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.

Pablo Grodnitzky
SVP & GM, Language Resources
Pablo Grodnitzky joined Appen in April 2018 as SVP & GM of the Language Resources division. He is responsible for driving growth and increasing operational efficiencies in Appen’s established businesses related to voice and speech technologies which have expanded to include Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology and services. He has over 25 years of Revenue, Field Operations and Go To Market leadership experience in North American and International roles. Most recently, he led the Telecom, Media & Entertainment, Energy & Utilities vertical for Cloud software at IBM. Prior to that Pablo spent his career at Nuance Communications, in two stints including one as an early start-up, gained 14 years of other start-up experience and also had leadership roles at Intel.

Pablo has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors in Science degree from Cornell University.

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Pablo Grodnitzky
SVP & GM, Language Resources
Pablo Grodnitzky joined Appen in April 2018 as SVP & GM of the Language Resources division. He is responsible for driving growth and increasing operational efficiencies in Appen’s established businesses related to voice and speech technologies which have expanded to include Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology and services. He has over 25 years of Revenue, Field Operations and Go To Market leadership experience in North American and International roles. Most recently, he led the Telecom, Media & Entertainment, Energy & Utilities vertical for Cloud software at IBM. Prior to that Pablo spent his career at Nuance Communications, in two stints including one as an early start-up, gained 14 years of other start-up experience and also had leadership roles at Intel.

Pablo has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors in Science degree from Cornell University.

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.

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.

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