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CEO

Will Hayes

CEO

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 an ecosystem of 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.

Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Grant Ingersoll

Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Grant Ingersoll

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.

Chief Marketing Officer

Vivek Sriram

Chief Marketing Officer

Vivek Sriram

Prior to joining Lucidworks, Vivek led product and business development for the search business at Amazon Web Services, where he co-created Amazon Elasticsearch Service and helped grow the search business from inception to large scale. In his 20+ years in software Vivek served in engineering, business development, and product roles at various companies including Lucidworks, Vizu (acquired by Nielsen), Aggregate Knowledge (acquired by Neustar), and SBI Razorfish.

Chief Operating Officer

Reade Frank

Chief Operating Officer

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.

Chief Strategy Officer

Stefan Olafsson

Chief Strategy Officer

Stefan Olafsson

Specializing in search and big data applications, Stefan has been in architecting and bringing enterprise software to market for over 15 years, most recently as founder and CEO of Twigkit, subsequently acquired by Lucidworks.

During his tenure at FAST and Microsoft he helped some of the world’s largest companies and government agencies tackle complex problems with search technologies. Prior to that, he was the founder and CEO of VYRE, a content and media management platform acquired in 2003.

Stefan holds a B.Sc. in Business & Economics, and an M.Sc. with Distinction in the Design of Information Systems from the London School of Economics.

Chief People Officer

Ellen Petry Leanse

Chief People Officer

Ellen Petry Leanse

Author, Stanford instructor, and digital pioneer Ellen Petry Leanse has spent 35 years as an innovator at Apple and Google, as an entrepreneur, and advising dozens of Silicon Valley leaders. An alum of early Apple, she served on the Macintosh launch team and led the company’s groundbreaking 1985 debut as an online innovator. Her work since then has spanned entrepreneurship, investing, and leadership coaching – experiences she combines with deep knowledge of neuroscience, design, and wisdom practices. In her popular Stanford class, Ellen guides companies and individuals to “think different” about innovation, impact, and using business as a canvas for positive change. She’s been featured on CNN and the Today Show, and in Time Magazine, Vogue, Forbes, Inc., and Entrepreneur. Her bestselling book “The Happiness Hack” shares brain-aware paths to focus, connection, and life satisfaction. She frequently speaks on design, equality, neuroscience, and the future of innovation.

Chief Customer Officer

Amanda Berger

Chief Customer Officer

Amanda Berger

Amanda’s commitment to business results drives each aspect of her work as Chief Customer Officer at Lucidworks. Leading a team of innovators and experts in our Customer Success, Professional Services, and Support organizations, her goal is to ensure that every customer optimizes the business impact of Lucidworks search and analytics deployments. Harnessing decades of experience and impact at MicroStrategy, Guidance Software (now Opentext), and RichRelevance, Amanda delivers true partnership as she works with Lucidworks customers to optimize the impact of technology innovation and accelerates business results. She holds a degree in Philosophy from Occidental College and is based in San Francisco.

Chief Revenue Officer

Jeff Depa

Chief Revenue Officer

Jeff Depa

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.

Chief Product Officer

Ravi Krishnamurthy

Chief Product Officer

Ravi Krishnamurthy

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.

Chief Architect

Gerald Kanapathy

Chief Architect

Gerald Kanapathy

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.

Chief Data Engineer

Jake Mannix

Chief Data Engineer

Jake Mannix

Before joining Lucidworks, Jake was tech lead for Twitter’s data science and data engineering teams, building both the products and teams responsible for profile/account search, and text classification and interest modeling for personalized content recommendations. At LinkedIn, he worked on Apache Lucene-backed search engine development, then a generic entity-to-entity recommender system framework which ran ads, job recommendations, and profile recommendations. Jake’s also been an Apache Mahout committer since the early days, focused originally on dimensionality reduction and linear algebra primitives as well as latent dirichlet allocation for topic modeling. His original graduate work at Stanford and University of Washington was in theoretical physics and math.

SVP of Engineering

Trey Grainger

SVP of Engineering

Trey Grainger

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.

VP of Research

Chao Han

VP of Research

Chao Han

Chao is a data scientist with over 10 years of analytical experience in both academia and industry. She received a PhD in Statistics from Virginia Tech in 2012. After graduation, she worked in JPMorgan Chase’s R&D division supporting projects in the areas of transaction text mining, social media sentiment analysis, fraud detection, default prediction and target marketing. She also initiated and lead a project to reduce predictive modeling time from months to days. She joined SAS in 2015 to help develop a new platform, which is an in-memory multi-threaded analytic engine that enables fast model implementation calculations on a gridded network. At Lucidworks, Chao focuses on the Fusion platform’s AI capabilities such as recommendation, query analytics, automatic document clustering, and chatbots.

VP of Solutions

Bjarki Holm

VP of Solutions

Bjarki Holm

Bjarki leads the development of smart applications and cloud solutions at Lucidworks, drawing on more than ten years’ experience building scalable web applications and systems. Most recently he was the CTO and co-principal of Twigkit, later acquired by Lucidworks in 2017. Bjarki is the co-author of four textbooks on Java application development and has published a number of peer-reviewed research papers in academic journals. His post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge and Clare College, Cambridge, focused on the mathematics of computer science, at the intersection of computational complexity and formal logic. Bjarki holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and further degrees in mathematics and engineering from Cambridge and the University of Iceland, respectively.

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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

Erik Hatcher

Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member

Chris Hostetter

Lucene/Solr Committer

Grant Ingersoll

Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member

Shalin Shekhar Mangar

Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member

Noble Paul

Lucene/Solr Committer

Timothy Potter

Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member

Steve Rowe

Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member

Cassandra Targett

Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member

Varun Thacker

Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member

Cao Manh Dat

Lucene/Solr Committer

Joel Bernstein

Lucene/Solr Committer and PMC member

Jason Gerlowski

Lucene/Solr Committer