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.

Wilson Pang
CTO
Wilson joined Appen in November 2018 as CTO and is responsible for the company’s products and technology. Wilson has over seventeen years’ experience in software engineering and data science. Prior to joining Appen, Wilson was Chief Data Officer of CTrip in China, the second largest online travel agency company in the world where he led data engineers, analysts, data product managers and scientists to improve user experience and increase operational efficiency that grew the business. Before that, he was senior director of engineering in eBay in California and provided leadership to various domains including data service and solutions, search science, marketing technology and billing systems. He worked as an architect at IBM prior to eBay, building technology solutions for various clients.

Wilson obtained his Masters and Bachelor’s degrees of Electric Engineering from Zhejiang University in China.

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Wilson Pang
CTO
Wilson joined Appen in November 2018 as CTO and is responsible for the company’s products and technology. Wilson has over seventeen years’ experience in software engineering and data science. Prior to joining Appen, Wilson was Chief Data Officer of CTrip in China, the second largest online travel agency company in the world where he led data engineers, analysts, data product managers and scientists to improve user experience and increase operational efficiency that grew the business. Before that, he was senior director of engineering in eBay in California and provided leadership to various domains including data service and solutions, search science, marketing technology and billing systems. He worked as an architect at IBM prior to eBay, building technology solutions for various clients.

Wilson obtained his Masters and Bachelor’s degrees of Electric Engineering from Zhejiang University in China.

Becky Scott
COO, Figure Eight at Appen
Becky Scott is COO of Figure Eight at Appen. Becky brings to Appen over 25 years of executive, operational and financial leadership experience in Silicon Valley technology companies. She is responsible for Figure Eight’s operations and results.

Prior to Figure Eight, Becky was the COO and CFO of Pearl Law Group, a San Francisco based immigration law firm. She has held executive leadership roles at BabyCenter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, Navigenics, and various other Bay Area technology companies. Prior to her leadership roles, she worked at Lehman Brothers in its San Francisco technology investment banking group, and at Arthur Andersen.

Becky holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston University.

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Becky Scott
COO, Figure Eight at Appen
Becky Scott is COO of Figure Eight at Appen. Becky brings to Appen over 25 years of executive, operational and financial leadership experience in Silicon Valley technology companies. She is responsible for Figure Eight’s operations and results.

Prior to Figure Eight, Becky was the COO and CFO of Pearl Law Group, a San Francisco based immigration law firm. She has held executive leadership roles at BabyCenter, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, Navigenics, and various other Bay Area technology companies. Prior to her leadership roles, she worked at Lehman Brothers in its San Francisco technology investment banking group, and at Arthur Andersen.

Becky holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston University.

Daren Jackson
SVP, Innovation
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, Innovation
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.

Jon Kondo
SVP, Sales and Marketing
Jon Kondo brings over 30 years of sales and marketing experience to Appen from global big data companies and SaaS-based start-ups, as well as a strong track record of revenue growth. As Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, his responsibilities include leading Appen’s global sales and marketing teams and ensuring strong alignment to deliver continued customer value and revenue performance. Jon brings an extensive background in data, technology, and customer-focused leadership to Appen.

Before Appen, Jon was co-founder and CEO of OpsPanda, a leading application for sales resource management that was acquired by Xactly. Jon’s additional leadership roles include Chief Revenue Officer at Replicon and CEO of Host Analytics which posted record-breaking customer growth every year. Before Host Analytics, Jon was Group Vice President at Oracle and SVP & GM, Americas at Hyperion.

Jon received his BA at UC Santa Barbara as well as his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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Jon Kondo
SVP, Sales and Marketing
Jon Kondo brings over 30 years of sales and marketing experience to Appen from global big data companies and SaaS-based start-ups, as well as a strong track record of revenue growth. As Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, his responsibilities include leading Appen’s global sales and marketing teams and ensuring strong alignment to deliver continued customer value and revenue performance. Jon brings an extensive background in data, technology, and customer-focused leadership to Appen.

Before Appen, Jon was co-founder and CEO of OpsPanda, a leading application for sales resource management that was acquired by Xactly. Jon’s additional leadership roles include Chief Revenue Officer at Replicon and CEO of Host Analytics which posted record-breaking customer growth every year. Before Host Analytics, Jon was Group Vice President at Oracle and SVP & GM, Americas at Hyperion.

Jon received his BA at UC Santa Barbara as well as his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Kerri Reynolds
SVP, Crowd Sourcing Operations & HR
Kerri Reynolds joined Appen in March 2017 as SVP of Crowd Sourcing Operations & HR. 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, Crowd Sourcing Operations & HR
Kerri Reynolds joined Appen in March 2017 as SVP of Crowd Sourcing Operations & HR. 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.

Roc Tian
SVP, China
Roc Tian comes to Appen with over 20 years of sales, consulting and management experience from Fortune 100 companies. As Senior Vice President of China, Roc is responsible for Appen’s business strategy, sales, marketing, delivery, operations and government relationships in the China region to ensure continued growth and high client satisfaction. Roc brings a wealth of sales, consulting, delivery and management experience to Appen, with a track record of success in scaling technology organizations.

Most recently, Roc was senior partner of IBM GBS where he led the client services, public sector, and enterprise application service lines across the mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan markets with remarkable business performance and achievements. Before that, Roc was also a core leader responsible for the growth of IBM’s global delivery center in China from 4,000 to over 10,000 people. Before IBM, Roc was a business quality director for HP’s global delivery center in China and a key leader responsible for helping HP grow from a start-up to over 3,000 people across China. Roc was also the founder and CTO of a technology startup that grew to over 100 people.

Roc received his Master of Computer Applications and his PhD of Computer Software from Shanghai Jiao University.

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Roc Tian
SVP, China
Roc Tian comes to Appen with over 20 years of sales, consulting and management experience from Fortune 100 companies. As Senior Vice President of China, Roc is responsible for Appen’s business strategy, sales, marketing, delivery, operations and government relationships in the China region to ensure continued growth and high client satisfaction. Roc brings a wealth of sales, consulting, delivery and management experience to Appen, with a track record of success in scaling technology organizations.

Most recently, Roc was senior partner of IBM GBS where he led the client services, public sector, and enterprise application service lines across the mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan markets with remarkable business performance and achievements. Before that, Roc was also a core leader responsible for the growth of IBM’s global delivery center in China from 4,000 to over 10,000 people. Before IBM, Roc was a business quality director for HP’s global delivery center in China and a key leader responsible for helping HP grow from a start-up to over 3,000 people across China. Roc was also the founder and CTO of a technology startup that grew to over 100 people.

Roc received his Master of Computer Applications and his PhD of Computer Software from Shanghai Jiao University.

Tom Sharkey
SVP, Client Services
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, Client Services
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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