Tasktop names Neelan Choksi President and COO
Choksi appointment latest addition to Tasktop executive team as it continues rapid growth
ORLANDO (AGILE 2010), Aug. 9, 2010 Tasktop Technologies, creators of Eclipse Mylyn and the leader in Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) integration and productivity, today announced Neelan Choksi as its president and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Choksi, a long-time board member of Tasktop, brings extensive experience from his track record of successful leadership roles at technology companies such as SolarMetric (acquired by BEA), SpringSource (acquired by VMware) and Lexcycle (acquired by Amazon). Choksi will be responsible for managing and further accelerating Tasktop's rapid growth and will also head the US operations of the Vancouver-based company.
"Neelan has that very rare ability to repeatedly turn pain points with the status quo into thriving start-ups, communities and product offerings," explain Kersten, CEO of Tasktop and creator of the open source Eclipse Mylyn project. "Neelan helped create one of the largest open source acquisitions as COO of SpringSource, followed by his success with Stanza, the first massively popular ebook reader, in his role as CEO of Lexcycle. This unique breadth of expertise provides Tasktop the experience needed to continue scaling our enterprise-focused Agile and ALM offerings, while paving the road to transforming the productivity of all knowledge workers with the task-focused desktop."
Choksi brings extensive technology management experience to Tasktop. Most recently he served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Lexcycle, the company that developed Stanza, which became the most popular ebook reader for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. Lexcycle was acquired by Amazon in 2009. Prior to Lexcycle, Neelan served as the COO for SpringSource, the venture-backed open source infrastructure software company behind the Spring Framework, acquired for $420M by VMware in 2009. Before joining SpringSource, Choksi served as co-founder and president of SolarMetric, a leading object relational mapping provider, which was acquired by BEA Systems in 2005. At BEA, Neelan was instrumental in open sourcing the acclaimed object/relational mapping tool Kodo as OpenJPA. Prior to SolarMetric, he held positions at Accenture and Exxon. Choksi is a graduate of MIT (and was part of the often-publicized MIT Blackjack team) and holds a graduate degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
"Tasktop has a massive community and has reached the tipping point of commercial adoption," said Choksi. "I'm thrilled to join the company during this rapid growth phase and help more organizations realize the transformational productivity benefits of the task-focused collaboration paradigm."
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About Tasktop Technologies
Tasktop Technologies is the company behind the Eclipse Mylyn ALM integration framework and its revolutionary task-focused interface technology. The task-focused interface is proven to make developers more productive by showing only the relevant information for each task, dramatically reducing search time and facilitating multitasking. Tasktop Pro is the company's enterprise-ready product based on Mylyn, with task-focused support for web browsing, time tracking, documents, email and calendars. Tasktop Technologies also provides consulting, connector development services and training to the growing number of companies adopting the task-focused paradigm and tools. For more information please visit http://tasktop.com.
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