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.
Chief Executive Officer
Scott Ernst brings over three decades of experience at the intersection of marketing technology and consumer data. Most recently, he was CEO of Tubular Labs, the leading SaaS insights and measurement authority for social video helping marketers, publishers and platforms navigate the transition from linear TV to digital video. Prior to Tubular, he was Global CEO of Macromill, a Tokyo-based global marketing research business, where he partnered with Bain Capital to open 20 new offices around the world, add over 1,000 new employees to the team, drive revenue growth to over $400M and lead the company through a successful IPO.
Co-founder and Executive Chairman
David Cancel is the co-founder and Executive Chairman 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 Marketing Officer
Katie Foote is the 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 Revenue Officer
Andrew Arocha is the chief revenue officer of Drift and is responsible for leading the global sales organization. With over 15 years of experience leading sales teams and over a decade of experience leading business development and customer experience organizations at companies like Oracle, Adobe and SAP, Andrew will be instrumental in driving global growth for Drift as a leader in the digital experience category. Prior to joining Drift, Andrew was the Group Vice President for Oracle Marketing Cloud, overseeing some of their most strategic relationships. Before joining Oracle in 2017, Andrew held several roles at Adobe across the sales organization. Throughout his career, Andrew has had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest brands in the world to help them realize their digital experience goals.
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.
SVP of Engineering
Melissa Leffler is the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Drift. She brings 30+ years of experience leading engineering teams, previously serving in technical leadership roles for several Boston-area firms. This includes Objective Logistics, which she joined near the time of its Series A funding. After helping scale the product infrastructure and engineering team, the company was later acquired by Carbon Black, where Melissa was a senior engineering leader up until IPO. Melissa also led engineering and business growth efforts for companies including Awareness, Liquid Machines and eRoom, which was acquired by Documentum and is still in use as an EMC product decades later.
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.
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