Appriss Leadership

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Member of THE Board of Directors

Michael Davis

Michael Davis co-founded Appriss and brings 25 years of entrepreneurial experience to his role.

Mike has led Appriss from its startup days as the pioneer in utilizing technology to keep victims of crime safe and informed. He has consistently looked for ways in which technology can do good in society and has spearheaded a team focused on leveraging data and analytics to accomplish just that.

Mike is a two-time winner of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Paul H. Chapman award by the Foundation for Improvement of Justice.  In 2009, he was awarded the US Congressional Crime Victims Award in recognition of his work on behalf of crime victims throughout the country.

In 2000, Mike helped launch the Mary Byron Foundation in honor of the young woman whose tragic murder inspired the creation of Appriss. This charitable organization focuses on ending the cycle of domestic violence. He continues to serve as an active board member of the Mary Byron Foundation and also serves as an advisor to several other entrepreneurial and charitable organizations.

Chief Strategy Officer

Krishnan Sastry

Krishnan Sastry is the Chief Strategy Officer for Appriss and drives the strategic vision and investment priorities for the company.

Krish joined Appriss in 2013 as EVP of Products and has spearheaded several key initiatives. He formed Appriss Health and led the team from an early stage startup to a market leader. He drove the growth of MobilePatrol into a community-based public safety mobile app with a multi-million user community. He is currently working on the next set of opportunities to leverage Appriss’ data and analytics capabilities.

Prior to Appriss, Krish spent 10 years in senior P&L and product roles at Privia Health and SHPS Inc., both pioneers in the healthcare industry. He led the development of a cloud-based population health and healthcare benefits administration platform to drive consumer-driven health strategies for SHPS that was used to manage the health and wellbeing of several million beneficiaries.

His prior work includes the development of a platforms for mobile computing, and enterprise information at BEA Systems. Prior to that, he led the development of the first Portal-as-a-Service platform at Abilizer Solutions (acquired by BEA). Previously he was with BCG, and held multiple engineering roles at Unisys Corporation.

Krish has an M.B.A. with honors from The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelors in Engineering (Hons.) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani, India.

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Byal

As Chief Financial Officer, Jeff partners with the executive team and investors to bring a strategic perspective and financial and operational discipline to the team.

Jeff Byal is a strategic financial leader with experience in working with teams from early concept-stage companies to executive leadership at both private and billion dollar public, multi-national organizations. He has a track record in, and passion for middle market growth organizations.

Over the past 20 years, Jeff has served both private and public companies leading finance, treasury, accounting, tax, human resources and legal in the technology, retail, and consumer finance markets.  He’s raised more than $1.8 billion of debt and equity financing and led & managed $500 million in M&A transactions.  Jeff also gained valuable experience leading sales, organizational and strategy transformation at two companies while serving as Interim CEO.

Jeff originally joined Appriss in 1996 as the 7th employee and remained for over 5 years.  He rejoined in the summer of 2016 to a Company that had grown considerably and now has a diverse and international footprint.

Jeff attended Iowa State University where he received his BBA in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Chief Information Officer

Brian Oldham

Brian Oldham joined Appriss in 2000 and currently serves as Chief Information Officer.  Brian is responsible for setting the technology vision for Appriss and enterprise-class scalability for the services delivered to customers. He leads the Enterprise IT and Security organizations.  Brian has more than 25 years of experience in leading technology organizations at large and high growth companies.

Prior to being CIO, Brian was responsible for product engineering and technical operations for Appriss, leading the engineering efforts for all products. Brian has led initiatives such as Agile Development, DevOps, and AWS migration.   Prior to Appriss, Brian held technology leadership positions at GE and Providian/Aegon Insurance.

Brian is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering, Computer Science department.  Brian received a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is IT Service Management Foundations certified and Six Sigma trained.

President – Appriss Health

Robert Cohen

Rob Cohen serves as the President of Appriss Health and is responsible for the strategic vision and all aspects of operations of the business. Rob is an experienced healthcare executive with over 20 years of experience ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 corporations.

Prior to Appriss, Rob was Market President with Evolent Health, a leader in delivering services and technology to health systems to aid in the transformation to value-based care.  In this role, Rob led the delivery and operations of a comprehensive set of services including care management, physician engagement, direct-to-employer strategy, and payer strategy and negotiations.  Prior to Evolent, Rob was Vice President of Product Management for Healthways, and founded and spearheaded Healthways’ efforts in delivering population health services to health systems and physicians to support the transformation to value-based care.

Before entering the world of population health, Rob was the co-founder of ARCUS Financial Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anthem formed to aid physicians and patients with the growing challenges presented by consumer-directed healthcare.  Rob began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, advising the senior management of Fortune 500 organizations on growth strategy, new market entry, operations optimization, and mergers and acquisitions.

He earned a B.B.A., summa cum laude, from The University of Texas at Austin, a Masters of Computer and Information Technology from The Moore School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

President – Appriss Retail

Mark S. Hammond

Mark Hammond, serves as the president of Appriss Retail and is responsible for all aspects of The Retail Equation/Sysrepublic’s operations. Mark founded The Retail Equation and is responsible for growing it into the leading predictive analytics and decision support platform that is used by 25 of the top 100 retailers worldwide.

Prior to launching The Retail Equation, he founded Risk Data Corporation, which was later acquired by HNC Software. Following the acquisition of Risk Data and while still at HNC, Hammond orchestrated the acquisition of CompReview, which eventually became 30 percent of the company’s total revenue. Hammond holds 11 patents as co-inventor of Risk Data Corporations’ MIRA product and The Retail Equation’s Verify Return Authorization solution.

Mark holds a master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Redlands.

President, Appriss Public Safety

Josh Bruner

Josh Bruner, President of Appriss’ Government division, joined Appriss in 2002. Prior to assuming the role of President in January 2016, Josh served in many facets of the business, including Technical Services, Product Management, Account Services, Professional Services, Sales and Business Development.

In his previous role as Appriss’ Executive Vice President of Operations, Josh led implementation, support and call center activities for all of Appriss’ products and services. Josh holds a BA from Bellarmine University

Appriss General Counsel

Rusty Hensley

As General Counsel, Rusty Hensley is responsible for the company’s legal affairs across all of its business units and affiliates.

Rusty joined Appriss in 2015 with nearly 15 years of experience serving as in – house counsel for privately held and publicly traded technology companies.   Prior to joining Appriss, Rusty served as Senior Corporate Counsel & Secretary for CafePress Inc., a publicly traded e-commerce company helping people express themselves and connect with others through unique content, designs and products.    Prior to CafePress, Rusty served as Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs for Healthland, Inc., a leading provider of electronic health records software to small and rural hospitals across the country.  Rusty earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hanover College and received his J.D, cum laude,  from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.


David B. Speights

Dr. David Speights is the Chief Data Scientist at Appriss and leads the data sciences team, which is responsible for applying advanced analytical techniques, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning throughout the enterprise. David has more than 20 years of experience developing and deploying analytical solutions for more than 100 organizations in multiple industries.  The Appriss data sciences team led by Speights has members which hold eight PhDs and seven master’s degrees in several analytical disciplines.

Prior to Dr. Speights’ role at Appriss, he was Chief Data Scientist for The Retail Equation and Sysrepublic, which were acquired by Appriss in 2015 and 2016 forming Appriss Retail, the retail division of Appriss.  In his role at The Retail Equation, Speights was responsible for the analytics and data management functions from startup to 2015.  Before joining The Retail Equation, Speights was First Vice President of Mortgage Credit Risk Modeling at Washington Mutual and Chief Statistician at HNC Software where he led teams of modeling professionals applying real-time and other analytical methods to solve business problems in finance and insurance.

He has additional professional experience in fundraising analytics, marketing/advertising analytics, pharmaceutical/clinical trial analysis, and epidemiological studies.  Speights holds a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of California, Los Angeles, holds several patents, and is lead author on the first book written for analytics applied to retail loss prevention, “Essentials of Modeling and Analytics: Retail Risk Management and Asset Protection”.


Tom Seigle

Tom Seigle joined Appriss in 1997 and currently serves as Executive Vice President of Human Resources.  Tom is responsible for developing human resources policies and programs for the company, including organizational planning, recruiting, training, development, employee relations, compensation, benefits, engagement strategies, HRIS, performance management, merger/acquisitions, and employee communication platforms. Originates and implements human resources practices and objectives that will provide a balanced program throughout all divisions and locations.

Prior to his current position Tom lead all aspects of the Appriss Public Safety Business Group responsible for all victim oriented products and services.  He was responsible for developing and maintaining customer relations at the federal, state, and local government levels as well as leading all sales, implementation, technical development, account management, and product development activities for the Appriss Public Safety Business Group.

With more than 40 years of experience in large and startup high growth companies, Tom brings diverse functional experience in Human Resource, Sales, Marketing, product management, operations, and P&L management in other industries including insurance and financial services

Tom is a graduate from the University Of Louisville School Of Business with a degree in Finance.