The Tasktop leadership team combines excellence in technical leadership with extensive technology company management experience.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
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.
Chief Product Officer
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.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Neelan oversees Customer Success and Marketing. at Tasktop. His 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.
Chief Revenue 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.
Chief Customer 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.
Chief Financial 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.
Vice President, Marketing
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 the Director of 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 People Operations
Feraz is responsible for all aspects of Tasktop’s People Operations. He is a self-motivated leader who engages directly with internal clients and external partners to achieve excellence, and proactively develop and support organizations to meet mission, vision and values. Feraz takes pride in developing creative solutions and promoting a welcoming, fun, high performance environment for all employees at Tasktop. Prior to joining Tasktop, he was Director, People Operations at Onica.
Vice President of Global Services Partners
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.