Board of Directors

Scott Johnson

Chairman & Founder

Scott Johnson, Chairman and Founder of Workfront is recognized as a business leader who challenges traditional management mentalities and applies out-of-the-box thinking to solve the important business problems faced by organizations today. “What I really care about is helping organizations understand and organize the work that is most important to business success,” says Johnson. “Business leaders who are able to clearly communicate objectives and efficiently organize the workplace empower their employees to maximize the value of their efforts. This concept guides everything we do at Workfront.”

A true adrenaline junky, Scott hasn’t found a sport that involves going fast with something strapped to his feet he doesn’t like. The same passion for pushing limits to achieve excellence in extreme sports helped make Workfront a fast-growing company that has been instrumental in helping thousands of business leaders empower their workforce, streamline processes, and transform their businesses.

Johnson is a graduate of Brigham Young University and an acknowledged expert in project management. An engaging speaker and consultant, Johnson has been featured in such publications as CIO Magazine, Business Management Magazine, PM Network, and Business Week.

Alex Shootman

President & CEO

As President and CEO of Workfront, Alex drives the overall strategy, vision, and execution for the company, ensuring that Workfront is a dedicated partner in helping its customers transform the work experience. Shootman brings more than 25 years of experience in all areas of revenue and profit generation for technology organizations, with significant experience leading SaaS-based companies.

Prior to joining Workfront, Alex was president of Apptio, where he was responsible for the company’s integrated sales and services functions globally. Prior to Apptio, Alex was the President of Eloqua, where he was responsible for leading the organization’s global sales, customer success, and field operations teams. Alex was integral in leading Eloqua’s category creation as an enterprise SaaS company, and in 2012 was a member of the team that helped bring Eloqua to a successful public offering, subsequently being acquired by Oracle. Shootman has also held executive-level positions with Vignette, TeleTech, BMC Software and IBM.

In his free time Alex can usually be found trying to convince his legs that they really don’t hurt on a road bike or running trail, admiring the view from a 14er in Colorado, or down on a reef in his home state of Hawaii. That is if his four kids leave him any free time.

Richard Allen

Board Member

Richard Allen is a seasoned business executive with more than 25 years of experience in technology companies. Mr. Allen was the chief financial officer of J.D. Edwards (now Oracle Corporation), an enterprise application software company, from January 1990 to September 2003, and held several senior management positions and titles since joining J.D. Edwards in August 1985. Prior to joining J.D. Edwards, Mr. Allen served as controller for Luff Exploration, an oil and gas exploration, and production company, from 1982 to 1985, and as a senior accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, a public accounting firm, from 1979 to 1982. He also serves on the board of directors of three privately held companies.

Mr. Allen holds a B.S. degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Colorado State. He joined the Workfront board of directors in early 2012.

Maria Alvarez

Board Member

Maria Alvarez brings more than 20 years of experience building world-class products and teams in public, high-growth companies. In her current role as general manager of shared engineering services in the AI + Research division at Microsoft, she leads the global team providing tools, services, and programs that support Bing, Microsoft News, Ads, Consumer Applications, and Microsoft Research. Maria is also the executive sponsor for a diversity and inclusion team driving strategic initiatives across the entire AI+R organization at Microsoft. She believes in the value of diversity, inclusion and belonging, and is a strong advocate for building a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.

Previously, Maria served as chief technology officer and product head of Panda Security, as well as the engineering vice president and tech PMO of Yahoo Technology. She also held positions at HP, Symantec Corporation, and CoCreate Software.

Martin Angert

Board Member

Martin Angert is a Partner at Susquehanna Growth Equity and is based in Philadelphia. After a brief stint as a software developer early in his career, Martin has been investing in software companies for the better part of two decades. In his free time, Martin enjoys playing every competitive sport under the sun (not always well) and loves to spend time in the great outdoors with his wife, two daughters, and corgi.

Peter Arrowsmith

Board Member

Peter Arrowsmith joined JMI in 1996 and is based in San Diego. He is currently a director of Workfront,, Granicus, Lytx,, The Search Agency, WhiteHat Security and xMatters. Prior to joining JMI, Peter was an associate at AEA Investors and a business analyst at McKinsey & Company.

Blake Heston

Board Member

Blake Heston is a Partner at W Capital Partners, a private equity fund that specializes in non-control liquidity transactions for growth equity and buyout stage companies. He currently serves on the board and as an observer on a number of growth companies including SecureAuth, Vision Critical, Inspirato, Billtrust and Brainshark. Prior to W Capital, Blake was a technology M&A banker at Lehman Brothers and began his career at First Albany Capital. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

Joe Payne

Board Member

Joe Payne adds value to the Workfront board of directors with more than 20 years of leadership and a proven track record with high-growth software companies. He has a broad experience base in delivering software and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions to enterprises across numerous industries. Mr. Payne is the President and CEO of Code42, where he drives the company's strategic direction and oversees all operations.

Prior to Code42, Mr. Payne was Chairman and CEO of Eloqua—a SaaS business—where he recruited and led the team that grew Eloqua's revenue from $11M to $125M in just six years. He led Eloqua's successful IPO in 2012 and subsequent sale to Oracle for $957M in 2013.