They will deny that they are the leaders, refuse to take any credit for anything and say “It’s the team!” or “It’s the people” or “You made that happen” which is part of why they are really great to work with. And they clean up pretty good. Download the leadership headshots below.
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
David Cancel is the co-founder and CEO of Drift. He is best known for creating hypergrowth products and product teams at companies like Drift, HubSpot, Performable, Ghostery, and Compete. David is a serial entrepreneur, podcast host, angel investor/advisor, and guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and other universities. He is also the author of the best-selling book, Conversational Marketing, and has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Wired, and Fast Company.
Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer
Elias Torres is the co-founder and CTO of Drift. He previously served as the VP of Engineering at HubSpot and VP of Engineering at Lookery. In addition to starting, advising, and helping early stage companies, Elias is passionate about building winning teams and supporting Latinx entrepreneurs across the U.S. He has been featured in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and TechCrunch.
Chief Revenue Officer
Todd Barnett is the Chief Revenue Officer at Drift. He has over 20 years of experience in solution selling and creating momentum driven sales models. Before joining Drift, Todd served as the CRO of Confluent, where he built a first-class global enterprise sales team and helped grow the company to be among the top 1% of enterprise software startups. Todd was also VP of Sales (Americas) at Acquia, where he led the Enterprise, Vertical, and Global Account New Business sales teams and was named the #1 Worldwide Sales Leader for three consecutive years.
Interim Chief Marketing Officer
Katie Foote is the interim Chief Marketing Officer of Drift. With over 15 years of experience across all marketing disciplines, Katie has built her career on driving transformational change through an emphasis on relationships, momentum, and impact. She began her career in tech at the email marketing startup ExactTarget, where she held marketing leadership positions and helped the company successfully IPO. When the company was acquired by Salesforce, she continued to lead product marketing, corporate marketing, and demand generation teams, and a global go-to-market team.
Chief Financial Officer
Jim Kelliher is the Chief Financial Officer at Drift. Prior to Drift, he was CFO at LogMeIn, where he played a pivotal role in taking the company public in July 2009, and scaling from 50 to 1,000 employees and $10M to $250M in revenue. Jim has also held positions as CFO of Actifio and IMlogic, and VP of Finance and International CFO of PTC, a publicly traded software development company. He is currently the Chairman of the Boston College Ireland Business Council (BCIBC).
Chief People Officer
Dena Upton is the Chief People Officer at Drift where she leads the people operations team and is responsible for the company's talent development, operations, recruitment, and retention. She strives to find new and innovative ways to approach business opportunities and believes in enabling all people to reach their potential. Prior to Drift, Dena served as VP of People and Talent at LogMeIn, where under her leadership, the company was recognized for outstanding culture and talent management with nine consecutive Best Places to Work accolades from the Boston Business Journal.
Chief Product Officer
Leo Tenenblat is the Chief Product Officer of Drift. He has over 15 years of experience in enterprise and consumer software. Prior to Drift, Leo founded the mobile CRM startup AppMesh, invested and advised other startups, and served in various roles across Sales, Operations, and Research & Development at Salesforce, helping drive the company's stellar growth from 2006-2012. He was born in the U.S. but raised in Brazil, and has ridden a bicycle through some of the most remote areas of the planet, giving him a unique perspective and perseverance that he applies daily.
Chief Customer Officer
Bart Hammond is the Chief Customer Officer at Drift where he focuses on building world-class customer experiences across onboarding, retention, professional services, and expansion. He has more than 30 years of customer-facing experience across the full spectrum of success, services, and support teams at SaaS companies, global multinational technology leaders, and consulting organizations including Ping Identity, EMC, Interlink Group, and Accenture.
Chief Brand Officer
Dave Gerhardt is the Chief Brand Officer for Drift and founder of DGMG, a marketing consulting firm. He helps B2B startups with messaging, brand building, and comprehensive marketing strategies. Prior to Drift, he was the CMO at Privy. Dave is a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, and has travelled the world speaking at events like MarketingProfs B2B Forum, B2B Sales & Marketing Exchange, Traffic & Conversion Summit, and SaaStock.
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