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


Chris Lien

Founder and CEO

Chris is responsible for 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. 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.
  • Paul Emery

    Vice President, Engineering

    Paul Emery leads the engineering team at Marin Software. He brings more than 22 years of global software engineering and technology management experience in the enterprise software and financial services industries. Prior to Marin Software, Paul was the VP of Engineering at Mu Dynamics, the VP of Engineering and Technical Services at Visible Path, the VP of Server Technologies at Oracle, the VP of Engineering and Client Services at FaceTime Communications, and VP of Engineering at Vignette – where he led the successful product integration efforts of several of Vignette’s strategic acquisitions. Paul joined Vignette through its acquisition of enterprise portal pioneer Epicentric, where he was also the VP of Engineering. He holds an AB degree in physics from Harvard.
  • Rashmi Garde

    General Counsel

    Rashmi is responsible for Marin’s worldwide legal affairs and brings to Marin over 15 years of legal experience in both public and privately held companies. Prior to joining us in July 2011, Rashmi worked as an independent legal consultant from September 2010 until June 2011. Prior to that, Rashmi worked at VMware, Inc., an enterprise software company, since 2001, most recently serving as Vice President and General Counsel from September 2005 to September 2009. Prior to that, she was a senior attorney at Electronics for Imaging (EFI), a printing technology company. Rashmi began her practice as a corporate associate at Fenwick & West and later Graham and James. Rashmi holds a B.A. in Computer Science and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
  • 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.
  • Peter Wooster

    Chief Revenue Officer

    Peter has extensive on-demand technology sales experience. From October 2004 to December 2006 Peter served as vice president of sales for Angel Points Inc., a workforce management application provider. Prior to that, Peter served as a Strategic Account Executive at salesforce.com, a provider of cloud-based CRM solutions, from October 1999 to February 2004. At Paychex Corporation, an HR and payroll process software company, Peter served as an Account Executive for Major Markets from January 1994 to September 1999. Peter holds a B.A. in Specialized Studies from Ohio University.