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Marty Vanderploeg , President and Chief Executive Officer

Martin (Marty) J. Vanderploeg, Ph.D., is the president and chief executive officer of Workiva Inc., a $350 million cloud-based software technology company with an open, intelligent, and intuitive platform that simplifies complex work for global organizations. Marty co-founded Workiva to transform the way people manage and report business data.

As CEO, Marty is focused on developing the company’s vision and award-winning culture, which nurtures an innovative workplace enabling customers to confidently move their businesses forward. He has over 30 years of experience in scaling software companies from start-ups to private and public global enterprises.

Marty is known for his leadership in the technology sector, including developing computer assisted design software used in medical and forensic applications and as a technology entrepreneur. Prior to serving as CEO, Vanderploeg served as president and chief operating officer of Workiva and its predecessor (Webfilings).

Previously, Marty co-founded Engineering Animations Inc. (EAI) and served as the company’s chief technology officer. As CTO, he led EAI’s’ development of computer graphics tools used in crime scene reconstruction, 3D animations of human anatomy, CAD applications in automotive design and computer games as well as other applications. EAI was acquired in 2000 by Unigraphics Solutions (now part of Siemens USA).

Marty was a tenured professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University and has authored 19 publications in the area of design optimization and vehicle dynamics, mechanical engineering software applications, biomechanics and graphic animation. He was the founder and director of the Iowa State University Visualization Laboratory. Marty has a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.

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Julie Iskow , Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Julie Iskow joined Workiva in 2019 as executive vice president (EVP) and chief operating officer (COO). She drives the growth strategy and oversees product, technology and commercial operations, including sales, marketing, partners, services, and customer success. She also owns execution of key enterprise initiatives focused on innovation, growth and customer experience.

Julie has extensive experience in product development, optimizing operations, and scaling enterprise SaaS companies with strong, profitable growth. Before joining Workiva, Julie served as EVP and chief technology officer (CTO) at Medidata Solutions, a leading technology and data platform for life sciences. She was responsible for developing and executing the product and technology strategy, and leading the teams that designed, delivered and supported the company’s enterprise platform and cloud-based solutions, data analytics, and AI capabilities.

Prior to Medidata, she was the senior vice president of product development and chief information officer (CIO) at WageWorks. During her tenure, Julie was part of the leadership team that helped bring WageWorks through a successful IPO. Before Wageworks, she spent over a decade in engineering and technology leadership positions, responsible for automation and robotics software used in high-tech manufacturing.

Julie currently serves on the board of directors of Workiva Inc. (NYSE:WK) and Vocera Communications (NYSE:VCRA) and on the advisory board for Change Healthcare (NASDAQ:CHNG). Julie is a contributing writer for the Forbes Technology Council and was named among InformationWeek’s Elite 100. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s from the University of California, Davis.

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Jill Klindt , Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Jill Klindt is the senior vice president and chief financial officer, and serves as the chief accounting officer for Workiva. Her career spans more than 20 years with experience in financial management and business leadership. Jill has built the accounting and finance teams into a global organization, starting as team member number one. Her extensive experience will help to position Workiva for future growth.

Previously, Jill additionally served as Workiva’s treasurer and was responsible for the global corporate accounting, tax strategy, treasury, procurement and enterprise risk management for Workiva. She was instrumental in taking Workiva public in 2014 and continues to support all stages of future growth, building the global team to scale and preparing for future stages.

As CFO, she is focused on providing the right information to the executive team to make the right investment decisions and making Workiva an even better place to work.

Prior to joining Workiva, she held finance and accounting positions at Wells Fargo Financial, CitiMortgage and Principal Residential Mortgage. Jill served on the Ames Foundation board as treasurer for six years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Iowa State University.

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Jeff Trom , Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Jeff Trom, Ph.D., is the executive vice president and chief technology officer for Workiva. Jeff currently leads the development of all aspects of Workiva’s open, intelligent and intuitive cloud platform. Jeff has brought visionary leadership to the Workiva platform and holds several patents for his innovations used in Workiva technology.

As the CTO, Jeff oversees all product development and management, shapes product priorities and direction, and the research and development teams to continuously innovate our cloud solutions. He is one of Workiva’s leading technology experts and has helped to grow the technology team from its inception. His leadership and expertise helps to guide strategic sales opportunities, drive product innovations, and provide deep industry knowledge on market leading solutions.

Prior to joining Workiva in 2008, Jeff was a co-founder of Engineering Animation International (EAI). As the company’s chief technology officer, he spent 10 years leading software architecture, development and deployment. EAI was acquired in 2000 by Unigraphics Solutions (now part of Siemens USA).

Jeff is a frequent speaker on the growth of tech start-ups in Montana and lends his expertise and time to help support new tech entrepreneurs in the region. He served on the Montana High Tech Business Alliance board of directors and is now an advisory board member of Montana State University’s Gianforte School of Computing. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa and a Doctorate from Iowa State University.

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Mitz Banarjee , Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer

As executive vice president and chief customer officer, Mitz Banarjee is a key contributor to the growth of Workiva’s customer base ensuring satisfaction, experience and retention are best in class. Mitz is an expert in leading teams and brings years of experience working with customers and building Workiva's customer success and services organizations. He joined Workiva in 2010 and has served in various leadership roles ensuring the exponential growth of the global business.

Mitz also oversees the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business growth and alignment to company goals that capitalize on the market opportunity. In addition to helping ensure the best customer experience and growth in EMEA, he also oversees the global administrative and facilities function for Workiva. Over the past 20 years, he has helped drive customer satisfaction and customer loyalty at an operational level for technology companies of all sizes.

Prior to Workiva, Mitz was director of client services at Yodle (acquired by web.com), one of the largest local ad networks in the United States. Mitz has a Bachelor of Arts in Information Systems from the University of Lincoln in Lincoln, England, United Kingdom.

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Brandon Ziegler , Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Brandon Ziegler is executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary for Workiva Inc. He joined Workiva in March 2020 as senior vice president and general counsel. Brandon brings to Workiva over 20 years of experience in corporate governance, M&A, securities, venture financing, commercial negotiation, privacy and international law.

Since joining Workiva, he has equipped the legal team with the leadership and tools necessary to scale the company’s legal strategy across its growing global operations, bringing with him demonstrated expertise in the SaaS industry. Previously, Brandon served as senior vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary at Medidata Solutions, a leading technology and data platform for life sciences. Prior to Medidata, he led ADP’s legal department for multinational corporations as vice president and assistant general counsel.

Brandon also has extensive private practice experience, counseling public and private companies in global corporate development, corporate governance and commercial transactions. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School where he was an international business law fellow. He is conversant in multiple languages including Japanese and Spanish.

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