Industry executives bring expertise and insight to product roadmap and go-to-market strategies

Intapp announces the addition of three key members of its Industry Solutions team: Tom Koehler, Rudy Saad, and Laura Saklad. Led byPresident of Industries Ben Harrison, the Industry Solutions team embodies Intapp’s commitment to applying an intimate understanding of the unique needs of its client industries to the development of its vertical AI solutions.  

By including seasoned industry practitioners with backgrounds in its client markets, Intapp’s Industry Solutions team has built a center of expertise in each vertical market it serves – accounting, consulting, investment banking, legal, private capital, and real estate. Decades of specialized experience inform an understanding of the nuances of each practice group and its professionals’ day-to-day experiences. The team applies that knowledge to Intapp’s product strategy, helping to configure solutions that fit the exact needs or specifications of each market.

“We’ve been serving these markets for a long time, and we care deeply about our client firms and their professionals’ day-to-day,” said Harrison. “We continue to invest in industry talent and have built a team of market leaders and practitioners who have walked in our clients’ shoes. This team help us better serve our clients with software built exactly to suit their needs.”

This approach is exemplified by the individual market best practices included in Intapp’s pre-populated industry blueprints. These blueprints provide specific Intapp DealCloud configurations that suit a range of application needs for each type of firm we serve. Industry blueprints reduce time-to-value and total-cost-of-ownership for our clients by minimizing the need for customization, and industry-specific features support higher user adoption and satisfaction rates.  

New Industry Solutions team members bring a combined 80 years of industry experience to Intapp:

Tom Koehler will lead the accounting and consulting industries at Intapp. He joins from KPMG, where he was a Partner and served as Chief Business Technology Officer for KPMG Netherlands. At KPMG, Tom drove the firm’s digital transformation, managed strategic technology investments, and enabled new AI capabilities. He also led the Global Citizen Developer Program, empowering business functions to develop and deploy business solutions rapidly. With over 20 years of C-suite experience, Tom brings extensive leadership and industry expertise to his new role at Intapp.

Rudy Saad will lead the private capital markets and alternative asset industries at Intapp. He joins the company from Investcorp, a $50 billion global alternative investor, where he served most recently as Partner and Managing Director based in London. Recognizing the immense potential of innovation in private market operations, he also led the development of a FinTech platform at Investcorp. Rudy has more than two decades of experience in private equity and wider private markets, and more than 10 years of investing experience; from deal origination and execution, to post-acquisition value creation and exit. Additionally, he has more than 10 years of fundraising experience; from strategy and capital formation, to fund closings, secondaries, and co-investments.

Laura Saklad, will lead the legal industry at Intapp. She joins the company from Orrick, where she served most recently as Chief Operations Officer. In her 20 years with the firm, she held numerous positions including Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Director and Chief Talent Officer. In these roles she helped drive strategies and process reengineering to accelerate management effectiveness, team engagement, and profitability. By connecting people, processes, and data, she helped shape and execute the firm’s strategies to deliver distinctive value to the tech, finance, and energy and infrastructure sectors.

Tom, Rudy, and Laura join original Industry Solutions group members Brian Bissonette and Frank Spadafora:

Brian, who leads investment banking at Intapp, previously founded and sold a venture-backed software-as-a-service company that served clients in the investment banking and private equity industries. Prior to that he spent 14 years as an investment banker at Bank of America, originating and executing M&A and capital markets transactions in the US and Europe.

Frank, who leads real estate and real assets at Intapp, previously spent 13 years at Cushman & Wakefield as VP of Investor Services Technology. In that role he specialized in digital transformation, data and analytics, property technology and emerging technologies, and solution design and delivery. Prior to Cushman & Wakefield, Frank spent eight years as a commercial appraiser focused on multi-family and senior housing valuation. He also serves as an advisory board member for StateBook International, a provider of integrated location intelligence.