Board of Directors
Gerry Smith, President and CEO
Riyaz Somani, Co-founder & SVP Product Strategy
Andrew Hillier, Co-founder and CTO
Howard Gwin, Consultant
Derek Smyth, Partner, Venture Fund, EdgeStone Capital Partners
John Mandile, Managing Director, Sigma Partners
Andre Gauthier, Managing Partner, Tandem Expansion Fund
Barry Goldsmith, Partner & Co-founder, Updata Partners
Board of Directors
President & CEO
Gerry Smith assumed the role of president and CEO of CiRBA in November 2005. Prior to joining CiRBA, he served as executive vice president of IT Governance solutions at Compuware Corporation, a publicly traded company.
Smith was previously CEO and a founder of Changepoint Corporation, an IT Governance software company acquired by Compuware in 2004 for $100 million. During his tenure at Changepoint, Smith raised over $40 million in venture capital and grew the business from $0 to over $30 million in revenue. He is a member of the Young Presidents Association (YPO) and was honored in 2002 as one of Canada's Top 40 under 40™.
Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in mechanical engineering from The University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration from McMaster University.
Riyaz Somani has over 20 years of experience in information technology software & services, including more than 15 years in executive management positions. A co-founder of CiRBA, Somani plays an instrumental role in setting strategic direction for the company. In his role as SVP of Product Strategy, Somani is responsible for the technology and solution strategies that drive product development and establish CiRBA's position as an industry leader of data center analytics. He is also responsible for overseeing CiRBA's strategic customer opportunities and ensuring the continued success of CiRBA's largest customers.
Prior to CiRBA, Somani was president and co-founder of Opensoft Inc., a services company delivering IT consulting and technology staffing solutions to Fortune 1000 clients. He has held key management and engineering lead roles on major technology initiatives for IBM, Sun, digital, Citigroup and Scotia Bank.
Somani is a Certified Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from The University of Waterloo.
Co-founder & CTO, CiRBA
Andrew Hillier has over 15 years of experience in the creation and implementation of mission-critical software for the world's largest financial institutions and utilities. A co-founder of CiRBA, he leads product strategy and defines the overall technology roadmap for the company.
Prior to CiRBA, Hillier pioneered a state of the art systems management solution which was acquired by Sun Microsystems and now serves as the foundation of their flagship systems management product, Sun Management Center. Hillier has also led the development of solutions for major financial institutions, including fixed income, equity, futures & options and interest rate derivatives trading systems, as well as in the fields of covert military surveillance, advanced traffic and train control, and the robotic inspection and repair of nuclear reactors.
Hillier holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from The University of New Brunswick.
Howard Gwin is a Managing Partner with Bridgescale Partners, a growth equity venture capital firm based in Menlo Park California and Toronto Canada. Howard has more than 25 years of senior executive operating experience in the technology industry. Before joining Bridgescale in 2010, Howard spent the past decade helping more than 20 software, SAAS and Digital Media companies build, scale and drive positive outcomes; serving as a Corporate Director, Chairman, and Operating Chairman. He has experience in all major software industry segments, and has focused on both the large enterprise and SMB marketplaces. Howard has been involved, at a senior level, with three software/saas companies that scaled from <$100M in revenues to >$1Billion valuation outcomes.
In 2000, Gwin was President of Solect Technology Group, a global provider of billing, customer care and service management software for the telecommunications industry. Solect was sold to Amdocs Inc. for US$1.2B. Prior to Solect, Howard was EVP World Wide Operations at Peoplesoft Inc., responsible for all company revenue streams and field employees. During his tenure, the company grew from less than $100M in revenues to $1.3B. Howard began his career spending 13 years in senior sales, marketing and operations roles with IBM and Xerox.
Gwin has a Bachelor of Business degree from Simon Fraser University.
Partner, Venture Fund, EdgeStone Capital Partners
Derek Smyth joined EdgeStone Capital Partners as Partner in February 2004. Prior to joining EdgeStone, he was president and CEO of Bridgewater Systems Corporation.
Before joining Bridgewater Systems, Smyth held the position of COO at Ironside Technologies, where he was responsible for the overall direction of global business development, marketing, sales operations and product development. As COO, Smyth grew the business from start-up phase to a multi-national organization, and a team of 14 to 240, while raising $72 million in private equity. Previously, he also held positions with Bay Networks Canada and Radius Inc.
Smyth serves on the boards of Maximum Throughput, pVelocity, Shoplogix, Solace Systems and CiRBA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in commerce and economics from The University of Toronto and completed the Enterprise Program for Growing Companies (EPGC) at Stanford University.
Michael Woeller most recently served as Chief Information Officer and EVP of CIGNA Corporation. Prior to that, he held senior executive roles at three of Canada's financial services organizations including Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Toronto-Dominion Bank, and Canada Trust.
Woeller was vice chairman and CIO at CIBC, responsible for information technology, banking operations, and investment banking operations worldwide, as well as CIBC's market leading Visa credit card business. Prior to CIBC, Woeller was an executive vice-president for Toronto-Dominion Bank, where he developed the merger integration plan for TD Canada Trust, at the time Canada's largest financial services merger. Previously, he held a number of senior executive positions at Canada Trust, including executive vice-president of direct banking and information services.
Woeller has served on a number of industry boards, including the Interac Association of Canada and MasterCard Canada. He is past chairman of the board of directors of Intria Items Incorporated, a joint venture between CIBC and Fiserv Solutions. Currently he sits on the board of directors for Prinova Inc. and CiRBA.
Managing Director, Sigma Partners
John Mandile is a Managing Director with Sigma Partners. With over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, a business unit manager, and an investor, John uses motivation, enthusiasm, and his own technology and operational expertise to support Sigma’s portfolio companies.
Prior to Sigma, Mandile was the President & CEO of Vermeer Technologies, Inc., the developers of FrontPage, the leading Web authoring tool. Vermeer was acquired by Microsoft, providing Sigma and the other venture investors a very successful return. Previously, he was an early principal at SQL Solutions, where he created and led an engineering organization chartered to build heterogeneous database tools. Following an acquisition of SQL Solutions by Sybase, he took responsibility for the new Systems Management Product unit, which he grew to $55 million in sales in 30 months. Early in his career, Mandile was recruited to Honeywell, where he worked on a variety of engineering projects in the areas of communications, operating systems, and unix co-processor design.
Mandile is a graduate of Tufts (BSE in Engineering Science and Mathematics) and Worcester Polytechnic University (MS in Computer Science).
Managing Partner, Tandem Expansion Fund
André Gauthier has 25 years of business and management experience. Throughout his career, Mr. Gauthier has acquired vast experience in every aspect of financial management including multi-jurisdiction mergers and acquisitions, raising financing from private and public equity and debt capital markets, debt restructuring, investor relations, reporting, corporate governance and regulatory compliance of US and Canadian listed companies.
Mr Gauthier served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Telesystem International Wireless Inc. ("TIW") until it was sold to Vodafone Group Plc ("Vodafone") in 2005 in a transaction valued at US$4.5 billion.
Mr. Gauthier holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from HEC Montreal and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1984 and the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec.
Partner & Co-founder, Updata Partners
Barry Goldsmith is Co-founder of Updata Partners and has spent more than 35 years in the information technology industry, as a founder, senior executive, investor, and advisor to leading software and IT services companies.
In 1968 Barry founded CGA Computer, Inc., which became one of the top providers of information technology consulting services and software products to Fortune 500 companies. CGA went public in 1969, and later was taken private with General Atlantic Partners in 1984 through a leveraged buyout. Two years later, when CGA's divisions were sold to Computer Associates and CapGemini, the firm had grown to employ approximately 1,200 people and had annual revenues in excess of $90 million. After the sale of CGA, Mr. Goldsmith co-founded Updata Software, a provider of DB2 tools and Sablesoft, which were acquired by Online Software and Platinum Technologies, respectively
Barry co-founded Updata Advisors in 1987 and Updata Partners in 1998. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University and has served on the boards of several publicly-traded companies including: Goal Systems (GOAL), Compuware (CPWR), Alphanet (ALPH), Astea (ATEA), and Frontstep (FSTP).