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About Lever recruiting software

Recruiting software to tackle the most strategic problem companies face

We founded Lever in 2012 to tackle the most strategic challenge that companies face: how to grow their teams. We’re injecting the values we respect – collaboration, transparency, and humanity – into our software and re-imagining how organizations can think about growth, with talent and teamwork at the center.

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Meet our executive team

Sarah Nahm
CEO & Founder

Sarah steers Lever’s design-driven approach and leads our mission to put talent and teams at the center of organizations. Prior to Lever, Sarah worked at Google on initiatives as diverse as leading the growth of the Chrome browser from launch to over 150M active users, to speech writing for Marissa Mayer. A self-taught programmer, Sarah received her BS in engineering and product design from Stanford University, where she occasionally returns to coach design students at Stanford’s d.school.

Nate Smith
Chief Technology Officer and Founder

Nate is on a mission to build the next generation of enterprise software. He’s our tech visionary and the author of DerbyJS, our JavaScript framework for realtime, collaborative applications. DerbyJS is the first and only open source MVC framework that syncs all data via Operational Transformation, the same algorithm that powers Google Docs. Nate attended Olin College where he majored in electrical and computer engineering. Prior to Lever, Nate was a product manager on the Google Search team. He led the first major redesign of Google’s image search UI, which launched in July 2010.

Mike Bailen
Vice President of People

Bailen first met Lever while leading recruiting efforts for Eventbrite, where he drove the selection and implementation of Lever as the company’s primary recruiting platform. During his tenure at Eventbrite, Bailen overhauled the company’s recruitment practices across recruitment marketing, employer branding, candidate experience, and hiring manager and interviewer training. Bailen previously held multiple recruiting and HR roles at Zappos, where he led the company’s innovative decision to remove all job postings in favor of building talent pipelines among their passionate user base.In 2015, Bailen was named to LinkedIn’s “Next Wave” list, which recognizes the top professionals under 35 across different industries. Bailen often speaks on HR and recruiting topics, and has presented at multiple industry conferences including LinkedIn Talent Connect, the Australasian Talent Conference, and Lever’s own Talent Innovation Summit.

Rob Tomchick
Senior Vice President of Sales

Rob leads Lever’s global sales team, where he focuses his passion for recruiting and developing high-performance enterprise sales talent. Prior to joining Lever, Rob was Vice President, Software and Services Sales at NetSuite, where he successfully built a sales organization that aggressively scaled up-market, ultimately delivering more than $50M in annual new business bookings. Rob has been leading sales teams for over 12 years, and in addition to NetSuite has led teams at Percolate, SAP and Business Objects. Rob earned his MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, as well as his Bachelor of Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada.

Todd Martin
Senior Vice President of Customer Success

Todd brings a customer first mindset and is on a quest to deliver the best customer experience in the industry for Lever customers. Todd thrives at the intersection of product, people, technology and customer need with proven results building award winning customer solutions, service and support teams. Todd brings more than 20 years of experience from startups and large public companies alike, including Practice Fusion, the Associated Press, IBM and Accenture. His experience ranges across customer success, sales, product management, software development, and consulting. Todd holds a degree in Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

Laura Marino
Senior Vice President of Product

Laura leads Lever’s design and product teams on their mission to deliver the next generation of recruiting software. Laura has over 15 years of experience building products and leading product organizations in large and small companies, including SAP Labs, Nuance, Tellme (Microsoft) and Intapp. Prior to joining Lever, Laura was VP of Product Management at Topia, building software for global mobility. Laura holds two Master of Science degrees from Stanford University, where she lectures on Product Management and on scaling product organizations. A supporter of women and diversity, Laura serves on the board of Leading Women in Technology a non-profit dedicated to promoting women leadership.

Michelle Kerr
Michelle Kerr
Chief Marketing Officer

Michelle leads the Lever marketing team responsible for product marketing, brand and demand gen. Michelle specializes in helping companies build categories and scale long-lasting brands. Prior to joining Lever, Michelle was CMO at dataops platform leader Delphix, where she rebranded the company and helped build a new category. She previously served as head of marketing for Pivotal where she was instrumental in building the brand, marketing strategy and teams that contributed to rapid growth. Michelle also served in marketing leadership roles at Oracle across multiple product areas; database, middleware, developer tools, and applications.


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