Andrew Rosen

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO, Andrew Rosen brings a proven track record of successfully introducing and scaling innovative, problem-solving technologies into new markets. Andrew started his career as an early co-founder of Blackboard where he and the team successfully built and scaled the Learning Management System throughout the education marketplace. At Blackboard, Andrew first served as the General Counsel and early Chief Financial Officer; he evolved into Blackboard’s Chief Corporate Officer, managing mergers, acquisitions, integrations, and all business development, as well as President of Blackboard International, where he started and grew Blackboard’s international business into over 50 countries. After taking Blackboard public, Andrew left to grow Presidium Inc., an early education start-up focused on end user support services, and the preeminent first-mover in solutions that bolster student success and faculty productivity. After growing Presidium to over 550 customers and selling the company, Andrew took time off to focus on his photography before joining the Education Advisory Board (a division of the Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO)) as General Manager of its Education Technology. At EAB, Andrew and his team evolved four different analytics and predictive modeling technologies to address the rising issues around student retention and student success. Most recently, Andrew served as the Sr. Executive Vice President and Head of Product at MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR) , a world-class enterprise analytics platform company.

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Sean Newell

CEO Interfolio UK

Sean is the CEO of the Cambridge office of Interfolio UK whose researchfish platform-based SaaS is used by funders, universities and charities across the globe to track scientific research and evidence impact.

Sean studied engineering at Cambridge University and over the past 25 years has worked in the software industry. Originally a software developer, Sean has directed companies and teams, both large and small around the world.

Read Sean Newell’s book, Research Impact and the Interconnectedness of Stuff on Amazon.

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Carol Gersten

Chief Client Officer

Carol has been focused on making clients successful through service, delivery, and technology activities and implementations since the beginning of her professional career. She has worked across a variety of industries (logistics, biotechnology, and higher education) guiding and leading organizations of professional services, account management, solution consulting, business development, and enterprise technology engagements.

Carol’s background in higher education began at Blackboard in the services organization where she led one of the largest client engagements of Blackboard’s technology, managing a challenging installation and teams of various size and scope who were critical to the success of the engagement. From there she joined up with Blackboard colleagues at Intelliworks, an early-stage education company focused on application and support management solutions for admissions offices. She built and led the delivery and support teams, who thrived as the number of clients increased tenfold while also solidly growing renewal rates to over 90%. While at Hobsons, she was the Vice President of the Outcome Consulting Division, responsible for creating, building and managing their Higher Education Consulting Services Division. More recently, Carol was the Chief Services Officer at Decision Lens working with federal, state and local and commercial clients, and was directly responsible for all client management, education and training services, and full lifecycle account management.

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David Ashman

Senior Vice President, Engineering

David leads the engineering team at Interfolio where he manages all aspects of software product delivery, including software engineering, quality assurance and production operations. David has 25 years of experience as a software engineer and architect. Thirteen years of his career have been devoted to leading educational technology organizations, ranging from early childhood through higher education, including his role as Chief Architect of Blackboard’s flagship learning management platform. David specializes in agile, cloud and DevOps transformations within organizations looking to advance their technology practices. He has presented on his unique technical transformation experiences in the workforce to a variety of audiences including at international conferences like DevOps Enterprise Summit. He also contributed a case study to The DevOps Handbook. David holds a BS in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Jean Ku

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Jean is a strategic marketing leader who balances the creative and data aspects of marketing. As SVP of Marketing at Interfolio, Jean is responsible for all marketing efforts to expand awareness around Interfolio’s faculty-first mission and solutions. Her responsibilities include product and content marketing, demand generation, brand, and marketing operations. She also has responsibility for the sales development and sales enablement teams. 

Jean brings extensive experience in and passion for education technology and faculty and student success. Prior to Interfolio, she led marketing teams at other major education technology companies. Most recently, Jean helped lead and transition Naviance marketing programs from Hobsons into PowerSchool. At Hobsons, Jean transformed marketing services and established an insights-driven marketing organization. Jean has also built and led marketing teams at Rosetta Stone, Intellify Learning, and Blackboard. Jean was formerly a management consultant, serving Fortune 500 companies, high-tech start-up companies, as well as government organizations such as the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education.       

Outside of work, Jean serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and as a mentor in Project W’s Tech Equity Hub. She likes to hike on beautiful days, train her puppy, and spend time with her family. Jean received her BS in International Marketing from the American University and her MBA from the University of Maryland.  

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Anthony Morris

Vice President, Account Management

A lifelong educator, Anthony has spent over 30 years serving the education community as a teacher, not-for-profit director, and sales executive.  His service to the Ed Tech community includes sales and management roles at Scantron, Hobsons and Campus Management.    At Interfolio, he leads our renewal and expansion strategies for our Faculty Information System clients and our Researchfish brand. Anthony is passionate about helping our institutional partners uncover efficiencies in processes so that faculty can better support the teaching, research, and service missions of their institutions.  Outside of work, he stays busy with his family and volunteering with his local scout troop and youth sports teams. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s Degree Education from the University of Virginia.

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Navid Bazari

Vice President, Head of Product

Navid leads the product management, design and analytics team for Interfolio, responsible for the product vision, strategy and roadmap for Interfolio’s FIS and Researchfish platforms. With over 20 years of experience in online technology/services, Navid’s career has taken him across diverse industries and firms, including Fintech at IBM, Media at Thomson Reuters, HRTech at Korn Ferry and, more recently, in 2016, joining Elsevier to work on EdTech.

During his tenure at Elsevier, Navid launched the Reviewer Recommender for Elsevier Journal editors to improve their peer-review invitation decision with data and analytics. While responsible for the Elsevier Submissions Platform product strategy, he recruited and developed product managers to ensure everything built was grounded in customer/user needs with an evidence-based approach to prioritisation.

Before product management, Navid spent a decade in engineering. He received a first-class honours B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Portsmouth.

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Kate Slavit

Vice President, People and Chief of Staff

Kate brings a unique set of experiences to the Interfolio team as VP, Head of People. Always focused on nurturing relationships, connecting across organizations and creating moments for hospitality in business, she oversees the People and Culture strategy at Interfolio. In partnership with Talent Management and Talent Acquisition, Kate sees the People team as a business partner and internal marketing function, with special attention to communications, experience and recruitment marketing. 

Early in her career, she developed and supported PR campaigns for restaurant and hospitality clients including Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Morton’s The Steakhouse, the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Larry King Cardiac Foundation. After leading the publicity and promotions of theatrical film releases for Sony Pictures Entertainment and Walt Disney Motion Pictures Studios, Kate joined the team at WeddingWire overseeing PR, B2B and B2C events and Corporate Communications. For seven years as a communications leader on the Marketing team, she transitioned to the People team, leading internal and executive communications and global employee experience through private equity transactions and the merge with XO Group to form The Knot Worldwide.

Kate holds a BA in Public Communication and Cinema from The American University in Washington, DC.

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Todd McCartney

Vice President, Technical Services and Support

At Interfolio, Todd is leading our Technical Services and Technical Support Teams. He enjoys working directly with our clients to understand their business requirements & challenges and aligning his teams to deliver client delight in the most efficient manner. Todd has spent the entirety of his career focused on support and services delivery with an emphasis on designing and delivering high visibility projects, support and offerings that solve client’s business initiatives. He’s highly focused on process improvement and has an affinity for using analytics and metrics to help manage and drive Interfolio’s success. Prior to joining, Todd was a technical support manager of mission critical single-sign-on infrastructures after he was a professional services security architect. Todd holds of B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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