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.

MARIA SIPKA

CHIEF EVANGELIST 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.

ROB GOULDING

VP OF SALES

As VP of Sales for Linqia, Rob Goulding owns all aspects of revenue generation for the business. Prior to joining Linqia, Rob served as the National Director of Twitter’s US sales team, working with major brands across the retail, CPG, travel, healthcare and auto industries to ensure that they were optimized on Twitter. Prior to Twitter, Rob held a number of sales leadership positions for Google where he worked across all of their platforms, including search, YouTube, display, mobile and commerce. Rob built his media career at Reed Business Information where he served in executive positions across the company’s technology, construction, and media and entertainment divisions.

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.