Ryan Smith
CEO & Co-Founder



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Ryan Smith is co-founder and CEO of Qualtrics, the world’s leading experience management company. As CEO, Ryan oversees the entire Qualtrics executive team with a specific focus on the go-to-market operations of Qualtrics, including global sales, marketing, and partnerships.

Ryan co-founded Qualtrics in 2002 with his father and brother. As CEO, he has grown the company from a basement startup to one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the world, with more than 11,000 customers, including over 75 percent of the Fortune 100, and 99 of the top 100 business schools. In the private market, Qualtrics raised $400M in funding from Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital, and Insight Venture Partners. Three days before the company was scheduled to go public, Qualtrics was acquired by SAP in January 2019 for $8B in the largest private enterprise software acquisition of all time.

In 2016, Ryan co-founded 5 For The Fight, the campaign to eradicate cancer by supporting groundbreaking cancer research. 5 For The Fight is crowdfunding for cancer research, inviting everyone to give $5 for the fight against cancer.



  1. The culture of a company trickles down from a CEO’s behaviors and integrity. Ryan Smith has incredibly strong family values and provides a strong example of work life balance. I’m no longer working under Ryan Smith because of a family move, but I would follow him to any company he leads.

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