Chief Executive Officer
Shawn Jenkins, one of our founders, has been Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors since our founding in June 2000. Prior to founding Benefitfocus, from 1995 to 2000, he served as Vice President with American Pensions, Inc., leading sales, operations, and technology. From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Jenkins was a program analyst with Rockwell Automation, Inc.
Executive Chairman of the Board
Mason Holland, one of our founders, has been our Executive Chairman and a member of our board of directors since our founding in June 2000. He is responsible for the coordination of strategic partnerships with industry leaders and client relations. Mr. Holland founded American Pensions, Inc. in 1988, serving as its Chairman and President from 1988 to 2003. Mr. Holland’s other ventures have included establishing Holland Properties, LLC, a real estate development firm, in 1989, and acquiring Eclipse Aerospace, Inc., a jet aircraft manufacturer, in May 2009, for which he serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Holland attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Ray August serves as President and Chief Operating Officer. He joined the company in 2014 and oversees operational functions, sales and customer support efforts. Prior to joining the company, Mr. August served as the General Manager for the Financial Services division of CSC, a multi-billion dollar organization with over 10,000 employees around the world. During his 16 years at CSC, Mr. August held several leadership roles. Prior to CSC, Mr. August was Chief Technology Officer at Great Plains Software. Previously Mr. August held a management position at Price Waterhouse. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Laborde joined Benefitfocus as chief financial officer in September 2016. He brings extensive financial leadership in technology, finance and investment banking. Jeff has previously served as CFO at both Infor, Inc., a leading enterprise resource planning software vendor, and SumTotal Systems, a leading human capital management software provider. Prior to SumTotal, he served as a managing director in the San Francisco office of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its Technology, Media & Telecom Group. Jeff has also led teams for Credit Suisse First Boston's Technology Group and prior to that, was staff and senior auditor of Arthur Andersen LLP's Audit and Business Advisory - Enterprise Group. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Commerce, Business Administration and Accounting from Washington and Lee University.
Chief Technology Officer
Jim Restivo joined Benefitfocus as Chief Technology Officer in January 2016. Mr. Restivo brings deep technical expertise to Benefitfocus with over 25 years of industry experience in leading cloud operations, product management, data analytics, information security and traditional R&D in large and mid-sized global firms with complex portfolios. Previously, Mr. Restivo served as Chief Technology Officer for numerous software companies including Dodge Data & Analytics, Inc., Kenexa Technologies and IBM. Mr. Restivo holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University and Master of Science in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Chief Security Officer
Scott Frost joined Benefitfocus as Chief Security Officer in May 2016. He brings more than 25 years of information security and risk management experience from leading consumer goods and services companies and is well known in the cybersecurity industry. Most recently, Mr. Frost served as chief security officer at Belk Inc., where he was responsible for all aspects of cybersecurity for the $4 billion+ retail department store. Prior to Belk, he served in a variety of leadership roles at Time Warner Cable, Home Depot, SecureEnclave and Verizon Wireless.
Senior Vice President of Customer Success
Annmarie Fini is the Senior Vice President of Customer Success for Benefitfocus. In this role she is responsible for the end-to-end customer experience across Professional Services, Configuration, Data Services, Customer Management, Benefits Service Center and the Benefitfocus University. As one of the first employees at Benefitfocus, Fini has been responsible for building and maintaining key client relationships, leading large client implementations and, most recently, Benefitfocus’ overall product strategy. With more than 20 years of experience in the health care and software industries, Fini is an expert in benefits, human resources and payroll, which provides a unique understanding of customer needs. Fini holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Senior Vice President of Ecosystem Partner Solutions
Ken Poletti is responsible for the selection, on boarding and management of Ecosystem Partners that extend the products and services offered thru the Benefitfocus Marketplace. In addition, Ken and his team selects and manage the System Integrators implementing the Benefitfocus platform and solutions. Poletti has over 30 years of software development experience in the healthcare technology, healthcare manufacturing and government defense industries. Prior to Benefitfocus, Poletti owned a consulting firm and held various positions at Hill-Rom. Poletti has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
Senior Vice President of Engineering and Global Services
Jessica Brewer is the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Global Services and is responsible for managing client implementations and software delivery across the Benefitfocus Portfolio of Products and Services. Her extensive understanding of software engineering, business operations, infrastructure and application deployments, as well as her knowledge of our products, software and services helps advance the Benefitfocus Platform through the use of innovative technologies. Brewer earned a Master of Science in Software Engineering Management from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a Minor in Computer Science from the College of Charleston.
Senior Vice President of Marketing
Kevin Hamilton serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing. He joined the company in 2015 from Opower where he served as Vice President of Marketing. During his tenure at Opower, Kevin played an instrumental role in the company’s growth leading up to its successful initial public offering in 2014. Prior to Opower, Kevin led Sales and Corporate Development teams at CEB, a best-practice insight and technology company based in Arlington, Va. Kevin holds a BA from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Senior Vice President of Employer Sales
Chris Shee is the Senior Vice President of Employer Sales at Benefitfocus and is responsible for leading all sales efforts across the country for the Employer business unit. With more than 23 years of experience in sales and business development, his expertise ranges from human resource technology consulting to expanding market share for large software and technology companies. Prior to joining Benefitfocus, Chris was a National Account Sales Manager for ADP. Chris received a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Akron, where he was also a member of the football team.
Senior Vice President of Sales Operations and Channel Sales
Rebecca Bernson serves as our Senior Vice President of Sales Operations and Channel Sales. She leads the Sales Operations team and is responsible for supporting the Carrier, Employer and Channel Sales teams. With over 30 years of experience in senior sales leadership positions, Bernson has worked with a diverse group of software and technology companies including ADP and Xerox. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia and serves on the Advisory Board of the Sales Management Association.
Vice President of Benefitfocus Media
Nina Sossamon-Pogue is the Vice President of Benefitfocus Media and is responsible for the Benefitfocus Media & Animation department. She is an Emmy Award winning journalist and news anchor who brought 20 years of communications experience when she joined the company in 2007. Prior to joining Benefitfocus, she was also a press secretary to Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, and the Executive Editor of a regional parenting magazine, The Pink and Blue Pages. Sossamon-Pogue is a graduate of Louisiana State University, a former member of the U.S. gymnastics team and was named a Woman of Distinction by the State of South Carolina.