Kaushik started Forecast Horizon to solve a complex analytical problem for a Fortune 500 retailer, without having any of the resources of a typical enterprise software vendor. The constraints defined the DNA of Forecast Horizon, where he is always looking for better ways to crunch large data-sets and deliver value to retailers with affordable, nimble solutions. While Kaushik's background has been in the enterprise software space (he played key roles in the early days of ProfitLogic and SignalDemand), most of the innovations that he has adopted have come from the consumer internet space. Giants like Google and Amazon are forever pushing the boundaries of computing, and Kaushik wants to bring the same efficiency into the enterprise space: through the judicious use of open-source components, cloud-computing, and agile development. Kaushik holds a PhD in Geophysics from Harvard University.
Christiane uses her fifteen years of experience in retail to help our clients tailor solutions that meet their needs and goals while minimizing disruption to their existing processes. Having held positions both in the field and headquarters, Christiane understands first-hand the challenges faced by all levels; from leadership to the end users of our solutions. Her extensive retail knowledge comes from roles in Product Management, Strategy, Consulting, Supply Chain, Planning & Allocation and Finance at retailers including The Gap Inc., Pacific Sunwear and Bon-Ton, Inc. Christiane holds a B.B.A. in Finance and an M.B.A. in Marketing and MIS from The University of Iowa (Go Hawks!), as well as a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate and a Scrum Product Owner Certificate (SPOC).
Board of Advisors
Mike Neal has applied innovative science to solving merchandising and supply chain challenges throughout his 20-year career. He is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of SignalDemand, which he started in 2004 with Dr. Hau Lee of Stanford University. His extensive industry experience includes co-founding DemandTec (Nasdaq: DMAN), the largest provider of Consumer Demand Management (CDM) software for retail price and promotion optimization. Prior to DemandTec, he held executive positions at Evant (sold to Manhattan Associates), a supply chain optimization software company.
Mike is an Operations Research (OR) scientist responsible for developing analytic techniques that have a significant impact maximizing margin for Retailers and incorporating them into Forecast Horizon's products and services. Mike is experienced in solving strategic and operational problems using analytical techniques in verticals including Retail, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Government. At Profit Logic, he designed statistical modeling and optimization algorithms for price and revenue management of major Retailers. Leveraging recent developments in modeling techniques and computing power, Mike leads the design of advanced solutions with superior flexibility for less cost. Mike holds a M.S. & PhD in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from Ohio State University.
Scott Friend joined Bain Capital in 2006. Prior to Bain Capital, Scott was Chairman of the Executive Advisory Board and VP of Marketing & Science for Oracle Retail. Prior to its acquisition by Oracle in 2005, Scott was the President and co-founder of ProfitLogic, a Bain Capital portfolio company. In 2005, Scott was named a winner of the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year Award" in New England. Prior to ProfitLogic, Scott held positions at Learning Sciences Corporation, The Parthenon Group and IBM. Scott received an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School and a BA, magna cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Brown University.
Matt Salmonson is a Management Level Retail Executive and founder of Salmonson Enterprises currently working with leading retailers to provide interim executive leadership. He is also a Board Member of Good to Go Inc, Ellipsis Health and Forecast Horizon Inc. Prior to this, he served as SVP Inventory Planning and Allocation at Restauration Hardware and was a member of the team that took the Company public in 2012. In 2011, he served as International Technology Executive for all Gap Inc. International Offices. Previous roles also include SVP Inventory Management at Old Navy and Gap Inc. and SVP - Inventory Management and Product Pipeline at Banana Republic.
Christiane Fay Tas
Director of Product Management
Phd, Chief Scientist
John brings over twenty years of retail industry professional services experience to Forecast Horizon. As the Director of Consulting for software and strategic advisory firms, he has led transformation projects for merchant organizations in over fifty retail organizations, spanning Specialty, Department Store, Big Box, and On-line formats. John is skilled at ensuring that solutions are developed and deployed to solve clients' business problems, while avoiding unnecessary business disruption during the implementation. John has specialized in deploying price and planning optimization solutions that deliver value to the bottom line since 2000 thru his work with leading firms at the forefront of the technology. He led business consulting teams at ProfitLogic and Revionics and held senior consulting roles within Karabus Management Consultants. John holds a B.A. in Economics from Lafayette College and an M.B.A. from The Ohio State University in Finance and Marketing.
VP, Sales and Services
Phd, CTO, Co-Founder
Sudip ensures Forecast Horizon's solutions meet the unique needs of Retailers through technology innovations, customer experience, and direct feedback and ideas from customers and prospects. Sudip is responsible for overall product architecture, technology scouting, innovation and advanced technologies development. Sudip is a visionary technologist leading Forecast Horizon Inc. development efforts using Amazon Web Services Cloud computing for infinite scalability and reliable, secure open source (MySQL, Ruby on Rails), high performance open-source solvers (COIN-OR), valuable and Google Trends to solve complex business problems in business relevant time scales. He started his career as an electrical engineer at Cadence Design Systems and quickly moved into a management role at Synopsys.
Arnab has been with Forecast Horizon since their first launch, designing and deploying the online security model. Parallely with an industry career of eighteen years featuring a host of companies including Yahoo and Microsoft, he has been supporting Forecast Horizon with their production environment, architecture and as a general bouncing board of ideas. He lives and works in Bangalore, where as a Chief Technology Architect he has been giving a hard time to a bunch of startups in India and abroad. Arnab holds dual post graduate degrees in Statistics and Computer Science from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.