Member of the
Board of Advisors

Sarah Alter

Sarah Alter is president and CEO of the Network of Executive Women, a nonprofit learning, leadership and advocacy organization that represents more than 13,000 members, with over 1,000 corporate partners and 22 regions in the United States and Canada. NEW advances gender equality and diversity in the retail, consumer goods, financial services and technology industries. Alter joined NEW in 2017 and has wide-ranging experience in the markets NEW represents. She served as vice president for Discover Financial Services; vice president for digital sales and marketing for online retailer Quill.com; and was chief marketing officer for General Growth Properties, where she developed marketing strategies for 200 shopping mall properties and their top retailers. Alter has served on a number of non-profit boards and is an accomplished fundraiser. She is an organizer of Chicago’s annual JDRF Gala, which has raised millions of dollars for Type 1 diabetes. Alter is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a Harvard MBA.

Member of the
Board of Advisors

Bijan Bedroud

Bijan leads the International (EMEA & APAC) Salesforce.org business, supporting the nonprofit & education industry, leveraging first-class technology to enable them to achieve their missions and change the world for good. Bijan is a proven senior executive with 32 years’ experience within technology organizations, with 12 years of leadership experience in software-as-a-service (SaaS) industry. Bijan led the turnaround and growth of multiple organizations, focused on transforming and scaling businesses across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

He is the former Chief Revenue Officer at Emarsys, the largest independent marketing platform company. Prior to Emarsys, Bijan was at Adobe, where he was the Vice President and Managing Director, Northern Europe, Middle East, and Africa and took the business from $120 million to $600 million in five years.

Before this, his role in the senior leadership team at Eloqua enabled him to successfully scale the business, leading to an IPO and acquisition by Oracle in 2012 for $957 million.

Bijan is also an investor in Temporall and serves as a Board member. In addition, Bijan is a Limited Partner at Stage 2 Capital and an investor at Gorilla in the Room. Most recently he joined as board member at Maverick Digital.

Founder, CEO

Belal El-Harazin

Belal’s career has spanned over 20 years in transformational technology companies, including successful start-ups and some of the largest technology companies in the world. Before founding Maverick Digital, Belal served as Vice President for Adobe Systems, where his teams ushered some of the biggest, most ambitious and technologically groundbreaking digital transformations at some of the world’s most recognized B2C and B2B brands. Belal has also worked with Riverside Capital, Oracle and several startups with successful exits.

Belal grew up in the Chicago area and attended Northwestern University, where he studied Leadership and Organizational Behavior.

Member of the
Board of Advisors

Mark Achler

Mark is the Managing Director of Math Venture Partners - www.mathventurepartners.com - an early to mid-stage technology venture capital fund and an Adjunct Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Northwestern University Kellogg school of Business.

He is a serial entrepreneur who started four companies, managed three venture funds, and was head of Innovation for Redbox.

Achler is a frequent speaker, resource and ardent champion for the entrepreneurial community; where he is a mentor for TechStars, the Junto Institute, and several other entrepreneurial organizations.

Member of the
Board of Advisors

Rishad Tobaccowala

Rishad Tobaccowala is an author, speaker and advisor with four decades of experience specializing in helping people, organizations and teams re-invent themselves to remain relevant in changing times.

Rishad’s book “Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data” was published globally by Harper Collins in January 2020 and focusses on helping people think, feel and see differently about how to grow their companies, their teams and themselves in transformative times.

Rishad speaks on change, future trends and transforming work forces to a range of industries from technology (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit), to media ( NY Times, Conde Nast), to blue chip firms ( Walmart, Procter and Gamble, H&R Block) to Industry Associations (Blue Cross Blue Shield, US Olympic Swimming, Radio Advertising Bureau).

Rishad’s advisory clients include global firms such as Publicis Groupe, private equity and venture capital such as Growth Catalyst Partners and technology platforms such as Crisp Thinking.

Rishad spent nearly four decades at Publicis Groupe an 80,000-employee firm comprising companies like Epsilon, Sapient, Digitas, Leo Burnett, Saatchi and Saatchi, Starcom and Zenith dedicated to delivering marketing and business transformation. Before Rishad stopped being a full-time employee with Publicis Groupe in 2019 he served as its Chief Strategy and Growth Officer and served on its Management Committee.

Rishad has also been the Chairman of DigitasLBi and Razorfish, two of the largest marketing transformation agencies in the world with over 11000 employees.

Over his 38-year career Tobaccowala has worked across almost every area of marketing and strategy including brand advertising, media, database, direct and interactive marketing. As a pioneer in digital marketing, Tobaccowala helped create one of the first interactive groups and digital agencies 25 years ago and has helped launch a series of initiatives over the years from groups focused on gaming, social, mobile and search engine marketing. Starcom IP, Play, Giant Step, SMG Search and Denuo are some of the brands Tobaccowala helped incubate.

Tobaccowala was named by BusinessWeek as one of the top business leaders for his pioneering innovation and TIME magazine dubbed him one of five “Marketing Innovators. He is the Ad Age Interactive Hall of Fame and has received a lifetime achievement silver medal award from the Chicago Ad Federation.

Rishad is also is chairman of The Tobaccowala Foundation, which helps over 10,000 people gain better access to health and education in India.

Tobaccowala holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Bombay and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago with which he remains closely involved.

Member of the
Board of Advisors

Joanne Moretti

Joanne is a world-class, Fortune 200 go-to-market executive. Today she is the CEO and Founder of JCurve Digital a growth consultancy focused on helping small to medium-sized companies achieve hyper-growth through her sales excellence and integrated marketing strategies and best practices. Prior to starting her own firm, Joanne was Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Jabil, where during her 5-year tenure, she transformed the go-to-market, to help Jabil grow from a 15b dollar contract manufacturer to a 23b manufacturing solutions powerhouse. Prior to Jabil, Joanne held the position of Chief Marketing Officer at Dell Software, and prior to Dell, she helped HP build, deliver and run an award-winning Sales Excellence program, including the HP Sales University. Prior to HP Joanne oversaw go-to-market strategy as Senior Vice President, Product Marketing at CA Technologies, with responsibilities across 6 CA product groups. And before entering into marketing roles, Joanne ran sales teams and "carried a bag" for 16 years, with her last role as General Manager of CA Canada and the US West Division, carrying (and achieving) .5B dollar annual quota.

Joanne has been featured and quoted in many articles and very recently featured on the Kathy Ireland - World Business Report, Forbes, the Huffington Post, MIT Technology Review, and many others. Joanne sits on the board of DecisionLink. Currently, Joanne is a go-to-market adviser for innovative companies like Essentium-3D, Epiphany.eu, and KeyData Partners. Previously Joanne sat on the board of the IT Association of Canada, and Alteryx. Joanne is a Lean Six Sigma Master and is a Computer Programming grad of CDI Institute, Toronto. She speaks, mentors, and supports women growing their careers in STEM-related industries.

Member of the
Board of Advisors

Paul Acito

Paul Acito has spent the last 4 decades leading businesses across technology, industrial, safety and health care industries and 3 continents for 3M, the $32 BN Dow component. Paul led the global Personal Safety, Traffic Safety, Aerospace and Infrastructure Protection Divisions for 3M and also served for more than 10 years based in Belgium, Thailand and Japan. He was 3M’s worldwide Chief Marketing Officer and Medtronic’s Marketing Chief for its Diabetes business group.

Paul currently serves as the Board Chair for the Penumbra Theatre, the nation’s leading African American Theater, on the Board of Advisors for Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and on the Board of BikeMN, the Minnesota Bike Alliance.

Paul holds a BS from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Kelley School. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

OUR MISSION

Enable Companies to Win
More Customers
and Build
Deeper Connections

board advisors and leadership

BOARD ADVISORS AND LEADERSHIP (ALPHABETICAL)

Belal El-Harazin

Founder, CEO

Mark Achler

Member of the Board of Advisors

Paul Acito

Member of the Board of Advisors


Sarah Alter

Member of the Board of Advisors

Bijan Bedroud

Member of the Board of Advisors

Joanne Moretti

Member of the Board of Advisors

Rishad Tobaccowala

Member of the Board of Advisors

The Maverick Way

"We started this company because we wanted Maverick Digital
to feel like home for people from any background, perspective
or mindset. We want this to be home for the outsiders, the insiders
and those that don't fit into either. The Maverick Way
encapsulates our values and we hope accomplishes that goal."

Belal El-Harazin
Founder and CEO, Maverick Digital

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6Think Big
and Boldly

No idea is too big. We execute boldly.

We fulfill our commitments to each other and to our clients. We fearlessly run towards accountability.

9Deliver

We do our best when we enjoy what we do. We support and trust each other as these are key elements to a culture that is truly fun.

3Create
Fun

Regardless of role or title, we communicate our perspective on what is best for the company authentically, honestly and openly, without fear of repercussion. We don’t stay wed to invalid positions or ideas, no matter where those ideas came from. Change is constant.

5Honest
Communication

It is paramount to go beyond “not discriminating against”, tolerance and acceptance – these are not enough. Mavericks embrace all people, regardless of background or differences, as we believe that the best ideas and methods come about through a celebration of differences and diversity of experiences.

1Inclusivity

We take calculated risks in the pursuit of new ideas that deliver additional value to our clients. We value, encode and institutionalize the lessons learned from those experiments.

8Experiment
and Innovate

We constantly push the bar higher and learn quickly from our failures.

4High
Performance

We invest a portion of our time and profit all over the world in alignment with our Company Mission - to help humanity better understand and communicate with each other through technology.

10Give
Back

Mavericks challenge conventional thinking, within ourselves and our clients, considering context and execution. We work to delight and over-achieve through innovation, strategy, intelligence, perseverance and grit. We are not afraid to “go against the grain” when appropriate. After all, we are Mavericks.

2Client
Delight

We challenge ourselves and our customers to pursue new growth. As our clients grow, so do we.

7Pursue
Growth

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