HigherEd Leadership team
Rishi Rana, General Manager, Higher Education
Rishi Rana is GM (CEO) of the Higher-Ed business in the edtech sector for PowerSchool Group LLC, leading strategy, growth, and with direct ownership of Product, R&D, Services, Customer Success, Sales, and Marketing. He has over 22 years of executive and leadership experience with a proven track record in leading businesses while developing complex, critical software solutions, products, and platforms across various domains.
Previously, Rishi was COO of AGDATA LP. He oversaw the transformation of several product and service lines into a single platform providing data-enabled insight and analytics for the agriculture industry. Rishi has led several businesses towards high growth in topline revenue, revamping service lines and factory models towards multiple-fold EBITDA growth. Prior experience includes serving HCM and Talent landscape as SVP for Global Services at Skillsoft Limited and GM-APAC for SumTotal Systems, where he setup offices in various countries and crafted teams and functions from the ground up. Rishi also held several leadership roles at Microsoft for over a decade where he led product, services, and strategy across a variety of functions and markets globally.
Rishi is an avid speaker at events and recipient of several awards in management excellence, strategy, communication, and mentoring. He recently won the “CEO with HR Orientation” Award from Asia Pacific HRM Congress. He holds a BS in Computer Science & Math and an MBA, both from Texas A&M University.
Chengdian Lin, VP of Product Development
Chengdian leads the Product Engineering and Development in the HigherEd division of PowerSchool. He has over 25 years of experience in software leading various organizations in creating and solving problems. He has lead several organizations and teams in Product Engineering, Architecture, DevOps, and Professional Services helping increase customer retention via technology and impact across various business models, customer bases, structures, and cultures throughout his career.
Chengdian comes to PowerSchool from AGDATA where he successfully led the Product Development team on transformation siloed on-prem to SaaS-based products and processes. Chengdian was CTO at YouRuan where he provided technology vision and roadmap, overseeing engineering and IT, and helped shape the overall vision and strategy of the company. He has held various management roles in various organizations and successfully led onsite and offshore teams and delivered several mission critical solutions. He has also provided technology consulting services to various global companies like BlueCross BlueShield, AT&T, Ajinomoto, PNC, Kraft Foods, etc.
Chengdian received his B.S. in Math from the University of Science and Technology of China, M.S. from Beijing University, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago. In his free time he enjoys sports and travel.
Tony Montoya, VP of Sales
Tony is the VP of Sales for PeopleAdmin. He has over 20+ years working in the Ed-tech space for companies such as Canvas, Schoology, and Pearson to name a few. He has a passion for working in the education space and takes pride in what he does.
Some of his other passions include boating, hiking and attending his Alma Mater’s football games (go Utes!).
Akshay Sardeshpande, VP of Customer Operations
In his role, Akshay he oversees the Professional Services, Technical Support, and Customer Success functions. He brings with him over two decades of global leadership experience across Strategy & Operations in the enterprise software & technology space.
Prior to PeopleAdmin, Akshay worked at SumTotal Systems where he led strategic initiatives across Professional Services and Support functions, delivering high customer satisfaction along with overall operational efficiency & business value.
In his free time, Akshay loves to read and travel as often as possible to explore new places & cultures.
Traci Gregorski, Senior Director of Marketing
Traci is the head of Marketing and Strategic Alliances for PeopleAdmin. She is responsible for the vision, strategy, and execution for all marketing and partnership programs. Prior to joining PowerSchool, Traci was the Head of Marketing at Origami Risk, a SaaS insurtech company, and before that was the Head of Marketing at Market Track–now Numerator, a Vista company.
In both roles, she was responsible for building a team from the ground up as well as planning, development, and execution of the organization’s marketing initiatives. Earlier in her career, she worked in publishing and at a custom content agency where she led development and execution of comprehensive channel market and communications strategies in several industries including financial services, technology, construction, home décor, eCommerce, retail, restaurant/quick service, and CPG. She recently moved to Austin from Chicago and has enjoyed not seeing snow most of the winter. She enjoys the outdoors and loves running, hiking, fishing, camping, and spending time with her husband Tim, beagle Suxy, and her six nieces and two nephews.
PowerSchool Leadership team
Hardeep Gulati, CEO
Hardeep is an innovative leader and executive with more than two decades of experience leading software businesses. Hardeep’s passion for education and proven expertise in guiding companies through periods of growth has been instrumental to the ongoing successful implementation of PowerSchool’s expansion plan. Under Hardeep’s leadership, PowerSchool has introduced award-winning, integrated classroom solutions and made a lasting impact on the future of K-12 education. For Hardeep, leading a company that includes thousands of educators and technology specialists is a natural evolution of his lifelong commitment to harnessing the power of technology to transform lives and unlock student potential. Hardeep brings that ethos, and his belief that a high-quality education is a fundamental right to his leadership, of PowerSchool.
Most recently, Hardeep successfully led PowerSchool’s acquisition of PeopleAdmin—the eighth acquisition during his tenure as CEO. Additionally, he oversaw the expansion of talent from 1,000 to 2,000 employees. EdTech Digest recognized Hardeep’s leadership within the edtech industry when the publication named him Education Technology CEO of the Year and one of the Top 100 Influencers in EdTech.
Prior to joining PowerSchool in 2015, Hardeep was CEO of SumTotal Systems. Under his leadership, the company became the #1 market leader in enterprise learning systems and saw record-breaking growth in cloud computing services. During Hardeep’s tenure, SumTotal provided talent expansion solutions, which enable continuous and contextual learning for employees to improve talent engagement, productivity, and business results to 43 million users with small-to-midsized organizations as well as half of the Fortune 500.
Hardeep joined SumTotal after his time at Oracle, where he led strategy and product development across a variety of enterprise application areas. Before Oracle, Hardeep was Vice President of Products at SpinCircuit, an information exchange enterprise software company founded by Cadence, HP, Flextronics, and Avnet. He was also founder and CTO at eBizAutomation, an enterprise integration company that was acquired by SpinCircuit. Early in his career, Hardeep held senior consulting positions at Lucent Technologies and Dun & Bradstreet.
Hardeep received his computer science degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and is a graduate of Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology. He received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Hardeep loves to spend time with family—traveling, biking, golfing, and playing chess with his kids. He loves to coach-mentor his son’s LEGO robotics team, be a chess guinea pig for his other son (a nationally-ranked scholastic player), and read stories and color with his daughter.
Marcy Daniel, Chief Product Officer
Marcy Daniel is PowerSchool’s Chief Product Officer. She is responsible for developing a unified strategic vision of PowerSchool’s portfolio products, managing overall roadmap development, and delivering to clients on the roadmap. Marcy joined PowerSchool in February 2016. Prior to joining PowerSchool, Marcy was the Chief Operating Officer of Interactive Achievement. While at Interactive Achievement she was instrumental in 60%+ year-over-year growth in topline revenue and scaling business services to support triple digit growth in end users. She has managed and led multiple functional teams in the education technology space, and she has over 20 years of experience in enterprise software development, brand management, and emerging market development.
Marcy holds a bachelor’s degree in System Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. When she turns the business mind wheels to a slower pace, you will find her juggling between her beloved roles of a cheering soccer mom and devoted wife. Occasionally, she finds time to huddle over a warm glass kiln—seeking the Zen of creating functional art.
Maulik Datanwala, Chief Customer Officer
Maulik Datanwala is the Chief Customer Officer at PowerSchool. Maulik brings with him over a decade and half of expertise in the enterprise software space across Professional Services, Managed Services, Technical Support, and Sustained Engineering. Prior to PowerSchool, he worked at SumTotal Systems and ran a number of Operations functions as a part of the Executive Management team.
On a personal front, Maulik co-founded two software and services companies very early in his career. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Economics from the University of Mumbai and a master’s degree in Business Administration and Information Technology from the National Institute of Management. An avid sportsman, Maulik played Minor League Cricket in India. He is often found playing in cricket leagues around the Sacramento area over weekends.
Craig Greenseid, Chief Revenue Officer
Craig Greenseid is the Chief Revenue Officer at PowerSchool. He has a tenured background in growing software businesses within the United States and internationally, with a deep experience in education technology.
Craig joined PowerSchool from Blackboard in various leadership roles. Most recently he held the position of Senior Vice President of North American Markets, which included the K-12, Corporate, Government, Student Success, and Higher Education markets. Before that, Craig served as Vice President of Worldwide Cloud Platform Sales at Autodesk.
Earlier in his career, Craig served in many senior sales executive roles at IBM, where he worked for 15 years. Craig is a native New Yorker, living on Long Island with his wife and two children.
Craig enjoys the outdoors, running, and playing basketball and soccer. Additionally, Craig serves on the board of the youth basketball program in his town and coaches both his son’s and his daughter’s travel basketball and soccer teams.
Eric Shander, Chief Financial Officer
Devendra Singh, Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer for PowerSchool, Devendra is responsible for all Product Development and Cloud Operations within the company. He brings more than 20 years of experience in building enterprise-class software and cloud solutions for managing mission-critical business processes at Fortune 1,000 companies. Prior to joining PowerSchool, Devendra was Vice President of Product Development at Oracle where he led global development teams to build best-in-class Product Lifecycle Management solutions for customers in High Tech, Industrial Manufacturing, and Life Science industries. Before Oracle, he held senior positions in Product Development and Product Management at Agile Software and participated in major business transformation initiatives as a Management Consultant with A.T. Kearney.
Devendra earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Delhi College of Engineering and an MBA from University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
In his spare time, Devendra is a road biking and hiking enthusiast. He has hiked rim to rim to rim in the Grand Canyon, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, summited Mount Whitney, reached several 14,000 feet peaks in the Sierra Nevada, and hiked to 21,000 feet on Aconcagua in Argentina. His next challenge is always just around the corner.
Anthony Miller, Chief Marketing Officer
In his role as Chief Marketing Officer, Anthony works with his team to tell the PowerSchool story, raising awareness for our award-winning products, driving strategic campaigns, and powering the overall marketing operation. He holds true to the belief that marketing is most effective when there is a balance and integration of art and science. Anthony’s passion for PowerSchool stems from his fundamental belief that technology can significantly help to improve student outcomes and give every child the best possible chance to succeed. Prior to joining the leadership team at PowerSchool, Anthony was the CMO at Lanyon, a leading provider of event management software, where he led the global marketing organization. Prior to this, Anthony has many years of experience working in the software and marketing industry having also held the titles of Senior VP of Strategy and Product Management, and VP of Strategy and Business Development.
Outside of work, Anthony enjoys skiing, great movies, dining out, and spending time with his two King Charles Spaniels: Archer and Cooper.
Rich Gay, Chief Information Security Officer & VP of Development
Rich Gay joined PowerSchool in 2003, and over the years has expanded his role from Engineering Manager to his current position as Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President of Development with responsibility for engineering, quality assurance, and hosting operations. Rich has led the PowerSchool R&D team’s substantial improvements in PowerSchool products over the past decade, including technology stack and hosting operations modernization, internationalization, and ability to scale to handle even the largest school districts. He was the founder and former CEO of Foresight Technology for 10 years, a software product and services company. Rich received a BSEE in Electronic Engineering from University of Arkansas.
Rich is an avid outdoorsman and adrenaline junky. He loves hiking, backpacking, scuba diving, and riding his motorcycle in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He dreams of a return to amateur auto racing now that his son has graduated high school.
Richard Collopy, Chief of Staff
Richard Collopy serves as Chief of Staff at PowerSchool. He previously served as Vice President of Global Support and Education Transformation at PowerSchool, where he managed several teams in support and services. Rich joined PowerSchool after executive roles at two Vista Equity Partners portfolio companies: Sovos Compliance and Aptean.
He brings more than 20 years of experience in transforming businesses in growth and turnaround situations in the enterprise software space. He started his career in technology consulting with Accenture and worked for several software companies before starting with Vista Consulting Group in 2011.
When not at work, he can be found cheering on his kids’ activities, rooting for his hometown Chicago Cubs and Bears, or spending time outdoors biking and skiing.
Darron Flagg, General Counsel
Darron Flagg is General Counsel at PowerSchool. In his role, he leads PowerSchool’s global legal function, advises the executive staff, and supports operational initiatives. He brings more than 20 years of legal and business experience with global technology transactions.
Prior to joining PowerSchool in 2018, Darron spent 13 years at Intel Corporation serving as Associate Director, Legal negotiating and advising executives on manufacturing, R&D, procurement, sales, marketing, and licensing transactions for multiple divisions within the company. As lead counsel for Intel’s embedded sales division, he supported over $10 billion in revenue annually. A long-time legal counsel and business partner of Intel’s nonvolatile memory division, Darron advised on the multi-billion dollar R&D and manufacturing joint venture between Intel and Micron Technology. A member of Intel’s prestigious leadership council (IBLC), Darron directed compliance efforts for the division and even served as the Intel site pro-bono chair.
Before Intel, he worked at a major law firm in Germany (now known as Clifford Chance), supporting cross-border M&A transactions, and served as an adjunct law professor at the Goethe University Frankfurt. He also spent time as an in-house entertainment attorney for two global companies: Summit Entertainment (now a part of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp) and Helkon Media AG.
A member of the California State Bar, Darron holds a bachelor’s degree in music and a minor in German studies from California State University, Northridge, an MBA (Finance) from Thunderbird School of Global management, and a JD from UCLA School of Law. In addition, he has earned executive education certifications from Harvard Law School, Willamette University, and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
When not focusing on his managerial and legal responsibilities, Darron is an avid learner and accomplished classical musician.
Mike Rhein, Senior VP of Sales
Mike has spent over 29 years working in K-12 Education Technology, Service, and Sales. In 1987, he started with NCS, which became part of Pearson through an acquisition in 2000. He has held various management roles throughout the years in Finance, Services, and the last 20 years in K-12 SIS Sales management. He currently successfully leads the PowerSchool Sales team covering both North America and international markets.
Mike loves spending time in the outdoors and looks forward to finding time to go fishing and hunting.
Alan Taylor, Senior VP of Corporate Development
As Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Alan Taylor is responsible for leading PowerSchool’s M&A, partnerships, and other new growth initiatives. He has been with PowerSchool since 2015 in a variety of senior leadership roles, previously leading sales and serving as chief of staff.
Alan has been in the enterprise software space for more than nine years, serving in a variety of roles across the functions of M&A, sales operations, FP&A, business applications, and services operations.
Prior to joining PowerSchool, Alan served as Director of Strategic Programs at Mitratech, the leading provider of Enterprise Legal Management solutions.
Alan holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He was born and raised in the Sacramento area, and in his free time enjoys cooking, sports, the outdoors, skiing, and travel.
Jeremy Friedman, Senior VP, Schoology
Jeremy Friedman was Co-Founder and CEO of Schoology, the nation’s leading K-12 learning management and assessment platform. Jeremy co-founded Schoology alongside Bill Kindler, Ryan Hwang, and Tim Trinidad while earning his BA in Economics at Washington University in St. Louis.
Jeremy believes that education technology should improve the learning experience and enable educators in K-12 schools and districts to achieve their own vision of successful personalized learning.
Today, Jeremy focuses on managing Schoology’s product growth strategy within PowerSchool. He works closely with customers to understand requirements and opportunities for innovation, guiding Schoology’s product vision to ensure that users and customers are able to continue advancing what is possible in education.
Dawn LaPlante, VP of Talent
Dawn LaPlante is Vice President of Talent at PowerSchool. In her role, she works with all PowerSchool employees to enhance their PowerSchool experience and develop talent-related programs to create a workplace environment that encourages engagement and supports productive, happy employees.
Previously, Dawn led the human resources team at Verifone for over 15 years and served as the VP, Global Human Resources for Nanometrics and Rimini Street.
Dawn has achieved many exciting accomplishments in her career, serving as a key member of leadership teams and as a catalyst in driving strategic, enterprise-wide HR projects and programs. She has led the talent organization through numerous system upgrades and changes, several successful acquisitions, and she was part of a successful IPO. She has built solid teams that can scale with a rapidly growing business.
Dawn has also served as a board member with the Calaveras County Humane Society since 2015. The board is actively involved in programs to benefit the animals and their guardians in the county.
Dawn holds a master’s degree in Human Resources with a concentration in organizational development from the University of San Francisco as well as a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources with a minor in Psychology from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She has also held her SPHR certification since 2006.