MEET THE

Medallia Leadership Team

Executive Team

PRESIDENT & CEO

Leslie Stretch

CEO of Medallia. Before joining Medallia, Leslie served as President and CEO of CallidusCloud for over 10 years, until the company’s acquisition by SAP. Previously, Leslie spent nearly a decade at Sun Microsystems where he held the position of Senior Vice President of Global Channel Sales and was the Managing Director of Sun Microsystems U.K. Ltd. Before joining Sun, Leslie held various sales positions at Oracle Corporation.

EVP, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Lynn Danko

Lynn leads finance, accounting, and deal desk functions at Medallia. She has a strong track record in private equity-owned companies as well as public companies. Her primary focus has been within the enterprise software space for global organizations such as Renaissance Learning, Naviga, Ecolab, Spok, and Lawson Software. Her responsibilities have included leading teams responsible for finance, accounting, shared services, technical research, lender relations, SEC reporting, treasury, tax, legal, HR, acquisitions, and strategy. Lynn began her career in public accounting at KPMG in Minneapolis, MN. 

EVP, CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER

Sarika Khanna

Sarika leads Medallia’s product and design organizations and is obsessed with ease of use and driving value for clients. Prior to Medallia, she was SVP and GM of a high growth cloud Litmos.com business at SAP. Before Litmos, Sarika led the CallidusCloud product team and was instrumental in taking the core product offering from a single product offering to a market leading product suite. Previously Sarika worked in various engineering and product positions at Oracle.

EVP, CHIEF CUSTOMER OFFICER

Jimmy Duan

Jimmy leads Professional Services and Enablement. Before Medallia, he was most recently a member of the CallidusCloud executive team and held roles as CTO, EVP Services, EVP International Sales and Customer Success. Jimmy has also held executive leadership roles in Client Services, Analytics and Data Warehousing at Xactly, and Quovera.

EVP, Chief Marketing & Corporate Development Officer

Rory Cameron

Rory leads Corporate Development, Marketing and our Alliances functions. Prior to Medallia he was EVP at CallidusCloud and ran corporate development and the Litmos.com business which was acquired by SAP. Previously Rory ran numerous operations for Datapac Ireland and Mallon Technologies.

EVP, CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

Mary Ainsworth

Mary leads Medallia’s people and culture team. Before Medallia, Mary served as EVP, Chief People Officer for CallidusCloud. She has a proven track record of attracting and retaining top talent, developing high-performance teams and delivering the experiences and results that matter most to employees and the business. Prior to CallidusCloud, Mary worked at Robert Half International where she managed strategic recruiting efforts for both public and private companies. Mary is a member of the Forbes HR Council.  

EVP, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER

Ashwin Ballal

Ashwin is Medallia’s first ever CIO, responsible for global corporate IT, workplace services and procurement. Previously, Ashwin was at KLA, a semiconductor capital equipment company and held various leadership roles including CIO & Data Officer, General Manager, President and Managing Director for KLA India. Also, he has held various senior management positions at Electroglas Inc., Keithley Instruments, and Noran Instruments.

EVP, Chief Technology Officer

Pardha Reddy

Pardha Reddy serves as EVP and Chief Technology Officer.  Pardha leads Engineering, Data Science, SaaS Operations, Security Engineering and Quality Assurance and has been with Medallia since 2016.  He has 27 years of experience in Software for Enterprises and has previously held key positions at Hortonworks and Oracle.  At Oracle, Pardha led a global team in Product Development responsible for the development and adoption of Fusion Middleware Security for Enterprise and SaaS applications. He has a graduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

EVP, FIELD OPERATIONS

Steve Vierra

Steve leads the Global Field Operations team which includes Rev Ops, Sales Ops, Enablement and Sales strategy & Specialization for Medallia. Prior to joining Medallia in 2015, Steve spent 19 years with BMC Software. Steve held various roles at BMC which included running global sales for BMC’s largest product line, Channel Chief, Mergers & Acquisitions and Northern European sales leader.

EVP, Strategy and Product Marketing

Elena Hutchison

In her role as EVP of Strategy and Product Marketing, Elena's mission is to help bring Medallia's industry leading products and solutions as well as our ambitious vision to life for our customers and industry stakeholders.  Elena joined Medallia in 2012 and has since led multiple functions including Solutions Consulting, Analyst Relations, and Product Marketing. Prior to joining Medallia, Elena held various roles in market research, communications, customer experience and customer success.  Elena holds a BA in Government and Psychology from Claremont McKenna College.

EVP, Chief Legal Officer

Hanna Steinbach

Hanna leads the Legal team for Medallia. Prior to joining Medallia in 2015, Hanna spent several years at law firms in three different countries focusing on a broad range of legal areas. She also worked at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), a specialized agency of the United Nations, as a direct appointee by the German government. Hanna holds law degrees from the University of Vienna, Stockholm University and UC Berkeley School of Law.

EVP, North America Sales

Gabriel Benavides

Gabe brings more than 20 years experience in transformational enterprise selling & sales leadership to his role as SVP of NORAM Sales. In his role, Gabe leads all sales and go to market functions in our Enterprise, Commercial, and Public Sector organizations across the United States and Canada.
Since joining Medallia in 2014, he drove consistent, rapid growth alongside customer success as a Sales Director, Regional Leader, and Area Vice President before joining Medallia's Executive team in 2021.
Prior to Medallia, Gabe held Global Account Executive and Sales Leader roles at Insight Global, Hitachi Data Systems, and Oracle Corporation.

EVP, International Sales

Greg Philiotis

Greg is an industry veteran known for developing top sales teams and driving transformational business growth. During his tenure at Medallia Greg served as the senior vice president, head of sales for EMEA, growing the region and achieving exceptional growth. Greg now serves as Medallia’s, senior vice president and head of international sales. Before Medallia, Greg was part of the CallidusCloud senior leadership team where, under his leadership, he grew the Financial Services practice over 1500% in four years. Previously, Greg was a sales leader at SAP and i2. Greg holds his MBA from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.