30+ nationalities from six continents: Our team reflects the global mindset and diversity we champion. It’s what helps us pursue the best solutions to the most complex global mobility challenges.
But despite our differences, there are several things we share. Our executive team and board members have an average of 15+ years of experience in their respective fields. And we’ve all personally dealt with the challenge of relocating. This only increases our empathy and enthusiasm for simplifying mobility management.
Shawn Farshchi is Chief Executive Officer at Topia, the leading global mobility management 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.
As CPO, Sten is leading all of our Product Management, Engineering, Design, and Research teams. He was previously the CEO of Teleport, a startup helping people move to their best place to live and work (acquired by Topia, then MOVE Guides, in 2017). He founded Teleport while residing as an entrepreneur at Andreessen Horowitz. Sten served at Skype as an early executive, riding the roller coaster for more than eight years from startup to the $8.5B exit to Microsoft. He has lived in four countries and has been building software companies since 1996. Sten holds a MS in Management from Stanford GSB.
Julie Knight-Ludvigson brings more than a decade of experience building world-class marketing organizations and helping companies accelerate their go-to-market strategies.
Prior to joining Topia, she was the CMO at Reflektive, a provider of real-time performance management solutions for HR leaders and their agile organizations. She's held positions leading Global Enterprise Marketing at Zendesk and WW Program Marketing at SAP, where she saw all manner of integrated marketing activities for the company. Julie joined SAP through the SuccessFactors acquisition, where she led Global Marketing.
Randy Barr is a seasoned Security and IT veteran with more than 20 years of Information Technology and leadership experience. Randy is the Chief Security Officer at Topia and leads the company’s Global Security and IT operations.
Prior to joining Topia, Randy served as CISO at Aryaka Networks. He was also the VP and CISO of Saba Software and was responsible for building the company’s global security infrastructure from the ground up. Prior to Saba, Randy held several management and key Security and IT positions at leading cloud companies, including ServiceSource, Qualys, Yodlee, and WebEx Communications.
Randy is one of the top security officers in the SaaS space and has been selected for three straight years as a “top Security Executive” by ExecRank. Randy also serves on the advisory boards of several cloud companies. Randy is a frequent speaker at Information Technology and security conferences.
Chad is the Senior Vice President of Customer Success, responsible for the global implementation and customer success teams that deliver the Topia suite of products and services. Prior to Topia, Chad was the SVP, Customer Experience, at Castlight Health, a healthcare SaaS platform that allows individuals to navigate healthcare and employer vendor programs, where he led the professional services, support, user growth, and customer success teams. Additionally, Chad held several leadership positions over 17 years in the services organization with Advent Software. Chad holds a BS in Public Affairs — Management from Indiana University.
Adam has over 25 years of operations management, design and implementation of enterprise teams, processes and technology, with bias for innovation and disruption. Holding senior positions at NEC, PeopleSoft, Apple, Dolby Labs, Jive Software and most recently at Topia, architecting and overseeing business transformation of Finance, Sales, Marketing and Supply chain organizations. In recent years, Adam helped Apple apply "Big data" approach to Manufacturing Quality Control and analysis, and shape the future approach to product innovation lifecycle at Dolby Labs. Most recently Adam has been leading the Sales and Field Operations team at Topia, building operational foundation to the customer facing organizations, setting the stage for an accelerated growth phase.
Adam was born in Israel, raised in The Netherlands and lives in the San Francisco Bay area and is an avid Motorcycle world traveler.
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.
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.
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 mobility management platform supporting organizations around the world. At Topia, Steve leads our EMEA business and is responsible for growth and customer success in the region. 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.
Brynne Kennedy is the Charwoman and Founder of Topia. Her idea for Topia stemmed from her global career in finance and researching how bold companies are transforming their workforces with mobility between locations and roles. Brynne is also the Founder of #Mobility4All, a nonprofit that empowers those moving poverty and conflict, and to which Topia contributes 1 percent of its revenue.
Brynne has won many accolades for her leadership, including Entrepreneur of the Year in the Women in IT Awards, Women of the Future Awards, and Stevie Awards. Brynne has been named a Workforce Game Changer, one of 25 people changing the HR industry, and one of Management Today’s 35 Under 35. Brynne holds an MBA from London Business School and BA in History from Yale University.
Ravi Viswanathan is a veteran investor and innovator with more than 20 years of experience financing and scaling technology enterprises. In 2018, he founded NewView Capital to address critical imbalances in the venture ecosystem caused by extended exit timelines. Prior to launching NewView Capital, Ravi spent 15 years at New Enterprise Associates (NEA) where he co-led the Technology Venture Growth Equity investment practice. Ravi received an MBA from Wharton, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jos is an entrepreneur turned investor and currently a GP at Notion Capital, a venture capital firm focused on the enterprise tech market across Europe. Before Notion, Jos co-founded, built, and exited three businesses—RBR Networks, Star, and MessageLabs. In 2008, MessageLabs was acquired by Symantec for $700 million, a landmark transaction in the emerging Software-as-a Service (SaaS) sector. In 2009, Jos co-founded Notion with three other partners to invest in the high-growth enterprise SaaS opportunity. Notion is based in London and now has more than $350 million in funds under management.