About

Leadership Team

Meet Mailchimp’s senior leadership team. Looking for an interview? Email us your request.

Ben Chestnut

Co-founder and CEO

Ben Chestnut is co-founder and CEO of Mailchimp, the leading marketing platform for small businesses. Headquartered in Ben’s hometown of Atlanta since 2001, Mailchimp is privately held and profitable, with nearly 1,000 employees and millions of global users. In 2017, Mailchimp was named Company of the Year by Inc. Magazine and recognized as one of the world’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. Ben is a dedicated leader whose mantra for employees is “listen hard, change fast.” He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Georgia Tech and was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2016.

Dan Kurzius

Co-founder and Chief Customer Officer

Dan Kurzius co-founded Mailchimp with Ben Chestnut in 2001. He was a developer who also served as the company’s first support agent. He built Mailchimp’s support department and continues to advocate for our users through research efforts in partnership with the data science, product, and marketing teams. When he’s not on the road visiting customers, Dan also focuses on the workplace and culture of Mailchimp.

Farrah Kennedy

Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Farrah Kennedy manages all of Mailchimp’s technical and operations teams. She joined the company as VP of Support in 2014. Before that, she was General Manager at Franchise Gator, a digital media and advertising company with a focus on small business sales, and Head of Customer Service at Paychex, a payroll services company for small business. She started her career as Director of Operations at Newhomesdirect.com.

Marti Wolf

Chief Culture Officer

Marti Wolf is Mailchimp’s Chief Culture Officer. She oversees all of the company’s culture, employee experience, and communications and corporate affairs teams. Those teams are responsible for Mailchimp’s robust onboarding program, diversity and inclusion efforts, employee resource groups, and employee communications and events. They also connect employees with Mailchimp's community investments through programs like Mailchimp [Community College](https://mailchimp.com/about/investor-relations/equity/). Before joining Mailchimp in 2012, she was a self-employed HR consultant, HR manager at EzGov, and Account Executive at Paychex. Marti has a degree in social work from Texas Christian University.

Rick Lynch

Chief Financial Officer

Rick leads Mailchimp’s finance, planning, and investment functions. Prior to Mailchimp, he was a founding partner of TechCXO and served as interim CFO or M&A advisor to high-growth SaaS and marketing-tech firms. He’s also held executive positions with VueMedia, Hewlett Packard, VeriFone, and GTECH, and began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Company. He received a business degree from The Citadel and an MBA from Georgia State University’s Executive Program.

Scott Culpepper

General Counsel

Scott Culpepper is a lawyer and registered patent attorney with expertise in technology and intellectual property. As General Counsel, he advises Mailchimp’s executive team on legal, compliance, and privacy issues. He has more than 20 years of experience advising technology clients, from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Before joining Mailchimp, Scott was a partner at Robins Kaplan, and previously, a partner at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley. He has a law degree from Vanderbilt and a degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech.

Tom Klein

Chief Marketing Officer

Tom Klein leads Mailchimp’s Marketing team and is responsible for all of Mailchimp’s marketing and strategic partnerships. He has more than 20 years of experience working with some of the world’s leading brands, including Chanel and Kraft. As CMO at Mailchimp, Tom was recognized as one of Adweek’s 50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media, and Tech in 2017, and led the 2017 Cannes Lions Cyber Grand Prix award winning campaign, Did You Mean Mailchimp?, in partnership with Droga5. Before joining Mailchimp, Tom was the founder and CEO of Digital Scientists, a digital marketing and software development firm. Tom has an undergraduate degree from Emory University and 2 Master's degrees, one in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania's Lauder Institute and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Lauritz "Ritz" Adriansen

Vice President of Finance

Lauritz "Ritz" Adriansen is Mailchimp’s VP of Finance, overseeing the company’s award-winning finance team. Ritz and his team are responsible for all financial functions at Mailchimp, including accounting, business support, planning and analysis, treasury, and tax. His team handles day-to-day accounting operations, planning, reporting and forecasting, cash management, tax compliance, payroll, and other finance operations. Ritz received a BBA in finance from Auburn University and an MBA in finance focusing on entrepreneurship from Mercer University. Prior to joining Mailchimp in 2016, Ritz served as a Principal at TechCXO, Director of Finance at Vocalocity, and held several other finance and operational roles at tech companies.

Ailis Burpee

Vice President of Human Resources

Ailis Burpee is Mailchimp’s VP of Human Resources, overseeing all of the company’s HR functions for nearly 1,000 employees across 4 offices. Ailis and her team are responsible for employee benefits and compensation, health and wellness, employee performance and rewards, and people metrics. Her team also supports Mailchimp’s employee relations and perks. Ailis received her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Tech and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia. She joined Mailchimp as an attorney in 2014, having previously been an associate attorney at a national law firm focused on commercial litigation.

Sean Cook

Vice President of Partner Marketing

Sean Cook is the VP of Partner Marketing at Mailchimp, where he leads strategic partnership initiatives. He’s spent more than 20 years in marketing and entrepreneurial leadership roles, including a 10-year tenure managing e-commerce and technology businesses. Before joining Mailchimp, Sean was the CEO of ShopVisible, an e-commerce platform acquired by Epicor. He has a BA in Economics and Art History, and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business.

Darcy Kurtz

Vice President of Product Marketing

As VP of Product Marketing, Darcy Kurtz leads Mailchimp’s product marketing team. Her team aligns product strategy with marketing execution to make Mailchimp’s sophisticated marketing technology accessible for small businesses worldwide. Darcy joined Mailchimp with more than 25 years of experience leading global marketing at companies like Dell, Sage, and Outsystems. She has a career-long passion for serving small businesses.

John Foreman

Senior Vice President of Product

As Mailchimp’s SVP of Product, John Foreman develops Mailchimp’s product strategy and oversees the execution of the product roadmap. Before coming to Mailchimp, Foreman completed his graduate studies at MIT and worked on data modeling for the NSA, IRS, DoD, Coca-Cola, Intercontinental Hotels Group, and Royal Caribbean International. He’s also the author of the book, Data Smart.

Kate Kiefer Lee
Kate Kiefer Lee

Vice President of Communications and Corporate Affairs

As VP of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Kate Kiefer Lee leads Mailchimp’s PR, employee communications, strategic communications, and corporate citizenship teams. A former magazine editor and copywriter, Kate started at Mailchimp as the company’s first writer in 2010. She is the coauthor of the book Nicely Said: Writing for the Web with Style and Purpose, and she has spoken about writing and corporate communications at conferences around the world. Kate has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in Strategic Communication from Washington State University’s Murrow College of Communication.

Gene Lee

Vice President of Design

Gene Lee is the VP of Design at Mailchimp. Partnering closely with marketing, product, engineering, and customer support, Gene and his team are responsible for connecting the dots across Mailchimp’s brand to drive customer loyalty and continued brand affinity. Previously, Gene served as head of UX Design at Sony PlayStation leading a global, multidisciplinary team responsible for PlayStation’s products and services across console, web, mobile, and VR. He’s also worked for Razorfish, Young & Rubicam, Landor Associates, Scholastic, and Nickelodeon.

Eric Muntz

Senior Vice President of Technology

Eric Muntz is Mailchimp's SVP of Technology. He leads all of Mailchimp's engineering teams including infrastructure and product development. Eric’s passionate about working with designers and engineers to build amazing products through easily extensible, reusable, and robust software. During his career, Eric has helped create web, desktop, and mobile applications for early-stage startups, small businesses, and the federal government. He has a degree in Applied Mathematics from Auburn University.

Liz Pastor
Liz Pastor

Vice President of Customer Support

Liz Pastor is the VP of Customer Support at Mailchimp where she leads the tech support, billing, compliance, support operations, and client relations teams. She’s responsible for helping our teams empower and educate Mailchimp customers and for guiding the future of our always-growing customer support department. Liz joined Mailchimp with more than 15 years of experience in product innovation, product management, and marketing having spent 13 of those years at CareerBuilder leading ecommerce and product teams. Liz has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Arizona State and her MBA from DePaul University.

Andy Pittman
Andy Pittman

Vice President of Talent Strategy

As VP of Talent Strategy at Mailchimp, Andy Pittman and his team focus on ensuring Mailchimp grows with a diverse group of humble, creative, and independent thinkers that are passionate about empowering the underdog. He oversees all recruiting and talent acquisition, people development opportunities like apprenticeships and internships, and learning and development initiatives like Mailchimp University, an MBA-style program taught by Emory University professors. Prior to joining Mailchimp, Andy built out the talent function at Pindrop, and helped build Scoutmob by running talent and managing sales and company operations. Andy graduated from Auburn University and also founded an Atlanta-based holiday decorating business and Big Gorilla Jerky.

Jon Smith

Vice President of Business Operations

As VP of Business Operations, Jon Smith works with Mailchimp’s leadership team to ensure departmental alignment across the company. He also oversees Mailchimp’s space planning strategy and real estate needs for our 4 office locations. Previously, Jon led Mailchimp’s Customer Support team as VP of Customer Support. He joined Mailchimp with deep operational experience leading several large, cross-functional teams at companies like The Home Depot and Vertafore.

Joe Uhl

Vice President of Operations

Joe Uhl leads Mailchimp’s Infrastructure, IT, Security, Delivery, Data, and Reliability Engineering teams, which support our product development groups and protect the company. He was Mailchimp’s sixth engineering hire and 60th employee. Before joining Mailchimp, Joe founded and worked at a number of software startups serving customers big and small. He has a computer science degree from Georgia Tech.