Leadership Team

Mark Smith, CEO & Chief Research Officer
Mark is responsible for the overall business and research direction of Ventana Research and drives the global research agenda covering both business and technology areas. He defined the blueprint and methodology for improving business by using benchmark research to provide guidance across people, processes, information and technology. Mark is an expert in enterprise software and business technology innovations including: business analytics, big data, cloud computing, business collaboration, mobile technology and social media. Mark has held CMO, research and product development roles at research and software companies.  Mark started Ventana Research more than a decade ago; he has worked in the software industry for 25 years leading innovations in research and technology. Mark was rated the 2011 software industry analyst of the year by The Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR). Mark is also ranked as one of the top ten technology influencers in 2012 by Human Resources Executive magazine. Check out Mark's Klout Score or check out his Kred Score. Mark can be found on Twitter at @marksmithvr, on LinkedIn, on Google+ and can be reached via email at mark.smith@ventanaresearch.com and read his analyst perspectives at http://marksmith.ventanaresearch.com.

Mitchell Struthers, CFO and Senior Vice President – Finance & Administration
Mitchell heads up Ventana Research’s finance and administration. He comes to Ventana Research with more than 20 years experience as a performance leader in financial management. He has held senior finance management positions including Controller & Treasurer, and directed financial planning and analysis, budgets, capital management, M&A, accounting and treasury. He has been an integral part of senior management teams at early-stage and mature-market companies including Atlantic Richfield, the Pacific Stock Exchange, Pacific Telesis Group and SBC Communications.  Mitchell is a Chartered Financial Analyst and earned his BS from the Wharton School and his MS from the London School of Economics. Mitchell can be reached at mitchell.struthers@ventanaresearch.com.

Robert D. Kugel, CFA, SVP & Research Director - CFO and Business Research
Rob heads up the CFO and business research focusing on the intersection of information technology with the finance organization and business. The financial performance management (FPM) research agenda includes the application of IT to financial process optimization and collaborative systems; control systems and analytics; and advanced budgeting and planning. Prior to joining Ventana Research he was an equity research analyst at several firms including First Albany Corporation, Morgan Stanley, and Drexel Burnham, and a consultant with McKinsey and Company. Rob was an Institutional Investor All-American Team member and on the Wall Street Journal All-Star list. Rob has experience in aerospace and defense, banking, manufacturing and retail and consumer services. Rob earned his BA in Economics/Finance at Hampshire College, an MBA in Finance/Accounting at Columbia University, and is a CFA charter holder. As an industry veteran with more than 30 years experience, Rob can be found on Twitter at @rdkugelvr and on LinkedIn and reached via email at robert.kugel@ventanaresearch.com and read his analyst perspectives at http://robertkugel.ventanaresearch.com.

Alan S. Kay, Senior Vice President, Research Management
Alan manages the development, publication and syndication of the company’s research projects and other analytic and advisory materials. Alan is a veteran business journalist, newspaper and magazine editor and publication consultant who has written in and directed coverage of many of the areas addressed in Ventana’s research agendas. He served as executive editor of Corporate Computing and editor of Knowledge Management, and his writing has appeared in BusinessWeek, CIO, CRM, Datamation, Field Force Automation, Forbes, Fortune, InformationWeek, Mobile Computing & Communications, Small Business Computing & Communications, the Washington Post and Wired. Alan has been a judge for the Industry Solution Awards, has spoken widely on knowledge management issues including delivering an American Productivity and Quality Center conference keynote address, and has chaired sessions at the Seybold Seminars, the Bay Area Knowledge Management Cluster and the Cyber Summit. Alan attended Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Princeton and Yale universities. Alan can be found on Twitter at @alankayvr reached and on LinkedIn and reached via email at Alan.Kay@ventanaresearch.com.

David Menninger, SVP & Research Director – Data and Analytics Research
David is responsible for the overall research direction of data, information and analytics technologies at Ventana Research covering major areas including Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence and Information Management along with the additional specific research categories including Information Applications, IT Performance Management, Location Intelligence, Operational Intelligence and IoT, and Predictive Analytics. David is also responsible for examining the role of cloud computing, collaboration and mobile technologies as they affect these areas. David brings to Ventana Research over twenty five years of experience, through which he has marketed and brought to market some of the leading edge technologies for helping organizations analyze data to support a range of action-taking and decision-making processes. Prior to joining Ventana Research, David was the Head of Business Development & Strategy at Pivotal a division of EMC, VP of Marketing and Product Management at Vertica Systems, VP of Marketing and Product Management at Oracle, Applix, InforSense and IRI Software. David earned his MS in Business from Bentley University and a BS in Economics from University of Pennsylvania. David can be found on Twitter at @dmenningervr and on LinkedIn and reached via email at david.menninger@ventanaresearch.com and read his analyst perspectives at http://davidmenninger.ventanaresearch.com.

Deborah Casey, Senior Vice President, Sales and Services
As Senior Vice President of Sales at Ventana Research, Deb is responsible for leading sales and developing great client relationships. Before Ventana Research, Deb has decades of experience and worked at Aberdeen Group as SVP Sales and was responsible for growth including its parent company Harte-Hanks. Deb is an adjunct professor of University of Massachusetts. Deb has a MBA from University of Massachusetts Manning School of Business. Deb has a BA and was Summa Cum Laude at Boston College. Deb can be reached at deborah.casey@ventanresearch.com. Deb can be found on LinkedIn and reached via email at Deborah.Casey@ventanaresearch.com.   

Marisela Reynoso, Vice President, Business Operations
Marisela Reynoso is Vice President of Business Operations at Ventana Research. Mari is an operations professional who focuses on providing the best overall customer experience possible. Mari manages a team that handles all client interactions from client services, advisory inquiries, vendor briefings, project management, sales and marketing operations including social media and the use of technology like Egnyte, Ektron, Marketo, and salesforce.com. Before Ventana Research, Mari worked in design, customer service and operations along with volunteer work for Big Brothers, Big Sisters (bbbsba.org). She is passionate about being creative and often works hands-on in design projects. She has a degree in Visual Communications from F.I.D.M., San Francisco. Marisela can be found on Twitter at @mreynosovr, on LinkedIn and reached via email at marisela.reynoso@ventanaresearch.com.

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