The Tasktop leadership team combines excellence in technical leadership with extensive technology company management experience.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Dr. Kersten is the CEO of Tasktop Technologies, creator and leader of the Eclipse Mylyn open source project, and inventor of the task-focused interface. His goal is to create the collaborative infrastructure to connect knowledge workers in the new world of software delivery. At Tasktop, Mik drives Tasktop’s strategic direction, key partnerships, and culture of customer-focused innovation. Prior to Tasktop, Mik launched a series of open source tools that changed the way software developers collaborate. As a research scientist at Xerox PARC, he created the first aspect-oriented development tools for AspectJ. He then created the task-focused interface during his PhD thesis and validated it with the release of Mylyn, now downloaded 2 million times per month. Building on the success of Mylyn, Mik created the Tasktop Dev and Sync product lines.
Mik's ideas on Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and focus on individual knowledge worker needs make him a popular keynote speaker; he has been recognized with awards such as the JavaOne Rock Star and the IBM developerWorks Java top 10 writers of the decade. Mik's entrepreneurial contributions have been acknowledged by the 2012 Business in Vancouver 40 under 40, and as a World Technology Awards finalist in the IT Software category. Building on his contributions as one of the most prolific committers to Eclipse, he serves on the Eclipse Foundation's Board of Directors and web service standards bodies.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Neelan oversees sales, solutions, marketing, finance, and business development, and helps Tasktop get its innovations to those who need them most. He is also a mentor at Capital Factory, an Austin-based incubator, and serves as a trustee at TechGirlz, a non-profit working to get adolescent girls excited about technology.
Neelan has extensive technology management experience and recently served as the chief operating officer of Lexcycle, the company behind Stanza, which became the most popular e-book reader for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. Lexcycle was acquired by Amazon in 2009. Previously, Neelan served as COO of SpringSource, the venture backed open source infrastructure software company behind the Spring Framework. SpringSource was acquired by VMware in 2009. Before that, Neelan served as co-founder and president of SolarMetric, a leading object/relational mapping provider, which was acquired by BEA Systems in 2005. At BEA, he was instrumental in the open sourcing of the acclaimed object/relational mapping tool Kodo as OpenJPA. Neelan has also worked for Andersen Consulting Strategic Services and Exxon Research & Engineering.
Neelan is a graduate of MIT (and was part of the well-publicized MIT Blackjack team) and holds graduate degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Chief Financial Officer
Simon is responsible for financial strategy as well as overseeing Tasktop’s operational budget and managing our operations and finance teams. His organization includes Tasktop’s finance department, legal staff, human resources department, administration group and IT operations.
Prior to joining Tasktop, Simon served as CFO for Wurldtech Security Technologies, a company focused on protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attack, which was recently acquired by GE. He also held the positions of CFO for PNI Digital Media and Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Simon is a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) in the United Kingdom.
Chief Scientist and Co-Founder
Dr. Murphy is a leading researcher on software evolution and tools. She brings to Tasktop extensive experience as a software developer and principal investigator of a large research group. In recognition of her research, Gail has been a keynote speaker at several software engineering conferences. She has received international awards, such as the AITO Dahl-Nygaard Junior Prize, a University of Washington College of Engineering Diamond Award, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist award. Her national awards include the NSERC Steacie fellowship. Most notably, Gail was elected to be a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. This fellowship is the highest academic accolade in the sciences, humanities and arts bestowed in Canada.
At the University of British Columbia, Gail is a professor in the Department of Computer Science, where she works on human-oriented software development tools to make software developers more efficient and effective, and associate dean (Research & Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Science.
Vice President, Industry Strategy
Betty’s role is at the vertex between our customers, our product team and our marketing team. She brings to this role an extensive background in software development, software integration technologies and software development tools. As a software development manager, she was an early adaptor of “iterative development,” the precursor to Agile. As the VP of product management and marketing at InConcert (acquired by TIBCO), she pioneered the use of Business Process Management (then called “workflow") as the semantic framework for enterprise application integration.
Previously, Betty served as vice president of marketing and product management for CopperEye (a UK-based, VC-backed software company) and InConcert (a Xerox New Enterprise Company), and VP of product strategy at SmartBear. She has also been director of marketing or product manager at Progress Software, IBM/Rational Software, IONA Technologies and Lightbridge. Betty founded and ran her own consulting firm, Outside In Solutions, where she counseled software companies on go-to-market strategies. Earlier in her career, she served in very technical roles as an engineer, UX developer, engineering manager, and in technical consulting positions.
Betty holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology, Advertising (from the S.I. Newhouse College of Public Communications) and is a Tau Beta Pi scholar in Computer Engineering. She also received a Master of Computer Science degree from Boston University.
Vice President, Architecture
David was a founding member of MAKE Technologies, where he held the positions of CTO, vice president of technology and principal tools architect. At MAKE, David pioneered a model-driven approach to legacy modernization on the Eclipse platform, integrating business requirements, semantic code generation and data transformation. David is an Eclipse committer, and creator of Mylyn WikiText, a framework and tools for integrating wiki formatting into the Eclipse platform. He is well known for his widely read blog, Green's Opinion, apps for iPhone and Android, and speaking engagements at conferences such as JavaOne and EclipseCon.
Vice President, Product Management
Nicole has extensive experience in software and product development, focused primarily on bringing data visualization and human considerations to the forefront of Application Lifecycle Management. Most recently, she served as director of product management at Borland Software/Micro Focus, where she was responsible for creating a new Agile development management tool. Prior to Borland, she was a director at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Regulatory Division, where she managed some of the first Agile project teams at the NYSE, and VP of engineering at OneHarbor (purchased by National City Investments). Nicole holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from DePaul University. She is passionate about improving how software is created and delivered – making the experience enjoyable, fun and yes, even delightful.
Vice President, Customer Success
Lance engages with customers and partners while leading Tasktop's technical sales engineering, customer training and customer support teams. Previously, he was senior director of global solutions consulting at Accept Corporation. He has also held senior solutions and sales engineering roles at Epicor and Calico, and founded Knivis, an internet marketing solutions provider. Lance is a certified ScrumMaster, scrum professional and spin selling coach. In his spare time, he serves on the district executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America, where he concentrates on adult leadership training.
Vice President, Demand Generation
Sarah is responsible for showing the world how Tasktop improves the productivity of software development and delivery teams. Prior to joining Tasktop, Sarah served as Director, Marketing Communications for API Management at CA Technologies. She joined CA through the acquisition of Layer 7 Technologies. At Layer 7, Sarah managed marketing and demand generation and successfully built out the company’s sales pipeline to drive Layer 7’s impressive growth in the API management space. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from the University of Wollongong.