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Lightbenders collaborate and play off each other's strengths to create cutting-edge products.
Lightbenders thrive off honest feedback that allows us to meet the highest standards.
President & CEO
Jonas Bonér is CEO and co-founder of Lightbend, and the creator of the Akka event-driven middleware project. Previously he was a core technical contributor at Terracotta, working on core JVM-level clustering technology, and at BEA, as part of the JRockit JVM team. Jonas has also been an active contributor to open source projects including the AspectWerkz Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP) framework and the Eclipse AspectJ project. He is an amateur Jazz musician, passionate skier and holds a Bachelors of Science from Mid Sweden University.LinkedIn
Chief Operating Officer
Sushila Sahay leads all Go-To-Market, People and Operational aspects at Lightbend. She has previously led Lightbend's Cloud business including Engineering, Evangelism, Operations. She has over 25 years of experience running cross functional groups for high growth tech and software companies. Sushila is classically trained singer, is based in Denver after living in San Francisco for 18 years, and has an MBA (Honors) in Strategic Management from the University of Alberta, Canada.LinkedIn
Executive Vice President Strategy
Brad Murdoch brings more than 25 years of enterprise experience to Lightbend. In this role he drives corporate strategy and product management as well as owning responsibility for all of Lightbend’s strategic alliances. Brad has filled a number of executive roles in business development, marketing, strategy and operations for early and growth stage companies in the professional open source, cybersecurity and enterprise mobility markets, including JBoss (acquired by Red Hat), Prevoty, Framehawk (acquired by Citrix), and Nukona (acquired by Symantec). Brad holds an honors degree in Computer Science from the University of Glasgow.LinkedIn
Executive Vice President Global Field Operation
Jeff Vance is responsible for Global Field Operations including sales, services, alliances, and customer success. He brings more than 20 years of experience leading sales and revenue with enterprise software companies. Prior to joining Lightbend, Jeff was a key executive sales leader for North America at TIBCO Software and through their acquisition by Vista Private Equity. Prior to TIBCO, he has led revenue with other global enterprise software companies to rapid growth and acquisitions. Jeff earned his Bachelor in Marketing from Southern Methodist University (SMU), where he was also an All-American swimmer.LinkedIn
Executive Vice President Marketing
Joanne Harris leads Marketing for Lightbend globally and brings over 20 years of Enterprise Software Marketing experience. Previously she was CMO at Polyverse a leading edge cybersecurity start-up and before that Global Vice President of Marketing for SUSE, the world’s largest independent open source company. Prior to joining SUSE, Joanne served as an independent consultant for a number of US technology startups in the UK and earlier in her career, led EMEA Strategic Alliances and Partner Marketing for Veritas Software. Joanne holds an MBA in Marketing and lives and works in Seattle, WA, USA.LinkedIn
Vice President Product & Developer Platforms
Jeremy Pollock is a twenty plus year product leader with extensive experience in developer-focused platforms. Prior to joining Lightbend, Jeremy led the product organization at real time communication platform leader, PubNub, and before that, he helped build up API management pioneer, Mashery, ultimately leading the product during the post acquisition Intel and TIBCO years. While a long time PM, Jeremy is a developer at heart and uses this passion to build platforms that empower other developers. His combination of tech and communication skills probably comes from his college experience: B.S. Chemical Engineering and B.A English, both from the University of Notre Dame.LinkedIn
Vice President Engineering
Enno Runne leads our engineering teams that build and support Lightbend's technologies. Organising teams and communities is his passion since his university days when he cofounded a community radio station. Enno holds a M.Sc. in computer science from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Professionally, he has led teams to accomplish great success in several assignments and prefers informal leadership over hierarchies. At Lightbend Enno worked on Akka and specifically Akka Streams technologies (Alpakka) as team lead prior to taking on the responsibility as Vice President of Engineering. He loves to spend time in the Stockholm archipelago and uses many kinds of boats on a regular basis.LinkedIn
Vice President Engineering Operations
Mike Nash is the VP of Engineering Operations at Lightbend, helping our world-class international engineering and support teams solve the hard problems for our customers, and build our amazing products. A distributed systems specialist with four decades in the software industry, Mike has taught, written about, promoted and developed with Lightbend technologies since their introduction. An avid technologist, author, sailor and licensed amateur radio operator since 1977, Mike lives and works in Cape Coral, Florida.LinkedIn