Management Team

Versive’s management team has decades of combined entrepreneurship in enterprise technology, including deep domain knowledge in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cybersecurity, at companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 500.
Joseph Polverari, Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Polverari

Joe is responsible for driving overall business and operational strategies to accelerate growth. His expertise is in delivering disruptive technologies that solve complex, machine-scale enterprise problems.

Prior to Versive, Joe was Chief Strategy & Development Officer at Yodlee, responsible for global strategy, go to market, business and corporate development activities, and entrepreneurship. Joe has over 20 years of experience in multinational business strategy, including two IPOs.

Joe holds a BS in Economics and Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University, and a certificate in business management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Dustin Rigg Hillard, Chief Technology Officer

Dustin Rigg Hillard

Dustin is responsible for leading product development and innovation. His vision is founded on simplifying and accelerating the adoption of machine learning for new use cases.

Prior to Versive, Dustin was an early data scientist on Cortana at Microsoft and worked in ad-revenue and relevance at Yahoo! He has deep ML experience in speech recognition, translation, natural language processing, and advertising, and has published over 30 papers in these areas.

Dustin holds a BS, Masters, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.

Chad Wiechers, VP of Operations & General Counsel

Chad Wiechers
VP of Operations & General Counsel

Chad is responsible for business operations, including Finance, IT, Human Resources, and Facilities, as well as Versive’s legal affairs. His expertise is in balancing the operational needs of a high-growth business with strategic risk mitigation.

Prior to Versive, Chad was Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs at Envestnet | Yodlee. For nearly a decade, he guided the company’s legal and regulatory efforts as it grew into a leading technology service provider to the world’s largest financial institutions. He has also led numerous corporate M&A transactions and multiple public equity offerings.

Chad holds a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctorate from Boston College.

Ashley Fidler, Vice President of Product

Ashley Fidler
VP of Product

Ashley is responsible for ensuring all the product pieces come together into great experiences for our customers. At Versive, that means bringing together a cross-disciplinary team of product and project managers, designers, and writers to deliver cutting-edge enterprise products.

Prior to Versive, Ashley focused on natural language processing, with roles in both data science and product. At Microsoft, she worked on language understanding systems for Xbox and Cortana, as well as on the underlying machine learning infrastructure for natural language.

Ashley holds an MA and PhD from Georgetown University, as well as an MS from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA from the University of Colorado.

Matthew Vanderzee, Vice President of Engineering

Matthew Vanderzee
VP of Engineering

Matthew is responsible for product engineering, delivery, and quality at Versive. His expertise is in leading high-impact engineering teams to deliver enterprise-scale products.

Prior to Versive, Matthew was VP of Engineering at Parsable, where he led the ground-up development of the company’s industrial collaboration and workflow solution. Before that, as Senior Director of Engineering at Castlight Health, he drove the innovation of the company’s machine-learning healthcare pricing engine, and later led the application engineering department.

Matthew holds a MS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Computation and Neural Systems from Caltech.