Advisory Board Members

Nick Mehta
Nick Mehta
CEO at Gainsight

Nick is the CEO of Gainsight, The Customer Success Company. He works with a team of nearly 700 people who together have created the customer success category that’s currently taking over the SaaS business model worldwide. He has been named one of the Top SaaS CEOs by the Software Report three years in a row, one of the Top CEOs of 2018 by Comparably, and was a finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year. He is a member of the Board of Directors at F5 and has also co-authored two books on the customer success field, Customer Success: How Innovative Companies Are Reducing Churn and Growing Recurring Revenue, and The Customer Success Economy: Why Every Aspect of Your Business Model Needs A Paradigm Shift. He is passionate about family, football, philosophy, and SaaS customer success.

Irit Eizips
Irit Eizipz
Chief Customer Officer & CEO at CSM Practice

Irit is the Chief Customer Officer & CEO at CSM Practice. She is a world-renowned expert on customer retention, upsells, cross-sells, and customer value strategies and methodologies. Since 2013, Irit has been pivotal in shaping Customer Success best practices. She has been nominated as a top Customer Success strategist and influencer, year after year, since 2013. Irit was recently named one of the Top 150 Global Customer Experience Thought Leaders and Influencers of 2020. She is frequently producing thought leadership on her Youtube channel (CSM Practice) and is often featured as a speaker at conferences and Customer Success publications.

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Chris Singh
SVP and Global Head of Customer Success at Blackbaud

Chris Singh joined Blackbaud in May 2021 to lead Global Customer Success and most recently served as senior vice president of Customer Engagement and Experience at SAP. During his tenure, he created the SAP brand of SAP Preferred Success, a best-in-class Customer Success Management program that helped thousands of customers in 53 countries meet their business and strategic goals in the cloud. In this role, Singh and his team contributed heavily toward the cloud subscription business. Singh has deep expertise in enterprise customer success, business transformation and cloud commercial business models, SaaS—public and private clouds, experience management and sustainable business practices. He has demonstrated success in achieving significant gains in customer satisfaction, references, renewals and incremental cloud subscription revenues. Singh has held key leadership roles in product and software development, innovation, engineering and customer success.

Mary Poppen
Mary Poppen
Chief Customer Officer at LinkedIn

Mary is Glint’s Chief Customer Officer at LinkedIn, responsible for driving and scaling the company’s ability to delight its customers. Prior to joining Glint, she was the Chief Customer Officer at SAP. Mary holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and has over 20 years of customer success, business consulting, and executive leadership experience. She is a well-recognized customer experience thought leader, speaking at global events and authoring several publications in this space. Further, she has published research and speaks frequently on the topics of performance and process improvement. In addition to her current role, Mary enjoys serving as a Board Advisor and executive coach and has a passion for giving back through female mentorship programs.

Wayne McCulloch
Wayne McCulloch
Global Head - Customer Success at Google Cloud

One of the world’s leading customer success experts and a Top 100 Customer Success Strategist, Wayne McCulloch works with Google Cloud’s entire SaaS portfolio as the Customer Success Leader. He’s a keynote speaker and the recipient of multiple industry awards with more than twenty-five years of experience in customer-focused roles.

Wayne began his software career at PeopleSoft and Vignette before becoming an SVP at Salesforce, the Chief Customer Officer at Kony, Inc., and the VP of the Customer Success Group at Looker. He is also the author of the book, The Seven Pillars of Customer Success.

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Christy Augustine
Chief Operating Officer at Bloomreach

Christy leads Bloomreach’s efforts to arm customers with the tools and knowledge they need to successfully compete in demanding markets. She is a leading thinker in e-commerce, having been a manager at Bain & Co. focused on technology, retail, and strategy. Christina is an experienced computer programmer who has concentrated on-site search, merchandising, and payments. She helped found e-commerce teams at both Hewlett Packard and Walmart. Christina holds a bachelor’s in mathematics from Saint Mary’s College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Peter Armaly
Senior Director, Customer Success Enablement at Oracle

Peter is a senior-level Marketing and Customer Success professional with extensive experience working with wide-ranging clients of both SaaS and On-Premise customer engagement models. He is the current head of enablement for Oracle North America Customer Success. Peter is an industry researcher for client engagement best practices and the former head of Customer Success Research at TSIA. He is also a client-facing executive advisor helping customer success leaders understand what it takes to transform their practices and make them fully digital and better-prepared to not just to defend against, but to exploit, the external forces that are disrupting business. Peter was listed on the A-List for Customer Success and selected by a jury of Customer Success Leaders as one of the MindTouch Top 25 Influencers.

David Yoffie
David Yoffie
SVP, Sales at Opentext

David is the Senior Vice President of Sales at OpenText. He has been a long-time commentator and visionary in the areas of Customer Success and Cloud Business Models. 

His current role includes helping guide OpenText, long-term success in the premise software world, to even greater success as a cloud software leader. Before joining OpenText, David was a Managing Director at PwC, leading the firm’s Service practice in the US with a focus on technology, communications, and financial services companies. 

Maranda Ann VandenBroek Dziekonski
Maranda Ann Dziekonski
VP Customer Success at Swiftly

Maranda is the Vice President of Customer Success and People Ops at Swiftly. She has spent the last 20 years of her career building and scaling operations. She has experience building and scaling Customer Success (B2B, B2C, B2B2C), Customer Service (B2B, B2C), API (Engineering) Support, Contact Centers (Inbound/Outbound), Sales, and various other teams in operations. Maranda has been honored as a Top 100 Customer Success Strategist in both 2017 & 2018, sits on numerous boards, and recently joined the board of advisors for the University of San Francisco’s Customer Success and Insight’s MBA Program and the board of CSM Practice.

Jim Eberlin
Jim Eberlin
Founder and CEO at TopOPPS

Jim is the Founder and CEO of TopOPPS, a sales pipeline management and forecast predictability solution that uses machine learning algorithms to bring clarity to the sales pipeline, accuracy to the forecast, and alignment to the sales process. He’s also the founder of Gainsight, leading SaaS solution for Customer Success platform, and Founder of Host Analytics (now called Planful), leading SaaS solution platform for Financial Planning and Analysis. Prior to Host Analytics, Jim was co-founder and CEO of Tapestry Computing FAS, a top 20 Oracle consulting firm specializing in financial analytics and ERP software implementations. Jim led Tapestry to a successful acquisition by Braun Consulting/Fair Isaac. 

2015 Mo Governor’s award recipient for Entrepreneur of the Year. Jim has deep experience in start-ups, growing companies, raising venture capital, and successful liquidity events.  

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Andreas Heckmann
Executive VP Product Engineering, Head of Customer Solution Support & Innovation at SAP

Andreas is responsible for SAP’s Customer Solution Support and Innovation (CSI) organization. He joined SAP in 1999 and has held a succession of leadership roles in the organization, including regional and global management roles throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. His responsibilities included leading organizations such as Customer Success Services, Support Delivery, Product Support, Services Head SAP Greater China, SAP MaxAttention program, Solution Support Asia Pacific & Japan, and Global Alliance Management for a leading CPG company.

 Prior to SAP, Andreas ran his own IT consultancy business for Healthcare solutions in Germany.

Nick Mehta
Nick Mehta
CEO at Gainsight
Irit Eizips
Irit Eizipz
Chief Customer Officer & CEO at CSM Practice
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Chris Singh
SVP and Global Head of Customer Success at Blackbaud
Mary Poppen
Mary Poppen
Chief Customer Officer at LinkedIn
Wayne McCulloch
Wayne McCulloch
Global Head - Customer Success at Google Cloud
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Christy Augustine
Chief Operating Officer at Bloomreach
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Peter Armaly
Senior Director, Customer Success Enablement at Oracle
David Yoffie
David Yoffie
SVP, Sales at Opentext
Maranda Ann VandenBroek Dziekonski
Maranda Ann Dziekonski
VP Customer Success at Swiftly
Jim Eberlin
Jim Eberlin
Founder and CEO at TopOPPS
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Andreas Heckmann
Executive VP Product Engineering, Head of Customer Solution Support & Innovation at SAP