engineering a variety of search, question answering, and natural language processing applications for a variety of domains and languages. He earned his B.S. from Amherst College in Math and Computer Science and his M.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University

Keith Messick


Keith joined Lucidworks as Chief Marketing Officer in April 2014. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Marketing at Topsy through the Apple acquisition. Earlier, Keith served in sales and marketing leadership roles at various companies including Get Satisfaction, Keas, SuccessFactors, and Corporate Executive Board. When not talking about the future of enterprise search, Keith is likely talking about his family, Alabama football, or BBQ.

Reade Frank


Reade has been a CFO for early-stage and emerging companies for more than 12 years. Before joining Lucidworks, Reade was co-founder of AngelPoints, helping some of the largest companies in the world engage employees in volunteering, giving, and sustainability. Reade was the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and a member of the board of directors of AngelPoints which was acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2012. He also spent a couple years in investment banking in NYC and more than four years at a Philadelphia-based startup. Reade graduated from Yale University with a BA in History.

Trey Grainger

SVP of Engineering

Before Lucidworks, Trey served as the Director of Engineering on the Search & Recommendations team at CareerBuilder. Trey is also the co-author of Solr in Action, the comprehensive example-driven guide to Apache Solr (his co-author was Tim Potter, another Lucidworks engineer). Trey received his MBA in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech, studied Computer Science, Business, and Philosophy at Furman University, and has also completed Masters-level work in Information Retrieval and Web Search from Stanford University.

Jeff Depa

SVP of Worldwide Operations

Jeff joined Lucidworks as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations in May 2016. He leads the company’s day-to-day field operations, including its rapidly growing, sales, alliances and channels, systems engineering and professional services business. Prior to Lucidworks, Jeff has over 17 years in leadership positions across sales, consulting, and systems engineering with companies such as Oracle, Sun, and most recently at Datastax. Jeff earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and also holds a Masters in Management. Aside for a passion to enable clients to unleash the power of their data, Jeff is an avid pilot and enjoys spending time with his family in Austin, TX.

Ravi Krishnamurthy

VP of Technical Services

Ravi’s career highlights include co-founding a startup for managing complex, geographically-distributed electronic design projects, using analytics to drive educational campaigns and public policy, building search-based user-interfaces to extract insights and value from big data. He also holds 17 patents in statistical methods applied to video compression and transmission. Ravi received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and MS in Math from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his BT from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Gerald Kanapathy

VP of Products

Gerald has been our Vice President of Products since late 2014. Before joining Lucidworks, he headed Product Management for Splunk Enterprise, one of the leading Big Data search solutions. Previously, he was the chief services architect for Plumtree Software, (now part of Oracle’s WebCenter suite). He has held positions at Perficient, Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, and began his career as a consultant at Price Waterhouse. He holds a Master’s in Computer Science from Rice University, and a Bachelor’s in Economics and Computer Science from Williams College.

Francis Lukesh

VP of Customer Experience

Before joining Lucidworks, Francis worked ten years in the agency space developing integrated marketing campaigns for a variety of brands and business types, as well as serving in a user-experience consultancy role for software companies. Francis then transitioned from campaigns to focus on more product-oriented design roles, working with business ranging from startups like Get Satisfaction, MemSQL, and Adaptive Path, to Apple. With both strong engineering and design experience, Francis found an ideal fit at Lucidworks, dedicated to honing the usability of our cutting-edge product and keeping an ear to the ground across all business units, so that our customers’ needs are met in the most useful and usable ways.


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We love Solr so much we produce Lucene/Solr Revolution, the only annual global conference devoted to Apache Lucene and Solr – along with meetups around the world.

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On the front lines of search

Lucidworks fundamentally believes in the benefits provided by the Apache Lucene/Solr project. That’s why we dedicate so much of the time of some of our key employees to work towards the success of this very important open source project. We are pleased to introduce you to our Apache Lucene/Solr team.

  • Andrzej Bialecki
    Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member
  • Erick Erickson
    Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member
    Erick Erickson
  • Erik Hatcher
    Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member
  • Chris Hostetter
    Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member
  • Grant Ingersoll
    Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member
    Grant Ingersoll
  • Shalin Shekhar Mangar
    Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member
  • Noble Paul
    Lucene/Solr Committer
  • Timothy Potter
    Lucene/Solr Committer
  • Steve Rowe
    Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member
  • Cassandra Targett
    Lucene/Solr Committer
  • Varun Thacker
    Lucene/Solr Committer
    Varun Thacker