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Smartsheet Adds Microsoft’s Andrew Lientz to Lead Engineering Team

New SVP of engineering will spearhead company’s continued efforts to help organizations empower their employees to work more productively and efficiently
Bellevue-based Smartsheet, the spreadsheet-inspired collaborative work management platform used by millions of people worldwide, and one of Deloitte’s 500 fastest-growing technology companies, today announced former Microsoft partner/general manager Andrew Lientz will be joining the company as SVP of engineering. In this role, Lientz will oversee the technology operations, engineering and QA teams.
“Andrew’s knowledge of both the technology and business aspects of companies allows him to bridge between customer, software, management and developer,” said Mark Mader, CEO of Smartsheet. “His experience as an engineering leader at growth stage and large companies offers us an added layer of expertise on top of an already deep development team. This will further establish Smartsheet as the collaborative work management platform of choice for enterprises worldwide.”

Lientz brings more than 20 years of experience developing applications for the Internet. Most recently he served as partner/general manager at Microsoft where he led infrastructure efforts in long-range planning and the internal content and delivery network. In this role, his teams worked to grow and improve the performance of Microsoft’s cloud offerings in Office 365, Bing and Azure. Prior to Microsoft, he led technology efforts at startups including EdgeCast, which was acquired by Verizon; Zentropy, which was acquired by Interpublic Group; and Harvest Solutions (a company he founded), which was acquired by Experian. He later served as Experian’s SVP of technology.
“The collaborative work management space is one undergoing critical transformation as we enter 2016,” said Lientz. “Throughout my career, project management software has always been hard to work with, but Smartsheet isn’t. My goal is to help continue to build on the world class engineering team and innovate for the modern workforce.”
Smartsheet is a work management and collaboration platform that takes the familiar look and feel of spreadsheets and marries it with the functionality of a collaboration and project management tool. Smartsheet is used by organizations across all major industries, including technology, construction, financial services, retail, education, media and many others. Over half of global ‘unicorns’, half of the Fortune 500, and 70 percent of both Forbes “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” and Fortune 100 companies use Smartsheet including Cisco, Google and Salesforce. Ten thousand new projects are created daily in Smartsheet, underscoring the rapid adoption and usage of the solution worldwide. 
In 2015 Smartsheet received meaningful recognition from both Google and Microsoft. In November, Smartsheet was named one of the first solutions in Google’s new “Recommended for Google Apps for Work” program, which is designed to help Google customers discover solutions that work best with their existing productivity tools and to find apps they can trust. In July, Microsoft named Smartsheet the “Best Office 365 App” in its 2015 Office App Awards program at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Orlando.
About Smartsheet
Smartsheet helps over 70,000 organizations and millions of people to deliver their best work. Our collaborative work management solution lets people manage work their way while at the same time making it simple to control their teams and processes. The ease of use of the familiar spreadsheet-like interface, work automation and Gantt chart features, have made it a popular and highly functional collaboration and project management solution. Nearly seven million registered users in more than 190 countries use Smartsheet across every department and every industry. Visit www.smartsheet.com for more details.