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Who We Are

  • Our people are smart, and customer and partner focused. We’re empowered to make decisions and quick to act.
  • Our customers are agile startups that are disrupting markets, and industry leaders that are leading the way.
  • Our technology solves deeply technical problems so that our customers can focus on their customers, and innovate faster.
  • Our partners are major cloud, system integrator and technology providers so our customers can buy how they want to buy.
  • Our investors are some of the biggest backers of groundbreaking companies and technologies.
  • Our board is engaged and includes the brightest minds from across the industry.
  • Our values are important to us. We care about each other.
  • Our product-led approach ensures the best experience for developers.

Our Values

Sincere Communication

Communication allows Lightbenders to learn from each other, providing that spark that leads to innovation.

Genuine Collaboration

Lightbenders collaborate and play off each other's strengths to create cutting-edge products.

Honest Feedback

Lightbenders thrive off honest feedback that allows us to meet the highest standards.

Our Leaders

Jonas Bonér

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.


Sushila Sahay

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.


Brad Murdoch

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.


Jeff Vance

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.


Joanne Harris

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.


Jeremy Pollock

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.


Enno Runne

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.


Mike Nash

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.


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