Tal Broda, CTO for SOASTA, brings more than 15 years of development and engineering leadership experience, with exceptional expertise in defining technology strategy and developing software architecture. At SOASTA, Tal drives product development including platform architecture, detailed design, performance and quality. Before working at SOASTA, Tal was the Director of Development for Oracle’s Business Activity Monitoring (Oracle BAM) engineering team. In this role was responsible for the architecture and development schedule of the BAM product line, determining the go-to-market strategy, and evangelizing it to customers. His efforts increased the customer base by twelve-fold in one year. He also drove the acquisition of Sunopsis, Oracle’s next generation ETL tool and delivered its integration to the BAM product line in one month’s time. Prior to Oracle, Tal served in a number of management roles for Istante Software, moving from Lead Engineer to Server Architect to Chief Architect in his first year. He was ultimately responsible for the entire product architecture and drove the acquisition of Istante by PeopleSoft (Oracle) from the technical evaluation perspective. Tal has also held senior engineering positions at NewChannel and Elemental Software in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Tal has 8 patents granted and 8 patents pending in the area of real-time business intelligence, cloud computing, performance testing, mobile testing and analytics. Tal holds a BA in computer science from the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo in Tel-Aviv, an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York City, with honors.
Dan FitzSimons, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for SOASTA, brings 20 years of global enterprise and start-up sales leadership experience in the technology sector. Prior to SOASTA, Dan was the Chief Revenue Officer for Kyte, a leading media SaaS platform, where he led overall revenue generation and global customer acquisition efforts. Kyte was acquired by Kit Digital (Nasdaq: KITD). Before Kyte, Dan served as Vice President of North America Sales for Limelight Networks, where he led its transition from an inside sales based organization into a field based operation, helping the company reorganize to focus on the largest brands on the internet. Dan’s efforts contributed to a more than 100 percent increase in revenue over the course of 2007-2009. Prior to Limelight, Dan led regional sales efforts for Symantec in the enterprise software market, delivering significant growth in the company’s roster of Fortune 1000 customers.
Dan also held several sales and operational leadership roles across the U.S., Europe and Latin America with Gartner, Inc. During Dan’s tenure at Gartner, the firm saw annual revenue grow from $400 million to $1 billion. Dan holds a BS in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Peter Galvin, Senior Vice President of Marketing, brings more than 20 years of global technology marketing experience to SOASTA. Previously, he was the Chief Marketing Officer for Proofpoint, a leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions. Peter has held a number of senior leadership roles at technology services companies including Senior Vice President of Marketing & Products at Openwave, where he directed their product management and go-to-market strategies while generating over $300 million in annual revenue and Vice President of Marketing for Celequest, where he successfully launched the company. As the Vice President and General Manager at Inktomi Corp., Peter managed the Traffic Server business unit for Carrier, Enterprise and Wireless markets. He serves on the board of the European Business Incubator of California and earned BA and MBA degrees from Clark University.
Ken Gardner is a software industry veteran with more than 35 years in the enterprise software industry. He is currently the Founder and Executive Chairman of SOASTA, Inc. SOASTA has harnessed the power of cloud computing to become the leading provider of cloud testing, which businesses use to test the real-world performance of their web applications. From 2002 until June 2005, he was the Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Istante Software (originally Iteration Software) which was sold to Oracle Corporation in December 2004.
Prior to founding Istante, Ken co-founded Sagent, a business intelligence software company, in June 1995, and served as the company’s President and CEO through the company’s 1999 IPO on NASDAQ. Prior to Sagent, He was Vice President of Products at Borland International from March 1994 to March 1995. Previously, he was President, CEO and a Founder of ReportSmith, Inc., from February 1992 until the company was purchased by Borland in 1994. From 1988 to 1991, Ken was President, CEO and Founder of Viewpoint Systems. From 1985 to 1988 he was the Vice President of Technology at Tesseract. From 1978 to 1985 he held various research and development positions at Tymshare.
He has been a board member at each of his own startups and has served as a board member at Commerce One, Kabira, DataSage, Everdream, The Application Group, and Accept Software.
Ken is a 1972 graduate of the University of Louisville and holds a BS degree in Finance. In 2000, he was named an Alumni Fellow of the University of Louisville College of Business. He holds many patents for inventions in business intelligence and real-time analytics.
A recognized leader with over 20 years of experience in operational roles leading business and corporate development, Gran drives the SOASTA’s corporate development, and strategic relationships including OEM and VAR activities.
Prior to joining SOASTA, Gran was a partner at Sierra Ventures, an early-stage technology focused venture capital firm, where he successfully expanded the performance of the overall portfolio in support of early market adoption for Sierra Venture’s investments. Gran has also held leadership positions that span a number of industry segments, including investing in early stage technology companies, launching channels and indirect sales models, and leading business and corporate development for industry leaders like IBM and Oracle.
Gamiel as well continues to provide strategic advice as a board member and advisor for early stage companies. Gamiel also leads a CIO Thought Leadership & Innovation advisory board with the goal of identifying early stage technologies.
Gamiel has more than 20 years of operational roles leading business and corporate development, strategic alliances, indirect channels, and direct sales for companies such as IBM, Oracle, BEA, Asera, Edify and Cassatt. Previously, Gamiel was VP of Business Development at Cassatt Corporation (acquired by CA Technologies), VP Global Channel Sales at Edify Software (acquired by Intervoice and later Convergys), and VP Strategic Alliances at BEA (acquired by Oracle). He also ran Channel Sales for North America at Oracle and held various sales management roles at IBM Corporation.
During his career, Gamiel has been recognized for successfully establishing strategic relationships and launching channels and indirect sales models; industry publications such as VAR Business and CRN have captured these skills with various industry awards. He is a frequent speaker at industry events such as the Global CIO Summit, Start-up Monthly, SVForum, SiliconAngel, Forbes, CITOReseach, and Strata Summit. Gamiel has provided coaching, and fund raising guidance in formal and informal programs for various incubator and university entrepreneur programs including University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, Washington State University, and Plug and Play, AngelPad, Citrix Startup Accelerator, St. Louis IT Entrepreneur Network, Mexico Ventures, National Venture Capital Association and many others.
Gamiel holds a BA in Economics & Social Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a California native, and lives in Portola Valley with his wife of more than 25 years and his 3 children. Gamiel has served as a board member for the Las Lomitas Education Foundation, and the Menlo Atherton Foundation for the Future. Gamiel also volunteered in his younger years in support of Amigos de las Americas to provide healthcare, and vaccinations to 2000 people in small villages across the Dominican Republic.
Tom Lounibos, CEO for SOASTA, brings more than 30 years of experience building early stage software companies, leading two companies to successful IPOs. Tom is a regular speaker at both cloud and testing events, and has become a leading advocate in using the cloud to empower individuals and accelerate changes in how applications are built, tested and deployed. Most recently, Tom served as President and CEO of Kenamea. Prior to Kenamea, he was CEO of Dorado Corp., a financial services software provider. Previous to Dorado, he was EVP of Sagent Technology through its 1999 IPO, entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosspoint Venture Partners, and held executive positions at Digitalk Corp., Knowledgeware (KWI) and Encore Financial Services. Tom also serves on several boards in the Silicon Valley.
Carol Manchester, CFO, has more than 25 years of financial leadership experience including restructuring events, crisis, transition and turnaround management. She has deep expertise in management of a variety of venture based debt and/or equity funding events as well as strategic financial and business development planning for early stage ventures. Carol is skilled in all aspects of business planning for emerging markets including: market and risk analysis, organizational planning, financial modeling, what-if analysis and formal business plan creation, implementation and tracking.
Carol was VP, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for ten years at Vista Research, an emerging growth technology development company and began her career at Arthur Andersen. She received her B.S.C, Magna Cum Laude, in Accounting from Santa Clara University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Dave Murphy, Senior Vice President of Delivery for SOASTA, has enjoyed a varied career as a Silicon Valley executive with high tech hardware, software and distribution companies. Prior to SOASTA, Dave was Vice President of Professional Services at TIBCO Software. Pre-revenue startups include Cybrant, which was acquired by Blue Martini (now Escalate Retail) in 2002, and Businessland, where Dave served in a variety of management roles as sales grew to over $1.4B. With over 25 years of experience, Dave has led pre-sales and professional services teams at Baan and Borland, and has written articles and been a featured speaker at industry events on topics ranging from networking and communications to software development best practices.