RiseSmart was founded on the idea that there had to be a better approach to career empowerment. We’re always refining our outplacement and career management services in a concerted effort to give our customers the best solution on the market and to help displaced employees land even faster. Along the way, we’ve built a winning culture and an impressive team that continues to grow.
RiseSmart is led by an accomplished, experienced and diverse group that together comprise its management team.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sanjay Sathe founded RiseSmart after more than two decades in marketing management, leading successful sales and marketing organizations domestically and internationally for more than 20 years. He has specialized in product marketing, CRM, loyalty programs, branding, marketing communications, public relations and strategic alliance initiatives for companies in telecommunications, banking, airline and technology.
Sanjay served as vice president for enterprise data management for Sabre Holdings, the parent company of Travelocity and a $2.5 billion global leader in travel commerce. Before Sabre, Sanjay was senior vice president of marketing for Brierley & Partners, a CRM and loyalty management company that serves global brands such as Hilton HHonors, Hertz #1 Club Gold, Sony and Nokia. He also has worked in marketing management in Europe and Asia with Lufthansa, HSBC and other major corporations.
Sanjay holds a Master of Business Management degree from the Asian Institute of Management in Manila, Philippines, and has completed an executive education program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Dan oversees RiseSmart’s world class delivery organization and global partnerships. In his role, Dan ensures RiseSmart’s products and services are delivered effectively to meet the company’s operating, financial, and most importantly – customer satisfaction targets. Dan brings a wealth of experience to the company, having worked previously with global technology companies in a variety of different finance, operations, and business development roles.
Before he co-founded RiseSmart with CEO Sanjay Sathe, Dan worked nearly a decade with Sabre Holdings, the parent company of Travelocity. Dan served in various roles in Sabre’s software and services unit, Sabre Airline Solutions, including leading international teams in finance, business development, and global sales operations. Dan also served in account management roles supporting strategic customer relationships. Prior to joining Sabre, Dan worked in finance and treasury roles at Electronic Data Systems, now HP. Earlier in his career, Dan was a licensed investment advisor with Fidelity Investments.
Dan holds a MBA from Texas Christian University (TCU), and a BS in Economics from Southern Methodist University (SMU).
Chief Sales Officer
Ian Dawson serves as RiseSmart’s Chief Sales Officer, overseeing RiseSmart’s growth and expansion in the US and abroad.
Ian joins RiseSmart from parent company Randstad, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of Global Solutions for Randstad Sourceright’s Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). There he was responsible for the sale and design of some of the group's largest, most complex RPO deals, including global engagements. He has been a part of the Randstad team for the past ten years and holds more than 25 years of experience in sales and human resources-related outsourcing.
Ian joined Spherion (SFN Group) in 2005 and held a number of sales-related positions until Randstad acquired Spherion in 2011. There he served as a member of the executive committee and oversaw the new business growth of the vibrant RPO business.
Vice President, US Operations
Josh Barlow has been a key player in RiseSmart’s operational success. It’s his mission to improve our processes and build our teams so that we can meet and exceed our goals for effectiveness, excellence and customer satisfaction.
Josh brings an expansive, senior-level background in professional services delivery to his role, which puts him squarely at the hub of everything we do. He integrates input from every team at RiseSmart to achieve results, from client services to technology development to product management.
With a skill set that bridges technical, business and client-facing needs, Josh makes innovation and quality the cornerstone of RiseSmart.
Vice President, Marketing
As vice president of marketing, Karin adds to RiseSmart’s talented leadership team two decades of high-tech, HCM, and SaaS marketing experience, including several years as vice president of marketing at public and private companies.
In her role at RiseSmart, Karin is responsible for providing the marketing foundation and execution for ongoing customer, sales, and channel success in each of our markets. She believes in combining customer partnerships, market insights, creative ideas, and impactful execution to drive long-lasting success.
Before RiseSmart, Karin led Product Marketing, HR Alliances, and Monster’s Talent Management Suite at Monster Worldwide. While there, she drove product marketing for many new products, such as Monster’s flagship semantic resume search products. Prior to Monster, she was responsible for all aspects of marketing at Trovix, a purveyor of resume and job matching, which was later acquired. This included branding, awareness, demand generation, sales enablement, and competitive intelligence. She also established a competitive presence for Entopia, a venture-backed knowledge management company, and led marketing strategy and execution at ISD, leading to successful initial and secondary public offerings.
Karin holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business, and a mechanical engineering degree from UOP.
Vice President, Engineering
As leader of the engineering team, Vikash steers the vision, roadmap, and builds and delivers RiseSmart’s suite of web-based products. A dynamic market innovator, Vikash is known for leadership in both small startusps and Fortune 500 organizations. He builds talented onshore and offshore teams and executes strategies that help our products scale in the marketplace.
Vikash has spent over 15 years implementing Agile development methodologies to maintain the quality and stability of applications. He brings the analytical and technical skills of a computer engineer and the business mindset of an entrepreneur to produce innovative, industry-leading technologies. As the Co-Founder of Market2Lead (acquired by Oracle), Vikash built a strong development team and managed end-to-end solution delivery in addition to creating critical strategic plans and made key business decisions.
Vikash is a member of TiE Silicon Valley and has a Master of Science, Computer Science from Louisiana Tech University.
Vice President, Product
As leader of the product team, Michael sets and drives the product vision for the company in its pursuit to be the global market leader in career transition services.
Michael has over 15 years of executive leadership experience from leading HR and recruiting companies. He has a strong track record of managing the development of complex enterprise applications from the ground up as well as overseeing global products lines generating hundreds of millions of dollars.
Michael has interacted closely with recruiters, hiring managers and jobseekers, learning a great deal about the challenges and pain points each group faces. In addition to his business experience, Gray was educated at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and is also a certified Agile Product Owner.
Vice President, Sales
Kim Johnson brings a unique combination of experiences to her work as sales leader and global trainer. She’s known for securing and maintaining relationships with key customers and for ensuring that the company meets client and customer expectations in the very best way. Kim has worked in a broad range of industries, including oil and gas, telecommunications, high tech, financial services, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals.
Before joining RiseSmart, she was senior vice president of sales at the New York-based outplacement services company Drake Beam Morin Inc. In nearly 11 years at DBM, Kim progressed from a sales executive to senior vice president, leading many successful sales teams along the way. As a member of the executive leadership team at DBM, Kim was responsible for top-line revenues and bottom-line profitability in a 26-state territory.
Prior to DBM, Johnson worked in sales leadership positions at Pryor Resources. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Alison has directed a number of industry first career and ageing workforce projects, including the Federal Government Corporate Champions program, the NSW Government Mature Workforce Retention Project and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games career transition. Alison is a passionate and insightful career, ageing workforce and gender equality , conference chair, presenter and awards judge. Alison co-founded Sageco in 2004 and will continue to lead Sageco as a RiseSmart company.
As General Manager of Canada, Laurie is responsible for RiseSmart’s in-country commercial, operational, and financial results. Laurie’s efforts in the Canadian marketplace are a key contributor toward RiseSmart’s mission to becoming the dominant global provider of end-to-end transition solutions.
In her role as General Manager, Laurie has the responsibility of building out the RiseSmart business in Canada and will have P&L accountability including overseeing the sales and client services teams.
Laurie joins RiseSmart from parent company, Randstad, where she most recently served as Area Vice President in the Province of Quebec. Laurie brings more than 17 years of combined management, sales and customer service experience to her role.