BrightTALK board members

Riadh Dridi
Head of Americas Marketing, VMware Inc.

Riadh Dridi is the head of Americas marketing for VMware Inc., a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Prior to joining VMware, Riadh spent 14 years at Hewlett-Packard where he held leadership roles in product management, marketing, and sales management in EMEA and the Americas. Riadh started his career as a software engineer and holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Physique Electronique de Lyon (France).

Graham Elliott
Chairman of the Board, BrightTALK and Managing Director, Aqueduct Underwriting Limited

Graham Elliott is currently the managing director at Aqueduct Underwriting Ltd., a specialist managing general agency that provides niche insurance products via insurance intermediaries. Prior to that he was CEO of Oxygen Insurance Brokers Ltd. He began his financial services career in institutional equity sales and was global director of US institutional equity sales for Prudential Equity Group in New York. He is also an experienced angel investor. Elliott has a degree in English Literature from Christ Church, University of Oxford (U.K.)

Brian Goffman
Venture Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures

Brian Goffman is currently a venture partner at Technology Crossover Ventures. He was previously VP Enterprise Marketing at LinkedIn, leading all of LinkedIn’s monetization marketing efforts including Talent Solutions, Marketing Solutions, and Sales Solutions. Prior to LinkedIn, Brian was CEO and Co-Founder of Optify, a marketing automation software company, acquired by Marketo (MKTO). Earlier, he helped launch the Unified Communications and Office 365 businesses at Microsoft. Brian started his career at McKinsey & Company. He holds an AB and MBA from Harvard University.

Paul Heald
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, BrightTALK

Paul Heald co-founded BrightTALK in 2002 to help organizations engage their customers through online events and fuel an exchange of knowledge between business professionals. As CEO, Heald has led BrightTALK to its current position as a leading provider of video and webinar technologies, with a rapidly growing community of business and industry professionals. Paul is based at BrightTALK’s headquarters in San Francisco, CA. Before founding BrightTALK, Heald was the European managing director of Scient. Prior to Scient he ran Arthur D. Little’s e-business consulting group. Heald is an MBA graduate of Cranfield School of Management (U.K.).

Richard Heald
Chief Executive Officer, CallSquad

Richard Heald is the CEO and founder of CallSquad, a company providing a highly scaleable outbound sales development platform.  Prior to CallSquad Richard was the executive vice president of sales at BrightTALK where he was responsible for growing the company’s global client base and ensuring that every client engagement was successful. Prior to BrightTALK, he was an associate director at Schroders Investment Management. He previously held similar roles at HSBC Bank and Aviva Insurance. Heald has a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Leeds University (U.K.). 

Russ Pyle
Partner, North Bridge Growth Equity

Russ Pyle joined North Bridge Growth Equity in 2007 where his areas of focus include technology-enabled services, communications and software companies. Prior to North Bridge, he invested in technology and communications companies at M/C Venture Partners. Russ enjoys partnering with passionate entrepreneurs who are proud of their success but who see the opportunity to create category-defining businesses. Before M/C, he worked at private equity firm, TA Associates in the technology group and at Alex, Brown & Sons as an investment banking analyst. Pyle has an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and an AB degree from Princeton University.