Executive Team

Tim Estes Tim Estes – President & Founder
Tim envisioned a new way computers could learn to understand language and made that vision a reality. He is a leading influencer, advocate and speaker for the use of technology and analytics to achieve social good in industry, government, healthcare and academia. He also cares a ton about protecting digital privacy and would have taught philosophy in another life. Tim lives in Nashville when not hopping all over the world to try to make a difference. He counts among his friends some of the most talented musicians, wellness innovators, and passionate foodies in Nashville.

Kathy DeKam – Chief People Officer
Kathy leads our efforts in preserving and fostering the Reasoner’s workplace culture to ensure we remain true to our ideals in how we treat and develop our team. Previously, Kathy led the human resources function at Video Gaming Technologies (VGT) headquartered here in Nashville and spent 22 years at American Color – devoting half of her tenure there in human resources and the other half as the President/COO. Kathy also proudly served nearly six years in the U.S. Navy. When she’s not building strong teams, you may catch Kathy traveling with her family throughout the Caribbean (she wants to visit all 7,000 islands) or daydreaming about riding a Gondola in Venice (sore subject since she’s canceled a trip to Italy on three occasions).

Prakash ramachandran headshotPrakash Ramachandran – Chief Financial Officer
Prakash ensures that the financial resources of the company are used wisely. He has more than 25 years of experience as a finance professional, much of which has been with venture-funded startups. Prior CFO positions, including with Polyera, Nordic Wind Power, Novariant, and Sonicity have seen him assist with multiple rounds of funding, acquisitions, business growth, and international expansion. Prakash qualified as a Chartered Accountant in India (he scored 13th highest in the country) and holds a masters degree in Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. When he’s not balancing the books Prakash enjoys traveling with his wife and two children, although he wishes he’d tried bungee jumping before they came into his life as his wife won’t allow him to take the risk!

Randi Schochet – Chief Marketing Officer
Randi drives our brand with a focus on continued industry growth and the execution of new strategies in the financial services and healthcare markets. Randi brings more than 30 years of experience in marketing leadership and financial services innovation, including roles at major financial organizations such as American Express, where she dedicated over two decades to brand positioning and creative marketing. In Randi’s most recent role as the CMO at Cross River Bank in New Jersey, she led brand transformation as they became a fintech bank, raising over $100M from some of the world’s leading venture investors, and becoming a member of the esteemed Forbes Fintech 50. When she’s not building an amazing brand, Randi enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons, her dog “Snoops” and bird “Woodstock,” reading a good mystery novel, and hiking.

Uday kamath headshotUday Kamath – Chief Analytics Officer
Uday has spent more than two decades developing analytics products and combines this experience with learning in statistics, optimization, machine learning, bioinformatics, and biochemistry. Senior roles, including that of Chief Data Scientist for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, have seen him apply analytics to challenges in compliance, cybersecurity, banking fraud, anti-money laundering, and insurance. Uday has contributed to many journals, conferences, and books, is the author of Mastering Java Machine Learning, and has a Ph.D. in Big Data Machine Learning and Automated Feature Generation. He likes to volunteer, teach math, and is an avowed foodie – balancing his enthusiasm for cooking with long distance running. When he has the time, he indulges his passions for poetry and Indian classical music.

Bhavani prasad headshotBhavani Prasad – Senior Vice President, Engineering
Bhavani oversees the talented engineering teams that develop our innovative cognitive computing platform and applications. He has more than 25 years of experience in systems engineering and technology strategy, spanning industries such as gaming, chemical, and automotive manufacturing. He is passionate about building high-performance organizations that excel in continuous process improvement and a learning culture. Bhavani earned his undergraduate from IIT Chennai (India) and an Executive Certificate from MIT Sloan School of Management. Bhavani enjoys travel with his family, loves classic rock, and avidly follows ‘super grandmaster’ chess tournaments!

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Chris Hasenbein – Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas
Chris leads our Sales organization in the Americas. He comes to Digital Reasoning with two decades of experience driving revenue growth and building successful sales teams. Most recently, he led worldwide sales at Micro Focus for the Risk and Governance Solutions business unit. Prior to this, Chris spent eight years at HP/Hewlett Packard Enterprise where he ran worldwide sales for HPE’s Autonomy Information Management and Governance Software business. Outside of work, Chris loves to play sports, including basketball, softball and snowboarding, but spends most weekends (and more!) supporting his daughter’s vocation for competitive dance.

John Holland – Senior Vice President of Sales, EMEA and APAC
John leads our Sales organization for EMEA and APAC. He works with large enterprises across these regions, including many of the world’s top 10 financial institutions, helping them to adopt our award-winning AI-enabled solutions for the automation key tasks and to uncover transformative insights across vast amounts of human communications data. John has been in the IT industry for over 25 years. He has run the EMEA and APAC operations for a number of companies in the IT Security space and has extensive experience of Software, Professional Services and Managed Service businesses.

Chris Cashwell headshotChris Cashwell – Vice President of Healthcare Solutions
Chris oversees a dedicated team focused on deploying AI solutions that solve real-world healthcare challenges. He has more than 20 years of experience leading both large and small healthcare IT companies, and describes himself as a “passionate pioneer” in healthcare IT (HIT), having brought several new products to market. Through previous roles Chris has focused on improving care while improving health systems’ bottom line. He was one of the first HIT leaders to commercialize natural language processing technology with unstructured clinical data to find undocumented diagnosis and quality metrics. Chris lives with his family in Franklin, where his “spare time” is spent trying to keep up three teenage boys and all of their activities, sports, and interests. When he gets the chance, you’ll find Chris watching a local college baseball.

Brandon carl headshotBrandon Carl – Vice President of Product Management
Brandon leads the team that turns our mission into reality, collaborating with our customers and partners to shape our Product strategy. He spent the first half of his career working in the capital markets, initially in interest rate derivative sales at Bank of America before moving to global macroeconomics and trend forecasting at Nomura Securities. At Digital Reasoning he has conceived and brought to market Cognition, our acclaimed AI model training app, co-created our Applied Machine Learning team, and led our Applied Research team. Brandon is energized about creating the future and loves working with his talented colleagues to realize new possibilities.

Rober ThompsonRobert Thomson – Vice President Customer Success
Robert leads the teams that ensure our customers, all over the world, get true and demonstrable value from our software. Robert has been in the enterprise software industry for over 24 years and prior to that was in banking. He has run the EMEA and APAC customer facing technical operations for a number of software companies in Analytics, BPM, and unstructured databases before setting up DR in EMEA. Robert has extensive experience of managing and delivering complex projects to some of the world’s largest and well known companies.