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Delve into the world of customer success strategies with Ken Aponte, Customer Success Leader at Adobe. Ken shares invaluable insights on prioritizing success before expansion, the non-negotiable skill of data mastery, and the importance of escaping the echo chamber for innovative and customized approaches to customer success.

Ken Aponte - Customer Success Leader

  • Prioritize Customer Success Before Expansion: It’s often said that you can’t drive expansion and retention without first ensuring your customers are successful on your platform. Before diving into investments in Account Managers (AMs), consider this: success should be at the core of your strategy. It’s the foundation upon which sustainable growth is built. Investing in Customer Success Managers (CSMs) who understand this principle can be a game-changer.
  •  Data Mastery is Non-Negotiable: In our data-rich world, extracting actionable insights is a prized skill. Many CSMs and even CS leaders sometimes struggle to navigate the sea of available data. Yet, this skill is not just valuable—it’s essential. Developing your team’s data analytic skills is an investment in their ability to drive customer success. The art of turning data into actionable strategies can be taught, and it’s a critical arrow in the quiver of every successful CS team.
  •  Escape the Echo Chamber: While there are fundamental principles that every customer success team should have in place, it’s essential to recognize that every customer is unique. Instead of succumbing to the echo chamber, challenge your team to think outside the box. Embrace diversity of thought and approach each customer with fresh eyes. What works for one may not work for another. Thinking differently can lead to innovative solutions and unparalleled success.

About Ken Aponte

Customer success leader with deep expertise in customer success, professional services, renewals management, and relationship management with the customer C-suite in high-growth companies.


Strong empathy for customers and passion for revenue and growth. Proven leader with the ability to influence through persuasion and consensus building. Ken has in-depth experience in VC-backed companies working the spectrum of SMB and Enterprise customers.


Ken has proven leadership skills, including the ability to influence and persuade other leaders. Ken has demonstrated the ability to build, mobilize, and motivate high-performing teams to deliver exceptional value for customers. He also has a proven ability to understand and make sound judgments based on business needs and group objectives.

About Company


Adobe is the global leader in digital media and digital marketing solutions. Our creative, marketing and document solutions empower everyone – from emerging artists to global brands – to bring digital creations to life and deliver immersive, compelling experiences to the right person at the right moment for the best results. In short, Adobe is everywhere, and we’re changing the world through digital experiences.


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