Confidence to Deploy World-class AI

Appen is the global leader in data for the AI Lifecycle.

With more than 25 years of experience in data sourcing, data annotation, and model evaluation, we enable organizations to launch the world’s most innovative artificial intelligence systems.

Our expertise includes a global crowd of more than 1 million skilled contractors who speak 235+ languages, in more than 70,000 locations in 170 countries, and the industry’s most advanced AI-assisted data annotation platform. Our products and services give leaders in technology, automotive, financial services, retail, healthcare, and government the confidence to launch world-class AI projects.

Founded in 1996, Appen has customers and offices globally.

Appen at a Glance

Diversity, experience, and unmatched capabilities—check out the top six reasons why we’re the global leader in data for the AI lifecycle.

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Diverse experience

working in 170+ COUNTRIES

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Expertise in

235+ LANGUAGES

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More than

1,125 EMPLOYEES located in nine offices around the globe

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Access to

a curated crowd of more than 1 MILLION contributors, worldwide

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Nearly

6 BILLION judgements made and 3 million images and videos collected

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Partnering with

leading global technology companies for more than 25 YEARS

Our Leadership

We’re a diverse and well-rounded group of innovators from all over the world, each with decades of experience in a variety of backgrounds—from tech solutions and software engineering to online travel and automotive retail. Our list of accomplishments covers everything from co-authoring a bestselling AI book to staffing one of the largest veterinary companies in the US. It’s our broad range of expertise and backgrounds that make us completely unique.

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.

Board of Directors

Richard Freudenstein

Non-Executive Chair

Richard Freudenstein is the Chair of Appen. He was appointed Chair in October 2021 and has been a non-executive director since August 2021. Richard is a director of Coles Group Limited, REA Group Ltd and Cricket Australia, and is a member of the Afiniti Advisory Board. Previously, he was Chairman of REA Group Ltd and a director of Ten Network Holdings Ltd, Foxtel and Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad. Richard has held the roles of Chief Executive Officer at Foxtel, News Digital Media and The Australian, and was Chief Operating Officer at British Sky Broadcasting. He is currently Deputy Chancellor and Fellow of the Senate at the University of Sydney.

Richard has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

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Richard Freudenstein

Non-Executive Chair

Richard Freudenstein is the Chair of Appen. He was appointed Chair in October 2021 and has been a non-executive director since August 2021. Richard is a director of Coles Group Limited, REA Group Ltd and Cricket Australia, and is a member of the Afiniti Advisory Board. Previously, he was Chairman of REA Group Ltd and a director of Ten Network Holdings Ltd, Foxtel and Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad. Richard has held the roles of Chief Executive Officer at Foxtel, News Digital Media and The Australian, and was Chief Operating Officer at British Sky Broadcasting. He is currently Deputy Chancellor and Fellow of the Senate at the University of Sydney.

Richard has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Mark Brayan

Managing Director

Mark joined Appen in July 2015 as CEO and is responsible for the company’s leadership, strategy, and culture. Mark has over 25 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.

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Mark Brayan

Managing Director

Mark joined Appen in July 2015 as CEO and is responsible for the company’s leadership, strategy, and culture. Mark has over 25 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 Hasker

Non-Executive Director

Steve Hasker has been a non-executive Director of Appen since April 2015. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Reuters, a global company providing its customers with critical news, information and technology, effective March 15, 2020.

Previously, Steve served as senior advisor to TPG Capital, a private equity firm, chief executive officer of CAA Global, a TPG Capital portfolio company, and global president and chief operating officer of Nielsen, an information, data and measurement firm. He spent more than a decade with McKinsey as a partner in the global media, information and technology practice.

Before joining McKinsey, Steve worked in several financial roles in the United States, Russia and Australia. He started his career with PwC, where he qualified as a chartered accountant.

Steve is a non-executive director of Appen Limited and a member of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He received an MBA and master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

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Steve Hasker

Non-Executive Director

Steve Hasker has been a non-executive Director of Appen since April 2015. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Reuters, a global company providing its customers with critical news, information and technology, effective March 15, 2020.

Previously, Steve served as senior advisor to TPG Capital, a private equity firm, chief executive officer of CAA Global, a TPG Capital portfolio company, and global president and chief operating officer of Nielsen, an information, data and measurement firm. He spent more than a decade with McKinsey as a partner in the global media, information and technology practice.

Before joining McKinsey, Steve worked in several financial roles in the United States, Russia and Australia. He started his career with PwC, where he qualified as a chartered accountant.

Steve is a non-executive director of Appen Limited and a member of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He received an MBA and master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

Robin Low

Non-Executive Director

Robin Low has been a non-executive director of Appen since 30 October 2014. Her other directorships include AUB Group Limited (AUB), CSG Limited (CSV), IPH Limited (IPH), Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation, and she is the deputy chairman of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. Previously Robin had a 28 year career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she was a partner specializing in assurance and risk, mainly in financial services. Robin is also involved with not-for-profit organizations and serves on the boards of Public Education Foundation and Primary Ethics.

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

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Robin Low

Non-Executive Director

Robin Low has been a non-executive director of Appen since 30 October 2014. Her other directorships include AUB Group Limited (AUB), CSG Limited (CSV), IPH Limited (IPH), Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation, and she is the deputy chairman of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. Previously Robin had a 28 year career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she was a partner specializing in assurance and risk, mainly in financial services. Robin is also involved with not-for-profit organizations and serves on the boards of Public Education Foundation and Primary Ethics.

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

Stuart Davis

Non-Executive Director

Stuart has over 30 years’ experience as an international banker with the HSBC Group including roles in Hong Kong, New York, Taiwan, India and Australia.

Most recently he was CEO of India for the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (2009-2012), CEO and Executive Director for HSBC Bank Australia Limited (2002-2009) and CEO HSBC Taiwan (1999-2002).

He was a member of the Australian Bankers Association from 2002 to 2009 and Deputy Chairman from 2006 to 2009.

Stuart holds a LLB from Adelaide University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Stuart Davis

Non-Executive Director

Stuart has over 30 years’ experience as an international banker with the HSBC Group including roles in Hong Kong, New York, Taiwan, India and Australia.

Most recently he was CEO of India for the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (2009-2012), CEO and Executive Director for HSBC Bank Australia Limited (2002-2009) and CEO HSBC Taiwan (1999-2002).

He was a member of the Australian Bankers Association from 2002 to 2009 and Deputy Chairman from 2006 to 2009.

Stuart holds a LLB from Adelaide University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Vanessa Liu

Non-Executive Director

Vanessa was most recently the Vice President of SAP.iO, the early stage venture arm of SAP which invests in and accelerates startups in enterprise technology. She oversaw SAP.iO’s North American Foundries.

Before SAP, Vanessa was the Chief Operating Officer at Trigger Media Group, a digital media incubator. In her role, she co-founded, incubated and oversaw business operations and strategic initiatives of Trigger’s portfolio companies: InsideHook and Fevo.

Previously, Vanessa was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company’s Media and Entertainment Practice, based in Amsterdam, London and New York. She was responsible for serving clients in a variety of media and high-tech sectors on issues of digital strategy, emerging market strategy, growth and innovation.

Vanessa graduated magna cum laude highest honors with an AB in psychology from Harvard University and cum laude with a JD from Harvard Law School. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. She serves as President of the Harvard Alumni Association.

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Vanessa Liu

Non-Executive Director

Vanessa was most recently the Vice President of SAP.iO, the early stage venture arm of SAP which invests in and accelerates startups in enterprise technology. She oversaw SAP.iO’s North American Foundries.

Before SAP, Vanessa was the Chief Operating Officer at Trigger Media Group, a digital media incubator. In her role, she co-founded, incubated and oversaw business operations and strategic initiatives of Trigger’s portfolio companies: InsideHook and Fevo.

Previously, Vanessa was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company’s Media and Entertainment Practice, based in Amsterdam, London and New York. She was responsible for serving clients in a variety of media and high-tech sectors on issues of digital strategy, emerging market strategy, growth and innovation.

Vanessa graduated magna cum laude highest honors with an AB in psychology from Harvard University and cum laude with a JD from Harvard Law School. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. She serves as President of the Harvard Alumni Association.

Lynn Mickleburgh

Non-Executive Director

Lynn joins the Appen Board bringing experience as an ASX non-executive Director, a technology and SAAS company Board Advisor and experience gained as a transformational leader of both Fortune 500 companies and high growth SAAS companies.

Lynn is currently a non-executive Director of ASX listed Altium Limited (ASX: ALU), where she Chairs the HR Committee and serves on the Audit and Risk Committee. Previously Lynn was Head of Business Optimisation at Atlassian Inc, VP Finance at Citrix Systems and held various global and operational roles at Adobe Systems and Apple Computer.

Lynn has many years of experience in digital transformation and brings valuable skills to the Appen Board in building agile, scalable business platforms for operational efficiency, introducing new GTM and cloud-based business models. She is also well versed in finance and accounting, corporate planning and reporting, data governance and M&A Integrations.

Lynn holds a BSc (with Honors) in Mathematics from the University of Southampton in the UK and an MBA in Business Management from St. Edwards University in the US.

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Lynn Mickleburgh

Non-Executive Director

Lynn joins the Appen Board bringing experience as an ASX non-executive Director, a technology and SAAS company Board Advisor and experience gained as a transformational leader of both Fortune 500 companies and high growth SAAS companies.

Lynn is currently a non-executive Director of ASX listed Altium Limited (ASX: ALU), where she Chairs the HR Committee and serves on the Audit and Risk Committee. Previously Lynn was Head of Business Optimisation at Atlassian Inc, VP Finance at Citrix Systems and held various global and operational roles at Adobe Systems and Apple Computer.

Lynn has many years of experience in digital transformation and brings valuable skills to the Appen Board in building agile, scalable business platforms for operational efficiency, introducing new GTM and cloud-based business models. She is also well versed in finance and accounting, corporate planning and reporting, data governance and M&A Integrations.

Lynn holds a BSc (with Honors) in Mathematics from the University of Southampton in the UK and an MBA in Business Management from St. Edwards University in the US.

Global Coverage

Providing excellent customer services from nine offices and various locations around the world.

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Giving Back

We believe in giving back to our community by supporting numerous international nonprofits.

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Appen Around the Globe: Fall 2019 Conference Rundown

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