About Kira Systems
We help enterprises make meaning from their unstructured contracts and related documents.
To empower enterprises through intuitive, easy-to-use software tools for uncovering relevant information from their contracts.
Meet our team
Our fast-growing team combines experience in professional services with expertise in computer science, engineering, and design.
CEO and Co-Founder
Prior to founding Kira Systems, Noah practiced at the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, where he focused on private equity, M&A, and securities. Noah is an expert on contract analysis, legal technology, and artificial intelligence; has spoken at conferences including SXSW Interactive, ILTACON, and ReInvent Law; and was named 2016 ILTA Innovative Thought Leader of the Year. Noah holds a J.D. from the NYU School of Law, an A.M. from Brown University, and a B.A. with honours from McGill University.
Dr. Alexander Hudek
CTO and Co-Founder
Alex leads Kira Systems’ R&D. He holds a Ph.D and M.Math degrees in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto in Physics and Computer Science. His past research in the field of bioinformatics focused on finding similarities between DNA sequences. He was heavily involved with the human genome project. He has also worked in the areas of proof systems and database query compilation.
Chief Product Officer
Steve leads marketing, business development and sales. Prior to joining Kira Systems, Steve was general manager of Thomson Reuters’ business law solutions division. Previously, Steve practiced law at Morrison & Foerster and WilmerHale, with a focus on technology transactions, telecoms and e-commerce. He holds a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, an M.A. with distinction in International Economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS, and an A.B. from Brown University.
Vice President of Technology
Michael leads Kira Systems’ Technology team, including development, quality engineering, devops and systems. He holds a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Applied Physics degree from the University of Waterloo. Michael’s original field was in the computer modelling of fluid flow and heat transfer, and later worked in the mobile computing industry. He has been part of startups, mid-size and very large companies in both technical and senior people leadership roles.
Daniel Von Weihe
Vice President of Sales & Customer Success
Before joining Kira Systems to lead sales and customer success, Dan co-founded Skydox, a document collaboration SaaS company which later purchased and merged with legal tech heavyweight Workshare. Post-acquisition Dan created and managed the UX and Product Design team. Prior to Skydox, Dan was a VP and General Manager at LexisNexis where he built the InterAction CRM business in EMEA and Asia-Pacific. Dan is a U.S.-qualified lawyer and member of the California Bar. He brings 25 years of legal tech experience to Kira Systems in sales management, customer success, consultancy, strategy and product management.
Vice President of Marketing
Kate helps make marketing happen. She has seen first-hand the impact of technology in professional services organizations in her daily work over the past 15 years. She believes, with never ending hope, that technology will fundamentally change the world and make everything better. Kate lives in Brooklyn where her two kids keep her busy when she isn't geeking out over AI, law firms, cool technology, and how to find the best peanut butter-filled pretzels.
Winter is passionate about designing products and interactions that make people work smarter, more efficiently and delightfully. She holds a B.Sc. in Actuarial Science and Economics from University of Toronto, and subsequently dived into web development and design. Now she mentors in these areas to share her knowledge and passion with others. Her past exeprience includes designing and illustrating for publications and websites, and product management in a leading currency data company.
Head of System Learning
Jennifer manages a team of lawyers and other professionals who create Kira’s built-in machine learning models. She was previously Director of Due Diligence at Elevate Services, where she managed large-scale contract abstraction projects. Prior to that, she practiced at the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York, in M&A, private equity, securities compliance, and corporate governance. Jennifer received her J.D., cum laude, from the SUNY at Buffalo Law School, and has a B.S. from Cornell University.
Dr. Joey Coleman
Head of Systems
Joey is responsible for systems administration, security, deployment and technical implementation operations. Joey holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. from Newcastle University, and a B.Sc. from Ryerson University in Toronto, all in Computer Science. Joey’s research efforts are related to concurrency and programming language semantics. In nearly all his roles, Joey focuses on process improvement, often taking on systems administration roles to re-engineer build and release systems.
Director of Legal Knowledge Engineering
Anne manages a team of lawyers and other professionals who create Kira’s built-in machine learning models. She previously practiced M&A and securities law at Goodmans LLP in Toronto. Anne holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School where she graduated in the top 2% of her class, a B.Soc.Sc. from the University of Ottawa (magna cum laude) and a B.Com from McGill University. In her spare time, Anne enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, son and two dogs.
Director, Talent Acquisition
Joseph leads talent acquisition to support Kira Systems' rapid growth. His past experience includes building high-performance teams in startups and mature technology companies on the side of executive recruitment and talent acquisition. Prior to working in the private sector, he worked in academia supporting research on education and global labour market trends. He holds a MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a Masters Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto.
Robin coordinates prioritization of Kira's new features, enhancements, and integrations and works with Kira Systems' technical teams to bring these changes into the product. He acts as an advocate for the customer throughout this process to help ensure that Kira continues to tackle problems that customers care about. Previously, Robin worked at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto. Robin holds a J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a B.A. with honours from Queen's University.
Director of Sales, Legal Markets
Tony assists global law firms and other organizations in their evaluation of Kira, and plays a key role in leading the company’s global sales and retention programs. Prior to joining Kira Systems, Tony held positions as a Senior Account Executive at Practical Law and Intelligize, where he developed new business and relationships with major international law firms. Outside of work, Tony enjoys spending time with his 2 children, hiking, running and reading.
Rob focuses on assisting global law firms and other organizations evaluate Kira and its unique benefits, and plays a key role in supporting the company's global sales and retention programs. Prior to joining Kira Systems, Rob was with Practical Law for almost 8 years as a Sales Executive. In his role there he worked with large law firms to help them increase workflow efficiency and streamline knowledge efforts. Outside of work, Rob spends time with his wife and 2 children, and enjoys surfing and other beach related activities.
Chloe leads Kira Systems' new business and account management activities in the UK & Europe. Based in London, Chloe works closely with law firms as they explore machine learning and evaluate the impact of Kira on their organisation. Prior to joining Kira Systems, Chloe spent four years at Intapp. Outside of work, Chloe can be found travelling the globe or learning new languages.
Customer Success Manager
Anita manages implementation and continued engagement for Kira Systems’ customers. Prior to joining Kira Systems, Anita was a Director of Electronic Services with an eDiscovery Services Provider in New York. Anita is originally from Brisbane, Australia where she practiced as a criminal defense lawyer for 8 years before moving to London, where she worked as a review attorney. She holds an LLM, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Journalism. In her spare time she enjoys seeing the world.
Business Development Associate
Andrew is responsible for corporate business development and partnerships. In a previous life, Andrew worked as a Management Consultant for Deloitte Consulting in the UK. Andrew is also a qualified Management Accountant and Engineering Master’s graduate, graduating from The University of Southampton in 2011. Outside of work, Andrew can typically be found practicing Spanish, keeping fit or planning his next ski trip.
Client Service Team Lead
Kim plays a key role in ensuring exceptional client support. Graduating from University of Toronto with an Honours B.Sc. in Biological Science and Anthropology, Kim’s educational background gives her a unique perspective on human relations that allows her to work on diverse teams, including leading the client support and QA teams. She is always looking for ways to learn new things and enjoys incorporating new technologies into her life.
Technical and Business Team
Our technical team members hold multiple advanced computer science degrees, have decades of combined programming experience, and are experienced in machine learning and advanced logic systems. They are versed in the latest user experience design, and yet also experienced in building robust and secure enterprise software systems, having joined us from organizations like MIT, TNT Express ICS, and Microsoft.
Our business team is comprised of experienced professionals in product, support, marketing & sales, and legal. Our lawyer-experts have practiced at some of the world's most prestigious law firms, such as Skadden, Weil Gotshal, and Reed Smith, and law departments of multinationals like IPG. Our customer-facing teams have many years of experience with enterprise customers in their prior roles at companies like IBM, CT Corp, Ansible and Thomson Reuters.
Our advisors include
Jeroen was CEO of Practical Law Company’s US operations from its launch in 2008 through to its sale to Thomson Reuters in 2013, at which time it had over 200 employees and nearly 1000 customers. Prior to PLC, Jeroen practiced at the law firm Clifford Chance, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions.