When it came to finding the partners who would help bring the vision of Mavenlink to life, Ray Grainger knew what he was looking for: a technical guru with the software acumen to build a tool that could really change the face of global business, and someone who possessed a deep understanding of the customer’s point of view so that the tool they built serviced more than a problem — it serviced people. He found those partners in Roger Neel and Sean Crafts.
Since then, our leadership team has grown to include best-in-the-industry talent to support Mavenlink’s continuous growth in product, reach, and commitment to customers around the world. Meet the team of leaders who live the Mavenlink mission every day.
/ CEO, Founder
Chief Executive Officer / Founder
Ray Grainger is the Founder and CEO of Mavenlink, where he is leading the mission to reinvent the way businesses do work. He has dedicated his career to helping clients succeed, and brings over 25 years of experience in software and high technology consulting to Mavenlink.
Ray began his career at Accenture, where he spent 17 years honing his expertise in professional services management as Global Managing Partner, consulting for both large enterprises as well as small and medium-sized businesses. During his time at Accenture, Ray also invested in several technology companies through Accenture Technology Ventures, including enterprise knowledge management vendor InQuira. He later became Executive Vice President of Professional Services and Strategic Alliances at InQuira (acquired by Oracle in 2011), where he met his Mavenlink co-founders, Roger Neel and Sean Crafts.
With a career built on tackling tough problems to help organizations work smarter and more profitably, Ray is the embodiment of the Mavenlink Mission: to help companies of any size across the globe conduct business better by combining technology and industry best practices. In his spare time, Ray is a true adventurer. He is an avid diver, world traveler, and has served on two expeditions to Antarctica with the National Science Foundation (for which he earned a congressional medal for Antarctic Service). Ray holds a B.S. in Engineering with distinction from Harvey Mudd College, where he is also a trustee.
/ CTO, Founder
Chief Technology Officer / Founder
A software expert with over 12 years in the industry, Roger is an advocate for technology solutions that deliver business value. He brings expertise and best practices insight across industries in the areas of content management, knowledge management, and social networking applications. As CTO, Roger directs the product and engineering decisions of Mavenlink.
An accomplished web app designer, Ruby on Rails engineer, and thought leader in agile software development, Roger has worked with and advised a range of companies: from newly-formed startups to nationally recognized products and brands such as Apple, 3M, and Bank of America. He helped advise new product development and engineering while part of the Sales and Partners team for integrated knowledge management platform InQuira (acquired by Oracle in 2011), where he met fellow Mavenlink co-founders Ray Grainger and Sean Crafts.
Outside of leading the Mavenlink engineering team, Roger dedicates his time to mentoring startup founders and software developers. He is passionate about sharing his insight and advice with others when it comes to navigating the critical cross-section between business and technology. He was an early adopter and an advocate for the Lean Startup movement and pair programming principles. Roger carries a B.A. in Computer Science and Economics from Cornell University.
/ CCO, Founder
Chief Customer Officer / Founder
Sean Crafts brings to the Mavenlink team an innate understanding of the client experience as Mavenlink's Chief Customer Officer. He interfaces with every Mavenlink department, lending his unique vantage point to the Sales, Client Success, Marketing, Finance, Operations, and HR teams.
Prior to Mavenlink, Sean spent 10 years growing integrated knowledge management platform InQuira (acquired by Oracle in 2011). As Senior Director, he was instrumental in growing InQuira from a startup with 15 employees to a company poised for acquisition with over 150 employees and annual gross revenues of over $30 million. At InQuira, Sean directed the firm’s Alliance and Channel Sales Division, where he worked with future Mavenlink partners Ray Grainger and Roger Neel.
In addition to thinking of ways to improve the Mavenlink customer experience, he spearheads the company’s growth and strategy initiative which seeks to expand Mavenlink’s partnerships and capabilities to better serve clients on a global scale. Sean is most deeply involved in devising new programs to keep Mavenlink in the forefront of emerging trends that impact how the world conducts business. In-between growing Mavenlink, advising aspiring entrepreneurs, and running after six children, Sean can also be found on a surfboard (his happy place). He holds degrees in Environmental Science and Philosophy from Duke University, as well as a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.
/ Senior VP, Marketing
Senior Vice President, Marketing
John Reese has spent close to 20 years marketing B2B technology and SaaS businesses, ranging from Fortune 500 to early-stage companies. John brings this expertise to his role as Senior Vice President of Marketing, where he oversees Mavenlink’s marketing and growth strategies.
Prior to Mavenlink, John led marketing and sales development at Velocify, a fast-growing leader in the B2B sales technology industry, helping the company reposition and grow exponentially over his tenure. John also spent 10 years building and leading the global marketing efforts of HireRight, helping take the company from start-up to successful IPO and $300 million plus market leader with a reputation of being one of the most-admired providers in the human resources technology space.
Earlier in his career, John held product marketing, marketing communications, public relations, digital, and demand generation roles at software start-ups Versada Networks and Access360 (acquired by IBM), and public technology companies Rainbow Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Safenet) and MicroAge, Inc. John holds an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in Business (emphasis in Marketing) with honors from Arizona State University.
/ Senior VP, Professional Services
Senior Vice President, Professional Services
Chris brings 25 years of experience in the professional services industry to Mavenlink. He is responsible for leading the services team and strategy to deliver Mavenlink products and services, enabling customers to become higher-performing businesses. A thought leader in the services industry, Chris is also a member of the TSIA's Professional Services Advisory Board.
Prior to Mavenlink, Chris was the Senior Vice President of Implementation Services at ACI Worldwide, a $1B payments software company, where he built the services strategy and led a global team of more than 600 employees and partners. He has also built the Customer Success and Strategic Partner organization for 170 Systems (acquired by Kofax, Inc.), and has been responsible for driving the strategy for Kofax’s (acquired by Lexmark) global Professional Services and Educational Services teams. Chris began his career with Accenture, where he focused on helping clients re-engineer their business processes while driving implementations of Oracle and SAP.
Chris holds a B.A. in Business Economics and a B.A. in Organizational Behavior and Management from Brown University.
/ Senior VP, Engineering
Senior Vice President, Engineering
JB Steadman brings 20 years of valuable engineering and operations experience to Mavenlink. He is responsible for driving the company’s technology vision and innovative software development practices, while continuing to scale the engineering team.
Prior to Mavenlink, JB served as a Sr. Engineering Director at Pivotal Labs, a leading technology services provider renowned for its innovative approach to software development that has shaped the foundation of many of Silicon Valley’s most valuable companies. At Pivotal, JB was responsible for the company’s strategic growth and international expansion in Singapore and the U.K.
JB is a graduate of Duke University.
/ Senior VP, Global Sales
Senior Vice President / Global Sales
Andrew Ely has an accomplished career in technology, sales, and leadership that spans 25 years at several high-growth hardware, software, and services companies. In his role at Mavenlink, Andrew is responsible for building a world-class global sales team, maintaining client satisfaction, and driving growth.
Prior to Mavenlink, Andrew was a partner at Accenture, where he held multiple global and North America leadership roles. He is recognized for successfully creating, shaping, and leading several high-performance sales teams for the firm that focused on both new client acquisition and expansion of existing strategic clients. His largest team included more than 150 sales executives and was responsible for more than a half-billion dollars in consulting sales. Andrew was also one of the core leadership members that grew Accenture’s Global Technology Consulting practice from $200M to over $2.4B.
Andrew has also notably held senior leadership roles at several successful high-growth companies, including Rasna, Silicon Graphics, BroadVision, and PeopleSoft. In these roles he was responsible for leading hyper-performing teams in the sales of software, hardware, and professional services, elevating these companies from early-stage startups to established global organizations. Andrew began his career at Northrop Grumman Corporation before leaving to pursue a career in sales leadership.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the State University of Buffalo New York (SUNY-NY) and graduated at the top of his class with Latin honors.