Meet our leadership team
The Tasktop leadership team combines excellence in technical leadership with extensive technology company management experience.
Mik is the founder and CEO of Tasktop. He drives the strategic direction of the company and promotes a culture of customer-centric innovation. Before Tasktop, Mik 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. Mik has been named a JavaOne Rock Star speaker and one of the Top 10 Java writers of the decade by IBM developerWorks. In 2012 he was awarded the Business in Vancouver Top 40 under 40, and has been a World Technology Awards finalist in the IT Software category. Mik is the editor of the new IEEE Software department On DevOps.
Mik Kersten, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Nicole is the leader of our Product Development organization and has extensive experience in software and product development, focused primarily on bringing data visualization and human considerations to the forefront of DevOps and Agile. 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.
Nicole Bryan, Chief Product Officer
Neelan's primary focus is helping 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 COO 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. Prior to 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.
A graduate of MIT (and part of the well-publicized MIT Blackjack team), Neelan holds graduate degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Neelan Choksi, President and Chief Operating Officer
Jason has been a Tasktop company advisor for the past five years and previously served as Tasktop’s vice president of Americas Sales. He has been recognized throughout his career for exceptional global results and building high-impact sales organizations. He most recently served as senior vice president of worldwide sales at Apprenda and held various sales leadership positions before that at Wily Technology and CA Technologies during his 20+ year career.
Jason Baldy, Chief Revenue Officer
Bruce is responsible for leading the post-sales Customer Success team that has responsibility for support; professional services; technical account management; knowledge management and training. Bruce 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 capabilities for the company. Prior to that, he led North American operations at Sophos Inc. for over a decade, including building and managing the professional services, support and operations organizations. He started his career at Seanix, PCsupport.com and ACCPAC where he played significant roles in support leadership, operations, client services and sales.
At Tasktop, customer success is everyone's job, but Bruce’s teams are responsible to combine all the customer facing initiatives to maximize the value our customers derive from Tasktop. Married with five children, Bruce has a passion for sports and coaches high school football in his time outside of Tasktop.
Bruce McDonald, Chief Customer Officer
Ted leads Marketing at Tasktop. As an enterprise software veteran and lifelong business analytics and marketing student, Ted has built and led products, brands, and teams at numerous early-stage companies and SAP. Before Tasktop, Ted led marketing strategy, demand generation, business development, and field enablement at Digital.ai.
Earlier, Ted was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and started his career helping transportation companies optimize their networks and pricing.
When not at Tasktop, Ted can be found drinking an unfathomable amount of coffee (the stronger, the better,) scaling mountains with his family, and flying a small single-engine plane to maintain his sanity (not simultaneously!).
Ted holds an M.S. in Operations Research from Stanford University and a B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Colgate University.
Ted Sapountzis, Chief Marketing Officer
Simon is responsible for Tasktop’s financial strategy and operational budgets. His Operations 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 (recently acquired by GE), a company focused on protecting critical enterprise infrastructure from cyber attacks. 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.
Simon Bodymore, Chief Financial Officer
Prashanth has more than two decades of enterprise GTM experience, building out new and growth channels/markets for technology companies (both services and venture-backed software firms) focused on Fortune 500/Global 2000 companies. He recently led the build-out of the North American market for the Accel Partners-funded, enterprise AI product company, Sainapse. Previously, he was responsible for the Global Systems Integrator Partner Program at Apprenda. Prashanth is married with two children. A "Covid golfer" and an avid reader - averaging 50 books a year - he holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master’s in Computers Application Development from the University of Madras.
Prashanth Rai, Vice President, Global Consulting Partners
Naomi Lurie is VP of Product Marketing at Tasktop. She is passionate about making businesses successful through effective customer-centric communication. Naomi has extensive experience in B2B product marketing and in large enterprises and their digital transformations.
Before joining Tasktop, Naomi was Director of Marketing at Gemalto (acquired by Thales in 2019), where she was responsible for marketing and roadmap strategy for award-winning digital wallet and mobile payment solutions. Prior to that, Naomi was a product manager at Verint, where she led the group responsible for the successful introduction of new customer engagement products.
Naomi has a B.A. in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She lives in Austin with her husband and two sons.
Naomi Lurie, VP of Product Marketing
Tim is leading the strategic direction of the Flow Partner Program, which has become the single, consolidated and enhanced program supporting all services partners. He is a motivational and cross-functional technology executive with hands-on global expertise developing, growing, leading and mentoring world class Sales Engineering/Presales and Enablement teams in a fiercely competitive business environment. At Tastkop, he has played a key role in the development and launch of several key strategic initiatives, including Tasktop Hub Cloud and Tasktop Viz™. Tim has extensive experience in the tech industry: developing, growing, leading and mentoring world-class Sales Engineering, Presales and Enablement teams to drive and implement strategic change. Prior to joining Tasktop he held executive positions at CA Technologies and Apprenda.
Timothy Beditz, Vice President of Global Services Partners
Wesley is a veteran of Tasktop and has been integral to every stage of building the company. He is responsible for the Business Development team that scales growth through OEM, reseller, and Global Systems Integrator partners. Prior to Tasktop, he was a senior software engineer at Elastic Path Software, where he led a team of developers creating the next generation of e-commerce software. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria, an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia and is a private aircraft pilot.
Wesley Coelho, Vice President Business Development
As Vice President of Product Strategy, Robert can be found speaking with customer leaders at all levels of the product value stream to garner insights and ideas for future strategy, while internally shepherding engineers and product managers toward architectures and experiences that our customers love. As co-founder of Tasktop, Robert Elves has more than a decade of industry experience, and multiple successful product launches under his belt. His mission since day one has been to help improve software delivery efficiency. Starting his career as an engineer with a Masters in Computer Science, Robert soon became a force multiplier - leading the teams designing and delivering products that are now used by the majority of the Fortune 100 to improve their software delivery practice.
Robert Elves, Vice President of Product Strategy
At Tasktop, Jeff leads the team helping companies in a wide variety of industries architect their toolchains as an integrated product for optimized flow and speed of delivery. Prior to joining Tasktop, Jeff has more than ten years of hands-on testing and test tool experience at LexisNexis, from functional testing in both waterfall and agile projects to leading test automation teams to ownership of all tooling in the software quality organization.
Jeff Downs, Vice President, Value Stream Architecture in Sales
John leads Sales in the Americas and ANZ for Tasktop. He has over 15 years of experience in both software sales and sales leadership. Prior to Tasktop, John was the Senior Director of Sales at Splunk; where he led one of Public Sector’s highest-performing teams. Prior to Splunk, John was with CA Technologies, where his teams exceeded quota consistently across the Federal Sector. He also served in various sales roles at VERITAS (acquired by Symantec), BMC Software, Cloakware (acquired by Irdeto) and Agent Logic (acquired by Informatica). He graduated from Bethany College with a BA in Economics-Business.
John Kapral, Vice President of Sales, Americas
Adrian leads our Sales and Operations team in EMEA. Although he doesn’t feel as though the term “industry veteran” should apply to him yet, his business 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 many business areas: Enterprise IT delivery and 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.
Adrian Jones, Vice President of Sales, EMEA