Bill Demas

CEO

Bill joined Conviva as Chief Executive Officer in 2018 with a demonstrated track record for building high-performance teams and successfully launching disruptive technologies. Prior to Conviva, he was CEO at Shopkick. Previous to Shopkick, Bill served as CEO at Turn, building the only global, natively integrated real-time digital advertising hub for audience planning, media execution and real-time analytics. Under his leadership Turn increased its net revenue forty-fold during his six year tenure. Before Turn, Bill served in executive roles at Yahoo!, Overture and Microsoft.

Bill is a mentor, angel investor and advisor for multiple technology companies. He has been recognized by Goldman Sachs as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs (2014) and by Ernst & Young as an Entrepreneur of the Year finalist (2012 and 2013). He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and degrees in computer science and organizational behavior & management from Brown University. He is a proud dad of two boys, an aspiring tennis player, and a long-suffering KC Chiefs fan.


Dr. Hui Zhang

Co-Founder, Chief Scientist, Chairman of the Board

As Conviva’s Chief Scientist, Co-Founder and Chairman of Board, Hui brings 20 years of pioneering research experience to the design and build of the company’s media control platform. As a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Hui has established himself as one of the world’s leading authorities on Internet Quality of Service (QoS), video streaming, network control and Internet architecture.

Hui is credited with teaching and mentoring many computer network researchers who are now in industry (Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft) and academia (University of California, Berkeley, Rice, Purdue). In particular, he supervised Ion Stoica’s 2001 award-winning Ph.D. dissertation on Internet QoS. In addition, his End System Multicast (ESM) research group at CMU pioneered the overlay multicast architecture and developed the world’s first peer-to-peer live streaming system. His paper on ESM won the ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award in 2012 for its significant impact on research, methodology, application and transfer in the last decade. His 4D research project advocated the network control architecture that separates control logic from data devices, and was the precursor to the Software Defined Networks (SDN) initiative.

Hui was elected to be a Fellow of ACM in 2006 and received the Alfred Sloan Fellowship in 2000. He received the National Science Foundation Career Award in 1996 and held the Finmeccanica Chair in Computer Science at CMU from 1998 to 2001. Prior to co-founding Conviva, Hui served as chief technology officer of Turin Networks from 2000 to 2003.


Dr. Ion Stoica

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

An accomplished scientist and author, Ion is Conviva’s co-founder and chief technology officer. He drives the technical advancement of the Conviva media and control platform.

Before co-founding Conviva in 2006, Ion spent over 15 years involved in networking research with an emphasis on Quality of Service (QoS) and traffic management on the Internet. His research has led him to develop techniques and architectures that allow powerful and flexible network services to be deployed on the Internet, without compromising scalability. Furthermore, he has designed algorithms and systems with strong theoretical foundations in the areas of peer-to-peer and cloud computing that can be deployed in the real world.

Ion received the ACM Best Dissertation Award for his Ph.D. thesis “Stateless Core: A Scalable Approach for Quality of Service in the Internet.” This highly coveted accolade is only bestowed on one recipient a year. Ion’s other achievements include the IEEE William R. Bennett Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, The Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE), the Okawa Foundation Fellowship, and the 2007 CoNEXT Rising Star Award. He has created and led several workshops, and subsequently published books including Quality of Service and Peer to Peer Systems in 2003. Ion continues his research today and mentors scientists as an Associate Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley. Over the past 15 years, he has co-authored over 100 papers and technical reports.

He holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


Aditya Ganjam

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer

Aditya, Chief Product Officer at Conviva, is responsible for leading and growing the product management team, driving the product strategy for Conviva’s industry-leading experience management platform.

As a founding member of the Conviva team, Aditya has spent his entire professional career at Conviva, holding progressively more key engineering roles. Most recently, he was Conviva’s Chief Architect and led product definition, technology strategy, and new product incubation. Prior to that, he was a lead engineer and team lead for several areas within Conviva’s engineering team.

Before joining Conviva, Aditya was a Ph.D. student in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, where, as a member of the End System Multicast project, he contributed to the building of the world’s first peer-to-peer live streaming system. Aditya also earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.


Greg Ayers

Chief Financial Officer

An accomplished financial executive, Greg has spent his career financing and building successful technology companies, driving to successful exits for investors. He successfully developed and executed strategies at inContact and AdvancedMD that drove rapid growth during periods of SaaS technology transformational change and adoption. He has led both public and private organizations in multiple industries, including enterprise and mid-market SaaS, data storage, application infrastructure and, earlier in his career, pharmaceuticals and medical devices and services.

Prior to joining Conviva, he brought his expertise, strategic vision, and understanding of capital markets to inContact, a SaaS contact center software pioneer he advanced from challenger to leader, which included go-to-market and geographical expansion, technology and business acquisitions, as well as debt and equity financings. Subsequent to inContact’s $1.0B acquisition by NICE Systems, Greg led AdvancedMD to a successful exit to Global Payments, Inc. Previously he financed and grew a number of businesses in a variety of industries.

Greg started his career with KPMG, working internationally in their London and Sydney offices.Greg was twice recognized as CFO of the Year in Utah. He holds a BBA in Accounting from Stetson University.


Brad Kancigor

General Counsel

Brad joined Conviva in 2015 as General Counsel, and in this role he is responsible for the legal and compliance functions across the company. Brad comes to Conviva from Synopsys where he had many roles over his ten years in the Legal department, most recently as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel focusing on commercial transactions and IP. Prior to Synopsys, Brad had his own legal consulting practice serving Silicon Valley technology companies.

Earlier in his career, Brad was an attorney with Cadence Design Systems and the law firm Cooley Godward (now Cooley LLP).


Lan Nguyen

VP, HR & Workplace

Lan is the head of Global Human Resources and Facilities at Conviva. She is responsible for overseeing global strategy and operations for people and workplace. As a strategic human resources leader, Lan has experience in aligning strategic business plan into HR strategy and operations to achieve corporate objectives. Prior to joining Conviva, she served at LiveOps where she managed the recruiting growth from less than 100 to well over 400+ employees, including as a HR lead in domestic and international acquisitions, designed and implemented global HR operations and people programs to support the aggressive growth.


Keith Zubchevich

Chief Strategy Officer

Prior to joining Conviva in 2008, Keith was Vice President of Business Development at Riverbed Technology, where he was instrumental in developing the industry leader’s go-to-market strategy and key partner relationships as the company went public. Previously, as Director of Operations at Cisco, he was responsible for storage-switching and optical solutions for both the Sales and Worldwide Channels groups, and led the launch of Cisco’s MDS storage networking technology effort, which garnered revenues of $244 million in two years. Prior to Cisco, Keith was a Regional Vice President with McDATA, where he was a member of the core team that designed and implemented the company’s sales and channel coverage model. Earlier in his career, Keith held sales management roles in the open systems divisions of Digital Equipment Corporation and StorageTek.

With a proven track record of driving company success, he brings a wealth of leadership expertise and functional capabilities to the role. He has held a range of executive positions, from Sales and Marketing to Corporate and Business Development, across a variety of industry-leading technology companies, as well as emerging start-ups.

Keith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from San Diego State University.


Board of Directors

Dr. Hui Zhang

CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF SCIENTIST, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Dr. Ion Stoica

CO-FOUNDER & CTO

Bill Demas

CEO

Peter Sonsini

GENERAL PARTNER, NEA

Ashu Garg

GENERAL PARTNER, FOUNDATION CAPITAL

Dr. Carl Ledbetter

MANAGING DIRECTOR, PELION VENTURE PARTNERS

Dave Habiger

CEO, JD POWER AND ASSOCIATES
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