Leadership Team

Meet the executives who lead the Kahuna team.

Sameer Patel

CEO

Sameer joined Kahuna in August, 2016 as CEO and board member. Prior to Kahuna, Sameer was GM/SVP at SAP/SuccessFactors where he led the team that was responsible for making SAP a leading provider of Collaboration and Customer Engagement solutions with 35 million subscribers. Prior to SAP, Sameer worked consulting and systems integrator business. Sameer has a BS in Finance and Economics from Babson College and a Masters in MIS from Boston University. Sameer is @sameerpatel on Twitter.

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Lorie Boyd

VP of People

Lorie Boyd joined Kahuna in January 2015 as the VP of People. Prior to Kahuna, she led global recruiting for Zendesk, growing the company to nearly 900 employees worldwide. Lorie also has a background in human resources, technology, and finance, having previously worked at Salesforce.com, Oracle, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Lorie received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University.

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Mihir Nanavati

Senior Vice President of Product

Mihir joined Kahuna in February 2016 as Senior Vice President of Product. Prior to joining Kahuna, Mihir led numerous product initiatives at Tradeshift, Hightail and Adobe Systems. Mihir earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Bombay, India and his Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

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Fayyaz Younas

VP of Engineering

Fayyaz Younas joined Kahuna in December 2014 as the VP of Engineering. Prior to Kahuna, Fayyaz served as the VP of the Salesforce Analytics Cloud, where he was instrumental in building the engineering team and delivering analytic capabilities in the cloud. Fayyaz has also held engineering leadership roles at SignalDemand (acquired by PROS), Celequest (acquired by IBM COGNOS), and Informatica. Fayyaz received his Master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from SUNY at Stony Brook.

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David Verhaag

VP of Customer Success

David Verhaag joined Kahuna in March 2015 as the VP of Customer Success. Prior to Kahuna, he was the VP of Customer Success at HireVue, where he drove market leading product adoption and best-in-class net promoter scores. David also spent 8+ years at SuccessFactors where he held a variety of leadership roles, including Director of Customer Value, where he led the growth of the global Customer Value function. David received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resources Management from Eastern Washington University.

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John McGuire

VP of Finance

John McGuire joined Kahuna in July 2016 as the VP of Finance. Prior to Kahuna, John led finance at Insightly, a startup SaaS CRM provider for small businesses. John was also an early employee at Zendesk where he was instrumental in creating infrastructure and helping to grow and scale the business through several rounds of financing and eventually IPO. John has a diverse has a background having managed finance, accounting, legal and various other administrative duties at startup tech companies. John started his career in public accounting and was also an early employee at Salesforce.com. John received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Denison University and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

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Adam Marchick

Executive Chairman of the Board

Adam Marchick co-founded Kahuna in May 2012. Prior to Kahuna, Adam held product and engineering roles at Facebook, Oracle, and Accenture, and invested seven years supporting start-ups at Bain Capital Ventures and Menlo Ventures. Adam also previously co-founded and ran The Glow Foundation, which has provided financial literacy and aid to over 20,000 students. Adam received both his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Stanford University.

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