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Leadership

Onit offers the best minds in legal technology, including executives who created this industry more than 20 years ago.

The team at Onit knows enterprise legal management and business process automation because we created the industry for it. It’s that background that has put us in a position to recognize that the traditional approach is all wrong, and that to be effective this software needs to change. Meet the leaders who are making that happen.

Eric M. Elfman

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer

Eric is passionate about building great software companies. He’s a serial entrepreneur founding four companies in the last 25 years, two of which have been software startups.

At Onit, Eric oversees the company’s overall strategic direction, planning and execution. Previously, he served as an entrepreneur in residence for the Houston Technology Center (HTC), a business accelerator for Houston-based emerging technology companies.

Eric’s first software start-up, Datacert, Inc., is an industry-leading provider of corporate, legal and IP spend and matter management solutions for Fortune 500 companies. During his more than ten years as the CEO, president and chairman of the board, he grew the company to $28 million in revenue and secured more than 100 Fortune 500 customers. Under his leadership, Datacert became one of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America with three consecutive listings on the Inc. 500.

Prior to Datacert, Eric co-founded PeerPoint Technologies, where his work helped identify new technology for e-invoice data management. Eric is a pioneer in the creation of the Legal Electronic Data Exchange Standard (LEDES) and is an authority on the Uniform Task Based Management System (UTBMS).

In 2002, he was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for emerging technology. Eric has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and earned an MBA from Rice University. He is a member of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and serves as a board member for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana, a non-profit organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Eric Smith

Co-founder, COO & Chief Security Officer

Eric Smith brings extensive experience in software development and technical leadership to Onit. With nearly twenty years of experience in the legal technology industry, he has broad domain experience in the legal electronic invoicing and spend management arena. As Onit’s co-founder, COO and Chief Security Officer, he is responsible for the technical and strategic direction of the company’s products.

Prior to Onit, he co-founded Datacert, a leading provider of corporate, legal and IP spend and matter management solutions, serving as the CTO for nearly 10 years. During his tenure at Datacert, he was a key member of the executive team that assisted with growing the company to more than 200 employees and was responsible for managing the overall technical architecture of the company’s products and services.

He was also instrumental in providing cross-functional direction and leadership for research and development initiatives, product development and managing a complex and globally distributed workforce.

Eric holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University.

York Richards

Chief Financial Officer

York Richards brings more than 15 years of finance and operations experience to Onit, including CFO positions at several privately held companies in the Internet and technology industries. He has built large, multi-national finance organizations, completed many strategic acquisitions and divestitures, raised capital in debt and equity markets and managed multiple shareholder exits.

A seasoned executive with extensive experience managing finance organizations for high-growth companies, he most recently served as CFO at Riversand Technologies, Inc. where he was responsible for overall financial operations and reporting. As CFO at Onit, York is responsible for ensuring the finance organization can help the company drive growth while capitalizing on the accelerating demand for software solutions that drive efficiency and process automation.

York holds a master’s degree in science and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

Chris Fields

Chief Technology Officer

Chris Fields joined Onit with more than 25 years of technology research and software development experience, including several key management and executive positions at various high-growth companies, including Datacert, Digicontract and Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions.

Chris most recently served as CTO for Innovative Interfaces where he led the engineering and product management team and was responsible for converting client/server-based technologies into a multi-tenant system leveraging cloud-based microservices for global library systems. He is well-versed in leading technology strategy and all aspects of product engineering and was one of the key inventors named on a patent of a high-profile technology platform.

As CTO at Onit, Chris will be responsible for overseeing the technical vision of the company and leading product research, engineering and development efforts. He will also be responsible for evaluating and implementing new systems and infrastructure and ensuring technologies are used efficiently and securely. Additionally, he will build quality assurance and data protection processes and communicate the company’s technology strategy to our consulting and business partners and customers.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Baylor University.

Neil Wu Becker

Chief Marketing Officer

Neil Wu Becker is an award-winning marketing executive who has led global teams at a variety of IT, security and enterprise software firms – from Dow Jones Component and bellwether stock companies to small-caps and pre-IPO unicorns. As CMO of Onit, he leads all aspects of marketing, including developing and executing strategies to grow the company’s brand and business at scale.

His previous experience includes acting as CMO at Behavox, where he established the marketing function for the early-stage compliance and security company. At Quote-to-Cash CPQ/CLM provider Apttus, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, evolved the company’s brand and transitioned demand generation to an integrated marketing model designed for growth at scale. Other marketing leadership positions for Neil include Executive Vice President of publicly traded A10 Networks and Vice President of Marketing at Armor Defense.

Earlier in his career, Neil led marketing communications and PR teams at some of the world’s largest tech companies. He led various teams for Cisco, providing market visibility for more than half of the Dow Jones component’s business. While there, he was named one of the industry’s top-15 tech PR professionals. In addition to Cisco, Neil served as the head of worldwide PR at bellwether memory chip maker Micron Technology and head of marketing communications at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro.

Neil has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Davis, and a M.S. in mass communications from San Jose State University.

Matt DenOuden

Senior Vice President, Sales

Matt DenOuden has nearly 30 years of legal industry experience, including a dozen years practicing law as a partner in a boutique defense firm in Hartford, Connecticut. While there, he started and grew an early e-discovery technology practice. In 2002, he left private practice to join a young e-billing company, TyMetrix. As vice president of sales for TyMetrix for 14 years, he helped take the company from four clients and $2 million in revenue to 250 clients and $60 million in revenue.

Matt has spent his career working with clients and industry leaders and has a passion for developing solutions to manage the business of law. Most recently, he was a managing director at Huron Consulting (now Consilio) where he worked closely with legal operations leaders around the country as they devised operational strategies and technology roadmaps for their law departments.

Matt has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Hartford and a J.D. from The University of Connecticut School of Law.

Brad Rogers

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Growth

Brad Rogers joins Onit’s executive leadership team with more than 27 years of transformation, process excellence, strategic planning and legal operations leadership experience. As Senior Vice President of Strategy & Growth, Brad focuses on developing, communicating, executing and sustaining corporate strategic initiatives. Leaning on his wealth of executive experience, he also bridges traditional departmental silos across the company to perfect internal alignment as it applies to revenue growth.

Before joining Onit, Brad served as Chief Operations Officer and Chief of Staff for Advocacy and Oversight at a Fortune 100 global financial services company with more than $1 trillion in assets under management and 14,000 employees globally. While there, he had a leadership role in building legal operations capabilities designed to drive productivity and cost reductions. Before that, Brad was Managing Director for Process Excellence, Reengineering and  transformation at TIAA and held key executive positions at Bank of America, GE and JP Morgan Chase.

Brad holds an MBA in Competitive Strategy and Quantitative Methods from Fordham University, a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma Quality and Change Management (GE Certified).

Scott Kurtz

Senior Vice President, Services

With more than two decades of professional services experience in software and finance, Scott Kurtz is responsible for client implementations and helping build capability for serving customers as Onit continues to grow its customer base.

Scott has a wealth of executive and professional services experience including technology management, business and consulting operations, business process consulting, professional services and contract management.

Scott’s broad and varied background includes serving as the EVP of global professional services at Openlink, where he was responsible for driving professional services sales and managing professional services globally. Prior to that, he was vice president of professional services at Amphora, where he maintained executive relationships for product implementations and managed energy trading software implementations. During his career, Scott also held several key management and executive financial positions at various high-growth companies.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Stasha Jain

Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Stasha Jain has been practicing law for more than 15 years, the majority of which has been as in-house counsel. She is currently senior general counsel at Onit where she is responsible for all legal support for Onit and its affiliates.

Stasha and her team work closely with the Onit leadership team and other key stakeholders to efficiently deliver legal services, including contract management, compliance, data privacy, and other areas of significant company-wide impact. Incidentally, she also enjoys using Onit tools to help her team run an efficient legal department.

Stasha’s rich experience and background includes serving as senior legal counsel at ZS Associates, Inc., a boutique consulting firm, and corporate counsel at Hewitt Associates (now known as Alight Solutions), a human resources outsourcing firm.

Stasha received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Mark Weidick

President, Onit Commercial Business

Mark Weidick oversees Onit’s Commercial Business, which provides a comprehensive portfolio combining solutions from SimpleLegal, AXDRAFT, and SecureDocs. Mark has more than 24 years of executive and entrepreneurial experience. His extensive experience includes creating and growing businesses through expertise in go-to-market strategy, customer acquisition, organizational performance, product development, new business development, and negotiation. At SimpleLegal, Mark is responsible for overall business operations focusing on value creation and growth.

Before SimpleLegal, Mark was CEO of hiQ Labs, an AI company applying machine learning to public information. He has held several executive leadership roles where he contributed to notable successes, including the growth of Cisco’s TelePresence video business from startup to $1B and the $420M acquisition of Savi Technology. He was also co-founder of TenHands, a video-as-a-service company for collaboration, web and mobile application developers.

Mark holds an MBA from Boston College, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University.