SHAWN LANKTON

Experience


CoreView (SaaS Management for Microsoft-centric enterprise IT leaders, raised $30M from Insight Partners)

Chief Executive Officer

Nov 2020 - Present

  • Refocusing company on highest-value capabilities and re-tooling go-to-market for faster growth​

  • Building amazing team to help IT leaders capture more efficiency, ROI, security, and governance

MacStadium (Cloud IaaS for iOS development - DevOps tools provider, raised $65M from Summit Partners)

Chief Revenue Officer - Sales, Marketing, Customer Success

Jun 2017 - November 2020

  • 9x’d ARR from in 3 years: Built 20+ person revenue team; created structured, data-driven sales and marketing process; built tooling to enable new team; grew inbound while building outbound prospecting motion; closed multiple 7-figure deals

  • Reshaped product portfolio: Launched new products, updated pricing/positioning in partnership with customers and internal dev team to accelerate growth and grow margins

  • Co-led software acquisition: Acquired small software company that allowed us to  integrate up the stack for improved customer experience and internal efficiency details

Diligent Corporation (Modern Governance SaaS - sold for $624M)

Chief Marketing Officer - Global leader for all commercial operations

Jun 2015 - Nov 2016

  • Successful Exit ($624M) with Insight Venture Partners; was retained post-sale to transition to new ownership and complete diligence for 3 pending acquisitions details

  • Quadrupled revenue growth from 10% to 40%, by improving sales process and execution, upgrading messaging, and boosting demand generation

  • Cut customer acquisition cost (CAC) in half by building an analytics capability to track ROI and relentlessly optimizing marketing channel and sales rep performance

  • Led a 30-person global team (up from 15 at joining) spanning Sales Ops, Sales Development, Analytics, Product Marketing, and Lead/Demand Generation

McKinsey & Company (New York - Preeminent Management Consulting Firm)

Associate Partner in the Technology and Software practice

Jan 2010 - Jun 2015

  • Co-founded McKinsey’s Growth Tech Practice, focused on creating rapid impact in growth-stage tech companies; led 20+ engagements with tech founders/CEOs while at McKinsey

  • Managed, developed, and mentored 50+ consultants and recruited dozens of PhD students as the leader for MIT recruiting and nation-wide PhD attraction programs

  • Selected projects in sales effectiveness, pricing, M&A, and new market entry (40+ total)

    • Tripled a storage startup’s valuation by rolling out “as a service” pricing that better fit market demand; company became a “unicorn” 9 months after rollout

    • Streamlined startup’s go to market leading to a $614M exit via 3 quick projects to: optimize pricing, shorten sales cycles, and boost new logo acquisition

    • Built post-acquisition integration plan for ecommerce startup including new comp plans, reporting structures, and product bundles to maximize sales effectiveness


Georgia Institute of Technology 2001 - 2009

  • Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering; August 2009 (highest honors)

  • Research Focus: computer vision, control theory, differential geometry

  • Funding: NSF fellowship (TI:GER); resulted in US Patent: 2,010,0091,104

  • Developed computer vision software capable of detecting brain tumors and arterial plaque formations; resulted in 13 publications, a PhD thesis, and US Patent 8,155,405 

  • MS in Electrical Engineering, 2007; BS in Computer Engineering, 2005 (highest honors)

For Fun: guitar, gardening, building fires, podcasts, parenting