Leadership

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Todd Praisner

CEO and Co-Founder
Member, Board of Directors 

As CEO and Co-Founder of Tango Health, Todd Praisner draws on his 25 years of experience to manage Tango’s leadership team and Austin operation. Previously at Works, he developed their groundbreaking patented approach to credit card management and holds multiple patents for his innovations. He also ensured 99.999% availability of Works’ internet-delivered application over a period of 5 years. Before Works, Mr. Praisner was Director of Software Development at Tivoli/IBM where he was responsible for the first Tivoli product to generate $1B in annual revenue.

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Pete Pearson

Vice President, Finance

Pete Pearson joined Tango Health as Vice President of Finance in May, 2011. He brings over 14 years of progressive experience with both public and privately-held high growth companies in a variety of industries. He also served in the audit practice of the public accounting firm Arthur Andersen. Mr. Pearson’s experience includes auditing, SEC reporting, business process re-engineering, mergers and acquisitions, creation and consolidation of international entities, and strategic financial leadership. Prior to joining Tango Health, Mr. Pearson served as Vice President, Finance of Lombardi Software through its acquisition by IBM. Prior to Lombardi, he served in leadership roles for Golfsmith (NASDAQ: GOLF), Toppan Photomasks (formerly DuPont Photomasks – NASDAQ: DPMI), AMPAM, Inc., and Synopsys (formerly Avant! Corp – NASDAQ: AVNT). A licensed CPA, Mr. Pearson started his career in public accounting in Portland, Oregon and received his Bachelor of Science Degree with an emphasis in Business Management & Accounting from Oregon State University.

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Duncan Van Dusen

Co-Founder

Duncan Van Dusen is Tango Health’s Co-Founder and has over 20 years of experience working with software and service companies. Prior to Tango, he led the sales and marketing effort at Works, a provider of commercial card management software which amassed an industry-leading $16B in card spend and was acquired by Bank of America. Duncan speaks French fluently and started his career in France in Mobil Oil’s international executive program. He holds an AB from Princeton University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas.

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Brian R. Smith

Member, Board of Directors

Brian Smith serves as a managing director of S3 Ventures and on the Board of Directors for Tango Health. He leads the team’s efforts in technology, infrastructure and software. At 35, he co-founded the Convergent Investors Fund, a $70M early-stage venture capital firm in Texas. Mr. Smith served as managing director of Convergent Investors, where he oversaw investments in 10 companies. At age 29, he founded and served as chairman and CEO of Crossroads Systems (Nasdaq: CRDS). He led Crossroads through five rounds of venture, strategic and mezzanine financing and to a successful IPO in 1999. Mr. Smith ran Crossroads as a public company for nearly four years. In this role, he was an early pioneer in Storage Area Networks (“SANs”), which are industry standard solutions today. For his efforts, he was awarded the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000. He spent the first seven years of his career in electrical engineering positions holding product development roles within the Technology Group of the IBM Corporation.

Mr. Smith earned a BSEE with honors from the University of Cincinnati and an MSEE from Purdue University. He served on the board of Conformative Systems (acquired by Intel), Chicory Systems (acquired by CEVA, Phurnace (acquired by BMC Software) and Crossroads Systems (Nasdaq: CRDS). He currently serves on the boards of Callvine, Digby, Invodo, LibreDigital, OrthoAccel, Sipera, StoredIQ, and Tango Health.

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Mike P. Turner

Member, Board of Directors

Mike Turner has more than 20 years of experience in building and growing successful companies. Most recently, he was the founder and CEO of Waveset Technologies, an identity management software company acquired by Sun Microsystems for $150 million. At Waveset, Mr. Turner received the Austin Under 40 Award for technology and business innovation and was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He serves as a judge for the Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is a guest lecturer and Moot Corp Judge at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. Prior to his role at Waveset, Mr. Turner served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Austin Ventures, the largest venture capital firm in the southwest. Previously, he served as vice president and general manager of Tivoli’s $1.2 billion enterprise business unit, which focused on Information Technology solutions. Mr. Turner spearheaded Tivoli’s entry into the enterprise security space, resulting in revenue growth from zero to $200 million in just two years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Texas.