Appriss Leadership

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

Michael Davis

Michael Davis co-founded Appriss and brings 30 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 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.


David B. Speights

Dr. David Speights is the chief data scientist for Appriss. He has more than 25 years of experience developing and deploying analytical solutions for some of the world’s largest companies. Throughout his career, he has managed massive amounts of data using big data tools. He is responsible for analytical modeling and managing POS data from retailers around the globe for Appriss Retail as well as overseeing the development of analytical models for other Appriss business units. In 2017 he co-authored a book about retail analytics.

Before joining the company in 2000, David was first vice president of Mortgage Credit Risk Modeling at Washington Mutual and chief statistician at HNC Software. He consults on projects within a number of industries. Speights holds a PhD in Biostatistics from the UCLA and has several patents.


Chief Operations Officer

Krishnan Sastry

Krishnan Sastry (Krish) serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Appriss and works with market presidents to deliver on the company’s strategic and operational goals and objectives.

Krish joined Appriss in 2013 to lead product strategy and enhance Appriss’ capital investment decisions into products and markets. Krish went on to start Appriss Health and rapidly establish it as the market leader in providing solutions to combat opioid abuse. After transitioning Appriss Health to his successor, Krish served as Chief Strategy Officer, and helped Appriss make acquisitions in retail analytics. Between 2017 and 2019, Krish served as the President of Appriss Retail and drove the integration of the two acquisitions, defined the vision for Appriss Retail as a market leading retail analytics platform and drove the cultural integration of the acquisitions into the broader Appriss mission of Knowledge for Good.

Prior to Appriss, Krish held leadership positions managing product, strategy and operations at Privia Health, SHPS (acquired by ADP) and Carewise Health and drove product strategy and development in population health management. Prior engagements include product leadership position with the first Portal-as-a-Service platform at Abilizer Solutions (acquired by BEA), management consulting at the Boston Consulting Group, and various engineering positions at Unisys Corporation.

Krish has an MBA with honors from The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani, India.

President – Appriss Health

Robert Cohen

Mr. Cohen brings over 13 years of healthcare experience to Appriss Health with a career spanning leadership positions at McKinsey and Company, Anthem, and Healthways.

In his most recent role, he served as the Market President of Tennessee for Evolent Health, a leading health IT and population health provider, where he was responsible for the operations, growth, and profitability of regional relationships.

Mr. Cohen holds a BBA, summa cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin, a master of computer and information technology from the Moore School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Senior vice president and General Counsel

David Strauss

David manages the legal affairs for all Appriss businesses, both in the United States and internationally.  David joined Appriss in 2017, bringing more than 15 years of general counsel experience and nearly 25 years of overall legal experience advising companies and helping them to successfully navigate the legal landscape.  Prior to Appriss, David had a general counsel role with multiple business units of Experian and, before that, served as general counsel for a publicly-traded printing company, ultimately acquired by R.R. Donnelley.  David began his legal career as a general litigator with a mid-size law firm in Chicago.

David was admitted to the Wisconsin and Illinois bars in 1993.  He received a B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and Psychology from Duke University in 1989 and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1993, where he was an editor of the Wisconsin Law Review.

David resides with his three daughters in the Chicago area and serves on the board of directors for Erasing the Distance, a highly acclaimed non-profit dedicated to shedding light on and destigmatizing mental health issues through professional theatre.

SENIOR vice president of Public Affairs

Jim Acquisto

Jim Acquisto joined Appriss in 2008 to manage the then-new methamphetamine precursor tracking system after 24 years in law enforcement.  He trained law enforcement and prosecutors across the US in drug investigation, testified as an expert witness in state and federal courts, and served in several executive roles in Kentucky state law enforcement agencies.

At Appriss, Jim has led political strategy concerning public safety issues such as drug diversion, pharmaceutical compliance, and government technology.  Jim is certified as chief law enforcement executive in KY, graduated from Criminal Justice Executive Development Class #9, and holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Kentucky State University.