About Appen

Meet Our Leadership Team

Management Team


Mark Brayan
CEO
Mark 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 Honors from the University of NSW.

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Mark Brayan
CEO
Mark 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 Honors from the University of NSW.

Kevin Levine
CFO
Kevin Levine joined Appen in January 2016 as CFO and is responsible for the financial operations and IT 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.

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Kevin Levine
CFO
Kevin Levine joined Appen in January 2016 as CFO and is responsible for the financial operations and IT 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.

Johan Wikman
CTO
Johan joined Appen in October 2012 as CTO, and is responsible for building innovative tools that help Appen capture and enrich a wide variety of data types. 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.
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Johan Wikman
CTO
Johan joined Appen in October 2012 as CTO, and is responsible for building innovative tools that help Appen capture and enrich a wide variety of data types. 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.

Daren Jackson
SVP, Leapforce at Appen
Daren Jackson is Senior Vice President of Leapforce at Appen. Daren brings to Appen a strong background of experience in data annotation and relevance testing for machine learning and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Appen in December of 2017, Daren was the founder and CEO of Leapforce, growing the business to $58M USD in revenue before being acquired by Appen in 2017. Previously, Daren provided leadership to the Human Search Evaluation team at Google, where he drove international expansion of relevance testing for the core search engine team. Prior to Google, Daren worked in leadership positions at Oracle, PeopleSoft and Science Applications International Corporation.
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Daren Jackson
SVP, Leapforce at Appen
Daren Jackson is Senior Vice President of Leapforce at Appen. Daren brings to Appen a strong background of experience in data annotation and relevance testing for machine learning and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Appen in December of 2017, Daren was the founder and CEO of Leapforce, growing the business to $58M USD in revenue before being acquired by Appen in 2017. Previously, Daren provided leadership to the Human Search Evaluation team at Google, where he drove international expansion of relevance testing for the core search engine team. Prior to Google, Daren worked in leadership positions at Oracle, PeopleSoft and Science Applications International Corporation.

Kerri Reynolds
SVP, HR and Crowdsourcing
Kerri Reynolds joined Appen in March 2017 as SVP of Human Resources and Crowdsourcing. With over 20 years of experience in global talent acquisition and across several human resource functions, she is responsible for the attracting and building of our global crowd of professionals and the Human Resources function for the company.Before joining Appen, Kerri was the Senior Director of Staffing Strategy at Microsoft where she developed and implemented global talent acquisition strategies for the 50,000+ person Sales, Marketing & Services Groups (SMSG). Prior to that Kerri spent her career with MasterCard Worldwide, The Gap and Citibank.

Kerri has an MBA in Finance and International Business from Iona College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Fairfield University.

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Kerri Reynolds
SVP, HR and Crowdsourcing
Kerri Reynolds joined Appen in March 2017 as SVP of Human Resources and Crowdsourcing. With over 20 years of experience in global talent acquisition and across several human resource functions, she is responsible for the attracting and building of our global crowd of professionals and the Human Resources function for the company.Before joining Appen, Kerri was the Senior Director of Staffing Strategy at Microsoft where she developed and implemented global talent acquisition strategies for the 50,000+ person Sales, Marketing & Services Groups (SMSG). Prior to that Kerri spent her career with MasterCard Worldwide, The Gap and Citibank.

Kerri has an MBA in Finance and International Business from Iona College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Fairfield University.

Tom Sharkey
SVP, Content Relevance
Tom Sharkey joined Appen in July 2018 as SVP of the Content Relevance division, providing high-quality, structured data for artificial intelligence and machine learning-based search and social media platforms at scale. Tom has over twenty-five years’ experience in Technology Services and Outsourcing, with extensive knowledge in sales and account management, technology service capabilities expansion, and industrialized, efficient delivery models.

Before joining Appen, Tom was SVP at Arvato, providing a range of large-scale services for a global technology leader with foundations in delivery excellence and automation. He also was a Managing Director at Accenture for over nine years supporting a wide-ranging portfolio of fortune 500 companies in Technology Services, Outsourcing and M&As across all industries.

Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering Technology from Arizona State University and an Associate of Science in Aviation Technology where he made the National Dean’s List and was a Scholastic All American.

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Tom Sharkey
SVP, Content Relevance
Tom Sharkey joined Appen in July 2018 as SVP of the Content Relevance division, providing high-quality, structured data for artificial intelligence and machine learning-based search and social media platforms at scale. Tom has over twenty-five years’ experience in Technology Services and Outsourcing, with extensive knowledge in sales and account management, technology service capabilities expansion, and industrialized, efficient delivery models.

Before joining Appen, Tom was SVP at Arvato, providing a range of large-scale services for a global technology leader with foundations in delivery excellence and automation. He also was a Managing Director at Accenture for over nine years supporting a wide-ranging portfolio of fortune 500 companies in Technology Services, Outsourcing and M&As across all industries.

Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering Technology from Arizona State University and an Associate of Science in Aviation Technology where he made the National Dean’s List and was a Scholastic All American.

 
 
 

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