Who We Are

Lightbend is leading the enterprise transformation toward real-time, cloud-native applications. Our mission is to help our clients become real-time enterprises with systems that combine the scalability and resilience of microservices architecture with the real-time value of streaming data. We are the authors of the Reactive Manifesto, a founding member of the Reactive Streams Initiative, the creator of Reactive Summit, and the host of Scala Days.

Lightbend is the company behind OSS application frameworks Akka, Play and Lagom, streaming data pipelines framework Cloudflow, the next generation serverless project Cloudstate, and the Scala programming language.




What We Do

Lightbend technologies build on our open source projects to create a cloud native application development platform and runtime for building modern, microservices-based distributed and real-time streaming applications. With strategic partners like IBM, Red Hat, Accenture, and others, we help developers build high-performance Reactive applications that are message-driven, elastic, resilient and responsive.

What We Provide

We provide Lightbend technologies through an annual subscription that includes everything you need to accelerate the success of your project, including Developer Assist, 24/7 Production Support, and Legal Indemnification for dozens of supported and certified technologies. To help your teams succeed, we offer a self-paced training portal, instructor-led training, strategic consulting services, and certification for Reactive Architecture.

Who Trusts Us

Many of the most admired brands around the globe, including 27 of the Fortune 100 list, are transforming their enterprises with our platform and continued engagement with Lightbend experts. Our customers are Global 2000 enterprises investing in digital transformation and developing custom applications focused on real-time business processes, IoT, mobile business, and legacy modernization. Everyday, billions of users engage with our technologies through software applications that are changing the world.

Meet the leadership team


Mark Brewer

Mark Brewer

President & CEO

Mark Brewer is responsible for the company's overall strategy and operation. Previously he served as Vice President of Business Operations for VMware's Cloud Application Platform, where he helped build out their cloud application platform portfolio while integrating numerous open source technology companies including SpringSource, RabbitMQ, Gemstone and WaveMake. Prior to VMware, Brewer was Vice President and General Manager at SpringSource. Before joining SpringSource, Brewer was Chief Executive Officer of Covalent Technologies. Brewer has also held the role of Board Member for several open source technology companies, including Stormpath, LucidWorks and ActiveState. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Western Washington University.

Jonas Bonér

Jonas Bonér

CTO & Co-Founder

Jonas Bonér is a co-founder of Lightbend and 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

Sushila Sahay

Executive Vice President, Cloud and Platform Engineering

Sushila leads all aspects of Lightbend's Cloud business including Engineering, Evangelism, Operations and all aspects of bringing our offerings to market. She also runs our People organization. Previously she ran Customer Operations and HR at Lightbend, which includes Consulting and Training Services, Customer Success, Support, HR and Operations. She has over 20 years of experience running operations, services and marketing for software companies. Sushila is based in San Francisco and has an MBA (Honors) in Strategic Management from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Brad Murdoch

Brad Murdoch

Executive Vice President, Strategy & Product

Brad 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

Jeff Vance

Executive Vice President, Global Field Operations

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. www.linkedin.com/in/jvanceca

Kathleen Hayes

Kathleen Hayes

Vice President, Marketing

Kathleen Hayes leads global marketing for Lightbend, encompassing public relations, analyst relations, product marketing, demand generation, events, social media, and developer advocacy. Kathleen has spent 20 years successfully running marketing and business development for technology start-ups where she designed and executed programs that contributed to revenue and brand value. She holds a BA in Speech Communication from the University of Washington.

Karl Wehden

Karl Wehden

Vice President, Product Strategy and Product Marketing

Karl Wehden is VP of Product Strategy at Lightbend, where a passion for bringing Reactive technologies to cloud native systems consumes him. He joined Lightbend from IBM, where he was Program Director for Advanced Analytics, Machine Learning and Big Data. His ongoing focus has been the development, marketing and go to market for highly scalable, safe and functional cloud native systems. He has worked as a program director at Oracle focused on capital markets, spent time as a VP of information security at Morgan Stanley, as well as several successful bay area startups.

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