CEO and Founder
Clara Shih is CEO and founder of Hearsay Systems, the leading Client Engagement Platform used by more than 170,000 financial advisors and insurance agents to authentically and intelligently grow business relationships. Marketing and Distribution leaders at the world’s leading financial services companies including Morgan Stanley, New York Life, Allstate, American Family Insurance, JPMorgan Chase, Prudential and Allianz partner with Hearsay to proactively guide and capture the last mile of digital communications to deliver the human client experience at scale.
A digital pioneer, Clara developed the first social business application in 2007 and subsequently authored the New York Times-featured best-seller, The Facebook Era, and sequel, The Social Business Imperative. Clara has been named one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” Fast Company’s “Most Influential People in Technology,” and a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. She also has been listed in both Fortune’s and Ad Age’s “40 Under 40,” as well as InvestmentNews’ “40 Under 40” and ThinkAdvisor‘s 25 Industry Influencers.
Clara is a member of the Starbucks board of directors and previously served in a variety of technical, product and marketing roles at Google, Microsoft and Salesforce.com. She graduated #1 in computer science at Stanford University, where she also received an M.S. in computer science. She also holds an M.S. in internet studies from Oxford University, where she studied as a U.S. Marshall Scholar.
Chief Operating Officer
Michael Boese leads all of Hearsay’s go-to-market and customer facing activities. He has 25 years of software leadership experience with high performing software companies. Most recently, he was co-founder and CEO of Plantt, a SaaS enabled garden goods marketplace that was purchased by Monrovia. Prior to Plantt, Boese was the CEO of Certent, a fintech SaaS company where he oversaw 5x revenue growth, significant margin expansion and the implementation of multiple process improvement initiatives over a six-year period. Boese has also held various senior leadership roles at Taleo, SAP, PeopleSoft, and Oracle. He has also been a board advisor and consultant to several software companies.
Boese holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Washington and an MBA from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar.
Chief Product Officer
Chris Andrew oversees Hearsay’s Product, Engineering and Design for Hearsay and is General Manager of Hearsay Relate. Chris was employee #1 at Hearsay, where he began as its first Customer Success Manager and has played a variety of roles in product management, solutions consulting, and as the former Head of Hearsay Europe.
Prior to Hearsay, Chris worked in product management at Intuit. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Grove City College, where he was captain of the track & field team. In his spare time, he is a gourmet pizza chef who trained in Naples, Italy.
Chief People Officer
Kristen Trubey is responsible for Hearsay’s employee and candidate experience, which includes company culture, people operations, recruiting, and global office operations. She brings nearly 20 years of expertise in human resources, culture, and organizational design to Hearsay, and thrives on creating dynamic, transparent, and forward-thinking workplaces that inspire team members to be their best selves.
Kristen previously served on the renowned talent leadership team at Netflix, where she partnered with various business units in the U.S. and EMEA to strategically plan organizational growth to match business needs across each region. She has also held leadership HR positions at Old Navy, Target, and REI. Kristen received her B.A. in political science and education from North Carolina State University and can be found roaming the halls of Hearsay with her adorable dog, Dash.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Pete Godbole is responsible for finance, HR, legal, and business operations teams at Hearsay – known internally as the PIE Team (People, Infrastructure, and Enablement). Pete is an enterprise software industry veteran, bringing more than two decades of experience in broad financial roles optimizing all aspects of financial operations in support of high-growth public and private companies. Prior to Hearsay, Pete served as CFO of GoodData, helping scale the business into new products and business models, and CFO for VMware’s (NYSE: VMW) End User Computing global business unit.
Pete previously held senior operating and financial roles at a variety of technology companies including Hyperion (acquired by Oracle), Autodesk, and Hewlett Packard. Pete received a B.S. in Business/Accounting from the University of Delhi and M.B.A. from the Broad School of Business at Michigan State University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (non attest).
Chief Strategy Officer
As Chief Strategy Officer, Eugene Lee is responsible for the company’s long-term growth strategy and oversees Hearsay’s vertical industry-specific investments. Eugene leads the Hearsay Actions initiative focused on guiding and automating advisor actions, driving best practices in client-advisor/agent digital interactions.
Eugene has over 25 years of enterprise software experience, serving in both consulting and executive management roles. Most recently, Eugene spent 10 years at Guidewire Software, a leading provider of enterprise core systems to P&C insurers, where he led their Data & Analytics business. He started his career at Andersen Consulting configuring and implementing large scale enterprise software. He has also held leadership positions at IBM, Hitachi, and Applied Biosystems. Eugene earned his B.S., Mechanical Engineering and M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Eugene is a Certified Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).
Chief Technology Officer
Robert MacCloy oversees Hearsay’s software engineering, data, and infrastructure teams. He was one of the company’s first employees and has played a pivotal role in the company’s product, technology, and strategic direction. Under Robert’s leadership, Hearsay’s technology and product teams have pioneered a model for “agile enterprise” development – balancing agile continuous delivery with the enterprise needs and expectations of the world’s largest banks and insurance firms.
Previously, Robert worked as a software engineer at Quantcast and AdBrite. Outside of work, Robert loves nerding out on decentralized decision-making, data, and continually better ways to #GSD.
Vice President of Marketing
Leslie Leach leads Hearsay’s marketing strategy and execution. She has more than two decades of experience in consumer and B2B marketing, starting her marketing career as a Brand Manager at The Clorox Company. More recently, she served as Vice President of Marketing for ZapLabs, the innovation lab for Realogy RLGY (NYSE) and Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Certent, a fintech SaaS company, where she grew the business from $11 million to $40 million in revenue over four years.
Leach holds a B.A. in Economics from The University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she was named an Edward W. Carter Fellow. In her spare time, she enjoys cheering on her two teenage boys, travelling, and the outdoors.
Vice President, Sales
Tom Westhoff leads the sales, solutions consulting, and sales operations teams that position Hearsay’s acclaimed software and services to premier financial services and insurance firms. Having built his career in financial services field distribution and leadership prior to joining Hearsay, Tom brings domain knowledge at the intersection of insurance, wealth management, and digital, and serves as the key executive sponsor for Hearsay’s most strategic client relationships. As an early employee of Hearsay, Tom has played a critical role in the company’s strategy and direction from the beginning.
Previously, Tom served a variety of leadership roles at Insurity (a LexisNexis company) as well as Insuresoft and NIIT Technologies. Tom earned his B.S. in finance from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he played on the men’s basketball team. These days, Tom can be found in the crossfit gym and chasing after his twin boys.
Vice President of Business Development
Angela Kenniston brings 20 years of experience in designing and managing innovative technology initiatives to her role as Vice President of Business Development. A long-time Salesforce executive, she is widely regarded as a visionary alliances leader. She created and closed the first multi-tier Salesforce platform reseller contract and launched an internal tool for ISV App Assessment with the partner success team. Kenniston also created and executed four first-of-their-kind technology distribution models. Additionally, she designed and led the company’s first North American ISV/CRM reseller agreement.
Prior to joining Hearsay, Kenniston served as Vice President of Business Development for GoFormz, where she designed and managed strategic, reseller, and referral partnership programs and contracts, increasing net-new channel ARR from 6% to 22%. Kenniston also spearheaded the cross-functional business transformation team to optimize professional services and enterprise customer feature requests in addition to implementing a custom partner community.
She holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from San Jose State University.
Vice President, Product Management
Alex Falls is responsible for leading Hearsay’s product vision, direction, and development. He has over two decades of experience delivering product vision, strategy, and execution transforming the insurance and financial services industry.
Prior to Hearsay, Falls worked at Guidewire Software for 14 years where he held a number of management roles. Most recently, he spent five years as Vice President of Product Management and was recognized for building and evangelizing Guidewire’s cloud transformation strategy to reinvent non-SaaS products as cloud-native products and solutions.
Falls has also served in management roles at Epiphany and Clarify, leading the early wave of customer relationship management (CRM) software development. He holds a B.S. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Managing Director of EMEA
Remy has served as a leader at global Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, specializing in business and commercial development as well as sales, with a focus on key European markets. He spent several years as the Managing Director, EMEA for Marin Software, where his division was named as top-performing in 2014, 2015, and 2017. He also played a major role in Marin’s acquisition and subsequent successful integration of French startup SocialMoov.
Prior to Marin, Remy spent five years as a Senior Manager, Global Business Development, Operator Channel for Microsoft, where he received a Gold Star Award for top-performing individuals.
Remy holds a Masters in Management from Essec Business School in Paris.