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Who we are

MEET THE r4 INTELLIGENCE BEHIND REAL INTELLIGENCE

r4 Technologies, Inc. is the pioneer of cross-enterprise AI. Organizations across private and public sectors deploy r4’s as-a-service platform to unlock growth opportunities blocked by traditional approaches.

r4 was created by the founders of priceline.com and key Priceline executives. Their vision and innovations pioneered e-commerce as a business model and revolutionized the travel industry.

The r4 team is now applying this same DNA to help large companies in multiple industries apply cross-enterprise AI to drive growth and create competitive advantages.

Our management team has been responsible for more than $100 Billion in value creation

paul_breitenbach Who we are
Paul Breitenbach, Founder & CEO
Early in my career, I was the CMO and co-founder of one of the world’s most iconic e-commerce brands, priceline.com. We defined, built and led the business model, strategy and execution that leveraged data and mathematics to create over $100 billion in shareholder value and became one of the most successful IPOs in history. We built priceline.com through a combination of vision, practicality, and a quest to disrupt the marketplace.

Now as founder and CEO of r4, I feel a similar sense of excitement and expectation. Value creation through smart application of AI technology could very well dwarf the value impact of the internet. r4 is already driving previously unthinkable revenue increases and cost efficiencies in the market.

For me, the most exciting part of r4 is working with so many incredible people around the world who, like me, want to make their organizations and the world better. This is just the beginning.

 

igor_zhuk Who we are
Igor Zhuk, Chief Data Science Officer
I have been always at the frontier of applying innovation to the business world. During the personal computing revolution, I co-founded NITA, one of the first companies to apply network computing to Air Traffic Control systems. At the dawn of the internet, I helped launch one of the world’s most successful e-commerce companies, priceline.com, where I was chief architect of the pricing and revenue management system. Now, I am fortunate to be at the forefront of the third technology revolution of the past quarter century: artificial intelligence.

As Chief Data Scientist at r4, I lead a talented team of data scientists and technologists to design, develop and deliver the world’s first cross-enterprise software platform – enabling organizations to manage holistically and solve complex business problems by mastering ever-growing data volume and velocity.

It is an honor to be a member of the r4 family where both hard work and personal values are treasured, with the common goal of making the world a better place.

 

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David Bradley, EVP Solutions
I’ve been a strategy and marketing leader with some of the world’s top companies, including Kodak (in the day), SAP and IBM. At IBM, I architected the turnaround of the PC business and turned ibm.com into IBM’s “easy to do business with” $12B sales channel. For the past 20 years, I’ve developed unique expertise in leading global companies to transform disconnected go-to-market activities into market-driven alignment and growth.

As EVP Solutions, I lead marketing, product and solution management, and client implementation. My real job: to turn technology and experience into customer success.

It’s not often you get to create a new category in the tech world, but that’s my mission at r4:  helping leaders achieve breakthrough results with the new category of Cross-Enterprise AI. And along the way, helping the global companies and brands that I admire achieve a new era of greatness.

 

alan_flohr Who we are
Alan Flohr, Chief Customer Officer
I have made a career of driving rapid innovation and improvement in sales and marketing at leading-edge technology and service providers. My focus has been CRM, analytics and marketing applications, recently at SugarCRM, Epsilon, and EMM Group.

As Chief Customer Officer at r4 Technologies, I direct global sales efforts for both new and existing customers. I am proud of the sales team we have assembled at r4 to lead the application of go-to-market Artificial Intelligence for our clients, and importantly, the high return on investment we have been able to deliver for them.

Technology permeates nearly every aspect of the marketplace and, indeed, our lives. Simply. It’s how things work (or don’t). Being at the forefront of unleashing and harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence is both an amazing opportunity and an awesome responsibility.

 

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Ralf-Dieter Wagner, SVP & General Manager, EMEA
For 25 years, I have built businesses and driven large scale transformations for corporate clients across Europe, aligning business imperatives with underlying technologies. As a partner at Accenture, I managed client portfolios and program implementations, supporting senior business leaders to drive competitive advantage, growth, and profitability. In recent years, I have focused on opening markets for innovative digital business services.

As General Manager, EMEA, I advise senior client decision-makers on how to leverage data and AI to drive their business performance. Orchestrating r4 teams and capabilities, I ensure that r4 delivers the business value our clients expect.

It is a privilege to work at r4 with some of the best and brightest at the forefront of a new technology revolution – enabling organizations to use data and AI cross-enterprise to drive competitive advantage, growth, and profitability. I’m particularly proud that at r4, while we have very cool technology, it is not about technology at all. Our entire organization is focused on delivering business value for our clients.

 

matthew_breitenbach Who we are
Matthew Breitenbach, COO
I am a life-long entrepreneur, from running and selling my own business in college, to being one of the top sales executives at Procter & Gamble in a tough eastern states market, to trailblazing e-commerce at Aramark and now at r4. For me, the foundation of business growth is the relentless pursuit of operational excellence by everybody, for everything, every day.

As COO at r4, my focus is running the best, most sophisticated operations to enable our clients to achieve massive breakthroughs.  We measure ourselves not only on doing the right things, but also on doing them for the greatest impact. We allocate resources to drive the transformative power of artificial intelligence and create a “forever competitive advantage” for our clients.

For me, r4 rejects the noise and distraction associated with “flash” and, instead, embraces an inherent humility and attention to detail where no task is considered too small along our journey to uncover what is real.

 

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Dan Surette, CFO
I’ve been a finance and operations leader with some of the world’s top companies, including Thomson Reuters and the Economist. I’m known for driving organic and acquisition growth, and forming lasting strategic partnerships, as industries are transforming through digital capabilities. I’ve been built successful teams in emerging markets to increase presence and establish financial discipline across multiple geographies and business units. In my last role, I introduced a new business model to produce record-breaking profits and delivered more than 15% cost savings through improved operating efficiencies.

As CFO at r4, I lead the company’s finance function from planning and forecasting to reporting and cash management. My mission is not only make sure the r4 team has the necessary financial resources, but also to drive analytics to inform decisions.

Now more than ever, technology is having a profound impact on our daily lives. How we guide the awesome power of Artificial Intelligence will determine our future.

 

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Mark McEnroe, EVP Corporate Development
I have been a transactional business attorney at a large New York law firm and in house at Y&R. I have worked as a venture capitalist and as an operating executive, providing practical, real-world business advice along with legal analysis. Like other senior leaders at r4, my career included a stint in the Priceline family, where I had a front row seat at one of the first businesses to use data and math to drive business growth.

As EVP, Corporate Development at r4, I lead the company’s capital raising activities, and help source, direct and evaluate new growth opportunities, from within and without.

My mission at r4 is to provide the r4 team with the resources and tools needed to supply world-class technology that delivers cross-enterprise profit growth to clients. We want clients to see results, not process.

 

doug_maine Who we are
Doug Maine, Brown Brothers Harriman, Sr. Advisor, r4 Lead Director
Doug Maine is currently on the boards of Albemarle, and Orbital-ATK (Noble Systems LLC, Anchor Free, Olympusat and is lead director of r4 Technologies. In the last three years, Mr. Maine has led seven successful exits worth over $20 Billion with valuations ranging from 7X -70X.

Mr. Maine is a Senior Advisor to Brown Brothers Harriman and serves as an Executive in Residence for Columbia University’s School of Business. He is also on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Schools of Business at Temple University and Hofstra University as well as the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Advisory Group (PCAOB).

Mr. Maine was with IBM from serving initially as Sr. VP and Chief Financial Officer and after that General Manager of two business units. He was with MCI (now part of Verizon) serving as Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer his last seven years and before that as President of its Southern and Southwestern Regions business units.

Mr. Maine has an MBA from Hofstra University and a BS from Temple University.

 

paul_breitenbach Who we are
Paul Breitenbach, Founder & CEO
Early in my career, I was the CMO and co-founder of one of the world’s most iconic e-commerce brands, priceline.com. We defined, built and led the business model, strategy and execution that leveraged data and mathematics to create over $100 billion in shareholder value and became one of the most successful IPOs in history. We built priceline.com through a combination of vision, practicality, and a quest to disrupt the marketplace.

Now as founder and CEO of r4, I feel a similar sense of excitement and expectation. Value creation through smart application of AI technology could very well dwarf the value impact of the internet. r4 is already driving previously unthinkable revenue increases and cost efficiencies in the market.

For me, the most exciting part of r4 is working with so many incredible people around the world who, like me, want to make their organizations and the world better. This is just the beginning.

 

ron_rose Who we are
Ron Rose, CEO Value Creation Strategies Holdings, LLC, r4 Director
Ron Rose is CEO of Value Creation Strategies Holdings, LLC, an investment company focused on value creation through data analytics technologies. Formerly Mr. Rose was the Vice Chairman and CEO, of Decisyon, Inc., a company which accelerates business process improvement through the combination of collaborative business intelligence technologies and IoT analytics. Prior to Decisyon, He served as Senior Vice President of Dell.com at Dell Inc., where he ran a multi-billion dollar B2B business unit.

Before Dell, Mr. Rose served as Chief Information Officer of priceline.com for eleven years during which time the company successfully made the transition from a pre-IPO startup to a multi-billion dollar global travel company. He began his career at Delta Air Lines focusing on transaction systems. Mr. Rose’s experience as CEO of a software company in the data analytics and collaborative decision making technology sector allows him to bring valuable insight and knowledge to the Board.

Mr. Rose holds a BS degree from Tulane University and the University of Aberdeen Scotland. He received a MS in Information Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

erik_jansen Who we are
Erik Jansen, Co-Founder and Chairman of Ultra Capital, LLC, r4 Director
Erik Jansen is Co-Founder and Chairman of Ultra Capital LLC, an innovative investment firm focused on sustainable real asset projects in the growth sectors of energy, water, waste and agriculture. Previously Mr. Jansen co-founded the venture capital arm of Pequot Capital, which quickly grew to $16B in AUM and offered a diverse range of investment products, with an institutional quality infrastructure and an extensive proprietary research platform. Following Pequot, he co-founded and was Managing Partner of RockRidge Capital, which actively managed investments in small-cap public technology companies on behalf of a multi-billion unit of Deutsche Bank.

Mr. Jansen currently serves on the Eli Whitney Investment Advisory Committee of Connecticut Innovations, the state’s venture and economic development fund.  He also is a founding member of the Advisory Board of Boundless Impact. Before moving to the USA permanently in 1982, Mr. Jansen held positions with Philips and Procter & Gamble.

Mr. Jansen holds a BBA from Nijenrode, the Netherlands School of Business, and an MBA for the Edwin L Cox School of Business at SMU.

 

jaswinder_matharu Who we are
Jaswinder (“Manji”) Matharu, Entrepreneur, Technologist, r4 Director
Jaswinder (Manji) Matharu is widely recognized in the telecommunications community as an innovation leader in technology and business process improvement. He was most recently CEO and founder of Agilis International, Inc. a leader in big data and analytics.

Before founding Agilis, Mr. Matharu served in CEO, COO and CTO roles at Sotas, Inc., a high technology company that delivered network monitoring systems. He also served as the President and CEO of Strategic Signaling Systems & Networks (S3Net) before its merger with SOTAS, Inc.

Before founding S3Net, Mr. Matharu was the General Manager of ECTel, Inc. a company providing non-intrusive monitoring and fraud detection systems for the international carrier market. Prior to joining ECTel, he served as Director of Research and Development at Compression Telecom, an ECI Telecom subsidiary.

Mr. Matharu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from George Washington University, where he also served as an Assistant Professorial Lecturer.

 

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William Lee, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Pilot Growth Equity, r4 Director
William Lee is a Co-Founder & Managing Director of Pilot Growth Equity. He is a visionary technology entrepreneur, operator, systems architect, and investor. Mr. Lee currently serves on the board of r4 and Webgility.

Mr. Lee began his career at Motorola, where he led the development of mobile-based operating systems. He was then a Co-Founder & CTO of The Theory Center, where he was the visionary and architect behind the company’s Enterprise JavaBeans products. When The Theory Center was acquired by BEA Systems, Mr. Lee stayed on as Senior Director of Technology in BEA’s WebLogic eCommerce Applications Group. He was awarded two US patents on enterprise software.

Beginning in 2000, Mr. Lee served as a Co-Founder & Managing Director of NextStage LLC, a private investment firm. Later he seed funded and was a Co-Founder of FirstBest Systems (acquired by Guidewire), where he lead Business Development.

Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor’s degree with University Honors and Research Honors from Carnegie Mellon in Math/Computer Science, and Computer Engineering. He also earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Cornell as a Motorola Fellowship recipient.

 

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Neil Callahan, Co-Founder/Managing Director, Pilot Growth Equity, r4 Director
Neil Callahan is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Pilot Growth Equity, which invests in growth-stage technology companies that require capital and strategic resources to accelerate their growth. Pilot Growth provides its portfolio companies a combination of world-class operating, company-building, and advisory expertise, as well as global access to private and public-sector customers.

Before Pilot Growth Equity, Mr. Callahan was the Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development and President of the Digital Business Unit at the Dentsu Aegis Network. Prior to that, he was Founder and CEO of the Sitaro Group, LTD, a leading CRM company serving technology clients. Mr. Callahan started his career as Manager-Information Systems at the University of Chicago, then as a senior manager at Andersen Consulting and later Vice President of Marketing Technology & Strategy at Young & Rubicam/Wunderman.

Mr. Callahan earned a BA, Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.