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Executive Team

Tom Needs

Chief Executive Officer, Applied Systems Europe

Tom Needs, Chief Executive Officer of Applied Systems Europe is responsible for leading the company’s UK and Ireland strategy, operations and regional growth mission. Tom brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the B2B technology sector serving multiple industries, including the European Insurance industry. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Node4 Ltd., a leading private equity backed technology services company comprising private and public cloud services, connectivity, and collaboration solutions, where he was responsible for driving customer growth and retention and for scaling operations. His experience leading rapid organizational growth and transformation will provide great value to our employees, customers, and the broader insurance ecosystem as we continue to scale our operations and deliver world-class technologies and services.

Alan Matthews

Alan Matthews

Vice President, European Development, Applied Systems Ireland

Alan Matthews, Vice President of European Development for Applied Systems Ireland, is responsible for the overall software development for Applied’s Ireland business. He Joined Applied in 2016 following the acquisition of Relay Software. Alan is committed to developing and supporting the implementation of innovative cloud-based software for the benefit of Ireland’s entire insurance market.

Alana McGovern

Interim Chief People Officer

Alana McGovern, Interim Chief People Officer, oversees the Human Resources function in Europe and the People Business Partner Team globally, working closely with the chief people officer, and the Executive and Senior Management teams to ensure that HR priorities are aligned with key business objectives. She is an effective and self-motivated director with extensive experience, and is highly competent in developing and implementing HR strategies and initiatives aligned with the company’s overall business strategy. Alana holds a Master of Human Resource Management (Business Partnership) from Charles Sturt University (Australia) and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Ulster (Ireland).

Phil Evans

Director, Product Management, Applied Systems Europe

Phil Evans, Director of Product Management, Applied Systems Europe, is responsible for the day-to-day running and leadership of Applied’s European Product Management function. He works alongside the VP of Development to drive product strategy and processes. Phil joined Applied in June 2019 as technical product manager and was later promoted to the role of strategic initiatives manager, working closely with the Executive team. He has held leadership roles in both the financial services and insurance sectors spanning 18 years and has extensive experience building, growing and motivating teams to deliver highest quality software. Previously, Phil held roles with Sirius Financial Services and insurance software house SSP.

Darren Fegan

Finance Director, Applied Systems Europe

Darren Fegan, Finance Director, is responsible for the financial function at Applied Systems Europe and ASE Software Ireland. Darren joined Applied in 2016. He started his career in practice with PKF-FPM, where he completed his Chartered Accountants Ireland professional exams. He then moved into the industry gaining experience in retail, property management, recycling and logistics. Darren holds a post graduate and a master’s degree from the University of Ulster.

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David McKnight

Regional Director, Applied Systems Ireland

David McKnight, Regional Director, Applied Systems Ireland, is responsible for leading Applied's Ireland business. He joined Applied in August 2016 following the acquisition of Relay Software. David's experience and knowledge of the insurance industry have been fundamental in nurturing strong relationships between Applied and our insurers and brokers.

Dave Chapman

Sales Director, Applied Systems Europe

Dave Chapman, Sales Director, Applied Systems Europe, is responsible for leading Applied’s Sales & Marketing teams in Europe. Prior to Applied, Dave worked in the insurance technology industry for over 18 years at SSP where he was responsible for the Broker business, as well as all client relationships throughout Europe, the U.S. and the Caribbean. Prior to this role, Dave held a number of positions within Sales & Account Management, having joined the business as a Sales graduate in 2002.

Taylor Rhodes

Chief Executive Officer

Taylor Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer, leads Team Applied and is responsible for the company's overall strategy and operational execution. Rhodes joined Applied in 2019 after serving as chief executive officer of SMS Assist, the leading cloud-based software platform for multi-site property management. Previously, he was CEO of Rackspace, where he led the Company’s growth from a cloud pioneer to an industry leader with more than two billion dollars in revenue, while establishing the company as a mainstay on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®. Prior to Rackspace, he served as a leader in enterprise, financial and corporate strategy roles at Electronic Data Systems Corporation. Mr. Rhodes is a former United States Marine Corps infantry officer and holds a MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves on the board of directors for Applied, Zenoss and Liquid Web, LLC.

Graham Blackwell

Graham Blackwell

Chief Financial Officer

Graham Blackwell, Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for financial and administrative functions, as well as acquisitions, partnerships and strategic planning activities at Applied. Graham joined Applied in 2020 from SMS Assist, where he led the company’s strategy, pricing, marketing, and sales organization as chief revenue officer. Prior to SMS Assist, Graham was executive vice president with Bain Capital’s North American Private Equity Team where he worked closely with the boards and management teams of Bain Capital’s portfolio companies to define and execute enterprise-wide strategic and operational transformation. His efforts resulted in accelerating revenue growth and strong investor returns across a wide-ranging set of businesses. Recent companies where he spent considerable time include Blue Nile, an e-commerce retailer; and BMC Software, a global software provider. Before that, Graham was an associate partner with McKinsey & Company, specializing in retail; and a consultant with Accenture. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Trevor Bunker

Chief Customer Officer

Trevor Bunker, Chief Customer Officer, leads Applied’s customer experience organization, including the strategic direction for the company’s services, support, and customer success programs. Trevor joined Applied in 2020 with more than 20 years of customer service leadership experience. In his last role, he served as CCO at RealPage, a vertical SaaS company serving the real estate market, where he oversaw a team of 1,000 responsible for all post-sales customer experience functions. Prior, Trevor spent 13 years at CA Technologies where he rose to be Senior Vice President of Product Success, Customer Adoption and Software Subscription Renewals.

Jeffrey D. Purdy

Chief Revenue Officer

Jeffrey D. Purdy, Chief Revenue Officer, is responsible for the strategic direction of Applied's sales organization. Purdy began his career in the company’s Canadian operations in 1989 and has held various executive positions in Canada and the USA, including running our international operations prior to taking on the executive sales role. He has led Applied’s global expansion and entry into the United Kingdom and Ireland markets. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

Rich Belanger

Chief Technology Officer

Rich Belanger, Chief Technology Officer, leads the Product Development and Quality Assurance teams for Applied Systems. Previously, Rich led ProQuest, a global SaaS company with over 100 million users, through a complex migration to a modern cloud architecture and deployed world-class software development processes. As a result of his leadership, ProQuest achieved significant improvements in performance and reliability, as well as meaningful improvements in the speed and quality of new product development. Rich also held prior leadership roles at Target Software and Forrester Research.


Courtney Rains

Chief Marketing Officer

Courtney Rains, Chief Marketing Officer, is responsible for Applied’s global marketing strategy. Rains has held a number of leadership positions at Applied and led the Company’s brand transformation, helping to position Applied as the technology company revolutionizing the insurance industry. With more than 10 years of experience in technology marketing and crisis communications, her expertise and unrelenting commitment to growth ensure that she brings the best out of those around her for the success of the team and broader company. She has prior marketing experience at big tech companies like Qualcomm and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Rich Cohan

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Rich Cohan, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, is responsible for the legal and corporate governance activities of Applied. He joined Applied in 2019 and brings more than 20 years of experience in legal and business roles, including in both the software and insurance industries. Prior to Applied, Cohan ran European Operations for Workiva Inc., a SaaS provider of corporate reporting solutions. Previously he was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Athene USA (formerly Aviva USA), a leading provider of life insurance and annuity products. Previous experiences include a corporate attorney at the law firms of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Katten Muchin & Zavis, as well as a CPA with Price Waterhouse. Cohan received his law degree from the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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