This page is intended to help others understand what it might be like to work with me, especially people who haven’t worked with me before.
It’s also a well-intentioned effort at building some trust by being intentionally vulnerable, and to share my ideas of a good working relationship to reduce the anxiety of people who might be on my team.
Please feel free to contribute to this page by opening a merge request.
Ashley Kramer is the Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer of GitLab Inc., the DevOps Platform. GitLab’s single application helps organizations deliver software faster and more efficiently while strengthening their security and compliance.
As CMO and CSO, Ashley leverages her leadership from roles in marketing, product and technology to message and position GitLab as the leading DevOps platform through the next stage of growth. She is responsible for GitLab’s product marketing, brand awareness, communications, analyst relations, community, competitive positioning, marketing ops and revenue pipeline generation including all digital and sales development efforts. Ashley also leads the strategy for product-led growth and code contribution to the GitLab platform.
Prior to joining GitLab, Ashley was CPO and CMO of Sisense and has held several post-IPO leadership roles including SVP of Product at Alteryx (NYSE: AYX) where she led the messaging, positioning and roadmap for the Alteryx Analytics Platform and Head of Cloud at Tableau where she led the effort to transform Tableau (now a Salesforce company) to a cloud-first company and ran Tableau Online, their fastest growing product. She also has held various marketing, product and engineering leadership roles at Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) and NASA.
As a former engineer, Ashley understands and can capitalize on the value of GitLab’s unique ability to solve a deep developer pain point - streamlining the development process and bringing innovative ideas to customers in a quicker and more efficient way. She approaches everything with a customer-first mindset and has a passion for solving the challenge of positioning and messaging software platforms to technical audiences.
Ashley has an MSBA with a Concentration in Computer Information Science from Colorado State University and a BS in Computer Science from Old Dominion University where she also played Division I soccer. She currently is on the Board of Seeq Corporation and advises several startups.
I spend most of my time in Lake Tahoe with my husband, Bobby, and two yellow labs, Bruce and Betty - you can find them on the GitLab Pet page! For fun I enjoy skiing, snowboarding and snow shoeing in the winter, and surfing, paddle boarding and golfing in the summer. I am an avid traveler and particularly love visiting Hawaii, New Zealand and anywhere in Europe.
I also love engaging with earlier stage companies and up and coming entrepreneurs and am a Board Director for Seeq Corporation, an Advisor for Snorkel AI and Alation, an L.P. in the Stage 2 Capital and Artisanal funds, as well as an angel investor.
I try to always assume positive intent and encourage others to do the same. Trust is important to me. I work hard to gain it from others and hope for the same in return. Authenticity is important to me in everything from the way I show up every day to the presentations I give to my day to day interactions. I live my personal and professional life completely aligned with GitLab’s Values - one of the main reasons I joined this journey.
Please bring the problem to me with thoughts on solutions so we can figure out the best way forward together.
Understand that when I say something, it is just me thinking out loud (collaborating) not me saying to go do something. I love being challenged to think differently and if anything is ever a must do - I’ll let you know.
Strengths as identified by Clifton Strengths assessment:
Weaknesses as identified by slight self awareness and constant 360 feedback:
Now that you know, if you feel any of this happening in our interactions, please raise it to me. I welcome and appreciate feedback and want to foster a culture of open and productive dialogue where everyone (including me) can be the best version of themselves!