Our People

Our Management Team

We know what success looks like from the inside

Ursula Burns

Chairperson & CEO of Xerox [XRX]
Director @ Uber, Nestle, Exxon Mobil, Ford Foundation, Mayo Clinic, MIT

Kanishka Roy

Global CFO, SmartNews
Global Head of Tech M&A Origination, Morgan Stanley [MS]
Multiple Startup Exits, Public Co. Exec

Mike Dinsdale

CFO, Gusto, DoorDash [DASH], Docusign [DOCU]
MD at Akkadian Ventures
Director at Jirav, Clause, WildAid

Our Board of Directors

Independent board with 25% sponsorship is all-in to generate exceptional returns

Lane Bess

  • Former CEO, Palo Alto Networks [PANW]
  • Former COO, Zscaler [ZS]
  • Former EVP & GM Trend Micro [TSE: 4704]
  • Founder, Bess Ventures & Advisory

Kelly Wright

  • President and COO at Gong
  • Former EVP Sales at Tableau Software
  • Director, Fastly [FSLY], Gong, Lucid, Even
  • Adjunct Professor, UW Foster School of Business

Jennifer Ceran

  • Former CFO, Smartsheet [SMAR], Quotient / Coupons.com [QUOT]
  • Director at AuthO, NerdWallet, Wyze

Alok Sama

  • Former President, Softbank Group International
  • Senior Advisor, Warburg Pincus, Raine Group
  • Director, ARM, Fortress Group, Airtel Africa

Our Leadership Council

17% sponsorship of the at-risk capital and individuals with a track record of success to add value to our partner companies

Alan Black

  • CFO, Zendesk
  • CEO, Intelliden
  • Director, Looker

Brian Gentile

  • CEO, Jaspersoft
  • MD, 10XCEO
  • Advisor, KKR

Danielle Brown

  • Chief People Officer, Gusto
  • Chief Diversity Officer, Google, Intel

David Sable

  • CEO Y&R
  • Chairman WMLY&R
  • Sr. Advisor, WPP

David Faugno

  • EVP, Qualtrics
  • CFO, Barracuda [CUDA]

Glenda McNeal

  • President, American Express
  • Director, Nordstrom

Gokul Rajaram

  • GM, Doordash
  • Director, Coinbase, Pinterest, Trade Desk

Jan Frykhammar

  • CEO Ericsson [ERIC]
  • Director, multiple

Patti Hart

  • CEO, Gaming tech co. IGT, Pinnacle, Excite@Home

Patricia Nakache

  • GP, Trinity Ventures
  • Director, ThreadUp

Raj Gupta

  • CEO & Board Advisor at Allstate, Walgreens, McDonalds

Ralph Clark

  • CEO, Shotspotter [SSTI], GuardianEdge, Blue Makoi

Sandy Climan

  • CEO Entertainment Media Ventures
  • EVP Universal Studios, Sr. Management Team at CAA

Valerie Jarrett

  • President, Obama Foundation
  • Director, Ariel, Lyft

Van Jones

  • Host, CNN
  • CEO, REFORM Alliance

Vivian Chow

  • CAO, Docusign
  • Director, LiveRamp

Vin Murria, OBE DWA

  • Founder & CEO, Advanced Computer Software
  • Senior Advisor, Rothschild, Hg Capital
  • Director, SVB, Bunzl, Softcat

Our Senior Advisors

Our Senior Advisory Team is comprised of individuals with an array of diverse and relevant experience, including unicorn founders, public company CEOs, and industry leaders in technology. These individuals are not investors in our SPAC, but they are eligible for our 500,000 share performance bonus. These individuals serve in ad-hoc roles and add value to Plum through the strength of their connectivity with relevant company executives and boards.

Overall, members of our extended team are current CEOs, Board Members, Advisors, or Investors at companies such as Datto, Gusto, Grammarly, ThoughtSpot, Teneo, Databricks, Fastly, Rubrik, Even, Waystar, Builder.ai, Wyze, MapBox, Side, GitLab, HashiCorp, Folloze, ShotSpotter, ThredUp, Core Scientific, Lucid, Pendo, Outreach, Digital Ocean, Illumio, Notion, Punchh, LiveRamp, SmartNews, True, DeepInstinct, Crunchbase, Nutanix, SQream, Auth0, Calm, Zayo, Smartsheet, Cybereason, NerdWallet, Uber, Softcat, ZeroFox, HIS, Advanced Computer Software, etc.

Our team members are also current Partners, Advisors, or LPs at firms such as Bessemer, Durable, IVP, DST, Wing Ventures, TPG, Akkadian, Warburg Pincus, Trinity Ventures, Cross Creek, Cadian, HWVP, Twenty Acer, Gagarin, Raine, Hutt Capital, Rothschild, Elderstreet, NEA, Highland, Generation, Soma Capital, Hg Capital, General Catalyst, EQT, Menlo Ventures, Accel, Dockyard, Lightspeed, etc.