Fares Alraie

What brought you to Anaplan?
It was clear to me from the get-go that Anaplan’s connected planning platform occupies rare air in the market and it is recognized as a category-defining SaaS platform by some of the most influential corporate buyers. The opportunity to drive a world-class engineering organization to scale the platform and drive customer value made Anaplan the place to be!

What do you find the most rewarding about working at Anaplan?
Unquestionably, it’s the A-shaped team members at every level who lean in to engineering challenges in the spirit of collaboration. They are the heart and soul of Anaplan and why I love working here.

What’s the best career advice you ever received?
The same advice I offer up to all my teams: stay humble, assume positive intent with everyone you work with, and embody the idea of the servant leader.

When you were a child/younger, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Fly fighter jets planes. I have always been fascinated by airplanes, specifically fighter jets. They remind me of soaring eagles.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time might be optimistic, but there’s no substitute for cherished time with my wife and three daughters. On my own, the best activity for me to mentally recharge is coding on my laptop.

What are you binge-watching?
I love sports in general, but if it’s hockey season, it’s nearly impossible to pull me away from any game with my hometown Toronto Maple Leafs!

What’s your favorite book?
“A Tale of Two Cities” by one of my favorite authors, Charles Dickens. It is an ageless novel.