Our leadership team

Steve Sloan

Chief Executive Officer
Steve brings a background in high-growth SaaS companies, leading product, marketing and engineering. He was most recently Twilio SendGrid’s Chief Product and Marketing Officer, and previously led global product and engineering at Marketo. He also held leadership roles at Amazon and Microsoft. Steve holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Away from work, you’ll most likely find him on an adventure with his family or swimming in the San Francisco Bay.

Sascha Konietzke

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
His fondness for programming helped Sascha land his first job at the age of 15, working as a webmaster for a VC-funded hardware startup Vircinity. In 2005, Sascha joined Hewlett-Packard where he was quickly recognized for spotting promising technologies and taking an entrepreneurial approach to day-to-day projects. After leaving HP in 2008, Sascha travelled extensively and founded Tagcrumbs, a geo-location based bookmarking service. In 2011, he started working on a publishing platform which went on to become Contentful. Sascha holds a degree in Business Information Technology from the University of Cooperative Education in Stuttgart.

Paolo Negri

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
In 2006, Paolo left native Milan for London to be a part of the cloud revolution. He led the bid management development team at Forward, one of the fastest growing companies in the UK at the time, and later helped to scale the website of Autoscout24, the largest European car search engine. In 2010, Paolo joined the social gaming company Wooga, where he resolved Wooga's massive scaling issues and oversaw a 10X traffic growth spurt over his 2-year tenure. In 2012, Paolo met Sascha and founded Contentful. Paolo holds an Engineering Management degree from the Polytechnic University of Milan.

Markus Harder

Chief Financial Officer
As a student, Markus channeled his love for tech by founding an IT consultancy. Passionate about data, hard problems and finance, he then went into investment banking with Morgan Stanley. He continued honing his management skills at Zalando, where he has built up the UK business, was MD for Zalando Ltd, and later became the CFO of Zalando's operations entities. Before joining Contentful, Markus was a VP of Finance and IT at SoundCloud, the world’s leading audio platform. Markus holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from WHU Otto-Beisheim School of Management.

Margo M. Smith

Chief Legal Officer
Margo brings an extensive background representing technology companies on IPOs, corporate governance, intellectual property and international law to Contentful, where she will lead global legal strategy, privacy, compliance and strategic initiatives. Margo was most recently Chief Legal Officer at Snowflake Inc., one of the world’s fastest-growing SaaS companies. She has also served as the top legal executive at Apttus, Marketo, QuinStreet, and Verigy. Margo began her career at global technology law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and holds a JD from Columbia University School of Law and a BA from the University of Washington.

Vanessa MacIlwaine

VP, People
Vanessa has more than 20 years of experience in human resources. As a dual-national with a passion for global business, she launched her career by joining the exploration division of BHP Minerals, a 70,000-person Australian mining company. She went on to work for Lucasfilm, Williams-Sonoma, and Lending Club, in a variety of people-focused leadership roles, focusing on growth and expansion. Vanessa leads Contentful’s global People and Workplace functions. She hold a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington.

Ed Medak

VP, Sales
Ed started his career in commercial insurance working on financial service products and transitioned into SaaS technology sales. Before joining Contentful, he worked for Salesforce, Jive, Box, and Databricks. In the decade of selling SaaS products, Ed has overseen all aspects of B2B sales and comes to Contentful with a track record for identifying, implementing, and expanding new revenue channels. Ed holds a degree in Finance from Santa Clara University. Rumoured to be a track and field champion, he has also won the title of the fastest Contentfulero in 2017.

Saood Shah

VP, Customer Success
With degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Saood started his career at Sun Microsystems writing code for the Solaris 8 kernel. Feeling a customer-sized hole in his professional life, he took on technical professional services roles at RSA Security and Siebel Systems — and never looked back. Over the last 20 years, Saood has built customer success teams in high-growth environments focused on time-to-value, retention, expansion and delivering customer outcomes. When he’s not fine-tuning his CS methodologies, he can be found at the beach or on the snow with his family.

Kevin Zellmer

VP, Partnerships
Kevin has been at the forefront of internet growth since the early days — from the beginnings of ecommerce, to the launch of social media. At Contentful, he is responsible for developing, implementing and managing Contentful's global partnership program, to enable our customers and partners to achieve their goals. Prior to joining Contentful, Kevin held a number of executive-level positions at companies such as Hootsuite, Hearsay Systems, Cisco and Beyond.com. Kevin holds a BA from the University of California, Davis.

Our board of directors

We’re proud to be supported by these smart and experienced partners

Suranga Chandratillake

General Partner at Balderton Capital
Starting as an engineer at Autonomy Corporation R&D team, Suranga went on to become the company's CTO for the US market. In 2004, Suranga founded Blinkx, a video and audio search engine. As a CEO, he built a profitable business and took the company public on the London Stock Exchange in 2007. Since 2015 Suranga is a General Partner at Balderton Capital, one of Europe's leading early stage technology venture capital firms with over $2.5B under management. Suranga holds an MA in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.

Trevor Oelschig

Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners
Trevor Oelschig is a managing director at General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with approximately $3.75 billion in total capital raised. Working from the firm’s West Coast offices, Trevor’s investment focus lies in the application layer with an emphasis on companies with a developer-first approach. Before joining General Catalyst, Trevor spent nine years on the investment team at Bessemer Venture Partners. Trevor earned a BS in industrial engineering at UC Berkeley, an MS in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University and holds an MBA from The Wharton School.

Eric Vishria

General Partner at Benchmark
Eric Vishria is a general partner at Benchmark, where he focuses on early stage startup investing, especially in infrastructure and enterprise software. Eric brings a long and varied background as an executive in technology startups (Loudcloud, Opsware, RockMelt) and public companies (HP, Yahoo), including consumer and enterprise, and across a range of functions including product, marketing and operations.

Andreas Weiskam

Co-founder, Sapphire Ventures
Andreas is a co-founder and managing director of Sapphire Ventures. He serves as a board director or observer at Contentful, CurrencyCloud, Matillion, Retail Solutions, and Wandera. Prior to Sapphire Ventures, Andreas held business development roles at SAP, co-developing the SAP enterprise services community and leading reseller partnerships with Virsa Systems and Mercury Interactive among others. Before SAP, he co-founded Zadu, a venture-backed instant messaging startup. Andreas holds a Diplom-Kaufmann (graduate business degree) from the University of Hamburg, Germany and an MLitt with distinction in management, economics and politics from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

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