Angie’s List Names Chief Technology Officer And Adds Bench Strength in Product & Technology
Angie’s List (Nasdaq: ANGI) continues its evolution into a leading technology and product-driven company and today announced six promotions and new hires to support its transformation.
Darin Brown has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer. In this role Brown will have responsibility for all of Engineering and Enterprise Technology. He joined Angie’s List in January and previously served as senior vice president of Technology. He came to Angie List from Salesforce, formerly ExactTarget, where he served in various leadership roles including vice president of the Interactive Marketing Hub (now Salesforce Marketing Cloud) product line.
Brown led several key initiatives while at Salesforce, including development of the company's flagship Interactive Marketing Hub, Fuel UX, and Journey Builder products. He has more than 20 years of engineering experience in consumer search, decision analytics and enterprise software. He received his engineering degree from Purdue University.
“Darin has proven he has the exceptional capability to lead a true, continuous delivery process and is leading the successful rollout of our new platform, AL 4.0,” said Angie’s List president and CEO Scott Durchslag. “He has thoroughly adopted the company’s philosophy of test-iterate-learn with real time code drops.”
Durchslag also announced the promotion of Robin Fleming to senior vice president of Technology. Fleming previously served as vice president of Site Operations, Development Operations and Quality. She came to Angie’s List in April from Teradata’s Marketing Applications Division, formerly Aprimo, where she served in vice president roles over Cloud Services, Quality and Security.
Robin has more than 27 years of engineering experience, delivering enterprise software and global cloud services for Fortune 500 companies. She has experience in cloud technology, configuration management, continuous delivery, security, quality and consumer internet experience at Match.com.
Chris Navta has been promoted to vice president of Architecture. He previously served as lead architect for Angie’s List and has been instrumental in the redesign of the company’s technology platform. Chris has 15 years of product, innovation and engineering experience in consumer internet companies.
Angie’s List also is pleased to announce these new additions to its Product team:
Anand Tharanathan has joined the company as vice president of User Experience. In this position, Tharanathan will play a key role in developing a more design-driven and innovative user experience. He comes to Angie’s List from Fjord Design and Accenture Interactive, where he served as a design director, facilitating user experience strategy, user-centered design & innovation.
Tharanathan is an adjunct faculty at the Institute of Design at IIT in Chicago. He has a Ph.D. in Human Factors and a MS in Industrial Engineering, and has several peer-reviewed articles and international conference proceedings to his credit on human centered design and innovation.
Craig Sturgis comes to Angie’s List from Haven, an Indiana-based startup company that used data to help manage consumers’ homes, where he was a co-founder, head of product and principal engineer. He also formerly worked at Smarter HQ and Teradata. As director of Partner Products at Angie’s List, he is working to design and build a new platform for strategic partnerships. Sturgis earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Purdue University.
Tyler Roark joins Angie’s List from Ontario Systems, LLC, where he was the senior director of Product Management. At Ontario Systems, he established and led the vision for enterprise products at the company, leading a team of product managers and establishing standards for user roadmaps. As senior director of Product Management at Angie’s List, Roark and his team are responsible for helping the company deliver positive customer experiences by developing software solutions for internal agents. Roark earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Ball State University.
“I am extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish in engineering over the past few months and it could not have happened without the leadership provided by Darin, Robin and Chris,” Durchslag said. “In addition, with Anand, Craig and Tyler joining our strengthening product team led by Shelly Towns, I’m excited about what the future holds for our members and service providers as we scale our new platform and innovate our new user experience.”
About Angie’s List
Angie's List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie's List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.
Debra DeCourcy, APR