The Tasktop leadership team combines excellence in technical leadership with extensive technology company management experience.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Mik Kersten is the founder and CEO of Tasktop and drives the strategic direction of the company and a culture of customer-centric innovation. Before Tasktop, Kersten launched a series of open source projects that changed how software developers collaborate. As a research scientist at Xerox PARC, he created the first aspect-oriented development environment. He received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, and his research interests focus on Value Stream Architecture. Kersten has been named a JavaOne Rock Star speaker and one of the IBM developerWorks Java top 10 writers of the decade. He was selected as one of the 2012 Business in Vancouver 40 under 40 and has been a World Technology Awards finalist in the IT Software category. Kersten is the editor of the new IEEE Software department On DevOps.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Neelan oversees sales, solutions, marketing, 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 of Engineering
Dave Wong is a seasoned innovator in the high-tech industry, with extensive background in Storage and Communications.
Before joining Tasktop, Dave served as VP of Product Development at Bycast Inc, an early stage Enterprise Cloud Storage provider acquired by NetApp in 2010, and at PMC-Sierra (NASDAQ:PMCS), a leading provider of broadband communications and storage semiconductors. He was also one of the founders of PMC and a technical leader at Packet Engines acquired by Alcatel in 1998. Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and holds eleven US patents.
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
In this role, McDonald is responsible for leading the post-sales customer success team and has responsibility for support; services; knowledge management and training; as well as customer success. McDonald brings more than 20 years of senior executive experience in the IT industry, most recently with EIQ Networks where he was VP of Global Services. While there, he developed the SaaS expansion vision for the company. Prior to that he led North American operations for Sophos, including building and managing the professional services and support organization. He started his career at Seanix, PCsupport.com and Accpac where he played significant roles in support leadership, operations, client services and sales.
More tidbits: At Tasktop, customer success is everyone's job but what Bruce have responsibility for includes customer success, technical account management, services, support, knowledge management and training. [Ideally we say this in a way the respects the division leaders but highlights that Bruce oversees the all of those functions]. Its really all about combining all of those functions to maximize the value our customers derive from Tasktop.
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.
Vice President of Sales, EMEA
Adrian doesn’t feel as though the term industry veteran should apply to him yet, but his record would indicate otherwise.
With extensive experience gained over 25 years in technology companies from large multinationals (IBM, Oracle) to startups (Sleepycat Europe) and covering software (Versant), SaaS (Rally Software) and services (ThoughtWorks), Adrian brings to Tasktop expertise in Enterprise IT delivery and a background in sales, Agile and Lean thinking and a passion for helping EMEA enterprises successfully adopt and exploit change. Married with two children, Adrian enjoys tennis and other sports, wine (purely at an intellectual level) and music, having played the drums for 40 years.