Leadership Team

President and CEO
Bobby Balachandran, President and Chief Executive Officer

Bobby Balachandran founded Exterro, Inc. with the conviction that process improvements in the legal industry can be driven from lessons learned in other industries. He leads the company in building a comprehensive platform for global corporations to mitigate risks, control costs, and have complete visibility into their legal governance, risk, compliance and discovery processes, from end to end. As president and CEO, he has demonstrated leadership in bringing creative software solutions and breakthrough workflow technology to the legal industry; and brings 15 years of leadership experience in architecting and implementing large-scale GRC solutions for Fortune 500 companies to daily operations.

Balachandran leads the overall strategy and vision of the company, providing the senior management team with a unified vision and enabling the organization to grow aggressively and sustainably, and fostering a culture of creativity, innovation and flexibility. His comprehensive legal and technology background provide the real-world knowledge and practical experience needed to drive Exterro’s continued innovation.

Before founding Exterro, Balachandran worked extensively in financial services, healthcare and telecommunication industries building mission-critical applications. He holds a BS in computer science from Government College of Technology in Coimbatore, India, and an MS in computer science from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Karthik Palani, Executive Vice President, Global Operations

Karthik Palani oversees the day-to-day global operations of Exterro. He leads the integration of strategic and innovative processes into Exterro’s Fusion platform, and works with the executive team to evaluate and drive new strategic business opportunities, including strategic alliances, mergers, and acquisitions. Palani has more than ten years of information technology leadership experience in the automotive, manufacturing, health care, and telecommunications industries. He received a BS in computer science and Engineering from Regional Engineering College in Trichy, India.

Shashidhar Angadi, Executive Vice President, Technology Operations
Shashidhar Angadi, Executive Vice President, Technology Operations

Shashidhar Angadi is the head of Technology Operations at Exterro, Inc., and drives the technology direction of Exterro, focusing on architecture frameworks, portals, security, service-oriented architecture, CRM and application integration. Angadi has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry and has architected and implemented complex solutions for a number of leading retail and financial institutions. He holds a BS in computer science from Bangalore University in Bangalore, India.

Executive Vice President, Process Innovation
Ajith Samuel, Executive Vice President, Process Innovation

Ajith Samuel is the executive vice president of Exterro, Inc.’s process innovation department, and leads the company’s trailblazing product strategy team. Samuel has 15 years of experience in regulatory compliance and designing and architecting large-scale information systems for the futures industry. He holds a master’s degree in computer applications from St. Joseph’s in Trichy, India.


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Bill Piwonka, Chief Marketing Officer

Bill Piwonka oversees all marketing functions for Exterro. His background is firmly rooted in B2B marketing operations. During the past 20 years, Bill has led marketing teams and initiatives spanning strategy, product marketing, product management, demand generation, marketing communications and business development. Prior to joining Exterro, he served as the vice president of marketing at Janrain.  Bill has also held marketing management positions at EthicsPoint (now NavexGlobal), Centennial Software, Serena Software, Intel and Oracle. He earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a BA in quantitative economics from Stanford University.

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Mark Wilcox, VP of Enterprise Software Sales

Mark Wilcox is the Global Vice President of Sales. Wilcox oversees a Regional Enterprise Sales Division, Channel Programs, Sales Engineers, Business Development and Exterro’s growth globally. Wilcox is a proven leader with a history of success in building strong consultative development teams focused on identifying and supplying solutions to address specific client needs. He has more than two decades of sales and management experience ranging from advertising and media to lending and finance. He holds a BS in speech communications from Oregon State University.

Director of E-Discovery Strategies
Bob Rohlf, Esq., Director of E-Discovery Strategies

Bob Rohlf has broad experience in law and business. With a background in process management, Rohlf managed business process improvement projects in a number of national and regional companies representing the transportation, energy, manufacturing, electronics, foods, and leisure sectors. Prior to joining Exterro, Rohlf was Global Services Director for Commerce One, where he built relationships with services partners to deliver enterprise-level projects to clients in the pharmaceutical, energy, and metals sectors. A member of the Oregon State Bar, Rohlf has experience with general business and patent litigation, as well as environmental regulatory agencies. Rohlf has an MBA from Oregon State University and a JD from Lewis and Clark School of Law.

Robert L. Carey

Bob Carey has been litigating cases since 1987 and has substantial jury trial and appellate experience. He specializes in employment litigation involving discrimination and wrongful discharge complaints, enforcement of non-competition agreements, and related commercial litigation. Carey is admitted to practice in Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute, and he is active on committees with state and local bar associations.

Carey received his B.A. in economics from Harvard University and his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.

William A. Drew

Bill Drew is a litigation shareholder with Elliott, Ostrander & Preston, P.C., in Portland, Oregon. Drew specializes in practical problem solving, dispute resolution, complex negotiations, trial work, and appellate advocacy, with a focus on business, real estate, and intellectual property disputes. As a former judicial clerk to the Honorable W. Michael Gillette of the Oregon Supreme Court, Drew is familiar with the internal processes of appellate courts and persuasion.

Drew graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he taught both negotiation skills for the Harvard Negotiation Project and advocacy skills for the Harvard Board of Student Advisors.

Joseph A. Tripi

Joseph Tripi’s practice concentrates on commercial litigation, construction litigation and creditors’ rights. Before joining Grenley, Rotenberg, Evans, Bragg & Bodie, P.C., Tripi was with Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt for five years, representing clients in a variety of construction defect litigation.

Joe Tripi holds a J.D. from University of Oregon School of Law, and is a member of the Multnomah County Bar Association, OSB Debtor-Creditor Section; OSB Litigation Section; and OSB Construction Law Section. He is a member of the City Club of Portland, Associated General Contractors (“AGC”), American Institute of Architects “AIA”), American Builders & Contractors (“ABC”), and Home Builders Association (“HBA”). He is involved with AGC Young Contractors Forum, AGC Legislative Committee and AGC Associates Counsel.