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Leadership Team

PowerSchool is proud to have a leadership team who are passionate about and invested in improving the education experience. Our team boasts a deep education background as well as a broad collection of experiences to drive PowerSchool's strategic direction, innovation, operations, and service to our customers.

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Hardeep is an experienced executive with 18 plus years of experience in successful software businesses and is passionate about education. Hardeep brings proven experience leading companies through periods of growth, and will architect the next phase of PowerSchool’s growth plan to have an even greater impact on K-12 education.

Hardeep was CEO of SumTotal Systems, where he led the company’s ground-breaking innovation of its next generation Talent Expansion platform which enables continuous and contextual learning for employees to improve talent engagement, productivity and business results. He led SumTotal to be the #1 market leader in Enterprise Learning systems and record-breaking growth in cloud. SumTotal provided Talent expansion solutions to 43 million users with many small midsize business and half of Fortune 500 companies. After the Skillsoft acquisition of SumTotal, Hardeep was General Manager of the SumTotal business unit advancing the Talent Expansion vision by bringing together the most robust platform with Skillsoft’s 60,000 learning content and books.

Hardeep joined SumTotal from Oracle where he provided years of leadership in product and strategy across a variety of enterprise application areas. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Product Strategy for Oracle Corp. for Product Lifecycle Management and Master Data Management, where he played a key management role in bringing these product lines from concept to market leadership with organic and acquisition strategies, including a key acquisition of Agile Software Corp, a public company.

Prior to Oracle, Hardeep was Vice President of Products at SpinCircuit, an information exchange enterprise software company founded by Cadence, HP, Flextronics, and Avnet. He was also founder and CTO at eBizAutomation, an enterprise integration company that was acquired by SpinCircuit. Early in his career, Hardeep held senior consulting positions at Lucent Technologies and Dun & Bradstreet.

Hardeep loves to spend time with family – traveling, biking, playing golf, and chess with his kids. He loves to coach-mentor his son’s Lego robotics team and be a guinea pig for chess tactics practice for his other son who is a nationally ranked scholastic chess player.

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Mark Oldemeyer, Chief Financial Officer

As the Chief Financial Officer for PowerSchool, Mark is responsible for all finance, accounting, human resource, legal and sales operation functions within the company. He brings more than 20 years of experience building and transforming financial operations across the technology sector. Before joining PowerSchool, Mark was the V.P. of Finance at SumTotal Systems, a leading provider of human capital management software. He has also held senior finance positions at other software companies such as Mentor Graphics and CA Technologies. Mark began his career with Deloitte & Touche before moving onto various corporate finance roles within Dell.

Mark is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a B.S. degree in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin.

When not playing golf or cheering on his latest fantasy football squad, Mark enjoys fine tuning his amateur photography skills while capturing lasting memories of his wife and three young children.

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Oliver Wreford, VP of Strategy and Marketing

As Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, Oliver is responsible for cultivating market expertise in order to formulate a compelling brand identity, develop effective business strategies, and deliver messaging that resonates with PowerSchool’s constituents in the K-12 market. Oliver has over 20 years of experience in the delivery of enterprise software solutions, including expertise in M&A, marketing and communications, strategic planning, business development, technology and software delivery, and strategic alliances. Prior to joining PowerSchool, Oliver worked for a dotcom and one of the big five consulting firms.

Enjoys spending time with his family and still dreams of one day playing on the professional tennis circuit.

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Mike Rhein, Senior VP of Sales

Mike has spent over 29 years working in K-12 Education Technology, Service and Sales. He started with NCS in 1987, which became part of Pearson through an acquisition in 2000. He has held various management roles throughout the years in Finance, Services, and the last 20 years in K-12 SIS Sales management. He currently successfully leads the PowerSchool sales team covering both North America and International markets.

Mike loves spending time in the outdoors and looks forward to finding time to go fishing and hunting.

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Marcy Daniel, Chief Product Officer

Marcy Daniel is the Chief Product Officer. She is responsible for developing a unified strategic vision of PowerSchool’s portfolio products, managing overall roadmap development and delivering to clients on the roadmap. Marcy joined PowerSchool in February 2016. Prior to joining PowerSchool, Marcy was the Chief Operating Officer of Interactive Achievement. While at Interactive Achievement she was instrumental in 60%+ year-over-year growth in topline revenue and scaling business services to support triple digit growth in end users.. She has managed and led multiple functional teams in the education technology space, and has over twenty years of experience in enterprise software development, brand management, and emerging market development.

Marcy holds a Bachelor’s degree in System Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. When she turns the business mind wheels to a slower pace you will find her juggling between her beloved roles of a cheering soccer mom and devoted wife. Occasionally, she finds time to huddle over a warm glass kiln – seeking the Zen of creating functional art.

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Rich Gay, VP of Development

Rich joined PowerSchool in 2003, and over the years has expanded his role from Engineering Manager to his current one as Vice President of Development with responsibility for engineering, quality assurance, and hosting operations. Rich has led the PowerSchool R&D team’s substantial improvements in PowerSchool products over the past decade, including technology stack and hosting operations modernization, internationalization, and ability to scale to handle even the largest school districts. He was the founder and former CEO of Foresight Technology for 10 years, a software product and services company. Rich received a BSEE in Electronic Engineering from University of Arkansas.

Rich is an avid outdoorsman and adrenaline junky. He loves hiking, backpacking, scuba diving, and riding his motorcycle in the Sierra mountains, and dreams of a return to amateur auto racing now that his son has graduated high school.

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Nigel King, Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Architect

Nigel King is the Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Architect for PowerSchool, defining the security posture and ensuring the design decisions of PowerSchool yield a secure, unified experience for our constituency.

Nigel was most recently at Oracle where he was Vice President of Functional Architecture and Security for Oracle’s cloud-based applications as they grew the portfolio of application products.

Nigel’s experience in applications extends over 25 years, across implementation, sales, and development. Nigel is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds the CISA, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT designations of ISACA, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, as well as the CISSP Designation of ISC(2), the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.

Nigel is a keen soccer player and runner as well as an amateur boxer and martial artist.

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Varughese George, VP of Compliance Technology

Varughese George (“Var”) is the Vice President of Compliance Technology for PowerSchool. Var is responsible for the strategic vision and management of all aspects of the company’s product development and technology portfolio that serves PowerSchool’s global customers to drive optimized compliance outcomes for their regulatory compliance and reporting obligations. A senior product and technology executive with twenty-year Silicon Valley career and executive roles in companies such as Oracle and E2open, Var brings his extensive experience and leadership in building large scale enterprise and consumer software and successfully transforming multiple companies from on-premise / hosted product portfolios to multi-tenant SaaS and cloud business.

Before joining PowerSchool Var served as the founder and Chief Technology Officer for Oegrav Systems, a company that specialized in context aware and proximity based ad technology. Prior to that Var was the the Chief Technology Officer and VP of Product Development for Satmetrix System Inc, the leading cloud-based Customer Experience Management company and innovator of Net Promote Score®. At Satmetrix he set the vision and strategy for the company’s products and technologies, built teams in the US and India, and successfully executed products that delivered growth with over 1000 enterprise customers in 40+ languages. Var was also the founder and managing director of Satmetrix Systems India.

Prior to that Var served as the VP of Product Development for E2open Inc, a cloud based supply chain software company that acquired his previous company GetSilicon Inc., where Var served as the VP of Product Development as well, and built successful multi-tenant SaaS based supply chain software for the complex semi-conductor industry that led to the company’s acquisition by E2open Inc.

Var holds an MS degree in Systems & Information from Birla Institute of Technology and Science and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Bharathiar University

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Maulik Datanwala, Senior VP of Services & Professional Development

Maulik Datanwala is the Senior Vice President of Services and Professional Development at PowerSchool. In his role he is responsible for the Customer Education, Deployment & Implementation, Customizations, Client and Technical Services Group teams. Maulik brings with him over a decade and half of expertise in the enterprise software space across Professional Services, Managed Services, Technical Support, and Sustained Engineering. Prior to PowerSchool, he worked at Sumtotal Systems and ran a number of Operations functions as a part of the Executive Management team.

On a personal front, Maulik co-founded two software and services companies, very early in his career. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Economics from the University of Mumbai and a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Information Technology from the National Institute of Management. An avid sportsman, Maulik played Minor League Cricket in India. He is often found playing in cricket leagues around the Sacramento area over weekends.

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Karin Holtz, VP of Alliances and Business Development

As VP of Alliances and Business Development, Karin oversees the ISV Partner program, strategic alliances and other partnerships for PowerSchool.  Karin joined PowerSchool in 2015 through the acquisition of InfoSnap.  Having joined InfoSnap in 2003 she subsequently started the public school business for the previously private school-focused online enrollment company.  During her tenure she served in the roles of head of public schools sales, marketing, and business development. Prior to InfoSnap, Karin spent 15 years in leadership, business development and sales management in the online news and financial data industries, primarily at Reuters and the Thomson Corporation.

Karin has a B.A. in English Literature from Clark University.  In her free time she enjoys playing classical piano, singing and cooking, but most importantly, spending time with her husband and two children.

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Alan Taylor, VP of Sales Operations

As Vice President of Sales Operations, Alan Taylor is responsible for leading PowerSchool’s sales operations, sales enablement, and sales development functions. He previously served as PowerSchool’s Chief of Staff, and prior to that was in a similar role as Director of Strategic Programs at Mitratech, the leading provider of Enterprise Legal Management solutions for corporate and government legal departments of all sizes. Also at Mitratech, he served as Director of Operations, responsible for FP&A, Sales Operations, Services Operations, and Business Applications. Alan began his career on the investment team at Vista Equity Partners, a leading private equity firm focused on investing in software and technology-enabled businesses.

Alan holds a BS in Finance from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He enjoys sports, the outdoors, and spending time with his family.

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Andy Newman, VP of Support

For the past 20 years Andy’s passion for customer satisfaction and continual improvement has been the driving force behind his successful leadership of customer oriented Services and Support organizations in the High Tech sector. Having focused in K-12 for over a decade, Mr. Newman first began working with PowerSchool in 2006 via a partner company, and was asked to join the PowerSchool Leadership team in 2011. As Vice President of PowerSchool Technical Customer Support, he has demonstrated year-over-year improvements and efficiencies while improving NPS, customer satisfaction, responsiveness, and technical improvements, as reported by PowerSchool customers.

Andy enjoys spending time is his wife and 3 kids, and looks for any opportunity of getting involved in hands-on projects, particularly working on cars, houses, or building furniture. Andy received a Bachelors of Science degree at Westminster College of Salt Lake City, and maintains a PMP certification.

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Steven Ballantyne, Chief Of Staff

Steven Ballantyne is the Chief of Staff for PowerSchool, having joined from Vista Equity Partners. Previously Steven served as the Program Director for Project Realize, Vista’s strategic project for adopting and growing companies. Ballantyne worked in business strategy and development at a prominent medical manufacturer and distributor. While there, he helped analyze new markets in the healthcare industry, managed the FDA approval process and design and patent new products.

Steven’s tenure also includes various positions in finance and community development at Morgan Stanley and at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. He was integral in providing capital and business acumen to small businesses in the Upper Manhattan landscape. He was also responsible for investment in mixed income communities and investment in the East River Plaza, a major landmark in Manhattan.

Steven received his B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Davidson College, his M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his M.P.A from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. While in school, he was a Toigo Fellow and Reynolds Fellow, two prestigious fellowships recognizing academic achievement.

 

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