Leadership

NADER ALIZADEH

CEO AND CO-FOUNDER

As Linqia’s CEO, Nader Alizadeh is responsible for setting and executing on the strategic footprint of the company. Prior to founding Linqia, Nader was a Senior Vice President and Co-founder for Lithium Technologies where he was responsible for driving and managing revenue growth for the business. Nader joined Lithium Technologies as a co-founder when it was first incorporated, and carried broad responsibilities in both the sales and operations departments. With a proven track record identifying strategic partners and cultivating key business relationships, Nader has also held key executive and management roles at Ofoto (now Kodak Gallery), Fuji, and Konica.

DANIEL SCHOTLAND

COO

As Chief Operating Officer, Daniel is responsible for setting the go-to-market strategy and leading all revenue generating functions for the business, including sales, marketing and customer operations. Prior to Linqia, Daniel served as the Chief Client Officer for TubeMogul, where he led the company’s global ad operations, client service and account management teams. He was also an instrumental member of the team that led the company through its IPO and subsequent acquisition by Adobe. Prior to TubeMogul, Daniel spent ten years at Experian CheetahMail, where he served as the VP of Business Development and VP of Client Services. Daniel started his career as a consultant for Deloitte Consulting and holds a BS in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

MARIA SIPKA

VP, TEAM NESTLE AND CO-FOUNDER

Recognized as one of the leading women in technology by Forbes, Maria Sipka works closely with Linqia’s brand and agency clients and is one of the industry’s top experts on influencer and content marketing. Prior to founding Linqia, Maria was the founding COO at XING, Europe’s leading business network, where she led XING’s communities and premium group offerings, exiting shortly after its IPO. She also founded the content marketing agency Cherry Communications at age 18 and grew the agency to be one of the most respected consultancies in Australia, with a client list of over 100 brands.

KRISTIN HERSANT

VP OF MARKETING

An interactive marketing veteran, Kristin Hersant has more than 20 years of experience managing successful integrated marketing programs to build brands, raise awareness and generate demand. Most recently, Kristin served as vice president of marketing for Livefyre, and her career spans key senior corporate marketing, marketing communications and creative services positions at StrongView, Mindjet, L90, Better Brand Management, FeatureCast and Buzz Magazine. A recognized expert on digital marketing, Kristin has spoken at dozens of marketing and technology industry events including ad:tech, Forrester’s Marketing Forum, Enterprise 2.0, Gartner’s Customer 360 Summit, JiveWorld, Brand Innovators and MediaPost OMMA Native. Kristin holds a BA in History from UCLA.

MOHAMMED PEDHIWALA

VP OF ENGINEERING

A seasoned software engineer, Mohammed brings over 15 years of experience leading software development. Prior to Linqia, Mohammed served as Senior Director of Software Engineering and Architecture at Shutterfly where he led the development of the product architecture and infrastructure. Prior to Shutterfly, Mohammed was a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle. Mohammed’s expertise includes high performance server architecture, scalable software infrastructure, software services, machine learning, and data analysis. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai.

JONATHAN POLLACK

VP OF PRODUCT

As Linqia’s VP of Product, Jon will lead the design and development of Linqia’s AI-driven influencer media and content marketing platform. Jon brings over a decade of experience managing product design and development to Linqia, previously serving as the VP of Product Management for MediaMath where he ran product management for the company’s supply related products to ensure maximum efficiency. He holds a Bachelor of General Engineering with a concentration in Computer Science from the Olin College of Engineering.