Phil Saunders is CEO of Saba and serves on the Board of Directors. A passionate people and customer-focused leader, Phil is responsible for guiding Saba's vision and strategy across all product and go to market functions, business operations, and talent and culture initiatives.
Phil joined Saba in 2015, after a 20-year tenure at Gemalto (previously SafeNet), where he served in key sales and marketing leadership roles before rising to Chief Revenue Officer and board member. He has been instrumental in Saba's growth and position as a talent management leader. Phil served as president and key member of the Saba executive team and board of directors, prior to being appointed to succeed Pervez Qureshi as CEO, following his retirement.
Phil holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Business Administration from the Seton Hall University W. Paul Stillman School of Business.
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Pete oversees Saba's finance, legal, information technology, and security, risk and compliance functions. Prior to his appointment to Saba, Pete served as CFO of Halogen Software for over a decade. With more than 25 years of financial management experience, Pete was instrumental in guiding Halogen through its Initial Public Offering on the TSX in May 2013, and the acquisition of Halogen by Saba in 2017.
Prior to Halogen, Pete was a Managing Partner at Axis Capital Corporation, investing in early stage technology companies. He was actively involved in the strategic direction of many of the firm's portfolio companies, serving as either Chief Financial Officer or a Director for many of them. Prior to founding Axis, Pete was a Senior Tax Manager at Deloitte LLP, servicing its high technology clients.
Pete has served on a number of boards and committees of for-profit and non-profit organizations, and was the recipient of Ottawa's Forty under 40 award in 2001. Pete is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mount Allison University. He also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Chief People Officer
As the Chief People Officer of Saba Software, Debbie Shotwell is responsible for human resources, learning and development, employee communications and community relations.
Debbie brings over 25 years of passion and experience building high performance teams and cultures that deliver results. Before joining Saba, Debbie was the Senior Vice President of People and Culture at BigCommerce, where she owned employee communications, facilities, payroll and stock administration. At BigCommerce she built an innovative learning and development function that supported employee, leadership and strategic partner training. Her success in this capacity led to BigCommerce being recognized as one of San Francisco Bay Area's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, one of Austin's Top Workplaces, and one of the Best Places to Work in Australia.
Prior to her work at BigCommerce, Debbie was Chief People Officer at Good Technology where she implemented talent programs that increased employee engagement and reduced turnover. She was also instrumental in the successful integration of five companies during her tenure. Additionally, Debbie has held executive HR leadership positions at Pacific Pulmonary Services, Taleo, PeopleSoft, and AvalonBay.
EVP, Products & Customer Success
Karen oversees the product lifecycle from idea generation through to implementation and ongoing support. She leads the company's commitment to customer advocacy and satisfaction for Saba's more than 4,000 global customers. A tenured executive with leadership expertise spanning customer success, software development, and product management, Karen joined Saba following the company's acquisition of Halogen Software.
At Halogen, Karen served as Chief Product Officer, overseeing all facets of how Halogen's products were developed, delivered and supported. A customer-focused product leader, she brings more than two decades of experience in the high tech industry to Saba. Prior to Halogen, Karen served as Vice President of the global Business Intelligence & Predictive Analytics Development team and Vice President of Business Analytics Customer Success and Support both part of IBM Software Group. Karen was responsible for facilitating customer success with Business Intelligence, Predictive Analytics and Planning software.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toronto and has had extensive leadership and coaching training and experience. In addition to her formal work related experience, Karen has been an active volunteer since 2010 at the United Way Ottawa and is currently the Chair of the Board.
EVP, Products, Engineering & Cloud
Srinivasa Ogireddy leads Saba's product strategy, global engineering and cloud operations organizations and is responsible for development and delivery of the highly innovative, scalable, and extensible Saba Cloud 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 Marketing Officer
Theresa Damato is Saba's Chief Marketing Officer, where she leads the global marketing and field enablement teams and directs brand, segmentation, product positioning, demand creation and field enablement strategies. Her organization is responsible for positioning Saba's growth strategy, cultivating opportunities in new and existing customer markets, aligning marketing with revenue and sales growth strategies, and growing demand for Saba solutions globally.
As a veteran in technology marketing, Theresa brings a wealth of experience and passion for success across enterprise software and SaaS. Most recently, Theresa served as vice president of marketing at Trustwave, a global provider of managed security services and SaaS-based compliance solutions, where she was responsible for all aspects of Trustwave's marketing strategy including branding, communications, product, partner, web and field marketing.
Theresa's prior experience includes leadership positions in corporate marketing, product marketing, field marketing, and partner marketing for leading technology organizations including SafeNet, Inc., Aladdin Knowledge Systems, and Deutsche Telekom/T-Systems.
Theresa holds a bachelor's of science degree from Illinois State University.