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Matt Calkins, CEO of Appian

Matt Calkins,



Matt Calkins, CEO of Appian

Matt Calkins is the founder and chief executive officer of Appian, a McLean, Virginia-based computer software company.

Appian helps organizations build applications and workflows through a low-code automation platform. The company caters to customers across multiple industries, including automotive and manufacturing, energy and utilities, education, financial services, government, health care, insurance, life sciences and retail.

Calkins started Appian in 1999 and kept its status as a private company until 2017, according to his LinkedIn profile. The company entered the public marketplace with a $75 million initial public offering.

Before establishing Appian, Calkins spent five years working for MicroStrategy, an enterprise analytics and mobility software provider based in Fairfax County, Virginia. As the company’s enterprise product group director, he led product management for DSS Web and DSS Agent.

Previously, he served on the board of directors of MicroStrategy, Northern Virginia Technology Council, the Virginia Public Access Project and the Sorensen Institute.

Calkins graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

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