Management Team

Sanjay Dhawan

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Sanjay served as President of the Connected Services Division and Chief Technology Officer of Harman Industries International until 2019. Prior to joining Harman, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Symphony Teleca Corporation since 2010. Sanjay holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Brunel University, England, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Communications from REC Kurukshetra, India. With more than 30 years of technology leadership and extensive experience in the automotive industry, Sanjay brings a deep understanding of AI and machine learning applications, with particular focus on developing solutions at the intersection of devices, sensors, cloud solutions and data integration.

Prateek Kathpal

Chief Technology Officer

Prateek brings more than 20 years of experience in fast-moving and high-growth environments to Cerence, where he serves as Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Prateek is responsible for Cerence’s technology vision, core products and product roadmaps. He also serves as head of Professional Services. Prior to joining Cerence, Prateek served as General Manager of AI & IoT Products at View, responsible for leading product strategy, defining and driving the product roadmap, and supporting M&A activity to accelerate growth. Prior to View, he served as VP of Product & Solution Management at Polycom;  Chief Strategy Officer at HighQ; and VP of Product Strategy at Accusoft, which acquired Adeptol, a company Prateek founded. Prateek holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Instrumentation & Process Control.

Bridget Collins

Chief Information Officer

Bridget Collins has served as Nuance’s Vice President, Information Technology since 2017 and has had responsibility for the full suite of business applications, and also developed and managed Nuance’s Program Management function serving IT, security, the transformation office, and M&A/divestiture activities. Previously, Bridget held IT leadership positions at Progress Software and was in development at Daly & Wolcott (currently Infor). She holds a BS degree from Providence College and an MBA, High Technology, from Northeastern University.

Leanne Fitzgerald

General Counsel and Secretary

Leanne has served as Nuance’s Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Corporate, Securities and Compliance and Assistant Secretary since 2018. Previously, Leanne served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary since 2014, and Associate General Counsel Intellectual Property since 2008. During her tenure at Nuance, Leanne has led a variety of functions and legal efforts for Nuance’s most strategic matters, including the carveout and sale of the Imaging division, numerous acquisitions, privacy, and IP development and management. Prior to joining Nuance, she served in a variety of different functional positions, with increasing responsibility in the legal department at EMC Corporation from 1994 to 2008, starting as patent counsel and culminating as Associate General Counsel. She holds a B.S. in engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire, the Franklin Pierce Law Center.

Mark Gallenberger

Chief Financial Officer

Mark served as Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Xcerra Corporation from 2014 to 2018. Mr. Gallenberger previously served as Xcerra’s Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from 2000 to 2014. Prior to joining Xcerra, Mr. Gallenberger was a Vice President with Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young’s consulting practice. During his six years with Ernst & Young, Mark established the Deals & Acquisitions Group, where he was involved in numerous domestic and international strategic acquisitions, joint ventures, alliances and equity investments. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Mark served in several technical and management positions within Digital Equipment Corporation’s semiconductor products group. He holds an M.B.A. degree from J.L. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a B.S. in electrical engineering degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Egon Jungheim

Senior Vice President Global Sales

Egon Jungheim serves as Senior Vice President of the Nuance Automotive Division, responsible for global sales and sales Engineering teams. During his time at Nuance, Egon also has served as Vice President Sales EMEA Mobile & Consumer Electronics for the former Mobile Division as well for the Enterprise D/A/CH region. Egon started working in the speech industry in 2000 at Lernout & Hauspie. Before he joined Nuance in 2003, Egon worked as General Manager and Vice President Sales Europe at Dictaphone Corporation and in several Senior Management positions at Northern Telecom/Nortel and Nixdorf Computer AG.

Charles Kuai

President Greater China Region

Charles Kuai serves as Nuance’s President of Greater China Region. Prior to Nuance has served in a variety of roles in the internet communications and telecommunications industry globally. Charles has held many senior level positions, including CEO & President of Ubee-AirWalk, a fast-growing global Wireless Networking company, SVP & GM Asia of ADB Holdings, a global media solutions company, General Manager Wireless at Ericsson (formerly Nortel), Greater China, a global telecom networking company and Executive Director of Technology at AT&T, a global telecom operator. Charles has completed his MBA and graduated with distinction from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, and also holds a dual bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Southern Methodist University.

Richard Mack

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

As chief marketing and communications officer, Rick will lead global marketing strategy, customer engagement, brand management and program execution for Cerence across all stakeholders, channels and geographies. He has served in a number of roles at Nuance, most recently as senior vice president of Corporate Marketing and Communications where he directed worldwide, integrated programs to support the company’s growth, innovations, and corporate development initiatives. He managed an ever‑evolving blend of media relations, marketing, employee communications, financial communications, social media, public affairs, and branding activities. During his tenure, he helped architect and advance the company’s positioning and visibility, presiding over substantial growth in awareness for Nuance among the industry, consumers, the media, and investors.  Prior to Nuance, Rick held senior leadership communications roles at RSA Security, Mirror Image Internet, and several Boston‑area communications firms.  He holds an economics degree from Connecticut College.

Stefan Ortmanns

Executive Vice President

Stefan joined Nuance in 2003 and has served as its Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Automotive Division since March 2018. As GM of the Automotive Division, and has been responsible for hybrid, conversational AI-powered solutions for the digital car and automotive related services that are used by almost all of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. He previously held other positions at Nuance, including Senior Vice President of Engineering and Professional Services for the former Mobile Division. Stefan started working in the speech industry in 1993. Before he joined Nuance, he worked at Philips Speech Processing, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, and the University of Technology Aachen. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering, computer science and a Ph.D. in computer science.

Sachin Sahney

Chief Human Resources Officer

Sachin has served as Nuance’s Vice President, Human Resources at Nuance since 2015. Previously Sachin held human resources leadership roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, and Pfizer where he worked closely with the organizations’ executive teams to drive employee engagement, improve talent acquisition, and inspire human capital advancements – across the globe. Sachin holds a B.A. from The University of Dehli and M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University.