Wize Commerce

Executive Leadership

Wize Commerce® has built a team of experienced leaders with an impeccable reputation for commitment to quality and client service.

Todd Murtha
Chief Executive Officer

Previously serving as CAO and general counsel at Wize Commerce, Todd advanced to the role of CEO in March 2014.

Todd is a seasoned business leader who has amassed more than a decade’s worth of experience in the digital media industry. Before joining Nextag, he was vice president of business and legal affairs at Fox Interactive Media, which acquired IGN Entertainment when Todd was acting as senior corporate counsel. And prior to his time at IGN, Todd was an attorney at two prominent Silicon Valley law firms.

He earned his bachelor's degrees in psychology and philosophy from the University of Tulsa, his master's degree in psychology with a supporting program in statistics from the University of Minnesota, and his law degree from Harvard Law School.



Previously serving as CAO and general counsel at Wize Commerce, Todd advanced to the role of CEO in March 2014.

Todd is a seasoned business leader who has amassed more than a decade’s worth of experience in the digital media industry. Before joining Nextag, he was vice president of business and legal affairs at Fox Interactive Media, which acquired IGN Entertainment when Todd was acting as senior corporate counsel. And prior to …


Chris Hart
Chief Financial Officer

Chris was promoted to CFO in March 2014 from his prior role as senior vice president of finance and corporate development. He is currently responsible for all of Wize Commerce’s financial operations.

Chris previously served as controller at Thomson Grass Valley, a subsidiary of Thomson Multimedia and a leader in digital video capture, editing, and media processing, where he led finance functions in both their United States and Japan divisions. He has more than a decade of experience in leading global project planning, business process improvement, and game-changing multi-million dollar IT and finance implementations at both Thomson Grass Valley and Preferred Trade, a provider of electronic securities execution and real-time trading solutions.

He earned his bachelor’s in English from Emory University and his M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco School of Management.



Chris was promoted to CFO in March 2014 from his prior role as senior vice president of finance and corporate development. He is currently responsible for all of Wize Commerce’s financial operations.

Chris previously served as controller at Thomson Grass Valley, a subsidiary of Thomson Multimedia and a leader in digital video capture, editing, and media processing, where he led finance …


Sebastien Brien
Chief Revenue Officer

Sebastien advanced to his current role as chief revenue officer from his previous position as senior vice president of analytics and traffic engineering. Much of his focus is on statistical modeling and Wize Commerce’s SEM, SEO, social and banner/display traffic sources, and site monetization algorithms.

A veteran of Nextag, Sebastien implemented statistical methodology within different areas of the company as manager of analytics, later becoming director of analytics with continued emphasis on traffic acquisition. Prior to his time at Nextag, he worked as the data mining lead at Intuit. He's also held roles specializing in statistics, data mining, and data warehousing at NextCard, Knowledge Networks, and the Institut de la Statistique du Québec.

Sebastien earned both his bachelor's and master’s degrees in statistics from Université Laval in Québec, Canada.



Sebastien advanced to his current role as chief revenue officer from his previous position as senior vice president of analytics and traffic engineering. Much of his focus is on statistical modeling and Wize Commerce’s SEM, SEO, social and banner/display traffic sources, and site monetization algorithms.

A veteran of Nextag, Sebastien implemented statistical methodology within different areas of the company as manager of analytics …


Sathappan Subramanian
Chief Technology Officer

Sathappan held several positions at our company before advancing to his current role as chief technology officer in March 2014. Most recently as VP of engineering, he led the catalog, traffic, and data global engineering teams as they rebuilt the platform and processing pipeline using Big Data technologies.

Sathappan started his career with Nextag in 2000, joining as a software engineer in the catalog infrastructure group. He then moved on to become the founding engineer of the traffic engineering group, where they created the platform to manage keyword campaigns. In 2004, Sathappan relocated to India to build Nextag India’s engineering and operation team from the ground up. He then advanced to engineering manager, followed by director of engineering, where he spearheaded the design, development, and delivery of the traffic platform for SEM, display, and social marketing.

Prior to joining Nextag, Sathappan was a consultant for Deutsche Bank in Singapore. He earned his master’s degree in computer application from Chidambaram, India’s Annamalai University. 



Sathappan held several positions at Nextag before advancing to his current role as chief technology officer in March 2014. Most recently as VP of engineering, he led the catalog, traffic, and data global engineering teams to rebuild the platform and processing pipeline using Big Data technologies.

Sathappan started his career with our company in 2000, joining as a software engineer in the catalog infrastructure group. He then …


Anne Karrigan
Chief Customer Officer

Anne joined Nextag in 2005 and currently acts as chief customer officer, where she’s responsible for revenue and merchant relations in North America and APAC. During her time with the company, she’s held sales and business development roles in numerous categories, including mortgage and display advertising. Prior to her current position, Anne was vice president of U.S. product shopping sales, where she managed the team who supports Nextag’s thousands of merchants.

With more than 15 years of sales experience in consumer internet advertising, Anne held revenue responsibilities and client-facing roles at Myers Internet (acquired by MGIC), LoanApp.com (acquired by Internet Brands), Excite@Home, and Mitsubishi International Corporation. 

She earned her Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing degree from Santa Clara University.



Anne joined Nextag in 2005 and currently acts as chief customer officer, where she’s responsible for revenue and merchant relations in North America and APAC. During her time with the company, she’s held sales and business development roles in numerous categories, including mortgage and display advertising. Prior to her current position, Anne was vice president of U.S. product shopping sales, where she managed the team who supports Nextag’s thousands of merchants. …


Jijoe Vurghese
Chief Architect

Jijoe joined Wize Commerce in September 2006 as a principal software engineer to lead the Nextag Travel comparison-shopping platform team. Since then, his focus has expanded to the Wize Commerce services platform and site operations. He recently led the transformation of the existing platform into a services-based, near real-time latency platform. In his role as chief architect, Jijoe works closely with several teams to plan the strategic technology roadmap for the engineering organization. 

Prior to Wize Commerce, Jijoe served as a senior technical architect at AT&T, leading the CRM offer management engineering team. From 1996 to 2000, Jijoe worked at Netscape Communications as a systems architect, designing and authoring various systems for procurement, sales forecasting, direct marketing email campaigns, and support/subscription renewals. 

Jijoe earned his bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics engineering from University of Kerala’s Government College of Engineering, Trivandrum, in India.



Jijoe joined Wize Commerce in September 2006 as a principal software engineer to lead the Nextag Travel comparison-shopping platform team. Since then, his focus has expanded to the Wize Commerce services platform and site operations. He recently led the transformation of the existing platform into a services-based, near real-time latency platform. In his role as chief architect, Jijoe works closely with several teams to plan the strategic technology roadmap for the engineering organization. …


Animesh Sharma
Vice President of Engineering/General Manager, India

Animesh has nearly 10 years of leadership experience building scalable technology products, as well as talented engineering teams. In spring 2014, he was promoted to GM of India and VP of engineering.

Animesh started his tenure with Wize Commerce in 2005. He advanced to engineering manager in 2008 and took over responsibility of both Nextag Travel and Stores verticals. In 2010, Animesh created Nextag’s first mobile and social apps. Then, as senior director of engineering, he was responsible for managing complete technology stack of Wize Commerce. During that time, he also played a major role in the U.S. and international launches of PriceMachine.com. 

After earning his mathematics and computing degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Animesh began his engineering career at two startups specializing in .NET technology. 



Animesh has nearly 10 years of leadership experience building scalable technology products, as well as talented engineering teams. In spring 2014, he was promoted to GM of India and VP of engineering.

Animesh started his tenure with Wize Commerce in 2005. He advanced to engineering manager in 2008 and took over responsibility of both Nextag Travel and Stores verticals. In 2010 …


Rajneesh Gupta
Vice President of Marketing/General Manager, India

Acting as both VP of marketing and Wize Commerce’s GM in India, some of Rajneesh’s key responsibilities include devising strategies to maximize the monetization and volume of SEM, social, and display traffic to our sites.

Rajneesh joined Nextag in 2005 as a senior engineering manager, working on SEM platform development. In 2009, he transferred from India to our Calif. headquarters to oversee the U.S. market’s SEM campaign management. The next year Rajneesh was promoted to director of marketing and assigned responsibility of our global SEM campaigns. He rejoined the Gurgaon, India office in 2011 to spearhead campaign management and received a promotion to his current role in early 2014.

After earning his degree in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Rajneesh began his career at IT services company Infosys Technologies. He then moved on to Ericsson, where he worked on business support systems for large telecom operators.



Acting as both VP of marketing and Wize Commerce’s GM in India, some of Rajneesh’s key responsibilities include devising strategies to maximize the monetization and volume of SEM, social, and display traffic to our sites.

Rajneesh joined Nextag in 2005 as a senior engineering manager, working on SEM platform development. In 2009, he transferred from India to our Calif. headquarters to oversee the U.S. market’s …


Harald Schiffauer
Vice President and General Manager, Europe

Harald joined our organization in January 2012. Currently serving as VP and GM in Europe, he’s responsible for Wize Commerce’s activities in Germany, France, UK, Spain, Italy, and Hungary. Operating out of our Hamburg office, Harald oversees guenstiger.de, preissuchmaschine.de, argep.hu, as well as various other Nextag.com sites throughout Europe.

A veteran in the e-commerce and price-comparison market since 1999, Harald previously served as head of sales at the Ciao Commerce Division of Microsoft. In this role, he was responsible for e-commerce strategy and strategic partnerships, as well as the expansion of the merchant network in seven different European countries. Before that, he held various leadership roles at pangora.com, known today as become.com.

Harald earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.



Harald joined our organization in January 2012. Currently serving as VP and GM in Europe, he’s responsible for Wize Commerce’s activities in Germany, France, UK, Spain, Italy, and Hungary. Operating out of our Hamburg office, Harald oversees guenstiger.de, preissuchmaschine.de, argep.hu, as well as various other Nextag.com sites throughout Europe.

A veteran in the e-commerce and price-comparison market since …