Executive Leadership

  • Jonathan H. Corr

    President and CEO

    Jonathan has served as the Company’s chief executive officer (CEO) since February 2015 and president since February 2013. Jonathan has also served as a member of Ellie Mae’s Board of Directors since February 2015. Previously, Jonathan served as the Company’s chief operating officer from November 2011 to February 2015, executive vice president and chief strategy officer from November 2009 to November 2011, as chief strategy officer from August 2005 to November 2009 and as the Company’s senior vice president of product management from October 2002 to August 2005. Prior to joining the Company, Jonathan held executive and management positions at PeopleSoft, Inc., KANA, BroadBase Software, and Netscape Communications. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University. Learn more - Show less

  • Matt LaVay

    EVP and CFO

    Matthew LaVay has served as our chief financial officer since April 2017. From October 2014 to March 2017, Mr. LaVay served as our senior vice president of finance where he oversaw finance, accounting, reporting and strategic planning. From May 2012 to October 2014, Mr. LaVay previously served as our vice president and corporate controller. Prior to joining us, Mr. LaVay served as vice president corporate controller at Taleo Corporation from October 2011 to April 2012. Prior to Taleo Corporation, he was corporate controller and senior director of finance at Scientific Learning from July 2010 to October 2011. Mr. LaVay began his career with Arthur Andersen LLP in 1991 as an auditor and subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility rising to audit manager. After Arthur Anderson LLP, Mr. LaVay then held positions of increasing responsibility at PeopleSoft, Inc., salesforce.com, inc. and Thomas Weisel Partners. Mr. LaVay holds a Bachelor degree in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a Master of Accounting degree from Georgia State University. In addition, he is a certified public accountant. Learn more - Show less

  • Brian Brown

    EVP and General Counsel

    Brian is Ellie Mae’s executive vice president and general counsel, and previously served as our vice president of legal affairs from March 2015 to February 2016 and senior corporate counsel from January 2014 to March 2015. A seasoned corporate attorney, Brian served as corporate associate for Goodwin Procter LLP, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, representing private equity firms and Silicon Valley companies in mergers, acquisitions, venture capital and securities transactions. He holds a JD from Boston College Law School. Learn more - Show less

  • Melanie Simpson

    EVP, Human Resources

    Melanie has served as our executive vice president of Human Resources since July 2016, helping attract and retain top talent to expand Ellie Mae’s profile as a leading technology employer. Melanie previously served as the General Manager of Human Resources for Microsoft’s World Wide Services business where she was responsible for partnering with business leaders and leading the HR agenda for the organization, stretching across multiple functions, sites and geographies. Prior to her work with Microsoft, Melanie was the Director of Talent Management for Safeco Insurance and Global Engagement Leader for GE Money. Melanie is certified Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Melbourne and a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management from Swinburne University. Learn more - Show less

  • Joe Tyrrell

    EVP, Corporate Strategy

    Joe has served as our executive vice president of corporate strategy since March 2015, overseeing our product strategy, product management and our business and corporate development efforts involving our network of current and potential business partners and merger and acquisition strategies. Joe has been with our company since 2002 and previously held the positions of senior vice president of corporate strategy from May 2014 to March 2015 and senior vice president of client management and business development from August 2013 to March 2014. Prior to joining Ellie Mae, Joe served as vice president for Providian Financial in addition to other executive positions within the mortgage industry. Joe holds a Bachelors of Art in Business Management from St. Mary’s College. Learn more - Show less

  • Peter Hirsch

    EVP, Technology and Operations

    Peter has served as Ellie Mae’s executive vice president of Technology and Operations since June 2015, overseeing all our technology areas including Product Architecture, Engineering, Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, Internal Information Technology and Security. From February 2013 to June 2015, Mr. Hirsch served in senior technology roles at Ariba (now SAP Ariba), most recently as CTO and Senior Vice President of Cloud Engineering and Technology, leading the mainline cloud engineering team and serving as a member of SAP’s CTO Circle. From August 2006 to February 2013, Mr. Hirsch served as Chief Architect and Business Unit Leader for IBM’s collaborative business process management applications where he helped establish IBM’s presence in commercial SaaS applications. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Mr. Hirsch graduated at the top his class as valedictorian of USC’s Engineering School. Learn more - Show less

  • Cathleen Schreiner Gates

    EVP, Sales and Marketing

    Cathleen has served as our executive vice president of sales & marketing since March 2015, overseeing all sales, marketing, client management, professional services and customer support and training. Previously, Cathleen served as our senior vice president of sales and client services from February 2012 to March 2015. From January 2010 to December 2011 Cathleen served as senior vice president of sales and client services for Bersin & Associates and from October 2008 to December 2010 she served as vice president of sales, business development and client success for Clickability, Inc. She has held various senior management positions with MarketTools, Inc. and Keynote Systems/Vividence, Inc. Cathleen holds an MBA in finance from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management and a BA in French literature from Douglass College-Rutgers University. Learn more - Show less

Senior Leadership: Customers

  • Susan Chenoweth

    SVP, Marketing

    Susan has served as senior vice president (SVP) of Marketing since December, 2012, overseeing the development and execution of Ellie Mae’s marketing, branding, communications and client acquisition strategies. Susan previously held global executive marketing positions at leading software companies including Saba, Jigsaw (acquired by Salesforce.com), Taleo and Commerce One. Susan has also held marketing positions for Netscape, Microsoft and IBM. She holds a BS in business economics from University of California, Santa Barbara. Learn more - Show less

  • Jeff Benjamin

    SVP, Sales and Client Management

    Jeff has served as senior vice president of sales and client management since July 2014, managing the teams responsible for acquiring new Encompass clients as well as the teams who manage client relationships. He is also responsible for managing channel partners in the origination space. Jeff joined Ellie Mae in 2001. Prior to his current role, he served as Ellie Mae’s vice president of sales for the Company’s banking division. Before joining Ellie Mae, Jeff served as executive vice president of sales for Desert Document Services. Jeff holds a BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado. Learn more - Show less

  • Georgeann Beville

    SVP, Technical and Education Services

    Georgeann started her career with Ellie Mae in 2010 and currently serves as senior vice president of technical and education services.  Throughout her tenure at Ellie Mae, Georgeann has been instrumental in leading and driving the execution of the technical and education services teams. Back in 2010 Georgeann’s team had approximately 20 agents and today, her organization includes more than 230 technical support and education professionals supporting more than 3000+ customers by delivering a full spectrum of Technical Services, Education, Certifications and Customer Success programs. Her approach to customer success recognized across the mortgage and technology industries and she has been named to HousingWire’s 2016 Women of Influence List , Top 100 Mortgage Professional America, and HDI Pinnacle of Excellence Award. Prior to joining Ellie Mae, Georgeann held leadership roles at Remedy, BMC Software, and Informix. Georgeann holds a BA in Business Administration from Cal State East Bay. Learn more - Show less

  • Shea Haley

    SVP, Professional Services

    Shea serves as senior vice president of professional services, overseeing the successful delivery of customer engagements. She is a seasoned executive with 25 years of experience developing and leading world class professional services teams.  She joined Ellie Mae in 2013 to build a scalable infrastructure for the consulting business to provide excellent services to Ellie Mae customers.   Practices included in the professional services organization include implementation services, the consulting partner program, solutions development, Ellie Mae Network services support, advisory consulting and the project management office. Prior to Ellie Mae, Shea was vice president of Americas, at Business Objects where she led the PSO organization through high growth and saw the company become the number one business intelligence provider in the world.  Shea holds a BA in English Literature from Dominican University in San Rafael, California. Learn more - Show less

Senior Leadership: Market and Strategy

  • Lisa Bruun

    SVP, Administration

    Lisa has served as senior vice president of Administration since 2016, responsible for the administration team, as well as office planning, facilities management, real estate contracts and due diligence. Previously she served as Ellie Mae’s senior vice president (SVP) and VP of Human Resources, a role she held since 1999. Prior to Ellie Mae she was a human resources consultant with Levi Strauss & Company as well as director of technical recruiting for Comsys Technical Services Inc./Knauer Consulting. A 20-year veteran of human resource leadership experience, Lisa has also served as VP of Human Resources and Administration for 800-Software, Inc., a subsidiary of Digital Equipment Inc. Lisa is also a certified SPHR- SHRM Senior Human Resource Professional. Learn more - Show less

  • Lester Liu

    SVP, Corporate Development

    Lester has served as our senior vice president of corporate development since June 2016. He leads mergers and acquisitions, integration and strategic planning. Prior to joining Ellie Mae, Lester served as vice president of global corporate development, M&A and strategy for Visa, where he led transaction execution and developed M&A strategy. Prior to Visa, Lester was a senior vice president in technology M&A with Lehman Brothers / Barclays and held similar leadership positions with Merrill Lynch and Thomas Weisel Partners. Lester holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University. Learn more - Show less

  • Jonas Moe

    SVP, Product Strategy

    Jonas is senior vice president of Product Strategy, having originally joined Ellie Mae in 2001. He previously served as group product manager during which, among other contributions, he developed Ellie Mae’s Encompass Electronic Document Management and Encompass Webcenter online client portal solutions as well the Encompass Client Resource Center. Jonas holds a BS in restoration ecology from UC Davis. Learn more - Show less

  • Parvesh Sahi

    SVP, Business Development

    Parvesh is senior vice president of business development. He is responsible for the corporate strategy development of partner, investor, and government relations. Parvesh joined Ellie Mae to help bring an integrated and automated compliance experience to Encompass customers following the acquisition of the Mavent compliance engine. Additionally, Parvesh has evolved the business development organization to help execute on Ellie Mae’s vision of automating everything that is automatable in the mortgage industry. His focus on technology and secondary market partner relationships and connectivity has streamlined the mortgage origination process and experience for Ellie Mae customers and partners – all the way from the borrower experience to mortgage servicing and securitization. Prior to Ellie Mae Parvesh helped grow ComplianceasEase and Questoft’s organization through his sales, product, and business development leadership. He also has a background in real estate investment and participates in several Bay Area technology and real estate groups to foster a dialogue about the benefits of disruptive mortgage technology. Parvesh holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. Learn more - Show less

Senior Leadership: Technology

  • John Abel

    SVP and CIO

    John joined Ellie Mae in 2017, as senior vice president and Chief Information Officer. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s internal information technology and systems and partners with business units for the planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems to align with Ellie Mae’s technology vision and business strategy in support of business operations. John has over 20 years in the IT industry. Prior to joining the company, he was Senior Vice President of IT at Hitachi Data Systems where he helped drive the transformation from a hardware-selling company to enable growth in cloud-based software and solutions. Before Hitachi Data Systems, John held roles at Symantec, JDS Uniphase, KPMG Consulting and British Nuclear Fuels plc. Abel holds a BS in Information Systems from Staffordshire University in England. Learn more - Show less

  • Selim Aissi


    Dr. Selim Aissi joined Ellie Mae in 2016 as Chief Security Officer (CSO). In this role, he has responsibility for Ellie Mae’s overall security program, including security operations, security engineering, and governance, risk, and compliance. Prior to joining Ellie Mae, Selim was the Vice President of Global Information Security at Visa where he led critical security programs that transformed Visa’s information security practices into a market-leader, enabled product innovation, and drove global expansion via new data centers. During his 4-year tenure at Visa, he was responsible for leading company-wide initiatives including the overall security of Visa Checkout, Apple Pay and Visa’s Data Protection Program. Before joining Visa, Selim spent over 11 years at Intel where he held senior management and technology roles and championed several security technologies for Intel’s server, desktop and mobile products. Prior to Intel, Selim held senior engineering positions at General Dynamics, General Motors, and Applied Dynamics International. Selim holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral engineering degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has been an Advisory Board Member for several startups and was named one of the “Top 59 Most Influential Security Experts” by IT Security Magazine. He holds over 100 US and International patents in various areas of computer and information security and was co-author of the book Security for Mobile Networks and Platforms (Artech House). Learn more - Show less

  • Jeff Collins

    SVP, Engineering

    Jeff Collins is senior vice president of Engineering and is driving the next generation of technology innovation at Ellie Mae. With a broad technology background and focus on growing and leading innovative engineering teams, Jeff brings over 25 years of software development experience to Ellie Mae. He has led technology teams responsible for developer platforms at both Intuit and Lithium Technologies. As an engineering leader, Jeff is passionate about all aspects of great engineering culture, including events like Hackathons, Lunch & Learns, and programming contests. Jeff holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford. Learn more - Show less

  • Limin Hu

    Founder, CTO Emeritus

    Limin has served as chief technology officer (CTO) since the inception of Ellie Mae in August, 1997. From January, 1996 to August, 1997, he was CTO and president of Hugo Technologies, Inc., a technology consulting firm. Prior to Hugo, he was vice president and general manager at Teknekron Corporation, a software consulting company. He has also held various research positions at IBM Research Center. Limin holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the UC Berkeley. Learn more - Show less

  • Michael Keselman

    SVP, Chief Architect

    Michael joined Ellie Mae in 2016 as senior vice president and Chief Architect. In his role he is responsible for directing the architecture of Ellie Mae’s complete cloud solution offering and drives the evolution and design of Ellie Mae’s open industry cloud platform. Additionally, he provides input across the technical, architectural and business perspectives. Michael brings over 20 years of experience in technology expertise to the Ellie Mae team. Prior to joining the company, he worked at Visa as the Chief Architect for merchant and acquirer processing. In this role, he was responsible for architecture and design of SaaS electronic payments processing systems. Prior to his work at Visa, Michael was the Chief Technology Officer at Stanford Hospital and Clinics where he was responsible for managing architecture, Michael holds an MS in electrical engineering from South Ural State University in Russia. Learn more - Show less

  • Satheesh Ravala

    SVP, Cloud Engineering and Operations

    Satheesh Ravala is Senior Vice President of Cloud Engineering and Operations. He is responsible for overseeing Ellie Mae Cloud Engineering and Operations (Private/Public Cloud Infrastructure, Cloud Platform Services, Service Reliability Engineering, Performance Engineering, DevOps, Data Services, and NOC).    Prior to joining Ellie Mae, Satheesh was employed at Yahoo for 14 years, where he held various technology leadership positions, recent one as Senior Director of Cloud Platform where he was responsible for managing Cloud Infrastructure and Services for Yahoo.  Satheesh received a BS from Sri Venkateswara University in India and Engineering Leadership Program (ELPP) from University of California, Berkeley, CA. Learn more - Show less

  • Ting Wu

    Distinguished Architect

    Ting Wu is the Distinguished Architect at Ellie Mae and has been with the company since 2000. He has served as senior vice president of, development manager and has held director and vice president positions. Ting has also served as a faculty research assistant with the Center for Automation Research at the University of Maryland, as well as with IBM’s internet division. He was lead engineer with Prodigy before serving as lead architect with S&P, Comstock. Ting received his BS in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University. He received an MS in electrical engineering from Northwestern University, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Learn more - Show less