Think about it. Do you want your best minds muddling through expense reports and trying to figure out how they’re doing against their budgets? If you’re anything like us, you want your best minds focused on business priorities, not chasing receipts and struggling with outdated tools and spreadsheets.
Expense software as a powerful lever for innovation? We say yes.
We believe spend management should empower teams to do more and go further, not hold you back.
We’ve experienced first-hand how smart corporate spending can fast-track strategic growth and success. And we’ve seen what’s possible when forward-looking teams have the information they need at just the right time and the tools to take action.
We know all this because we’ve dedicated our careers to thinking about it. Our founders shaped the first wave of spend management innovation, but they knew so much more was possible. They created Center to help businesses do more, dream more, and be more. To empower innovation with modern tools that transform spend management.
Our Leadership Team
We’ve brought some of the best innovators, builders, and leaders from finance and tech together to reimagine spend management for how we live and work now.
Chief Executive Officer
Naveen is passionate about next-generation technology rewriting the future of finance. He brings more than a decade of experience in financial services and has a deep understanding of how Center’s efforts can empower innovation across the spend management ecosystem. Naveen began his career at Concur, where he worked in product and business development. It’s also where he developed and cultivated his strong product orientation. He attended the University of San Diego and lives in Seattle with his fiancée and their dog, Jax. Outside of work, Naveen loves to travel to warm locations, is surprisingly fond of humidity, and enjoys spending time with family and friends and trying new restaurants, especially rooftop ones.
“Spend management workflows can do so much more. They will be reinvented to be more intelligent and fully autonomous, requiring little more than swiping a card.”
Chief Technology Officer
Eugene has spent more than three decades in software engineering at industry-leading global companies, with a focus on leveraging and applying consumer tech principles to enterprise software. Prior to Center, Eugene served as CTO for healthcare company Carena and developed software and systems at MSN Video, Bing Mobile, and MSN. He previously served in engineering leadership roles at Walt Disney and Starwave and founded Friday Networks, a cloud service focused on networked multimedia, mobility, and security. Eugene holds an MS in engineering from Santa Clara University and a BS in mathematical and computational sciences from Stanford University. He is a California native who has resided in the Pacific Northwest since 1994. He lives in the Seattle area with his family.
“The convergence of consumption-based business models with the consumerization of enterprise software creates opportunity. It’s an exciting time to be developing new solutions to enterprise problems inspired by consumer tech.”
Chief Marketing Officer
Sam brings nearly 25 years of experience driving awareness, adoption, and revenue growth for both Fortune 100 technology companies and early-stage startups. Her career has centered on building and growing technology brands and continually optimizing processes, systems, and strategies for maximum ROI. Prior to Center, she served as CMO at healthcare technology company 98point6 and as VP of Marketing at Cozi, which she helped grow to become one of the top 10-grossing productivity apps in the App Store with more than 17 million users worldwide. Prior to Cozi, she worked in product management at Amazon, Microsoft, and Visio. Sam holds an MBA in marketing from Wake Forest University and a BA in business from the University of Maryland. She is originally from Brazil, is a competitive equestrian in eventing and show jumping, and lives on a small farm with her husband, dogs, and horses.
“Legacy expense solutions don’t provide the convenience or the controls that businesses need today. We’re giving teams both and upgrading the way spend is managed via a modern app experience everyone loves to use.”
Senior Vice President, Sales
Frank brings two decades of experience in technology sales and a strong understanding of the expense industry. At Center, he leads our go-to-market organization, which focuses on delivering innovation in spend management to the market. Prior to Center, Frank spent nearly ten years at Concur and SAP Concur, where he helped grow the SMB business from the ground floor. He also spent time in sales at Oracle and at IBM business partner MQSoftware. Frank holds a BA from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and resides in Minneapolis with his wife, three children, and two dogs. When not coaching baseball, hockey, and lacrosse for his children, Frank can be found cycling, fishing, and hunting.
“While technology in spend management has vastly improved over the last decade, there continues to be an opportunity to optimize. It’s exciting to be delivering not only a better product but an entirely better process to the market.”
Chief Revenue Officer
Mo has spent more than 15 years in the financial services industry and is deeply passionate about crafting and delivering world-class client experiences through thoughtful processes. Prior to Center, she served as VP for SAP Concur, where she led consultation and project management across North America’s smallest and largest customers. In previous roles, she led client-focused improvement strategy, implementation, global operations, and business process optimization for Concur and TRX. Mo holds a BS in information systems and finance from the University of Florida, Warrington College of Business. Outside of work, she and her family enjoy running and biking along Tampa Bay while juggling little league games and dance recitals.
“In a consumer-driven world, we must prioritize experience. At Center, we focus on the desired outcomes of our clients and make those outcomes easy and approachable.”
SVP Corporate Strategy & General Counsel
Joined Center: 2019
Based in: San Francisco, CA
Utpal brings more than a decade of experience leading corporate development, corporate strategy, and business development for global software and information technology companies including Docker, SAP, and Concur. Prior to Center, Utpal served as head of strategy and corporate development, and as chief of staff to the office of the CEO at Docker, where he drove the operational cadences of the business and led the execution of strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Prior to Docker, he focused on acquisitions, partnerships, and corporate venture investments for Concur and SAP’s Cloud Business Group. Utpal began his career as a technology investment banker at Houlihan Lokey and Merriman Capital. He holds a JD from Santa Clara University Law School and a BA in political science from the University of Michigan. Utpal lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.
“The spend management ecosystem is vast and the pace of innovation has been slow over the last 20 years. We’re here to change that.”
Vice President, Finance
Jeff brings nearly 30 years of experience in finance and investing for high-growth technology companies, including software, networking, hardware, and services. Prior to Center, he held leadership roles at Wells Capital Management, Evergreen Investments, and Mentor Investment Group. Jeff is a chartered financial analyst from the CFA Institute and received his BS in business from the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. Jeff is a western New York native who lives in central Virginia with his wife, Kim, and their dog, Ellie. He is a (non-current) private pilot, loves to travel, and is a long-suffering Buffalo Bills fan.
“An integrated card plus software solution eliminates the blind spot where spending intersects with budgeting, saving finance teams hours of tedious work around month-end close.”
Vice President, Product
Nik is on a mission to reimagine the future of corporate payments and spend management. He is passionate about economic empowerment and leads his team in developing innovative ways to simplify, automate, and optimize the entire spend management process. Nik has a keen understanding of the financial industry and began his career as an analyst at Concur and ESL Federal Credit Union. Nik holds a BA in economics from the University of Michigan and lives in Bellevue, WA, with his wife. Together, they enjoy watching movies and going to Mexican restaurants.
“Because our business success is so tightly linked to customer usage, creating customer value is at the heart of how we think about product."
Write the future with us
At Center, we challenge ourselves to reimagine what’s possible in the field of spend management. If you share that same passion and ambition to unlock a new level of productivity and innovation for businesses, we’re hiring. Come build with us.