Executive Team

John F. Rizzo

chief executive officer, President and Chief Operating Officer

John has more than 35 years of experience helping guide some of the world’s most successful technology companies through start-up phases, major product launches, branding and marketing campaigns, rapid growth, acquisitions and IPOs. Before joining Deem, he was Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Customer Officer and General Manager at SolarWinds, an IT software company that grew from $325 million to $505 million in revenues during his tenure. SolarWinds was taken private in a $4.5 billion transaction – over a 75% premium from the time he joined the company. Prior to SolarWinds John was Chief Marketing Officer at Jive Software, where he helped grow the business from $75 million to $150 million in revenues in 24 months and completed a successful $1.75 billion IPO. John has served as CEO at several early-stage startups with successful exits and early in his career held senior leadership roles at Or

John has more than 35 years of experience helping guide some of the world’s most successful technology companies through start-up phases, major product launches, branding and marketing campaigns, rapid growth, acquisitions and IPOs. Before joining Deem, he was Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Customer Officer and General Manager at SolarWinds, an IT software company that grew from $325 million to $505 million in revenues during his tenure. SolarWinds was taken private in a $4.5 billion transaction – over a 75% premium from the time he joined the company. Prior to SolarWinds John was Chief Marketing Officer at Jive Software, where he helped grow the business from $75 million to $150 million in revenues in 24 months and completed a successful $1.75 billion IPO. John has served as CEO at several early-stage startups with successful exits and early in his career held senior leadership roles at Oracle, Apple and Intel. He also sits on the board of Untangle and Filld, and is a board advisor to the Stanford StartX accelerator, Prevedere and Motiva, as well as a being an instructor at Stanford University Continuing Education.


Annette Cumming

Vice President, Channel Sales

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Annette has spent her 30+ year career deeply involved in the travel industry. She is responsible for the strategy and growth of Deem’s travel agency channel and brings her technology and distribution expertise to Deem’s product innovation and go to market strategy. Prior to Deem Annette was Head of Americas Hospitality and Digital Strategy at Travelport, where she led a dedicated sales team and advanced the growth of digital, hotel and ground transportation across the Americas. As Global Client General Manager at American Express Global Business Travel, Annette collaborated with global colleagues across all lines of business to grow revenue and develop partnerships. Annette has held various leadership roles with data and software companies and has managed multi-million-dollar global travel programs as a customer, supplier and vendor. She is a frequently seen on stage at industry events around the world.


Paul Houle

Vice President, Customer Experience

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Paul has had over 20 years of professional business experience and success, leading strategic change, sales, solution consulting, professional services, and support and training. Prior to joining Deem, Paul founded, led and managed an award-winning 1st-of-its-kind best practice delivery model for the spend management SaaS industry at Procuri and Ariba, Inc. Now, Paul works as the Vice President of Customer Experience at Deem, Inc. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. He enjoys coaching his son’s baseball teams, playing sports, being outside and staying active.


David Grace

Chief Revenue Officer

David Grace has more than two decades leading strategic sales and account management teams for Enterprise Holdings and National Car Rental. As Deem’s Chief Revenue Officer, Grace is leading the sales organization as it accelerates the company’s global growth and extends its strategic partnerships. Grace began his career in Boston as an Account Manager for National Car Rental and quickly moved into leadership roles including, Vice President of Sales and Vice President of Strategic Accounts, where he was responsible for leading nationwide sales. He later transitioned to Enterprise Holdings as the Assistant Vice President of Global Sales and then stepped into the Vice President, Global, Travel Agency and Group Purchasing Sales role. Grace is a global travel and mobility thought leader and well-known industry speaker. He frequently takes the stage at Business Travel News, ACTE and GBTA events around the world and is quoted regularly in trade publications.


Todd Kaiser

Senior Vice President, business Development & strategy

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Todd is an e-commerce veteran and entrepreneur who has served as a product management, marketing and technology leader to many premier global consumer brands. He has successfully delivered highly scalable and innovative products across the consumer, SMB and Enterprise market segments. Todd joined Deem from ONEtechnology, a firm that has created a platform for developing progressive web applications without writing code. His previous travel industry experience includes GetThere, Orbitz, TRX/Concur and LesConcierges.

 


Hoshedar Mana

Chief Information Security Officer

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Hoshedar is an executive with global experience in governance and controls with industry-wide experience in managing Enterprise Risk Management, Information Security and Compliance. Hoshedar is an innovative leader and change agent focused on Information Security in several global enterprise companies. Prior to Deem, Hoshedar served as the Head of AIG’s Operational Risk, Process Adherence, Security & Privacy for its Captive Shared Services globally. He has also held leadership positions at Oracle and Avon Products, and positions with Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and advisory practices globally.


Neil Markey

Senior Vice President, Products and Chief Information Officer

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Neil has more than 20 years experience in fast paced, high growth software, e-commerce, direct sales, mobile, and gaming companies. He is a seasoned technology executive with strong product and business acumen. Neil has a strong technical background and has successfully implemented PCI compliance for several companies. He has transformed growing organizations and developed cultures where technology professionals thrive. Prior to Deem, Neil reshaped the way that companies use technology at CafePress, PlayFirst, Kazaana and Stella & Dot. He graduated from Staffordshire University with a 1stclass honors degree in computer science. At Deem, Neil will be implementing next generation technologies in order to advance the business travel market.


Bret McGinnis

Vice President of Operations & IT

Bret's career spans 20+ years in IT, operations and engineering. He brings a proven record of successfully managing IT and network operations in small and medium size companies. His expertise is in design, implementation and maintenance of large complex multi-vendor heterogeneous environments and Data Centers. Prior to Deem, Bret was the Director of Network Operations at NexTag and Yahoo.


Tahnee Perry

Vice President of Marketing

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Tahnee Perry is a marketing executive with 15+ years of travel industry experience. She fosters a passion for excellence in execution and builds high-performance teams. She currently leads the brand, marketing and demand generation efforts for Deem. In the past, she drove creative and marketing strategy for B2B information solutions company, Northstar Travel Group, and for travel research authority, Phocuswright. Prior to Phocuswright, Tahnee held various sales and marketing roles for Aspen/Snowmass ski resort and ran a communications team for services organization, Totalcare. She's a frequent industry speaker and guest lecturer at Stanford University.


Dave Shiba

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Dave is a senior software finance and operations executive with a demonstrated ability to execute against a focused strategy and transform organizations into industry leaders. He has a unique background spanning venture-backed private companies, large public companies and a multi-national accounting and consulting firm. He has deep hands-on experience with SaaS B2B and online B2C e-commerce business models. Prior to Deem, Dave was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at VerticalResponse (a Deluxe Company) and a General Manager at Deluxe after VerticalResponse’s acquisition by Deluxe. Dave was also CFO at Informative, Inc. and Corporate Controller at Travelocity. He has also held financial management positions at SGI and Arthur Andersen.