The Saba Senior Leadership team is a group of seasoned leaders who focus on creating value for our customers, partners, employees and investors.
President and CEO
Shawn Farshchi is the President and CEO of Saba. Prior to taking on the President and CEO position, Shawn was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), responsible for Saba's product management, product development, cloud operations, professional services, customer support, IT and marketing.
Shawn brings over 30 years of experience leading, driving and managing technological, organizational and cultural change in highly dynamic business environments. In his role as Chief Operating Officer for Coremetrics (an IBM company), a market leader in digital marketing and web analytics delivered through a SaaS model, he managed a broad range of responsibilities including product development, service operations, professional services, technical training and customer service.
Prior to Coremetrics, Shawn served as VP of Platform Engineering and Operations as well as the GM of Voice Applications for WebEx Communications Inc. In this role, he led the engineering and product development for the Voice, Video and Data Switching Platform, and was responsible for all aspects of WebEx's audio conferencing solutions. Prior to WebEx, he was regional VP at Oracle, Senior VP of Development at Broadvision and CIO at DHL Airways.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Robinson is Saba’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He is responsible for all aspects of the finance function including financial planning and reporting, accounting, tax, treasury and investor relations. Mark is a seasoned broad based executive with deep technology, financial, and operational experience gathered over the last 25 years. He works closely with the CEO, Board of Directors and management to drive overall business direction and financial results.
Most recently Mark was Chief Financial Officer for Calypso Technology, a global software provider of integrated trading and cross asset solutions, where he was instrumental in driving consistent year-over-year record top and bottom line results. Prior to Calypso Mark held a number of executive financial and operating positions with public and private companies including CFO of Discus Dental, CFO of Q Comm International, CFO and COO of Clickguard Corporation, and CFO and Co-President of Bluecurve Corporation. Earlier in his career, he held various financial roles with Hewlett Packard and Ford Aerospace and Communications Corporation.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Development
Pete Williams is responsible for leading Saba's efforts to capitalize on long-term growth opportunities, including merger and acquisition activities and strategic business and partnership development, as well as for all legal affairs of the company. He previously served as Saba's Chief Financial Officer from 2004 to 2007 and as General Counsel from 1999 to 2004. Since Saba's inception, Williams has also served as the company's Secretary.
Prior to joining Saba, Williams was a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, a leading international law firm. Williams has extensive experience representing high technology companies, as well as venture capital and investment banking firms. In addition to private and public financings and acquisitions, Williams also specialized in technology and content development, licensing, and distribution transactions, primarily for software and Internet companies.
Williams has a BA in economics and in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a JD from Santa Clara University.
Chief Cloud Officer and Sr. Vice President of Engineering & Operations
Srinivasa Ogireddy leads Saba’s global engineering organization and is responsible for development and delivery of the highly innovative, scalable, and extensible people platform and applications that power the Saba Cloud. Srini brings 20 years of software development expertise focused on building distributed teams in high growth environments for rapid delivery of robust applications built on high performing cloud platforms.
Prior to Saba, in Srini’s role as vice president of product development and delivery at Coremetrics (an IBM Company), he designed and developed the data tier that maintained billions of real-time customer LIVE profiles and provided the technical foundation for big data analytics and digital marketing applications. Srini has also worked as a software architect at Engineers India Ltd. (EIL), a leading provider of engineering and related technical services for petroleum refineries and industrial projects. Srini earned a Bachelor of Engineering with honors in Mechanical Engineering from BITS, Pilani and a Masters in Computer Applications from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.
Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Products
Hemanth Puttaswamy is responsible for all aspects for product strategy and application development from design to delivery of Saba Cloud product line. Hemanth brings in nearly 20 years of industry experience with an ability to influence product, technology, and cultural change at Saba at an accelerated pace. He holds multiple patents with several more pending in various areas, including massive data analytics.
Prior to Saba, Hemanth was Vice President of Technology and Applications at Coremetrics, a digital marketing and web analytics SaaS company, acquired by IBM in 2010. He has also held various leadership positions at Sun Microsystems, Chordiant systems, and other Silicon Valley companies. He holds an MBA from College of Business, San Jose State University and B.S in Computer Science from Mysore University in India.
Chief Marketing Officer
Emily He is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s go-to-market strategy as well as market awareness, demand generation, and field enablement programs on a global basis. Her direct responsibilities include product marketing, public relations, analyst relations, web marketing, demand generation programs, customer marketing, and partner marketing.
Emily brings over 17 years of experience in CRM, supply-chain management, and online consumer communities. Prior to Saba, she held corporate marketing and product marketing leadership positions at a number of leading public companies such as AT&T, Oracle Corporation, and Siebel Systems, and E2open. She holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Senior Vice President, Client Success Operations
Amar Dhaliwal has been with Saba since May 2005. He was a co-founder and CTO of THINQ, which was acquired by Saba in 2005. During his tenure at Saba, Dhaliwal has successfully guided the company's Product Operations Group, which includes Product Development, Global Customer Care, and OnDemand Strategy and Operations.
Dhaliwal has more than 15 years of Human Capital Management (HCM) and enterprise software experience, and a track record of delivering innovation and a strong customer focus. Prior to his technology career, Dhaliwal worked for a number of global management consulting organizations advising customers on a variety of technology and business initiatives. He remains a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and holds an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.
Vice President, People
Gina Cruse is responsible for all people (HR) functions at Saba. She works closely with the CEO and the executive staff to provide global strategic People direction and leadership to the company. This includes supporting and enabling the company's growth through talent acquisition, talent management and total rewards. As part of her responsibilities, she instills Saba's core values to support Saba's culture.
Gina has over 20 years’ experience in the high tech industry, driving business model transformations and building responsive HR teams connected with the business strategy. She has held senior-level positions in human resources at Cadence Design Systems, Business Objects and Unisys Corporation.