Leadership

Appen’s leadership team includes linguists and technologists who have research and applied linguistics credentials as well as real-world business experience in managing international programs and projects. Our leaders possess degrees and expertise in fields such as computational linguistics, phonetics and phonology, terminology, lexicography, corpus collection and linguistic testing, among others.

 

Meet Our Team

Mark Brayan
Mark BrayanChief Executive Officer
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Mark Brayan
Chief Executive Officer

Mark Brayan joined Appen in July 2015 as CEO and is responsible for the company’s leadership, strategy and culture. Mark has over twenty-five years experience in technology and services. Prior to joining Appen, Mark was CEO of MST Global, a provider of technology solutions to the resources sector. Before that he was the CEO of Integrated Research Limited (ASX:IRI), an international software company listed on the Australian Stock exchange. Mark was also COO of the HR outsourcing company Talent2 (ASX:TWO) and CEO of Concept Systems (ASX:CSI) before its merger with Talent2. Mark has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and Bachelor of Surveying with 1st Class Honours from the University of NSW

Kevin Levine
Kevin Levine Chief Financial Officer
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Kevin Levine
Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Levine joined Appen in January 2015 as CFO and is responsible for the financial operations of the Company. Kevin is a Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years’ experience in executive operations and financial roles, in listed and unlisted companies, with particular exposure to startup, high growth, and distressed companies in the services and technology sectors. Prior to joining Appen, Kevin was the CEO and CFO of Rubicor Group Limited (ASX:RUB), one of the largest networks of specialist recruitment businesses in Australasia. Before that Kevin was the CFO of Trade Wind Communications Limited, an Australian public technology company previously listed in Canada and the USA.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Witswatersrand, South Africa. Kevin was admitted as a Chartered Accountant in 1989 in South Africa and in 1995 in Australia.

Tammy Garves
Tammy GarvesSVP Content Relevance
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Tammy Garves
SVP Content Relevance

Tammy Garves has more than 20 years of management experience in both program and project management and human resources management, including writing and implementing HR processes, developing training programs, and building and deploying teams around the world. Before joining the firm, Tammy spent 6 years consulting in the IT industry, where she managed multiple high-profile technical projects for internationally known clients. She joined Appen in the spring of 2007 and now heads operations and program development for a worldwide team working on search technology. Tammy received her bachelor’s in liberal studies from the University of Washington.

Phil Hall
Phil HallSVP, Language Resources
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Phil Hall
SVP, Language Resources

Phil Hall heads Appen’s Sydney-based Language Resources Division. Phil has a strong background in international business development and linguistics. Since joining Appen in 2001, he has been at the forefront of the company’s evolution and growth at both a technical and an organizational level. Under Phil’s leadership, the Language Resources Division delivers large programs of work, with a focus on speech and language data, to some of the world’s leading commercial and government technology organizations. Phil has a 1st Class Honours degree in linguistics and in 1999 was awarded the Macquarie University medal for his research into the language of interrogation. Phil publishes in the area of forensic linguistics and has acted as a consultant forensic linguist for the New South Wales Police Service in extortion and stalking cases.

Tom White
Tom WhiteSVP, eCommerce Solutions
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Tom White
SVP, eCommerce Solutions

Tom White is an industry-recognized expert in search evaluation solutions and the collection of high-quality, human-generated data. Tom joined Appen in 2013 and currently leads the eCommerce division at Appen focused on enhancing on-site search for eCommerce retailers globally.

Tom honed his industry experience during his 23 years at Microsoft. He began his career in quality assurance of development tools, including Visual C++, and then transitioned to program management in the earliest versions of search and Office Online. He ultimately became principal program manager for Bing relevance measurement. Tom led the effort to bring large-scale, human-generated data collection to Microsoft, defining and implementing processes that produced verifiable, measurable quality, controlled costs, and ultimately led to significant improvements in Bing’s relevance. During that time Tom developed a passion for crowd sourcing, and under his leadership his team developed a versatile, customizable data-collection platform that is now used by more than 60 product teams within Microsoft. The platform supports a variety of crowd-sourcing applications ranging from very small studies to massive data-collection efforts.

Tom considers his reputation for collaboration and his contribution to the professional development of his direct reports among the most satisfying of his career accomplishments. Tom received his bachelor’s in computer science from Gonzaga University.

Johan Wikman
Johan WikmanChief Technology Officer
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Johan Wikman
Chief Technology Officer

After spending more than 10 years as a software engineer at Autodesk, Johan Wikman embarked on a series of successful entrepreneurial ventures. Taking on increasing responsibility at each company, Johan has built complete engineering teams from scratch and transformed existing teams into productive, agile development groups. Most recently, Johan was responsible for transforming and managing one of Zynga’s game development groups. Before Zynga, Johan served as Keibi’s VP of engineering, responsible for building a team that combined local and offshore (Chinese) resources and for managing Keibi’s large, multitenant, hosted solution.

Tammy Perkins
Tammy PerkinsSVP Crowdsourcing and HR
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Tammy Perkins
SVP Crowdsourcing and HR

Tammy Perkins joined in March of 2016 as our SVP of HR and Crowdsourcing. Tammy has over 20 years experience in Human Resources in high-tech start-up to large Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft and Amazon. Most recently, she was at Microsoft, where she led HR for global Customer Service and Support, Windows Marketing and Windows Phone, driving organizational change and culture transformation. Tammy also spent over 12 years at Amazon and held senior HR leadership roles for a variety of global organizations including e-Commerce Platform, Seller Services, Corporate Operations and Customer Service, partnering with senior leaders driving efforts focused on attracting and developing talent to scale the company’s rapid growth.

Tammy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communication from Ohio University. She is a certified Executive Coach and has been active with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) throughout her career, having served as state council president, regional advisory chair and receiving national SHRM recognitions for merit and HR leadership.

Board of Directors

Chris is the Non-Executive Chairman of Appen having formerly served as Appen CEO from 1999-2010. Prior to joining Appen, Chris served for 20 years in senior executive positions with the Australian telecommunications carrier Telstra Corporation Limited, playing a leading role in the development and deployment of innovative internet services, multimedia, and pay television. He is a former Chairman of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at The University of Sydney.

Chris holds degrees in science and engineering, with honours, from The University of Sydney and an MBA from Macquarie University. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2007.

Mark Brayan joined Appen in July 2015 as CEO and is responsible for the company’s leadership, strategy and culture. Mark has over twenty-five years experience in technology and services. Prior to joining Appen, Mark was CEO of MST Global, a provider of technology solutions to the resources sector. Before that he was the CEO of Integrated Research Limited (ASX:IRI), an international software company listed on the Australian Stock exchange. Mark was also COO of the HR outsourcing company Talent2 (ASX:TWO) and CEO of Concept Systems (ASX:CSI) before its merger with Talent2. Mark has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and Bachelor of Surveying with 1st Class Honours from the University of NSW
Steve is currently the Global President of Nielsen, overseeing Nielsen’s media business as well as its global product portfolio across the media and consumer sectors. Prior to joining Nielsen in 2009, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company’s Global Media, Entertainment and Information practice. Prior to McKinsey, Steve spent five years in several financial roles in the U.S., Russia and Australia.

Steve holds an economics degree from the University of Melbourne and has an MBA and a master’s in international affairs, both with honors, from Columbia University. He is also a non-creative director of Global Eagle Entertainment, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Robin Low has had a distinguished career specializing in assurance and risk predominately in the financial services sector. She rose to partner at Price water house Coopers over a 28-year career working with cross border teams within Asia-Pacific, including holding leadership positions in the region. Robin holds several other non-executive director roles, including roles as audit committee chairman of Austbrokers Limited, CSG Limited and IPH Limited. She is a member of the Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. Robin is also involved with not-for-profit organizations and serves on the boards of Public Education Foundation, Primary Ethics and Sydney Medical School Foundation.

Robin has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Bill is the CEO of the Australian Rugby Union having formerly served as Appen CEO from 2010-2012. Previously he was the President and CEO of NetRatings, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company (NTRT), specializing in Internet media and market research. Prior to this Bill held leadership roles at ACNielsen with eRatings.com, Pacific region and Australia.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a major in marketing, from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Jeremy Samuel is the founder and managing director of Anacacia Capital, a leading Australian private equity firm, and a major shareholder in Appen. Jeremy is responsible for the overall management of Anacacia, including fund raising and origination as well as assessing, and adding value to, investment opportunities.

Jeremy holds an MBA from the Yale University School of Management and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of New South Wales.

Deena has enjoyed a distinguished business career covering senior roles in the legal profession and in corporate positions. She was a partner in the leading law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques before joining Telstra Corporation where she rose to Group Managing Director. She holds several other non-executive director roles, including in Citadel Group Ltd, IPscape Ltd and Paloma Mobile.

Deena holds a degree in law from Cambridge University and a degree in economics from the London School of Economics, both with honours. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.