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Primer deploys advanced language technologies for the US Government and Fortune 100, assisting them in capturing every efficiency and advantage.

We bring agility to your knowledge workflows

In our rapidly evolving information landscape, depending solely on traditional search and analytical methods risks missing key insights. To stay ahead, enterprises need practical and trusted AI solutions to help their team harness every efficiency and advantage.

Our Team

Leadership

  • Sean Moriarty

    CEO

    Sean brings nearly three decades of executive experience to Primer from various B2B and B2C technology businesses, from cloud computing to enterprise platforms, having built innovative products, exceptional teams, and leading multiple companies to profitability. He was previously CEO of Leaf Group, CEO of Ticketmaster, Chairman of Metacloud (acquired by Cisco), the Co-Chairman of the Pat Tillman Foundation, and member of the board of directors of several companies including Eventbrite, Saatchi Art, and TuneIn. He serves as Ambassador to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and is actively involved in non-profit work as a board member at Coach Art.

  • Mark Brunner

    PRESIDENT, PRIMER FEDERAL

    Mark Brunner leads the Primer Federal team as Primer expands into the global public sector market. Mark was previously Vice President for six years at an international strategic advisory firm, The Cohen Group (TCG) where he led TCG’s engagements with Fortune 500 clients focused on the technology and national security sectors. Prior to that, Mark served in the US Senate for a decade, as the Senior Advisor to Senator Mark Warner and the Military Legislative Assistant to Chairman John Warner. Prior to his Senate service, Mark was a Navy pilot, a Chief of Staff at NATO, and the Defense Policy Advisor at the US Mission to the European Union. He is currently a Senior Advisor at The Atlantic Council and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus and the William & Mary Law School.

  • Leonard Law

    Chief Product Officer

    Leonard brings extensive experience leading enterprise B2B and B2C product teams as Primer’s Chief Product Officer. Prior to joining Primer, he held roles leading developer products at Coinbase, heading the Financial Services vertical at Google Cloud, and leading technology as the CIO/CTO at W. P. Carey. Leonard holds Bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Economics from Yale, a Masters in Computer Science with a concentration in AI from Yale, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Edgar Ejercito

    Chief Financial Officer

    Edgar brings extensive financial experience at both public and private technology companies as Primer’s Chief Financial Officer. He was previously the Vice President of Finance at Everlaw, where he built the accounting, FP&A, treasury, investor relations, and procurement functions. Prior to that, Edgar worked in both FP&A and investor relations at Guidewire. Pre-Finance, Edgar was a nuclear submarine officer in the US Navy and a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton. Edgar holds two degrees from Northwestern University: a BSE in Materials Science Engineering and an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management, where he was an F.C. Austin Scholar. He currently serves as a board member of the Friends of Potrero Hill Nursery School.

  • Adam Wergeles

    EVP and General Counsel

    Adam leads the Primer legal department. Adam brings over 30 years of experience in managing the legal affairs of public and venture backed media and technology companies. Most recently, Adam was Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Leaf Group Ltd., a public, diversified media and ecommerce company. Prior to that he was the Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for Serviz, Inc., a technology start-up that connects consumers with home service professionals. Previously, he spent seven years as the Chief Legal Officer at ReachLocal, where he was instrumental in ReachLocal’s IPO and its rapid domestic and international expansion. Adam holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College.

  • Karin Knox

    CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

    Karin leads Marketing at Primer. Before Primer, she led Product Marketing at Palantir Technologies, bringing flagship data analytics platforms and cutting edge AI capabilities to market. As Head of the Philanthropy Engineering Team, her team deployed software to help humanitarian partners improve operations and increase impact. She also worked on increasing access to health care across Africa, reforming the criminal justice system in Iraq, and supporting multi-party democracy building in the Southern Caucasus and Central Europe. Karin graduated cum laude with an LLM and LLB from Utrecht University in The Netherlands.

  • Toni Hipp

    SVP and Chief of Staff

    Toni Hipp, the Chief of Staff to Primer’s CEO, brings over 15 years of experience in government and industry, culminating in a unique blend of strategic policy development, research analysis, and multi-modal communication skills. During her career at the Central Intelligence Agency, Deloitte, and Google she excelled in simplifying complex problems to enhance leadership decision-making, providing in-person briefings to top officials including the President of the United States, senior military and Congressional leaders, as well as C-suite executives. Additionally, her commitment to service led her to conduct a war zone tour in the Middle East. Toni holds a MS from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA from Yale University.

  • Olivier Le Floch

    SVP, ENGINEERING

    Olivier leads Primer’s global engineering team, including platform, ingest and compute, applications, and security. Before Primer, he was CTO at several startups in the recruiting and media monitoring spaces, including Work4 and Aziluth. He brings a wealth of experience building software engineering teams and enterprise software to the exciting new frontiers of NLP. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from École Polytechnique and Télécom Paris.

  • John Bohannon

    VP, DATA SCIENCE

    John leads applied research at Primer. He worked for a decade as an award-winning investigative data journalist based in Europe and embedded with NATO forces in Afghanistan. He has a PhD in molecular biology from Oxford University.

Our Federal Advisory Board brings decades of unparalleled first-hand experience and sector expertise to our operations.

Our Team

Advisors

  • Tony Thomas

    FORMER COMMANDER, USSOCOM

    During his distinguished career with the U.S. military, Tony was entrusted with the command of all U.S. and NATO Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan, ultimately commanding all U.S. Special Operations Forces globally with over 90,000 members operating in 90 countries. He is the former Commander of both U.S. Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Tony served for 39 years in the U.S. Army, and since 2001, he has had more combat deployments than any other senior officer. Tony was one of the military's earliest and strongest advocates for applied artificial intelligence on the battlefield and was the first Combatant Commander to appoint a Chief Data Officer to bring private sector solutions to warfighters. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1980 and also attended the U.S. Army War College and Naval Command and Staff College.

  • Dan Fata

    Former DOD Senior Official

    Daniel has more than 25+ years of experience working in Congress, the Department of Defense, the aerospace and defense industry, the consulting arena, and as part of America's leading think tanks. He was most recently appointed by the U.S. Senate leadership to serve on the congressionally mandated Afghanistan War Commission, analyzing the United States' 20-year involvement. Prior, he has held leadership positions at Lockheed Martin, The Cohen Group, and served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy (DASD NATO Policy). He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and a Master's Degree in International Relations from Boston University.

  • Stephen J. Townsend

    Former US Army General

    Steve Townsend served as Combatant Commander of U.S. Africa Command after commanding the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and XVIII Airborne Corps. With more than 40 years of military experience, he has commanded troops at every echelon from the platoon to corps including two combined joint task forces. Steve served in the Pentagon on the Joint Staff, at U.S. Central Command and at U.S. Pacific Command he was the J-5 strategy and plans officer for China. His combat and operational experience includes Operation Urgent Fury (Grenada), Operation Just Cause (Panama), Operation Uphold Democracy (Haiti), Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq), Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and from 2016-17 he led Operation Inherent Resolve, the multinational effort to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He is currently a board member and advisor for several privately and publicly held companies.

  • Dash Jamieson

    FORMER US AIR FORCE INTEL CHIEF

    With 37 years of distinguished military service, Dash’s career has ranged from commanding units at the squadron level to serving as the Director of the U.S. Air Force's Intelligence Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Cyber Effects enterprise, where she was the Air Force's Senior Intelligence Officer. Dash was the driving force behind building a cohesive team of intelligence and cyber experts into a single warfighting organization: a $72 billion entity with 73,000 personnel conducting global operations across the Department of Defense. She was also responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships with the private sector, including Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and IBM, to accelerate the Air Force's digital transformation. She led units in Germany, Hawaii, Florida, Afghanistan, and Virginia, and has been the senior government representative to multiple Senate and House of Representatives committees. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from West Virginia University and has two Master's degrees: one in Strategic Studies from the National Defense University in Washington DC and one in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle University, Daytona Beach, Florida.

  • Siew Kai Choy

    FORMER MANAGING DIRECTOR, GIC PRIVATE LIMITED

    Siew Kai has over 30 years of experience in investment management, retiring from Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC Private Limited, after 20 years of service. He was a Managing Director of GIC and held key leadership positions in Equities, Risk & Performance Management, Enterprise Data & Analytics, Governance, and GIC Innovation Labs. He was also a member of the Corporate Management Committee and Group Risk Committee and has developed a good understanding of the business models of most industries represented in a large (40+ countries, 2000+ companies) Global Equity portfolio. Siew Kai holds a BSc in Computer Science and Management Science (joint honours) and has attended The Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program for Senior Executives.

  • Sue Gordon

    FORMER PRINCIPAL DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE

    Sue most recently served as the fifth Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, where she was a key advisor to the President and National Security Council and was central to driving innovation and partnerships with the commercial sector across the 17-member intelligence community. Previously, Sue served as the Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), providing leadership to the agency, managing the National System of Geospatial Intelligence, and driving NGA’s transformation to meet the modern technological needs required to maintain the nation’s global position. Prior to joining the NGA, she held Senior Executive positions for more than 27 years with the Central Intelligence Agency. In addition to her vast experience working across national security and intelligence, Sue also brings perspective and technological expertise to Primer’s commercial verticals in finance, retail, and the life sciences. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Duke University.

Board members

  • Lee Fixel

    FOUNDER, ADDITION

  • Peter Tague

    Managing Partner, USIT

  • Clay Hutmacher

    Major General (Ret.), US Army

  • Sean Moriarty

    CEO, Primer

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With deep expertise in AI, enterprise software, and decades of front-line experience in national security, we equip our customers with trusted AI tools for timely, informed decisions. Primer has a hybrid working environment, with offices in Arlington and San Francisco.

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