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Our team

As seen in our career section, the foundation of our company culture is Passion. This applies to our executives as well. The Balluun management team is comprised of savvy entrepreneurs and seasoned executives , bringing years of international business and technology experience to a growing company. They live by the values of our company culture and work relentlessly to help our team scale, grow, and succeed.

Meet our Management Team

We want to change the way business is done by powering the future of business networks across industries.

Roland Kuemin

Roland Kuemin

Chief Executive Officer

Roland is an entrepreneur with deep experience in global sales with SaaS, Business Intelligence and Consulting Service delivery. He has held senior positions in companies such as PTC, SAS Institute and MicroStrategy. He also is the co-founder of Actano, a global leader for software and consulting services within the enterprise project and process management industry as well as Monzoon Networks, one of the first European operators for Public Wireless Internet Access. Roland holds a undergraduate degree in Technology Management from Zurich University of Applied Science.

Christopher J. Blackwell

Christopher J. Blackwell

Chief Strategy Officer

Christopher is Chief Strategy Officer of Balluun. Before Balluun, he spent 2 years as PwC Switzerland’s Head of Digital, where he was responsible for advising companies across industries on their business strategy for a more digital era. Prior to his time at PwC, Christopher served 6 years as Chief Information Officer, member of Executive Management of PubliGroupe, a $1.3 billion leading provider of marketing and media sales services.

Prior to that, Christopher held a number of senior executive positions in business & technology, including VP Solution Delivery EMEA for Product Lifecycle Management at Oracle, and Founder & Chief Technology Officer of Vertical*i, a marketplace for technology transfer in the Life Sciences industry. He is also a Strategic Advisor to Memomi, the world’s first digital mirror for a one-of-its-kind interactive shopping experience. Christopher holds an Advanced Certificate for Senior Executives from the MIT Sloan School of Management from Boston as well as a Business Computer Science degree from Neuchatel Economics & Law University.

Deepak Gupta

Deepak Gupta

Chief Customer Officer

Deepak Gupta is an enterprise applications leader with broad experience in IT, SaaS and customer service management. Prior to joining Balluun, Deepak has held multiple senior management positions in IT and Applications Development at Oracle. In his most recent role as VP Customer Success, he built a global customer success function from the ground up to scale Oracle’s CRM Cloud Service from early adopters to large numbers of enterprise customers.

Deepak was one of the early employees at Siebel Systems, which pioneered CRM and after going public became one of the fastest growing enterprise applications company. After holding progressively senior positions in Customer Services, he headed IT Applications, where he was responsible for the implementation, operations and support of all business applications and processes used at Siebel.

Deepak holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University and a Master’s in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford.

Board of Directors

Prof Dr. Stefan Hencke

Prof Dr. Stefan Hencke

Chairman

Stefan Hencke teaches Economic and Business Administration at Trier University and is also Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Convensis Group. Professor Hencke is Vice President of German Public Relations Association and is also a member of the Working Group Innovation of the German Federal Ministry of Research in Berlin.

Mike Alic

Mike Alic

Member of the Board

Mike Alic directs Advanstar's activities in strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, and new ventures, and also leads the company's digital product strategies. Previously, he led Advanstar's electronic media group, where he was responsible for the development, marketing, and monetization of the company's digital publishing products. Prior to leading the electronic media group, Mike was VP and General Manager of the company's licensing business unit, where he ran an integrated group of expos, publications, and digital properties serving the global consumer products licensing industry. Before entering the media sector, Mike started his business career in the toy industry, where he worked in marketing and finance for Hasbro France. Mike has a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.

Lynda Davey

Lynda Davey

Member of the Board

Lynda Davey's finance career spans 30 years of advising, financing and investing in public and private companies. She serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Avalon Net Worth and is the Chairman and Founder of Avalon Securities Ltd, one of the few woman-owned FINRA and SEC registered broker dealers. Since 1992, Avalon has provided bulge bracket investment banking assistance to mid-market clients. Prior to founding Avalon, Ms. Davey worked at Salomon Brothers Inc and was President of Tribeca Corp, a merchant bank focused on equity investments in consumer companies. Before commencing her finance career Ms. Davey practiced as a registered architect.

Mark Noetzold

Mark Noetzold

Member of the Board

Mark Noetzold is Co-Founder and Executive Board Member of OPTURE AG and Noetzold & Noetzold GmbH. Mark is member of several supervisory boards and lecturer for risk management. He gained his expertise as consultant with a world-wide leading strategic management consultant company and as board member of a market leader in the audiological and medical technology sector. His educational background is in economics and law.