Our leadership team
The alignment, focus and dedication of our leadership team comes from a shared passion for reinventing an industry that has struggled to serve its clients well. We’ve worked together for the better part of 15 years, and each of us continues to work relentlessly every day toward your success.
As CEO of Aurea, Scott leads our executive team in defining our mission and strategy – which he balances with his passion for spending time with clients, understanding their business objectives and ensuring our solutions are designed to deliver success. Prior to Aurea, Scott served as the President and CEO of Artemis International, a global project and portfolio management software company serving hundreds of Global 2000 companies across the world. Under his leadership, Artemis arrested a multi-year trend of revenue decline with three consecutive years of double-digit growth while also tripling profitability. In 2012, Scott led Artemis through the successful acquisition and integration of Accept Corporation, a SAAS-based product planning software company.
President and Chief Revenue Officer
As President and Chief Revenue Officer, Ben believes in creating customer value relentlessly. While other software companies chase revenue at all costs, Ben focuses on building a highly engaged, inspired customer base. He directs our commercial team to focus on “we,” only closing deals that create long-term value for both our customers and our company. He’s an expert at aligning and inspiring a 100% remote workforce, taking bold action to continuously improve CSAT, and helping our customers to do the same. Under Scott Brighton’s leadership, Ben has helped Aurea grow from 250 customers to over 4000 — creating the frameworks that simplify and connect every aspect of our business (from processes to people).
Chief Diversity Officer
Dionn Schaffner is Chief Diversity Officer at Aurea. Her mission is to launch Aurea’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) journey and to work with peer DEI officers across the customer base to jointly define the role technology will play in helping realize their commitment to creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations.
Dionn’s experience in combining technology, people and processes to deliver impactful results through critical analysis, data-driven decisions and purposeful leadership spans over 25 years in various roles from software developer to management consultant to executive leadership. Most recently, she has shifted to a civic focus through non-profit board leadership and community advocacy to discover and implement ways to remove barriers and enable opportunities for those who have systemically lacked access and resources.
She is currently active in her community supporting youth and families in foster care as a board member for Foster Village and Chair of the Volunteer Council and a Guardian ad Litem for CASA of Travis County, creating opportunities and encouraging philanthropy as board member for Young Men’s Service League and Geri’s Locker, and advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion through her volunteer work on Leander ISD’s Equity and Diversity Committee, a Texas State Representative’s Anti-Racism Advisory Group and CASA’s legislative volunteers.
Chief Operating Officer
Barry Fougere is the Chief Operating Officer of Aurea, responsible for the Customer Success, Professional Services and Support organizations. Barry’s passion for helping customers achieve their business and digital transformation objectives stems from a career owning those decisions as an executive operator and management consulting partner advising executives, boards and investors.
Prior to joining Aurea, he served as a Corporate Officer of ATNI, a $500M-revenue investment and holding group of communications, information technology and renewable energy portfolio companies. In addition to other CEO and COO roles in technology, industrial and business services companies, Barry spent more than a decade as a Partner with A.T. Kearney, Heidrick & Struggles and a boutique strategy consulting firm.
Chief Customer Officer
Eric was part of the leadership team that launched Aurea in 2012. Following eight years as Chief Marketing Officer, Eric assumed the role of Chief Customer Officer – ensuring durable growth and sustainable success at our largest and most strategic enterprise customers in financial services, insurance, healthcare, technology and energy.
Before joining Aurea, Eric was President of Woodnote Marketing, a privately held marketing and business consultancy, serving CEOs and boards at mid-size growth technology firms. Previously, Eric led Marketing for Dell’s $8BN Consumer and Small & Medium business units, following five years as Chief Marketing Officer at Trilogy, one of the world’s largest, privately held software companies, and a decade at Omnicom advertising agency BBDO.
EVP of Commercial Strategy
As Executive Vice President of Commercial Strategy, Stacey Nash aligns Aurea’s people, skills, and processes to turn big ideas into reality. Her expertise includes translating visions into actionable frameworks, eliminating complexity, and building lean, effective, and highly accountable teams. Stacey’s background in running marketing and inside sales functions for multi-billion dollar companies, managing diverse teams, and creating transformational change gives her the experience and insight to drive Aurea’s most strategic initiatives.
EVP of Global Sales
As EVP of Global Sales, Mark Hall leads the Aurea commercial teams in delivering exceptional business value to our customers. Mark brings 20+ years in enterprise software leadership, most recently at Progress Software, to his executive position.
He holds a BA from Lancaster University and lives in London.
Chief People Officer
With over 15 years of experience in human resources, Karen Harrell is Aurea’s Chief People Officer. Prior to her role as Aurea’s CPO, Karen led human resources efforts at Wincor Nixdorf, Freescale Semiconductor and Trilogy where she designed programs to transform company culture and rollout corporate vision and values.
SVP of Future of Commerce
Mark Lukianchuk, SVP of Future of Commerce, is a product executive and seasoned business operator with extensive P&L and customer-centric expertise. Mark brings both broad and deep experience to a team focused on enabling organizations to effectively acquire, retain, and service customers using differentiated market, competitive, and customer insights.
Mark’s background includes experience in startup, scale-up and mature portfolio product management, product strategy, product marketing, and general management. His vertical experience spans the product lifecycle of B2B enterprise-class FinTech, payments, healthcare, insurance, financial services, banking, manufacturing, travel & hospitality and retail solutions. A truly global executive, Mark has led teams and businesses located on 6 continents and 50+ countries.