Our executive leadership team

Karthik Rau

Karthik Rau

Chief Executive Officer
Karthik brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in high-growth, disruptive technology markets. He was a founder and CEO of SignalFx, an early leader in cloud monitoring, from its inception until it was acquired by Splunk in 2019. Previously, he held several executive leadership positions at VMware during its early growth years and through its IPO, including as Vice President of Product Management and Worldwide Marketing. Karthik holds a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a Terman Scholar.
Sascha Konietzke

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

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.
Jason Holmes

Jason Holmes

President, Revenue and Field Operations
Jason brings a wealth of industry experience and a passion for focusing on metrics, process, and people to understand the customer experience and improve customer retention, growth, advocacy and lifetime value. Jason recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Showpad, and Chief Customer Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Marketo. He has also led large global customer operations teams at companies including Adobe and Oracle. Jason holds a bachelor of science degree in finance from Arizona State University and an MBA in marketing and strategy from Northern Illinois University.
Mairead O'Donovan

Mairead O'Donovan

Chief Product Officer
Mairead has nearly two decades of experience in product strategy and innovation, with a track record of growing $100M+ high-growth SaaS businesses. Mairead came to Contentful from Atlassian, where she joined in 2012, and most recently led the Atlassian Growth organization and was also responsible for founding new Atlassian products and businesses. She was previously the Head of Product for Jira, among other roles. Mairead got her start in tech working in product management at Microsoft for more than seven years where she launched several products for Microsoft Visual Studio, Bing and Xbox. Mairead is passionate about exploring this planet of ours, where she is continuously looking for new adventures in learning new cultures with her husband, two girls and recently added puppy, Moodle.
Carla Cooper

Carla Cooper

Chief Financial Officer
Carla has a drive to understand the inner workings of businesses—and after nearly 20 years as a financial analyst covering technology stocks, she moved into the tech industry herself. Carla served in key financial roles for both Responsys and Mulesoft during their journeys to going public. Most recently she was VP Finance & Strategy for Salesforce. She also is on the advisory board of Gappify, a provider of SaaS solutions for corporate accountants. Carla earned an MBA at Northwestern University and an AB in Public and International Relations from Princeton University. An accomplished athlete, she completed six marathons and countless triathlons before her kids were born.
Ray Martinelli

Ray Martinelli

Chief People Officer
Ray has more than 20 years of experience in human resources leadership positions including as Chief People Officer at three San Francisco area technology startups. After starting his career at Apple, Ray helped technology companies including Juniper Networks and ServiceSource scale, taking ServiceSource through an IPO. Most recently, he helped evolve Coupa into a public company. His deep international experience fits well with Contentful’s global presence. Ray has successfully built and managed EMEA people operations multiple times, including large multidisciplinary teams in Germany. Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources from California State University - Sacramento and an MA in organizational leadership from Golden Gate University.
Margo M. Smith

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.
Laurence Trifon

Laurence Trifon

Chief Business Operations Officer
Laurence builds and leads teams across the full customer lifecycle for B2B software companies. Before joining Contentful, Laurence was responsible for new product initiatives at Twilio as Vice President of Emerging Businesses. Prior to Twilio, Laurence helped scale SendGrid from startup through IPO in several leadership roles including Vice President of Revenue — leading sales, customer success and professional services — and Vice President of Strategic & Corporate Development. Before SendGrid, Laurence led business development and go-to-market strategy for Bloomspot, an ecommerce startup that was acquired by JP Morgan Chase. Laurence holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University.
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