It is with great excitement that we introduce our new Chief Executive Officer, Chris Hickey, and our new Chairman of Innovation and Technology, Russ Artzt.

Chris and Russ are both committed to bringing you the best data quality management solutions for your business, the highest level of customer service in the industry, and the most competitive pricing for your pocket.


Prior to coming to RingLead, Chris founded and presided over one of the fastest growing divisions at CA Technologies—the Security and Storage Division. Chris served as Senior Vice President of the division. Chris also founded Total Defense, a cloud-based endpoint security company for consumer, SMB, and enterprise. Following his time at Total Defense, Chris served as President of Teq’s cloud-based SaaS educational platform. Teq was one of the first companies to build a robotics program for New York and New Jersey schools. Teq remains one of the largest independent educational resellers.

Chris is married to his wonderful wife, Denise Hickey. Together they have two beautiful children, Lauren and Tyler. Chris is involved in many charities and is a major supporter of the National Center of Missing & Exploited Children.

One of Chris’ first objectives as CEO was to create a performance-based culture and ensure that all RingLead employees are eligible for equity stake at RingLead upon meeting their expectations. Chris is a huge advocate of performance-based cultures and has successfully introduced the culture at the last three companies he lead.

Chris is devoted to increasing the productivity of your company by bringing you an end-to-end, industry-leading data management solution, and world-class customer support.


Russ, CA Technologies Co-Founder, is a seasoned developer with an expansive list of accomplishments in the technology and software industries. At CA, Russ built the company’s Research and Development Departments, as well as many of their Business Units. Russ also wrote many of CA’s early products. In addition to CA Technologies, Russ co-founded Digital Associates and Domain Discovery to help businesses monitor and take advantage of their online presence. Russ also initiated the CEWIT Innovation Center at Stony Brook University. To this day, he remains the Chairman of the Advisory Group for the center. 

Russ is married to his beautiful wife, Alice. He has 3 children, and 8 grandchildren. Russ is incredibly active in the community and volunteers much of his time to Northwell Health and Queens College. Russ also mentors and advises many start-up technology companies. 

Under Russ’ leadership, RingLead customers are guaranteed to see unprecedented and groundbreaking products, starting with Data Management Solutions.

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Combined, Russ and Chris bring many years of technology, software and business experience to RingLead. Most importantly, they bring a clear understanding of the value of customer service and are always open to suggestions on how to improve products and service.

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