About Kira Systems

We help enterprises make meaning from their unstructured contracts and related documents.

Our Mission

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.

Noah Waisberg

Noah Waisberg

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.

Alexander Hudek

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.

Steve Obenski

Steve Obenski

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.

Michael Raw

Michael Raw

Vice President, 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

Daniel von Weihe

Senior Vice President, Sales and 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.

Joey Coleman

Dr. Joey Coleman

Director, 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.

Winter Wei

Winter Wei

Product Design Lead

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.

Jennifer Tsai

Jennifer Tsai

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.

Anne McNulty

Anne McNulty

Director, 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.

Joseph Kim

Joseph Kim

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.

Allison Nussbaum

Allison Nussbaum

Senior Director, Customer Success

As head of customer success at Kira, Allison is responsible for the vision and execution of our customer success initiatives. Her team’s mission is to help Kira’s customers obtain maximum value from their investment in our product. Allison brings over 20 years of experience in strategy, customer success, and business development to her role at Kira Systems. Most recently, she was the Chief Client Officer at Manzama. Outside of work, Allison is an avid traveler and foodie, and you will most often find her at the gym, in her garden or with her family and two Labrador Retrievers.

Tony Ensinger

Tony Ensinger

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.

Rich Hermann

Rich Hermann

Director of Global Sales, Corporate Markets

Rich heads up the global sales efforts of Kira software into the corporate and service provider sector. As organizations seek to improve their review processes or identify contract risk across the enterprise, he ensures they understand how Kira can assist them directly or via a certified partner. Rich has spent the last decade in senior sales roles at Thomson Reuters and Lexis Nexis after they acquired the start-ups he was a part of. Outside of work he tries to beat his teenage boys in sport, but rarely succeeds!

Rob Armbruster

Rob Armbruster

Account Director

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 Doyle

Chloe Doyle

Account Director

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.

Jed Hastings

Jed Hastings

Account Director

Jed works with global law firms and other organizations in evaluating Kira and its unique benefits. He supports the company's global sales and retention program. Prior to joining Kira Systems, Jed was a Vice President of Sales at Epic Systems. In his role there he was responsible for leading a sales team that sold electronic discovery to law firms. Outside of work, Jed enjoys yoga, hiking and spending time with his family and his dog Owen.

Alister Wyld

Alister Wyld

Account Director

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Alister is responsible for new business development in the South East region of North America. Alister has worked exclusively in a law firm sales capacity since his career began in the UK, in his most recent role Alister served as a Senior Sales Executive for Thomson Reuters focusing sales on document, case & matter management - a role of 7 years which saw he and his family relocate to North America in 2014. Outside of work, Alister enjoys time with his wife and 4 children, particularly beach time along with golf and trail biking.

Andrew Jardine

Andrew Jardine

Global Account Director

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.

Olivia Su

Olivia Su

AI Practice Consultant

Olivia works directly with law firms to ensure a successful experience in implementing and engaging with the Kira platform. Prior to joining Kira Systems, Olivia practiced law at Sidley Austin and worked at Ernst & Young, with a focus on employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Olivia holds a J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law and a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan. Outside of work, Olivia’s activities include maintaining positivity when she eats her own cooking and overexerting herself when playing badminton.

Sondra Rebenchuk

Sondra Rebenchuk

AI Practice Consultant

Sondra consults with law firms to help them integrate machine learning in their practice. Previously, Sondra practiced at the law firm Goodmans LLP in Toronto, where she focused on M&A and securities. She later transitioned to strategic communications firm, Longview Communications, where she advised clients on corporate affairs, media relations, investor relations and ongoing reputation management. Sondra holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Robin McNamara

Robin McNamara

Strategic Account Manager

Robin is responsible for managing all aspects of Kira Systems' corporate accounts, including working with corporate customers to help drive adoption across the firm and 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.

Kim Pinto

Kim Pinto

Software Release Manager

As the Software Release Manager, Kim coordinates and interfaces between all the parts of the company - from executives, to developers, to support associates and between the support, product, development, systems, and operation teams to ensure the timely delivery and consistent quality of our product. She is excited about exploring the excellent food scene in Toronto and about learning new facts about new things.

Technical and Business Team

Technical Team

Technical 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.

Business Team

Business Team

 

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 Plink

Jeroen Plink

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.

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