Meet our Management Team
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Expertise: Developing eDiscovery solutions for corporations and law firms, eDiscovery thought leadership, new product development, strategy, investor management, sales and marketing management
Education: M.B.A., Stanford University Graduate School of Business; B.A., Economics, University of Cambridge
Along with Co-Founder, Ciarán Power, Christian has grown Discovia to become one of the leading managed eDiscovery service providers to the Fortune 50. Christian’s focus is on the “external” – acquiring and managing clients, tracking and discussing industry trends, developing new products and services, driving business strategy and managing the investor group. Before coming to the U.S., Christian worked at Reuters in the United Kingdom, where he managed teams responsible for identifying and implementing new product and marketing initiatives. Previously, he was with Mercer Management Consulting, advising companies in the transportation, logistics, paper and media industries. Christian also has experience in sales management at a publishing start-up and in finance with JP Morgan Chase. Married with three children, Christian is an avid cricket fan. He survived the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon and plays soccer in a Palo Alto league.
Expertise: Service and operations management, management team leadership, financial management, people, client solutions, process development, and strategy
Education: M.B.A., Stanford University Graduate School of Business; B.A., Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin
Along with CEO Christian Lawrence, Ciarán has grown Discovia to become one of the leading managed eDiscovery service providers to the Fortune 50. Ciarán’s has driven a strong culture of accountability, recognition and excellence across the business. Ciarán began his career learning the operational characteristics of a variety of companies in the food production, insurance and construction industries. Armed with this knowledge, he consulted for Braxton, Mitchell Madison, and Coopers & Lybrand in the United States, United Kingdom and Russia before attending Stanford University. While at Stanford’s School of Business, Ciarán assisted Il Fornaio, a California restaurant and bakery chain, with pricing and distribution. Married with two children, Ciarán likes to read, play guitar, follow Arsenal, and enjoy a Guinness (especially at the Plough and Stars).
Title: President of Sales
Expertise: Twenty-seven year record of building high-growth and very profitable electronic discovery and other litigation support services companies
Education: M.B.A., Harvard Business School; A.B., Economics, Harvard University
Greg joined Discovia as President of Sales in April 2013. He served as president and CEO of Encore Discovery Solutions from 2006 through 2012. He led Encore’s turnaround and dramatic growth in revenue and profitability, leading to the company’s sale in April 2011 for $100 million. Greg previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Esquire Deposition Services. His other experience includes roles as president of Spherion’s Legal Group and Executive Vice President at Esquire Deposition Services, which was formed through the acquisition of over 30 court reporting agencies as part of a national “roll-up” strategy to build the nation’s largest depositions services provider with over $150 million in revenue. He was also president of Litigation Sciences, at that time the nation’s largest jury research and trial consulting firm. He has significant experience building outstanding sales and operations teams and leading companies to rapid revenue growth and material profitability. Greg has 36 years of general management experience, including over 27 years of legal services industry experience in electronic discovery, document review, trial consulting, demonstrative evidence, courtroom presentation technology, document management, legal research, deposition services and legal staffing. Earlier in his career he held marketing and general management positions at Carnation Company and its parent, Nestle USA, and ran the Southern California region of the consumer bank of the former First Interstate Bancorp, which was later acquired by Wells Fargo Bank. He is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and is a devoted fan of all Boston sports teams. In fact, during college Greg worked for three years in the Boston Red Sox front office in ticket sales and public relations, in what he describes as the best position he has ever held besides working at Discovia. He is based in Los Angeles where he resides with his wife, Constance.
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Expertise: Building high performance teams within a great culture
Education: B.S., Business Administration, University of Economics – Austria
Talin has been with Discovia since 2009. As the company’s COO, Talin oversees Discovia’s entire delivery organization – operations, client services, consulting, human resources, IT and application development. Talin delivers operational excellence and outstanding client experiences through expertise in process management allied to her outstanding people and team development skills. Under Talin’s guidance Discovia became the first company to publish its accuracy rate, which stands at a world-class 99.7%. Talin pioneered the role of Quality Assurance Manager, the development of rigorous QA protocols, and detailed quality tracking of deliverables in data processing, hosting services and document productions. She is a student of process management and lean / Six Sigma operating principles. She is also outstanding at creating high-performance teams which work collaboratively together in a hard-driving yet fun environment. Talin oversees the maintenance of Discovia’s ISO 27001 certification, an internationally recognized security standard which requires detailed documentation and maintenance of systems, procedures, and controls. She also runs Discovia’s automation and application development initiatives, and is a remarkable “change agent”. She leads process and technology innovation groups, and created Discovia’s offshore support function. Talin is a tremendous people developer, mentor and coach. She is also Discovia’s “Queen of Culture”, was the inspiration behind the company’s collaborative, fun and open-plan office environment, and provides leadership for systems and execution around employee engagement. Talin was raised in Austria, played handball at a national level, and shares the European passion for soccer. She loves traveling and exploring different cultures.
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Expertise: Strategic financial planning and analysis, financial reporting, using financial metrics to drive performance improvements, accounting
Education: M.B.A., Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University; M.S., Biology, University of New Mexico; B.S., Biology, Stanford University
Kevin joined Discovia in February 2014 as the head of Discovia’s finance and accounting functions. He ensures that Discovia remains financially strong, balancing the need to invest and grow with the need to maintain healthy current financial operations. He takes a data-driven approach to finance, using financial and operational metrics to drive performance improvements throughout the company. With a diverse background in business and science, he started his career as a biologist at the Smithsonian Institution and The Nature Conservancy. After receiving his MBA from Kellogg, Kevin joined Amgen, where he became a Director of Operations Finance. He then became Head of Finance at Veracyte, a biotech company founded in 2008 that went public in 2013. Kevin also worked as a financial consultant in the solar industry, and founded a company that provides financing for commercial solar energy installations.
Dr. Bruce V. Hartley, CISSP
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Expertise: Technology infrastructure, Application Development, e-discovery, cyber security, technology consulting, digital forensics
Education: Doctorate, Computer Science, Colorado Technical University; M.A., Computer Data Management, Webster University; B.S, Technical Management and Computer Science, Regis College
Bruce joined Discovia in May 2015 and serves as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. Bruce has responsibility for managing Discovia’s entire technology infrastructure – which extends to hundreds of terabytes in both private and 3rd party clouds – ensuring high-grade performance, scalability and efficiency. He oversees Discovia’s world class leadership in data security. And he runs the company’s application development team which is focused on constant innovation and middleware development in both internal and external systems. Bruce has over 25 years of technical and managerial experience in electronic discovery, digital forensics, cyber security, and technology. He offers expertise across the entire litigation lifecycle, leading teams in support of large FCPA investigations, class action lawsuits, SEC investigations, HSR Second Requests, DOJ investigations, and assisting clients with the integration of discovery-related technologies, such as those developed by HP Autonomy, Inc. He also has experience as an expert witness in support of multiple litigations involving such issues as electronic mail fraud, software development process and contracts, data destruction, and intellectual property disputes. He holds two technology patents, one in the software architecture space and the other in the information security sector.Prior to joining Discovia, Bruce served as vice president at Celerity Consulting Group and before that was the national director of discovery services with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services. He is based in Greenville, South Carolina.
Title: Vice President of Forensics and Collections
Expertise: Forensics, collections
Education: J.D., Colorado University School of Law; B.S., Journalism and History, Butler University
Andrew runs Discovia’s forensic investigation and data collection team. His team collects data from thousands of custodians annually, and their reach is both national and global. Andrew provides expert witness and strategic consulting services to law firm and corporate clients in the areas of computer forensics, investigations, electronic discovery, and litigation support. Licensed as both an attorney and private investigator, he has assisted clients with a wide variety of consulting engagements. Andrew has more than a decade of litigation experience and works with clients to develop solutions that decrease data review and production time. Prior to joining Discovia, he held a number of positions in the litigation field including Forensics Litigation Director and Computer Forensics Lab Director. He is EnCE® certified, and has received education from AccessData’s Forensic Bootcamp and New Technologies, Inc. Andrew’s case experience includes legal areas such as theft of trade secrets, spoliation of evidence, internal investigations, employment disputes, government/regulatory inquiries, and fraud. He has personally completed hundreds of on-site forensic data acquisitions; and he regularly advises counsel and corporate executives on computer forensics and eDiscovery options and strategies. He has provided expert testimony in declarations, depositions, and at trial. On several occasions, he has served as a neutral computer forensics examiner, either by court appointment or stipulation.
Title: Vice President of Client Solutions
Expertise: Electronic discovery operations, technology, workflow design, and software development
Education: B.S. in Information Technology and Business, Marquette Univesity
Mike Schubert, a 14-year veteran of the eDiscovery services industry, joined Discovia’s leadership team in 2016 as Vice President of Client Solutions. He oversees the operations team and the product and innovation function. Mike works closely with Discovia’s Chief Operating Officer, Talin Andonians, and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Bruce Hartley, to optimize the company’s scale, execution, productivity and product development. Prior to joining Discovia, Mike held senior operations, client services, and technology development positions with Bowne Business Solutions, Encore Discovery Solutions, Epiq Systems, and IPRO Tech. He holds an undergraduate degree in information technology and business from Marquette University.