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Management
Team

The experienced management team at Marin is dedicated to fostering an environment of mutual respect among team members that rewards hard work and initiative.

Executives

David A. Yovanno

CEO

Dave is responsible for Marin’s overall strategic direction and execution. Prior to joining Marin in May 2014, Dave first joined Conversant, Inc. (formerly ValueClick, Inc.) in 2000 and held a number of leadership positions for U.S. media including executive vice president of sales and marketing, general manager and chief operating officer until 2008. Dave left Conversant in 2008 to be CEO of Gigya, a high-growth social technology SaaS company based in Silicon Valley, and then rejoined Conversant in 2011. Most recently, Dave served as President, Technology Solutions (formerly Mediaplex) for Conversant from 2011-2014 and was responsible for the company's Technology Solutions globally, Media Solutions internationally, the company's DSP solution, driving cross-solution synergies and assisting with the Company's corporate development program. Dave served on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant and CIO. Dave is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he earned his bachelor's degree in marketing and master's degree in health services administration.

  • Chris Lien

    Founder and Executive Chairman

    Chris supports Marin’s overall strategic direction and execution. Chris founded Marin in 2006 and shortly thereafter invited Wister Walcott and Joe Chang to join him on the quest to develop an enterprise-class, online advertising management platform. Chris served as Marin's CEO from founding until May 2014 at which time he assumed the role of Executive Chairman. Prior to Marin, Chris served as Chief Operating Officer of Adteractive, an online performance marketing company, from 2004 to 2005. In 2001, Chris co-founded Sugar Media, a broadband services platform, which was sold in 2003 to 2Wire, a leading supplier of DSL equipment and services, which was subsequently acquired by Pace plc in 2010. Prior to founding Sugar Media, Chris served in various capacities, including as Chief Financial Officer and acting Chief Executive Officer, of BlueLight.com, Kmart’s e-commerce and Internet service provider subsidiary. Prior to Bluelight.com, Chris spent 10 years executing merger and financing transactions at investment banks, including Morgan Stanley and Evercore Partners, with his last role as managing director. Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
  • Joseph Chang

    Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer

    Joseph Chang co-founded our company in 2006 and has served as VP Engineering and (currently) Chief Technical Officer. Mr. Chang served as Vice President of Information Systems at W.P. Carey, a publicly-traded real estate investment firm, from April 2004 to June 2006. From November 2001 to April 2004, Mr. Chang served as a technical architect at Mercer Consulting, a consulting firm. Prior to working at Mercer Consulting, Mr. Chang held a number of positions at Bluelight.com, jcrew.com and Trilogy Software. Mr. Chang holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Computer Science from Stanford University.
  • Wister Walcott

    Co-founder and EVP, Products and Platform

    Wister is responsible for product management and professional services at Marin, which leverage his combined experience in designing, integrating, and deploying enterprise software. From 2004 to 2005, Wister was the Vice President of Marketing at Composite Software, an enterprise data integration software provider. Prior to that, Wister served as Senior Director of Product Management at Siebel Systems, a CRM software provider, from 1999 to 2004, when Oracle Corporation, an enterprise software company, acquired it. Prior to Siebel, from 1996 to 1999, Wister was the Vice President of Marketing at Pilot Network Services, Inc., an Internet security provider. From 1993 to 1995 and from 1988 to 1991, Wister worked at Oracle Corporation, where he held a variety of technical and management positions. Wister holds a B.S. In Computer Science (with honors) and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
  • Matt Ackley

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Over the past 9 years Matt has held leadership positions in the online marketing and advertising functions as both eBay and Google. As Vice President of Internet Marketing and Advertising at eBay, Matt led the design and the development of eBay’s online marketing, trading desk and publisher platforms and charted eBay’s course in the digital marketing ecosystem. Matt also worked at Google where he chased his dream of the unified stack as the product marketing lead for the Doubleclick, Google Analytics and Youtube Advertising platforms. Outside of work, Matt can be found on the golf course or in some random northern California city at a soccer tournament for one of his three girls. Matt graduated cum laude from Duke University School of Engineering, and earned an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business.
  • John Kaelle

    EVP and CFO

    John brings more than 20 years of finance, investment banking and accounting leadership experience to Marin. Prior to joining the Company, John spent six years as Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations at Shutterfly, Inc., an internet-based personal publishing service, from October 2004 to March 2011. Prior to Shutterfly, John spent four years at Thomas Weisel Partners as a Vice President in the mergers and acquisitions group where he provided advisory services to technology companies. John began his career at Coopers and Lybrand, where he was a manager in the firm’s audit and advisory practice, and subsequently served as an Assistant Vice President and Assistant Controller at TriNet Corporate Realty Trust, a publicly traded real estate investment trust. John holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. John is also a certified public accountant (inactive) in the state of California.
  • Brian Kaminski

    Senior Vice President of Customer Success

    Brian leads the global customer success team where he is responsible for ensuring that customers are fully leveraging the Marin platform. In his role, Brian works closely with customers on new innovative means to meet their digital marketing goals. He also contributes to the overall strategic direction of Marin’s platform. Previously, Brian served as President of Business Performance at iProspect, leading new business development, marketing, and strategic client relationships. Brian joined iProspect in 2000 and contributed significantly to the firm’s growth in various leadership roles including founder and executive director of the San Francisco office, and Chief Operating Officer. He currently serves on the SEMPO Board of Directors, and enjoys presenting at client conferences and industry events around the world. Brian holds a B.A. in Political Science from Colgate University.
  • Nancy Kato

    Chief People Officer

    As Chief People Officer at Marin Software, Nancy is responsible for developing and managing all global processes and policies in regard to employee relations, talent acquisition, performance management, compensation, as well as employee and organizational development. Nancy joins Marin Software from TiVo, Inc., where she served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources from April 2006 to September 2012, and previously served as TiVo’s Vice President, Human Resources from January 2005 to April 2006. Prior to TiVo, she served as Vice President of Global Compensation at Hewlett Packard from January 2003 to January 2005. Nancy also served as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Ariba, from December 2000 to October 2002, and has also held senior roles at Compaq and Tandem. Nancy earned her B.A. in Health Sciences, and M.A. in Education and Counseling from San Jose State University.
  • Russell Wirth

    SVP, Sales

    As SVP, Sales, Russell oversees the lead generation and various sales teams responsible for securing new advertiser and agency customers. Russell brings extensive experience ramping up revenue and deploying effective & scalable sales practices for rapidly growing companies in the business intelligence, media and analytics industries. Most recently Russell was running sales at several SaaS start-ups including Overtone, a social sentiment analytics provider and PopularMedia a creative media optimization platform. Previously, as Vice President of Sales at Coremetrics, Russell oversaw revenue growth for this Web Analytic innovator from $4 to $45 million with an increase in customers from 100 to over 1,000 in a 4 year period. Earlier in his career, Russell also served as VP of Business Development at IRI Software, a Nielson competitor, and headed up Western Regional Sales for enterprise reporting provider Crystal Decisions. Russell graduated with honors from Colorado College with an degree in Business / Economics.