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Appen provides accurate and reliable human annotated datasets that fuel AI and machine learning for some of the world’s biggest brands.  With more than 25 years of industry knowledge, Appen powers many of the AI interactions we experience every day.

Our crowd solutions and expertise empower businesses to achieve their AI goals and make a significant impact in their industry.

Join us as we shape the future of AI and unlock its limitless possibilities.

Our Leadership Team

Ryan Kolln

Chief Executive Officer

Andrea Clayton

Chief People Officer

Andrew Ettinger

Chief Revenue Officer

Mike Davie

Chief Product Officer

Roc Tian

SVP and General Manager, Appen China + JK

Justin Miles

Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Alicia Hale

Chief Marketing Officer

Appen Careers

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Board of Directors

Richard Freudenstein

Non-Executive Chair

Richard Freudenstein was appointed Chair in October 2021 and has been a non-executive director since August 2021. Richard is a director of Coles Group Limited, REA Group Ltd and Cricket Australia, and is a member of the Afiniti Advisory Board. Previously, he was Chairman of REA Group Ltd and a director of Ten Network Holdings Ltd, Foxtel and Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad. Richard has held CEO roles at Foxtel, News Digital Media and The Australian, and was COO at British Sky Broadcasting. He is currently Deputy Chancellor and Fellow of the Senate at the University of Sydney. Richard has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Ryan Kolln

Managing Director

Ryan Kolln is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Appen. Ryan brings over 20 years of global experience in technology and telecommunications, along with a deep understanding of Appen’s business and the AI industry. His professional career began as an engineer, with a focus on mobile network data engineering in Australia, Asia and North America. On completion of an MBA from New York University, Ryan joined The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 2011 as a strategy consultant. During his time at BCG he specialised in technology and telecommunications and gained deep strategy expertise across a variety of growth and operational topics.

Steve Hasker

Non-Executive Director

Steve Hasker is a non-executive director of Appen Limited and a member of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He currently holds the position of President and CEO of Thomson Reuters and has extensive experience in senior advisory, private equity, and leadership roles in the media, information, and technology industries. Steve holds an MBA and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

Robin Low

Non-Executive Director

Robin Low is a non-executive director of Appen since 2014. She holds directorships in AUB Group Limited, CSG Limited, IPH Limited, and Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation. With a 28-year career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Robin specializes in assurance and risk, particularly in financial services. She is actively involved with not-for-profit organizations, serving on the boards of Public Education Foundation and Primary Ethics. Robin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Stuart Davis

Non-Executive Director

Stuart is an experienced international banker with over 30 years' of expertise within the HSBC Group. He has held various leadership positions in Hong Kong, New York, Taiwan, India, and Australia. Notably, he served as CEO of India for the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, CEO and Executive Director for HSBC Bank Australia Limited, and CEO of HSBC Taiwan. Stuart has been actively involved in the Australian Bankers Association, serving as a member and Deputy Chairman. He holds a LLB from Adelaide University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Vanessa Liu

Non-Executive Director

Vanessa is an accomplished professional with a diverse background in venture capital, digital media, and consulting. She has held leadership positions at SAP.iO, Trigger Media Group, and McKinsey & Company, where she provided strategic guidance to clients in the media and high-tech sectors. Vanessa is a highly educated individual, having graduated with honors from Harvard University and Harvard Law School. Currently, she serves as the President of the Harvard Alumni Association.

Lynn Mickleburgh

Non-Executive Director

Lynn brings experience as a non-executive Director and technology advisor. With a background in leading Fortune 500 companies and high-growth SAAS companies, she specializes in digital transformation and building agile business platforms. Lynn's expertise spans finance, accounting, data governance, and M&A integrations. She holds a BSc in Mathematics and an MBA in Business Management.

Mini Peiris

Non-Executive Director

Mini is CMO of Doma (NYSE: DOMA), a real estate technology company disrupting a century-old industry by building an instant and frictionless home closing experience for buyers and sellers. Previously, Mini was the CMO at Elementum (a Lightspeed company) and Ambra Health (acquired by Hg’s Intelerad). With a background in cloud-pioneer company NetSuite and leading global teams, Mini brings extensive experience in product management, marketing strategy, and go-to-market scale. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan.


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