Our Team

World Leading Scientists in AI

Clinc is the world leader in conversational AI research and its application for the enterprise. We’re on a mission to push the boundaries of conversational AI, empowering enterprises to deliver a new and revolutionary AI experience for their customers.
Jon Newhard
Chief Executive Officer

CEO with 25 years of experience in Information Technology running enterprise software businesses largely in private equity and VC environments. Successful track record of profitable scaling software businesses, leading turn-around efforts and successfully selling businesses. Broad experience in sales and sales management; business development; product development and marketing; and alliance management.

Lingjia Tang
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Lingjia Tang, CTO and Co-Founder, is a professor of Computer Science at The University of Michigan. Lingjia has 18 major publications, and is an indisputable thought leader in her field. Lingjia has recently received prestigious awards including ISCA Hall of Fame, Facebook Research Awards and Google research Award.

Mahesh Baxi
Chief Customer Officer

An entrepreneur, proven CX leader and author with over 25 years of global IT Products and Services experience. Built cultures of thought leadership and fostered innovation as the primary differentiator to create value-oriented engagement for the customers. Spent most of his professional life working with the customers and is very passionate about solving critical business problems on the executive level.

Ray Hale
Chief Financial Officer

Ray Hale, CFO of Clinc, has over twenty years of experience in finance and accounting across multiple industries. In recent years, Ray’s focus has been on scaling emerging technology companies and positioning them for success. Most recently as VP of Finance at Nasuni Corp., he helped guide the company from $5 million in annual revenue to over $50 million in five years.

Johann Hauswald
Co-Founder & Chief Architect

Chief Architect and Co-Founder of Clinc, Dr. Johann Hauswald received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from The University of Michigan. Dr. Hauswald earned national attention for his creation of Sirius (now Lucida) the open-source intelligent personal assistant, that he built entirely from the ground up.

John Lichtenberg
Chief Marketing Officer

Accomplished, award-winning Senior Marketing Executive with 25+ years of demonstrated success leading cross-functional teams to build brand equity and drive sustainable revenue growth. Effective communicator focused on fostering relationships with executives, board members, cross-functional teams and the media.

Yunqi Zhang
Chief Information Officer

Dr. Yunqi Zhang, CIO of Clinc, received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. Yunqi's research in architecting highly efficient large-scale data center systems with low response latency is well-recognized in both academia and industry. In his collaborative research with other industry leaders, he has designed, developed and deployed large-scale software systems in production at Facebook and Microsoft.

Ernie LaBara
Executive Vice President, Business Development

Experienced executive and entrepreneur with a history of working in the enterprise software industry. Leading global partner development and helping clients deliver on the promise of Conversational AI. Skilled in Artificial Intelligence, Conversational AI with extensive experience in Contact Centers. Ernie is a strong entrepreneurship professional with a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) focused in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University.

Board Members and Advisors

Mark Kvamme

Mark Kvamme is a venture capitalist at Drive Capital, which he founded with Chris Olsen in 2013. He currently sits on the board of FarmLogs, Roadtrippers, Gild, Funny or Die, Strongview Systems, and Mark Logic. He specializes in innovative technology, healthcare and consumer investments in the Midwest. Before Drive Capital, Kvamme was a partner at Sequoia Capital, the chairman and CEO of CKS Group, the director of international marketing at Wyse Technology, president and CEO of International Solutions and a founding member of Apple France. Kvamme has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jeff Lieberman

Jeff Lieberman is a managing director at Insight Venture Partners focused on partnering with both SaaS software and consumer internet companies across the globe to help scale their businesses. Jeff has led or co-led nearly fifty deals across four continents since joining Insight in 1998, along with the successful exits of multiple internet and software companies. Jeff has received numerous industry awards, including being selected by AlwaysOn as a Venture Capital 100 winner and by Forbes as a Midas Touch Recipient. Jeff received dual degrees in systems engineering and finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Engineering and Wharton School of Business.

Drew Harman

Drew joined Insight Partners as a Managing Director in 2020. He serves as a board member and strategic advisor to Insight’s enterprise SaaS portfolio companies. Prior to joining Insight, Drew was a Board Partner at Shasta Ventures and InterWest Partners, where he sat on the boards of Aria, NewsCred, CloudPassage, Totango, SpliceMachine, and GoCheck. Drew has more than thirty years of enterprise software experience as a product, marketing, and strategy executive in early and growth-stage companies, including positions at Ariba as vice president of Product Management and vice president of Corporate Strategy. He was also an early investor in insurance software provider Guidewire (GWRE) and revenue management vendor Model N (MODN).

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