Management Team

Rick Stamberger

President & CEO

Rick Stamberger is president and CEO of SmartBrief, which he co-founded with Dan O'Brien and Tom Wheeler. He has spent much of his career at the intersection of business, public policy and the not-for-profit sector.

Before his work at SmartBrief, Rick was a founding partner of Quest Partners LLC, a management consultancy based in Boston. He also served as executive vice president and a director of a Washington, D.C.-based technology firm owned by nine cable television companies and NBC. Rick began his career in Washington with the National Cable Television Association.

Rick served as a White House Fellow in 1984-85 in the Office of the Vice President. From 2008 to 2009, he was a member of President-elect Barack Obama's Transition Project, serving as an agency lead for the Executive Office of the President.

Rick is chairman of the board of directors of the Van Eck Funds. He is also an independent trustee of the Van Eck Market Vectors ETF Trust. He has been an active board member of numerous nonprofit organizations and was executive producer of "John Gardner, Uncommon American," a documentary for public television that aired in 2001. He is a graduate of Williams College and the Harvard Business School.

Dan O'Brien

Chief Financial Officer

Dan O'Brien is the chief financial officer and co-founder of SmartBrief. He also is a partner and co-founder of Quest Partners LLC, a management consultancy based in Boston. Since 1988, he has assisted executives in service industries to develop differentiation strategies, assess the performance of key corporate processes, and design and lead organizationwide change efforts.

Dan also serves on the central committee of, a nonprofit service initiative focused on feeding the hungry in Lawrence, Mass. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School.

Vineet Mahajan

Chief Technology Officer

Vineet Mahajan is responsible for all aspects of SmartBrief's technology, including strategy, engineering, platform development, infrastructure and operations. He plays a key leadership role in overall direction of the company.

A seasoned technology leader, Vineet has nearly 15 years of experience in diverse online businesses and financial services. Before joining SmartBrief, he was vice president of technology at AOL. During his tenure at AOL, he led the development of world-class platforms as well as innovative new products.

Vineet holds a master's degree in computer science from the University of Georgia and a bachelor's degree with honors in computer science and engineering from Punjab Engineering College, India.

Dishan De Silva

Senior Vice President, Finance

Dishan is the senior vice president of finance at SmartBrief. He serves as the company's principal accounting officer and is responsible for corporate accounting, internal controls and financial reporting.

Dishan has worked in corporate accounting and consulting for more than 13 years, his last engagement was as a senior consultant for TMW Systems, an industry leader in transportation & logistics management software.

Dishan holds a bachelor's degree from Bluffton University and a master of accountancy from Cleveland State University and is a certified public accountant.

Megan Conniff

Vice President, Content

Megan is the vice president of the Content Department. She began working at SmartBrief as an editorial intern in 2005, and since then has written, edited and managed content for the company's e-mail newsletters and blogs across many industries, including retail, CPG, foodservice, hospitality and health care. Previously, she worked at the American Chemical Society. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and German from James Madison University and a master’s degree in English from George Mason University.

Bryan Otte

Vice President, Human Resources and Administration

Bryan is responsible for driving SmartBrief's human resource strategies and programs, with the ultimate goal to recruit and develop SmartBrief's world-class, diverse workforce. In addition, Bryan is responsible for SmartBrief's administrative functions, including procurement, real estate, accounting, facilities and business-contingency planning.

Bryan began his career with Andersen Consulting and has held senior management positions with Discovery Channel and Fast Company magazine, where he was a member of the launch team.

Bryan holds a master’s in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Colorado.

Janis Becker

Director, Talent Management and Acquisition

Janis is charged with overseeing the Talent Development function at SmartBrief and is responsible for recruiting top talent and supporting their personal and professional career growth and development. Before joining SmartBrief, Janis ran her own consulting business, BGM consulting, where she delivered customized leadership consulting and programs. Before establishing her consulting business, Janis spent eight years at Lehman Brothers as a vice president in its Talent Management organization.