Founder, President & CEO
Diaz Nesamoney is an accomplished technology entrepreneur who founded three successful technology companies, all harnessing the power of data to power enterprise and consumer applications.
Currently Diaz is Founder, President, and CEO of Jivox, a company that provides a technology platform for data-driven personalized advertising and marketing. He was previously Co-founder, President, and Chief Operating Officer at Informatica (NASDAQ:INFA), which he took from a startup to a publicly traded company in 1999. Informatica pioneered data integration software as a category and is now the market leader with more than $1 billion in revenue and a $5 billion market capitalization.
Before founding Jivox, he founded Celequest and served as its CEO until early 2007, when the company was acquired by Cognos/IBM. Celequest introduced the market’s first business intelligence and analytics appliance, a disruptive innovation that led to its acquisition.
Diaz holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India and is the holder of seven technology patents. Diaz is also the author of the first book on using data and technology to personalize digital advertising.
Chief Customer Officer
Naren Nachiappan, as Jivox’s Chief Customer officer, leads a global organization in customer acquisition and retention. As CCO, he is also devoted to the pursuit of our customers’ success, by developing and owning key operational metrics, including customer satisfaction, retention and profitability.
Naren comes to Jivox from Wind River (NASDAQ:WIND), where as Vice President and General Manager, he was a part of the executive team responsible for reigniting growth and adding over $100 million to the top line in three years. Naren was directly responsible for taking the Device Management business from a concept to a multimillion-dollar revenue rate in under 9 quarters.
Earlier in his career, as CEO of Proceler and as Senior VP at VenturCom (acquired by Citrix), he was responsible for pioneering several industry innovations such as ‘the first support for automated application acceleration using hybrid SoCs’ which resulted in Proceler’s nomination for the 2001 MPR Analysts choice award, and the first flight-essential certified UNIX for avionics applications on the Boeing 777.
Naren graduated cum laude from Harvard University and holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Senior Vice President, Product & Engineering
Shankar Venkataraman is a distinguished technology leader and a pioneer in the streaming data and analytics, big data, and machine learning space. As SVP, he will lead the future vision for Jivox’s AI-based programmatic creative platform, harnessing the growing capabilities of machine learning as it achieves greater outcomes for today’s brand marketers. He will also collaborate with agencies and brands on how to efficiently expand their reach to target audiences.
Shankar brings to Jivox three decades of experience in the design and management of data platforms, applications, and analytics from both large-scale public companies and high-growth private enterprises. Most recently, he was the CTO of Everstring, where he led the team to scale the predictive marketing solution. Prior to that, he was Chief Scientist at Marketo, where he used real time processing, personalization and machine learning to drive innovation for the Marketo Engagement Hub. Before Marketo, Shankar was the CTO of the IBM Analytics platform, where he led IBM’s initiatives in Hadoop, Spark, and large-scale analytics. Prior to IBM, he had helped to build a real-time streaming product with Diaz Nesamoney, the then CEO at Celequest, which was acquired by Cognos in 2006. Shankar has also held engineering leadership positions at Epiphany, Outride, Remedy Corporation, Yodlee, and Informix.
Shankar holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli in Tamil Nadu, India.
Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships
A part of Jivox since its inception in 2008, Jaimie Villacarlos has been integral in growing the business—working with teams cross-functionally to anticipate and exceed customer needs. Jaimie was on the marketing team during the early stages of the company, creating interactive ad campaigns and working with the engineering team to define product requirements. She then set up the Jivox global Client Services group and streamlined responsibilities and processes as the company expanded to include full-service offerings.
In her current role as Vice President of Global Partnerships, Jaimie continues to extend the Jivox IQ Platform by building new partnerships and managing partner integration efforts. Prior to Jivox, Jaimie was part of the marketing team at Cognos.
Jaimie holds a BA in Product Design and Development from San Francisco State University.
Vice President, Customer Innovation & Marketing
Anna Luo is passionate about introducing cutting-edge technologies to enterprise customers – putting them on the path of increased competitiveness and accelerated growth. She has two decades of marketing experience, most of which she has spent driving cross-functional collaboration to scale startups and contributing to successful exits via IPO and acquisition.
Anna’s marketing leadership role in infrastructure and business intelligence included Sentilla (now Ericsson), provider of predictive and financial analysis for physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures; Coral8, a startup developing complex event processing platform that leveraged Project STREAM from Stanford University; TIBCO, a leader in event-driven platform and then 200-employee startup that went public in 1999. Her full-time and consulting role in other companies included Vidder (software defined security), Counterpane Internet Security (managed network security, now BT), and CTB/McGraw Hill, where she spearheaded an online ideation and networking program to improve customer experience and retention for a $35-million online assessment product.
Anna is an endurance athlete and has competed at the Long Course Triathlon and Aquabike National Championships and various regional races. Between her career and racing, she finds time to mentor young professionals and volunteers at the MIT Club of Northern California and MIT Global Entrepreneurship Network. Anna holds a Master of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. Anna is a member of Forbes Communications Council.
Chief Financial Officer
Leo Yen is responsible for directing the financial operations of Jivox, with a broad experience in international tax structuring and planning, fundraising, mergers & acquisitions, and regulatory and statutory law compliance. Leo has served as CFO for a publicly-traded U.S. company based in the Silicon Valley as well as interim and acting CFO for private companies and startups. Previously, he held senior positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young, where he directed the tax consulting accounts of emerging and established technology companies as well as finance, real estate and biotech clients.
A CPA in the state of California, Leo holds two bachelor’s degrees from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona where he majored in finance, accounting, real estate and law.
Jeff Taylor, Chief Architect at Jivox, provides technical oversight for all the product and engineering initiatives. He brings to Jivox a wealth of experience in creating large scale systems, especially in data and video processing. Jeff’s imprint can be seen across the Jivox personalization platform. He has also been instrumental in keeping a lean and mean cloud operation infrastructure that scales ad impressions in billions.
Prior to joining Jivox, Jeff was a software architect at Informatica, where he led multiple key product releases and held patents related to metadata and metadata deployment. In a similar role at Jaman, he built the cross-platform client application for purchasing and playing back DRM protected video content. Jeff started his career as a software engineer at IBM, with a focus on network security and UI design and implementation for EDA software
Jeff received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from California Polytechnic State University.
Vice President, People & Culture
Claudia is responsible for global HR and operations at Jivox. She takes pride in building a culture of engagement, attracting and developing the best talent and sustaining innovation. From the very early days and for the past 11 years at Jivox, Claudia has brought expertise in global diversity, talent acquisition, benefit administration and various human resource generalist functions. She is responsible for growing the HR organization, leading recruitment, retention and expanding its corporate culture across 5 offices globally.
Previously at Jivox, she was Director of Global HR & Operations, where she managed and built the overall business within HR and Finance from the ground up. Before Jivox, Claudia worked for Celequest from the very beginning where she was part of Jivox founder and CEO Diaz Nesamoney’s team and led and developed the growth of the company, culture and the empowerment of people leading to its acquisition by Cognos and subsequently IBM. Claudia serves on the Advisory Board for the Admin Awards, a program which publicly recognizes the invaluable contributions of administrative professionals to ensure no deserving administrative professional goes unrecognized for their efforts.