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Kirk Krappe

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Apttus

Kirk Krappe is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Apttus. He is a visionary entrepreneur, innovator, technologist, author, and frequent speaker.

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Kirk Krappe is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Apttus. He is a visionary entrepreneur, innovator, technologist, author, and frequent speaker.

Kirk has been involved in developing and delivering the first instances of online enterprise applications. Along the way, his experience marketing and selling enterprise software led him to a massive untapped market opportunity. In 2006, Kirk started Apttus to create the advent of what he coins the “middle office.” In this space he created a platform that eliminates the disjointed, inefficient nature of enterprises’ most important business processes – revenue generation and management of commercial relationships. Under his leadership, Apttus has evolved the Middle Office space by automating, synergizing, and applying artificial intelligence across the entire Quote-to- Cash spectrum. Kirk and Apttus’ efforts have created a market
opportunity that, according to industry analysts, eclipses respective front-office CRM and back- office ERP marketplaces by billions of dollars.

Kirk has received many awards and recognition for a variety of achievements. These include technology innovation for hybrid cloud models and applied artificial intelligence to corporate success involving business growth and industry leadership. Kirk has filed 13 patents. He has been a finalist for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He has been recognized by Forbes, Deloitte, Red Herring, Silicon Valley Business Journal, CODiE, and Stevie Awards programs. He and Apttus are regularly featured on watchlists including Silicon Review’s 50 Most Innovative Companies and CNBC’s Disruptor 50. Kirk also wrote an Amazon Bestseller, Intelligent Quote to Cash.

Prior to Apttus, Kirk was Executive Vice President of Worldwide Markets at iMANY. He was CEO of Nextance. Kirk was also Senior Vice President at Corio through its IPO where he pioneered the original concept of Application Service Providers before it became mainstream. Earlier in his career he was Vice President of Solutions Marketing at Oracle and Vice President of Industry Solutions at Siebel Systems. He has an electrical and mechanical engineering degree from the University of London and a MBA from INSEAD, the world’s No.1-rated business school. When he is not innovating or evolving the Middle Office space, Kirk can be found pulling oars through nearby waterways via his lifelong passion of rowing.

SIR Richard Branson

Guest of Honor
Virgin Group

Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment, and health and wellness. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands.

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Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment, and health and wellness. Virgin is a leading international investment group and one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands.

Since starting youth culture magazine, Student, at age 16, Richard has found entrepreneurial ways to drive positive change in the world. In 2004 Richard established Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, which unites people and entrepreneurial ideas to create opportunities for a better world.

Most of Richard’s time is now spent building businesses that will make a positive difference in the world and working with Virgin Unite and organisations it has incubated, such as The Elders, The Carbon War Room, The B Team, and Ocean Unite. He also serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and supports ocean conservation with the Ocean Elders.

Garlan Adams

VP, General Counsel
Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Michael Adsitt

Vice President
Duff & Phelps

Ben Allen

Chief Marketing Officer
Apttus

Michelle Asselin

Director,
Deal and Contract Management
Rogers Communications

Stephanie Bailey

Enterprise Customer Success Manager
Apttus

Rajeev Bansal

Product Director,
Order Management
Apttus

Tom Banton

Global VP,
Sales Engineering & Transformation
Apttus

Andrew Bartels

VP, Senior Analyst Serving CIO Professionals
Forrester Research

Sharath Beedu

Sr. Director, Vertical Markets
Apttus

Greg Bennett

Manager of Legal Operations
Gilead

Deepak Bhasin

VP, Product Management
Apttus

Tisha Bocian

Enterprise Customer Success Manager
Apttus

Jack Borland

Sales Operations Manager
Wolters Kluwer

Todd Browning

VP and GM, E-Commerce
Apttus

Mauro Caputi

Partner
Mainspring Consulting Group

Eric Carrasquilla

SVP, Product Management
Apttus

Mike Carrell

Director Product Marketing, Revenue Lifecycle Management & Incentives, Apttus

Stefanie Causey

Senior Director, IS Solutions Delivery
Aspect Software

Kevin Chartrand

Application Programmer,
Business Systems Analyst
IBM

Amjad Chaudhry

CPQ Product Owner
Boral Limited

Edward Chick

Vice President, Contract Lifecycle Management
Apttus

Linda Chuan

VP, Global Technology Sourcing
Thomson Reuters

Wendy Close

VP, Product Marketing
Apttus

Lori Clouse

Enterprise IT Solutionist
Honeywell

John Coppedge

Technical Instructor
Apttus University

Joe Coppola

Managing Director
Deloitte

Robert Couch

VP, Contract Management Advisory Services
Apttus

Adina Crossley

VP, Customer Advocacy
Apttus

Janos Csonger

Head of Legal Systems
Open Society Foundation

Andrew Dailey

Managing Director
MGI Research

Doug Denson

Director of Tools & Technology
Covance

Charlene Dickey

VP, Business Solutions, CLM and Supplier Relationship Management
Apttus

Sharath Dorbala

VP of Product Management, Purchase Experience
Apttus

Donald Dy

Quote-to-Cash Expert

Craig Eiter

VP, Sales Enablement
Thomson Reuters

Tyler Fedun

Manager, IT Applications
Energy Transfer Partners

Daniel Feichas

Customer Support Engineer
Embraer

Franco Finn

Golden State Warriors Hype Man & Accelerate Emcee

Marc Flaum

Director, Business Transformation
Apttus

Jan Frostvinge

Director of IT
Alo AB

Brian Galicia

Worldwide Sales Leader, Sales Automation and LinkedIn
Microsoft

Robert Garcia

Business Transformation Manager
Apttus

Assaf Gat

GM for Max
Apttus

Neehar Giri

Founder, Chief Solutions Officer
Apttus

Michael Glaros

Senior Program Manager, Azure Blockchain-as-a-Service
Microsoft

Brian Goldberg

Customer Success Manager
Apttus

Jonathan Grimm

Sr. Principal Sales Engineer
Apttus

Brian Grogan

Director, Business Development
Siemens

Lauryn Haake

Managing Director
HBR Consulting

Rita Hartman

Sr. Pricing Analyst
Superion

Wim Haverhals

Sr. Director,
Industry Solutions Architect
Apttus

Cory Haynes

Vertical Markets Director,
Financial Services
Apttus

Scott Heide

CEO
Engineering Intent

Kelly Henry

VP, Supply Chain
Energy Transfer Partners

Andy Hoar

CEO
Paradigm B2B

Dan Hopkins

VP, Innovation
Apttus

Rosemarie Howard

Global Head, Applications and Knowledge Management
Open Society Foundation

Brandy Ichishita

Senior Manager,
Americas Deal Desk
Adobe

Donna Johnson

Senior Manager
Sales Engineering
Apttus

Lisa Keim

Sr. Salesforce Admin
WageWorks

Guillermo Kopp

Worldwide Financial Services Industry Director
Microsoft

James Krappe

Managing Director
ReallySocial.media

Stephen Kretchman

VP, Business Transformation
Apttus

Naveen Kumar

Regional VP, Technology
Apttus

Praniti Lakhwara

SVP, IT
Apttus

Joseph Le

Contracts Manager
Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Bob Lord

Chief Digital Officer
IBM

Mark Lutostansky

Principal
Deloitte

Erin Long

Enterprise Contract Manager
Nike

Kevin Louie

Senior Manager, Sales Operations
Twilio

Julia Love

Sr. Director,
Global Contract Management
Covance

Alan MacColl

Enterprise Architecture
Honeywell

Alan Manuel

GM, Apttus Intelligent Cloud Platform
Apttus

Gustavo Marcon

Service and Solutions Engineer
Embraer

Sunil Masand

VP & HLS Industry Lead
Apttus

Nick McCoy

AVP, Sales Engineering
Apttus

Jesal Mehta

GM, Contract Lifecycle Management
Apttus

Christopher Moyle

Senior Architect Digital Commerce
Apttus

Protik Mukhopadhyay

Managing Partner
Standav Digital

Joshua Myers

VP of Engineering
Jensen Precast

Jeff Nichols

Director, Salesforce Architecture and Delivery
Iron Mountain

Satish Padala

Director, Product Management
Apttus

Laura Parker

Senior Director,
Business Transformation
Apttus

Kent Perkocha

Chief Customer Officer
Apttus

Molly Perry

VP and Chief Operating Officer, Office of the General Counsel
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

Michael Pisias

Director of Operations and Technology Solutions
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

NJ Potter

Customer Success Manager
Apttus

Jason Pritchard

Director
KAP Consulting

Bruce Randall

Co-Founder
Spring Studio

Gop Rao

SVP Strategy
MindTickle

Charmel Rhyne

Sr. Principal Sales Engineer
Apttus

Barbara Rogan

VP & Associate General Counsel
Cadence Design Systems

Ylani Roth

Curriculum Deployment Manager
Apttus University

Katy Rudd

Director Business Transformation
Apttus

Jason Runnels

CPQ Initiatives Director
Apttus

Jeff Santelices

Chief Delivery Officer
Apttus

Brion Schweers

GM of CPQ
Apttus

Philip Sclafani

Director
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jérôme Selva

VP, XaaS Acceleration
IBM

Pranav Shah

Director, Advanced Solutions
Apttus

Sanjay Shamdasani

Co-Founder
Spring Studio

Lin Shearer

Director of Product Marketing,
E-Commerce
Apttus

Marilee Silveria

Sr. Program Manager,
Legal Operations
Snap, Inc.

Carmen Simon

Cognitive Neuroscientist
Memzy

Frank Sohn

President
Novus CPQ

Raj Srinivasan

Director, Sales Business Applications
Zscaler

Michael Stevens

Managing Director
Duff & Phelps

Rick Stevenson

Salesforce Admin
Alignment Health Plan

Farkhanda Stewart

Customer First Director
Apttus

Chris Stuart

AVP Sales Engineering
Apttus

Inhi Suh

GM, Watson Customer Engagement
IBM

Hassan Syed

Senior Director
Salesforce Consulting
Appirio

Dennis Tran

Sr. Sales Engineer
Apttus

Lily Varon

Analyst
Forrester Research

Lokesh Verma

VP, Product Management
Apttus

Raj  Verma

Chief Operating Officer
Apttus

Kinjal Vora

Sr. Sales Engineer
Apttus

Susan Wolski

Senior Director, Medical and GPO Contracting Center of Excellence
Cardinal Health

Robert Xu

Enterprise Applications Solutions Manager, Technology and Mobility
Varian Medical Systems

Elliott Yama

AVP, Artificial Intelligence
Apttus

John Yankowski

Senior Director,
Digital Channel Partner Ecosystem
Nokia

Stephanie Goddard

Systems Advisory Analyst
IBM

Jane Krecicki

Enterprise Integrations Program Management
FIS Global

Jason Leehan

Manager, Contract Management Office
Microsoft

Kevin McBride

Director, WW,
Sales Data Management
HP Inc

Francis Ruffy

Director
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Terry Lyons Smith

Manager Analytics and Cognitive Intelligence
IBM

Uday Srinivasareddy

Principal
Deloitte Consulting

Shail Tulugu

Global IT Director
Abbott