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Topia Leadership

Topia’s leadership team brings extensive experience building and scaling enterprise SaaS companies. With over 30 nationalities from six continents represented on our team, Topians reflect the global mindset and diversity we champion.

Shawn Farshchi

Chief Executive Officer

Shawn Farshchi is Chief Executive Officer at Topia, the leading Global Talent Mobility company. With more than 35 years of enterprise tech experience, Shawn has a proven track record for leading, driving and managing innovative, high-tech companies in highly dynamic environments.

Before joining Topia, Shawn co-founded Flype.ai, an innovative customer enablement solution. Prior to Flype, Shawn was President and CEO of Aryaka Networks, where he led the company to quadruple its revenue and customer base in less than 3 years to become one of the largest players in the SD-WAN space. Before joining Aryaka, Shawn was the President and CEO of Saba Software, where he guided Saba from its legacy as a pioneer and leader in learning management software to a key market player in the broader talent management space. During his 4 years at Saba, Shawn played a pivotal role in building out the Saba Cloud suite, a market-leading global customer base and a world-class team.

In his four years as chief operating officer at Coremetrics, Shawn re-engineered the company for accelerated growth with innovative AI-based technology, driving impressive company KPIs, which ultimately led to its acquisition by IBM. He’s also held key executive roles at WebEx Communications (acquired by Cisco), Oracle, BroadVision and DHL. Shawn holds five U.S. patents, along with a BS in Electrical Engineering from San Francisco State University and an MBA from Golden Gate University.

Steve Black

Chief Strategy Officer

Since co-founding Topia in 2011, Steve has been there to see the company grow from a small London-based startup to an award-winning Global Talent Mobility platform supporting organizations around the world. At Topia, Steve leads strategic initiatives leveraging deep industry and customer insight. An expatriate himself, Steve understands the challenges of moving abroad, and is dedicated to ensuring that everything we do at Topia is in the best interest of our customers.

Originally from the great state of Illinois, Steve has worked and lived across the US, Switzerland and New Zealand before planting his feet in London. Steve was previously an Associate Partner at Oliver Wyman, where he lead consulting engagements across North America and EMEA. His work spanned aviation, retail, insurance and energy, focusing on helping clients turn data into actionable insights and operational improvements. Representing his Midwestern roots, Steve holds a BsC in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Northwestern University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Bill Mastin

Chief Revenue Officer

Bill is the Chief Revenue Officer, responsible for global sales of Topia solutions and the teams that deliver services to Topia customers.

Prior to Topia, Bill was the EVP of Sales, Account Management and Alliances at PeopleFluent, a SaaS provider that global enterprises use for their talent acquisition, talent management, and learning platforms. Additionally, Bill has held several leadership positions over 20+ years in the talent & learning space that includes NetDimensions, Saba, and IBM Global Services.

Jacky Cohen

Chief People Officer

Jacky leads People and Culture, overseeing the employee experience and people operations from the moment a candidate applies and throughout their journey as a Topia employee. She brings experience leading teams and scaling People functions at both Lyft and Pandora to the Topia organization. Jacky is passionate about embedding the People function into the organization as a strategic partner and building a values-driven culture.

Anupam Singhal

Senior Vice President, Partnerships

Anupam is the Senior Vice President of Partnerships responsible for Topia’s key strategic relationships across its go-to-market and technology ecosystem. Anupam joined Topia upon its acquisition of Monaeo, an industry-leading, cloud-based, distributed workforce compliance management tech company that he co-founded and led for several years.

Over his nearly 20 years investing in and helping build world-class global technology companies, he has been both an active business traveler and an expat having worked in or traveled to over 30 countries. It was this experience that inspired him to start Monaeo.

Prior to founding Monaeo, Anupam was a Principal at Silver Lake Partners, the world’s largest tech-focused investment firm. He also worked at General Atlantic as a growth investor and in M&A at Morgan Stanley. Anupam holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and BS from Carnegie Mellon and London School of Economics.

Nishant Mittal

Senior Vice President & GM, Business Travel

Nishant is the SVP and GM of Topia’s Business Travel solution responsible for strategy and growth. Nishant joined Topia as part of its acquisition of Monaeo, a technology company he co-founded and led. Nishant brings extensive experience in Business Travel Analytics and extensive change management experience working with Fortune 500 companies during his tenure at McKinsey & Co. and General Atlantic.

Prior to founding Monaeo, Nishant was a Vice President at General Atlantic where he led the Financial Services sector in India and was subsequently a part of the U.S. technology team.

Before General Atlantic, he worked in McKinsey & Company’s New Jersey office advising Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Previously, Nishant held a variety of engineering and technical roles including at Mayo Clinic, where he developed algorithms for early detection of heart disease, and Lucent Technologies, where he helped develop a new IP product.

Nishant is a published author with publications in machine learning and image processing in leading peer-reviewed journals. Nishant has a BS in Computer Engineering, an MS in Biomedical Engineering, and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Elaine Foreman

General Counsel

Elaine Foreman is Topia’s first General Counsel. She is an experienced in house attorney focused on maximizing revenue opportunities and optimizing the business for future growth. Elaine brings nearly 20 years of experience in Fortune 100 enterprise level legal experience to Topia. She previously held legal roles at Autodesk, Cisco, and HP, and was also in private practice and worked for the US government. Elaine oversees all real estate, legal and compliance matters for the company.

Steve Giles

Vice President, Engineering

As Vice President, Engineering at Topia, Giles is responsible for engineering strategy, execution, QA, operations and security across the company’s engineering teams. Prior to joining Topia, Giles spent 10 years at OpenBet, where he was instrumental in building a platform that hosts 11 billion transactions per year with 0% downtime and 24% year-on-year growth. Giles taught himself how to code when he was seven years old, and has since taught himself multiple languages and won numerous IT awards in the U.K. Giles graduated with Honors in Computer Science from Cardiff University, where he won awards from the British Computer Society.

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