WordStream Management Team
The WordStream management team has a proven track record of developing and marketing innovative, scalable, and productive software solutions worldwide.
Howard Kogan is WordStream CEO. He joined WordStream in June 2017 and is responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations and strategy with a focus on rapid growth. Prior to joining WordStream, Howard spent seven years with C Space, a customer agency owned by Omnicom, serving as President of the Americas region, Chief Technology Officer, and most recently as global Chief Operating Officer leading product innovation, technology development, and acquisitions.
Howard holds a BS in Computer Science & Mathematics from Binghamton University, an MS in Software Engineering from Boston University, and a Certificate in Corporate Strategy from MIT Sloan.
Manish Barmecha is WordStream's Senior Vice President of Product. Manish is responsible for defining WordStream's product strategy and for product management and design. Prior to joining WordStream, Manish was Head of Product Management in the Software as a Service (SaaS) unit at Infosys, where he helped build the eCommerce and Social Collaboration software businesses. Before that, Manish headed Product Management at Demandware, an eCommerce SaaS company, and held product leadership roles at Art Technology Group (ATG), where he managed multiple product lines, led entry into new markets, and led the integration of an acquisition. Prior to ATG, Manish was a Senior Associate with McKinsey & Company where he served Global 2000 clients on strategy and marketing issues.
Manish holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA (summa cum laude) in Mathematics and Computer Science from Lawrence University.
Patrick Heath is WordStream’s Senior Vice President of Engineering. Patrick is responsible for leading WordStream's engineering team, delivering high-quality products and driving innovation. Patrick strives to build high performing teams committed to delivering new technology at a rapid pace while maintaining a high level of quality for end users.
Prior to joining WordStream, Patrick worked at Isobar, where he supported numerous clients, building custom solutions across ecommerce, content management, social and mobile projects. At Isobar Patrick played a number of key roles including Managing Director, Executive Technical Director, and SVP Client Partner.
John Judge is WordStream's Senior Vice President of Sales, leading Wordstream’s exceptional world wide sales organization. His primary role is enabling the phenomenal customer experience that WordStream offers by empowering his team to be the most knowledgeable sales consultants in the online advertising industry.
John has been a sales and marketing leader across a number of successful technology companies, both large and small. Most recently he was Chief Revenue Officer for Datawatch, a leader in self-service data preparation for business analytics. Prior to this he was SVP for Enterprise Sales at Iron Mountain where he was responsible for a billion dollar book of business; was the VP for Novell’s SUSE linux business and was instrumental in their rapid market share growth in the open source space, and VP Americas for Silverstream Software, helping position the eventual merger of the company with Novell.
Laura Taylor is WordStream’s Vice President of Acquisition and Experience Design. On any given day Laura can be found fine-tuning WordStream's very own PPC campaigns, generating powerful email marketing campaigns and landing pages and continually evolving our website.
Laura is responsible for the entire journey of a prospect from arriving at our website, to providing tools for a prospect to consider our platform, to purchasing, and ultimately starting their relationship with WordStream. She is passionate about making all WordStream's touch-points world-class and on brand and to elevate WordStream products and offerings to a best-in-class user experience.
Kristen Yerardi is WordStream’s Senior Vice President of Customer Success. Kristen joined WordStream in November of 2010 to build a world-class client services organization through developing training modules on the product, providing ongoing support materials, and ensuring our internal processes deliver efficient and effective resolutions to client issues. Kristen has led teams as large as thirty-five and as small as four throughout her 15-plus years of focusing on delivering exceptional experiences to customers.
Christopher Butts is WordStream's Vice President of Finance. Chris joined the company in March 2010, bringing maturity and discipline to the finance department as well as the company. As VP of Finance, Chris is responsible for all aspects of the company's finance and accounting functions, including financial reporting, budget, forecasting, treasury, etc. Chris has experience building finance and accounting teams at companies who went on to experience tremendous growth.
Prior to joining WordStream, Chris spent two years at Virgin Money building their finance department. Chris received his Masters in Accounting from Stonehill College in 2000.
Lucy Lemons is WordStream’s Vice President of People and Performance. She is responsible for providing WordStream employees an incredible professional experience as a means to drive value for customers. She began her career as a market researcher and has held a variety of people-related roles in organizations over her career including in Learning, Organizational Development, Business Partnering, Employee Relations, and HR Operations.
Steve Tremblay joined WordStream as Vice President of Business Operations in August 2017. He is responsible for the company’s operating systems and processes that enable the organization to scale and work efficiently. Most recently, Steve served as Vice President of Finance at Onshape, and has previously held senior financial and operational roles in a number of software companies, including Objective Logistics, ClearForest, and Siebel. Outside the office, Steve is a proud board member on the Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars, and enjoys coaching youth soccer and basketball.