Board of Directors
Chief Financial Officer, SAP SE, Chairman, Taulia, LLC
Luka Mucic is a member of the Executive Board and chief financial officer (CFO) of SAP SE. His responsibilities include the areas of finance and administration and he has served in this function since July 2014. Besides his role as CFO, Mucic oversees SAP’s sustainability efforts. He is also responsible for the Business Process Intelligence unit, bringing together the company’s long-standing experience in understanding our customers’ business processes with data and intelligence.
In July 2013, Mucic assumed the role of head of Global Finance. In this capacity, he took on the responsibility for Global Finance Infrastructure, Global Governance, Risk & Compliance, Global Tax, Global Treasury, Global Field Finance, and Cloud Finance. Prior to that, he served as CFO for Global Customer Operations and head of Global Field Finance at SAP. In this role, he was responsible for all finance, controlling, and commercial functions in SAP’s worldwide field organization.
From 2008 to 2012, Mucic served as the CFO of SAP’s DACH region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) and SAP Deutschland AG & Co. KG. Prior to that, he served in various executive roles within the Global Finance and Administration board area, overseeing merger and acquisition activities, heading SAP’s Global Risk Management organization, and leading the legal function of SAP Markets Europe GmbH. He began his career at SAP in 1996 as a member of SAP’s Corporate Legal department, where he focused on corporate and commercial law.
Mucic holds a joint executive MBA from ESSEC, France, and Mannheim Business School, Germany, and a master’s degree in law from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He has completed the second legal state examination in Germany.
Chief Marketing & Solutions Officer, SAP Intelligent Spend and Business Network
Etosha Thurman is the Chief Marketing & Solutions Officer for SAP Intelligent Spend and Business Network. In her role, Etosha is charged with strengthening the company’s go-to-market approach and driving product marketing and solution management across SAP’s intelligent spend solutions and the SAP Business Network.
Previously, she was Head of Sales and Client Engagement with Capital One, where she led the Treasury Management sales team through transformational change with a focus on delivering an engaging and impactful customer experience. Etosha was originally with SAP from 2010 to 2019 in a variety of customer-facing and cloud roles with SAP and SAP Ariba.
With experience in software as a service, cloud commerce, financial services, customer success management and global materials procurement, Etosha is a collaborative, results-oriented client executive and strategic leader. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University and the University of Cincinnati and is a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Etosha resides with her family in the metro Atlanta area.
Senior Vice President, Global Head of SAP Business Network
Paige Wei-Cox is senior vice president and global head of SAP Business Network at SAP SE, where she’s responsible for leading the company’s development of a unified, collaborative and intelligent business network. In addition, she oversees strategy and end-to-end product development across SAP’s procurement, asset intelligence and logistics portfolios. With a proven track record of executive leadership in intelligent spend and digital supply chain spanning diverse industries, she works with customers, thought leaders, and partners to deliver a future-proof network of intelligent enterprises.
In her 20-year career at SAP, with extensive cross-border supply chain experience, Paige has held various management positions in the U.S. and Germany, leading product development and technology innovation, as well as manufacturing and R&D strategy with Industry 4.0. Paige is highly skilled in overseeing strategic direction and daily operations across global development locations including Germany, China, India and Hungary. Paige was also part of the key leadership team for SAP’s China growth plan since 2014.
Paige holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and an executive MBA from Mannheim University. Born in Shanghai, she grew up in New York City and resides currently in Heidelberg, Germany, with her family.
Valerie (Val) Blatt
Chief Revenue Officer, SAP Business Network
As chief revenue officer for SAP Business Network, Val Blatt focuses on solutions that help SAP customers and their partners leverage the power of the network to improve collaboration and drive success. She is responsible for delivering on global revenue targets, defining go-to-market strategy, and influencing product strategy to maximize value for both buy and supply-side participants.
Prior to her current role, Val was general manager of the Small to Medium-sized Business (SMB) division of SAP Concur. In this role, she led a sales organization covering North America, EMEA, and Asia Pacific Japan. Before joining SAP Concur, Val spent 14 years with SAP Ariba. During her tenure with SAP Ariba, she ran the Ariba Network team, and later served as Global Vice President and General Manager of Cloud Services.
Val recently joined the Board of Directors for Taulia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Westminster College, Pennsylvania. While at Westminster, her study abroad ignited her passion for global business. She and her husband Andy make their home just outside Pittsburgh with their two children, Aiden and Ashton.
Senior Vice President and Head of Global Treasury, SAP SE
Steffen Diel is Senior Vice President and Head of Global Treasury at SAP SE since October 1, 2014. He is responsible for all Treasury activities of the Group covering global cash management, corporate finance, financial risk management as well as Treasury solution related co-innovation and sales support.
Steffen joined SAP in 2006 as Head of Treasury Finance, a team within the Global Treasury organization of SAP, responsible for capital market topics, external funding, bank relationship management, Treasury-related reporting, and group-wide planning of financial income.
Prior to joining SAP, Steffen was Head of Finance/Treasury at a German listed mid-cap automotive supplier. He started his career at Deutsche Bank as a Relationship Manager. Steffen has a degree in International Business Administration from the Worms University of Applied Sciences.
CEO and President, Taulia
As Chief Executive Officer and President, Cedric drives worldwide growth, increasing market penetration and identifying new business opportunities. Since joining Taulia in 2013, Cedric, who previously served as the company’s Chief Sales Officer, has helped Taulia triple its revenue for two consecutive years, built strategic international partnerships, and helped guide the company to a 100 percent customer retention rate.
Before Taulia, Cedric served as Global Head of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development at Syncada from Visa. Cedric has over two decades of experience in financial services and software industries, including positions at Visa and Hewlett-Packard.
CEO & President
Cedric Bru is President and CEO of Taulia, the Fintech company revolutionizing cash flows and supplier financing. He has more than 20 years of experience and a proven executive management track in financial services and technology companies like Visa and Hewlett-Packard.
Cedric holds an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. In addition to his dedication to his career, Cedric is passionate about his family, art, and a good game of rugby, tennis, or golf.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, René oversees the administration of the company including the finance, human resource and legal functions. He also has responsibility for financial operations, risk and compliance and distribution capabilities of our platform. René has more than 20 years of experience in finance, operations and leadership roles in the United States and Asia.
Before joining Taulia, René took a break from the for-profit world and helped Goodwill of Silicon Valley develop its program to help adults with autism find meaningful work. René’s corporate experience includes managing the divisional finance staff at Visa to prepare the business units for what was, at the time, the largest IPO in the United States. René also spent 4 years in Asia managing the operations of Visa’s largest region outside the United States.
When not working, René spends time with his wife and two girls and when they are asleep, he can be found working out in his garage.
Chief Product Officer
Danielle Weinblatt is Taulia’s Chief Product Officer, where she’s responsible for leading the Product team to further develop our product growth.
Danielle has an exemplary track record of leading product teams, which has included being the Executive Vice President of Product at 24/7 Software, one of the world’s leading Operations Management platforms for Leisure, Sports, and Entertainment; Chief Product Officer at Entelo, where she ran the integration of the ConveyIQ and Entelo solutions post-acquisition; and founder of ConveyIQ, which was acquired by Entelo in August 2019.
Danielle received an M.B.A. with Distinction from Harvard Business School and a B.S., summa cum laude, in Applied Economics from Cornell University. She graduated in the top 1% of her business school class, Beta Gamma Sigma with Highest Distinction. Danielle is highly proficient in Serbian and conversational in French. She is a classical pianist and was both a cellist and an opera singer. She is currently the Co-Chair of the first Florida chapter of Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, supporting the entrepreneurial communities of Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties.
Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Joan is responsible for leading company goal setting, orchestrating initiatives, and facilitating communications. She began her journey at Taulia as an intern before joining the Customer Success team full-time and then stepping into her role as Chief of Staff.
She is a strong proponent of humanizing business interactions and is proud to work for a company with colleagues who make her think, and laugh, daily. Outside of work, she can be found spending time with her family, exploring remote corners of the outdoors, or trying her hand at a new creative pursuit.
Chief Technology Officer
Brady is responsible for Taulia’s product delivery and operations. Leading our Engineering, Operations, and IT teams, he is focused on delivering best-in-class Working Capital Management solutions for our customers.
Prior to joining Taulia, Brady combined his technical and business acumen, serving in various senior leadership roles at ProvideCommerce, an e-commerce company based in San Diego, CA. As General Manager of Sincerely, a division of ProvideCommerce, he was responsible for overall business unit strategy, product and operations. Prior to this, he served as Chief Technology Officer for the full suite of ProvideCommerce brands (including ProFlowers, Sincerely, Personal Creations, Shari’s Berries and RedEnvelope) where he led the 175 person technology team and platform as the business rapidly scaled from $80 million in revenue to over $700 million.
When not working, you can find Brady chasing after his three toddlers with his wife, or out enjoying a Warriors or Giants game with his friends and family.
Chief Sales Officer
Steve McDermott is the Chief Sales Officer of Taulia. He is responsible for building and running a team of sales professionals that leverage new and existing partnerships to bring Taulia’s proven solutions to enterprises around the globe. He has more than 20 years of experience leading high-performing sales teams for Acquia, AgilOne, CSC, and Cloudera. Steve has a BA in economics from UCLA, and enjoys traveling, sporting and music events, and spending time with family and friends.
Chief Customer Officer
As Chief Customer Officer, Dave is responsible for customer operations across the Taulia network. Dave oversees Taulia’s professional services, enterprise automation, technical support and global program management teams. These teams focus on accelerating and maximizing customers’ path to credible and significant ROI as well as managing our most complex projects. Prior to joining Taulia, Dave was an executive at GT Nexus for over 15 years where he helped grow the company from the early start-up days to maturity and its ultimate sale to Infor.
He started his career working in finance at the Industrial Bank of Japan in Tokyo and then in consulting with Accenture in San Francisco for almost 10 years. Dave did his undergraduate work at Stanford University and then got a masters in international business from the University of California at San Diego. Dave enjoys playing soccer, running, yoga, golf and surfing – and is always working hard to keep up with his equally athletic and competitive wife and kids.
Chief Growth Officer
As Chief Growth Officer, Bob oversees go-to-market functions including marketing, partnerships, and network sales. He is also responsible for geographic expansion, including Taulia’s operations in China.
Prior to joining Taulia in 2014, Bob was responsible for M&A at Bottomline Technologies and founded a marketing technology startup. Outside of work, Bob is an avid runner on a journey to complete a half marathon in every state.
General Manager and Head of Working Capital Management CoE at SAP
Thomas Mehlkopf is the General Manager and Head of Working Capital Management Center of Excellence at SAP, responsible for driving working capital management business for SAP and close collaboration and coordination between SAP and Taulia.
After starting his career at the German multinational chemical company BASF, Thomas garnered significant experience in finance and treasury management, focusing on cash and liquidity management solutions.
Thomas formerly led the SAP Treasury team at KPMG in Germany. He was involved in various client projects in the Americas and Europe, designing and implementing state-of-the-art treasury solutions. Since 2017, Thomas has worked for SAP, initially designing, and implementing new business models, then providing strategic and operational support to the Group CFO.
As part of his current role, Thomas leads the CoE in conducting, among many other activities, joint planning, deal coordination, and pipeline management, to assist SAP’s customers in maximizing their benefits from a best-in-class working capital management solution.
Thomas holds an MBA from Mannheim Business School, a degree in International Business, and certificates in International Cash Management (CertICM) and Risk Management (CertRM) from ACT.
VP Global Program Management
Darcy Douglas is an accomplished financial technology executive with over 25 years of experience in leading organizations. As Vice President of Global Program Management, she is responsible for overseeing the achievement of the company’s top growth initiatives and organizational goals. This includes identifying and managing cross-initiative dependencies, defining standards and processes for successful completion of those initiatives, and identifying and managing risk.
Darcy also understands the importance of company culture and has a passion for mentoring and empowering the employees at Taulia, Inc. She created the Taulia LIFT program that includes a mentoring program, guest speakers, employee-led training/sharing of their skills and talents, and a support group focused on the women of Taulia. She also created the Taulia Leadership Program, a year-long program, focused on 4 to 5 individuals, to create and develop the future leaders of Taulia.
Managing Director, Global Head of Distribution
As Global Head of Distribution, Wasif is responsible for the management of all Syndication & Distribution related activities for Taulia. His role is focused on building and management of strategic relationships with financial institutions and a diversified, sustainable and cost-effective funding base for Taulia’s clients globally. He is also responsible for building new structures for funding Taulia’s expanding range of working capital finance products.
Wasif has about 23 years of experience in banking and trade finance sector. In particular, he is an industry veteran in the arena of Trade syndication and distribution. Prior to joining Taulia, he held leadership positions in trade finance distribution and corporate finance with leading banks and financial institutions.
In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, rock music, reading and trying his best to stay fit!
Managing Director, Head of Enterprise EMEA
Dung Bui is Taulia’s Head of Sales for the EMEA region, where he oversees a team of sales professionals and consultants and manages our strategic partnerships and client engagements to maximize the value contribution of our state-of-the-art technology.
He has more than 20 years of experience in Cloud software and services. Prior to joining Taulia, Dung was the Chief Operating Officer of SAP’s Intelligent Spend & Business Network line of business in EMEA North.
In his spare time, he enjoys the French way of life with his wife and daughter and is always up for cycling with friends.
Head of Sales for Americas
As Head of Sales for the Americas, Blake is responsible for driving Taulia’s strategic growth initiatives in the region. He oversees a team of global sales professionals and sales consultants, manages relationships with our partners, actively meets clients, and uses his deep sales and technical expertise to provide quality services to our clients.
His previous sales and consulting experience include working with companies such as ReadSoft, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Greensill Capital, and YKK. Blake has an extensive background in working capital management, procure-to-pay, process automation, and 20+ years of experience with SAP and other ERP solutions and relationships.
In his spare time, Blake enjoys spending time and traveling with his family as well as working with high school students through his local church.
As General Counsel, Bart oversees legal matters for Taulia Inc. and its subsidiaries worldwide, including contract relationships with customers and partners, protection of Intellectual Property, risk mitigation, and inter-company matters. As a partner in San Francisco law firms, Bart represented companies conducting business internationally, including Ebydos, where he met the eventual founders of Taulia, and various Internet startups.
Active in professional groups, Bart has held various leadership positions, including as Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s International Sales Committee. In addition to being a long-time Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, Bart has taught law school courses on International Business Transactions and on IP law in Italy, Germany, and the Czech Republic.
He is fluent in Italian, and if given the chance, he will often be found enjoying a glass of wine, including from a Sonoma Valley winery he co-founded in 2003.
Head of Risk & Compliance
As Head of Risk & Compliance, Miles is responsible for monitoring the overall risk profile of Taulia and ensuring that the organization conducts its business processes in compliance with laws and regulations, professional standards, international standards, and accepted business practices – enabling Taulia to continue to grow with confidence.
Miles brings over 20 years of experience in banking and financial services, holding senior risk management roles at Visa and Silicon Valley Bank. He also has extensive international experience, covering US, Europe and emerging markets. Prior to joining Taulia, Miles was the Chief Operating Officer at Unifimoney, an early stage wealth management startup.
When not managing risks, Miles enjoys puttering in his garden, playing golf and spending time hiking or at the beach with his family.