As President and Co-founder of Densify, Riyaz Somani plays an instrumental role in setting the strategic direction for the company and is directly responsible for overseeing Densify product management, engineering, customer management, and SaaS operations teams.
Prior to Densify, Riyaz was CEO and co-founder of Opensoft Inc., a Consulting firm specializing in design and development of very large scale mission-critical systems for the Fortune 1000.
He is a Certified Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from The University of Waterloo.
Andrew Hillier has over 20 years of experience in the creation and implementation of mission-critical cloud applications for the world's largest enterprises. As CTO and co-founder of Densify, he heads product strategy and leads the creation of sophisticated workload pattern analysis and machine learning technology that underpins the Densify solution. Hillier holds 10 patents in this field and is a noted thought leader and speaker in the area of cloud and container technologies.
Prior to Densify, Andrew 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. Based on insight gained in these fields, Hillier also pioneered a state of the art systems management solution, which was acquired by a major server vendor.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from The University of New Brunswick.
Chuck Tatham has 20 years of experience in enterprise software marketing, sales and corporate management. As CRO, he is responsible for global salse, marketing, and strategic business development initiatives and the Densify partner channel.
Prior to Densify, Chuck was vice president of IT Governance marketing at Compuware Corporation, responsible for global marketing of the IT Governance product. He previously served as vice president of marketing and business development for Changepoint Corporation, an IT Governance software company. As a member of Changepoint's executive team, Chuck helped grow revenue from $1 million to over $30 million, resulting in the company's acquisition by Compuware. He also held senior roles in sales and channel sales at Lotus Development.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from The University of Toronto.
Henry Jurgens has 20 years of product management experience. As SVP, Product & Operations, Henry is responsible for the technology and solution strategies that drive product development and establish the Densify position as an industry leader of control analytics for software-defined infrastructure.
Prior to joining Densify, Henry held various senior Product Management roles at Mentor Graphics and Valor Computerized Systems. Additionally, as the Manager of Engineering Systems at Celestica, Henry drove the creation of a globally distributed team responsible for implementing standard software based engineering business processes across all of Celestica's global design and manufacturing operations.
Henry is a Certified Professional Engineer that holds both B.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Toronto.
Ray Boots has over 20 years of experience leading change in IT organizations. As SVP, Customer Management, Boots is responsible for ensuring customers' success.
Prior to joining Densify, Ray was an executive at TD Bank where he was responsible for Capacity Management and Planning, as well as the liaison between Central IT and the CIO teams within each line of business. Boots was also responsible for delivering cost effective Infrastructure Services as the lead Services Executive for a number of large IBM outsourcing clients.
Ray is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Jeff Pauze has nearly three decades of experience in software development and engineering. As senior vice president of engineering for Densify, he is responsible for driving engineering, product development and technology strategy, to deliver additional business value to customers.
Prior to Densify, He spent eight years at Changepoint Corporation, an IT Governance software company, before joining Compuware Corporation following the company's acquisition. As director of software development, he was responsible for architectural design and implementation of the Changepoint solution. He also spent 10 years in software development and engineering at American Express.
Ayman Gabarin has over 25 years of experience in various business sectors including enterprise software and industrial services. As senior vice president, he is responsible for sales and delivery of Densify in the EMEA region. Prior to Densify, Ayman was the EMEA Vice President of IT Governance at Compuware Corporation and previously, he launched the EMEA business as Vice President for Changepoint Corporation, an IT Governance software company. As a member of Changepoint's executive team, he grew revenues to 30% of Changepoint's global sales resulting in the company's 2004 acquisition by Compuware.
Ayman holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering degree from the University of Toronto.
Andy Walton has a proven track record of enterprise sales success in his many years working with technology vendors in the enterprise data center and hybrid cloud sectors. As Vice President of North American Sales, he is responsible for the sales and presales divisions of Densify across Canada, USA, and Latin America.
Prior to his time with Densify, Andy has held management, sales, and technical roles at IBM, KANA Software, Octel Communications, and Tandem Computers.
Andy holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics and Business Administration from the University of Waterloo.
Gerry Smith assumed the role of CEO of Densify in November 2005. Prior to joining Densify, he served as Executive Vice President of IT Governance solutions at Compuware Corporation, a publicly-traded company.
Gerry 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, he 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™.
Gerry 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.
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, John 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, John 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.
John is a graduate of Tufts (BSE in Engineering Science and Mathematics) and Worcester Polytechnic University (MS in Computer Science).
Ed Kilroy is CEO of MedAvail, a healthcare technology company commercializing a self-service kiosk solution, the MedAvail MedCenter™, supporting the dispensing of prescription drugs and Over-The-Counter medications. Ed has more than 30 years of technology industry experience and an extensive track record managing large, complex organizations.
Ed has held executive roles in the hardware, software, and services business units of IBM in Canada, Australia, and the USA. His most recent position with IBM was President of the Canadian operation. After leaving IBM, Ed became CEO of Symcor Inc. in 2005. During his tenure at Symcor, he added significant new revenues while improving operational efficiencies and customer satisfaction. During his professional career, Ed has provided direction on growth strategies, product strategy, and investment as well as cost structure management to private firms in the software and services industry.
Ed holds a B.A., Administrative Sciences from Yale University, an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from Ryerson University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Education from Nipissing University. He has Board affiliations with Ballard Power systems as Chair of the Audit Committee. Ed is also a past Chairman of the Board of the Conference Board of Canada.
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.
Ben Fathi has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, with an expertise in developing operating system software. Ben held the head of engineering position at CloudFlare, a leading Internet performance and security company. Prior to this role, Ben served as CTO of VMware, after having joined the organization in 2012 as vice president of research and development. Prior to joining VMware, he served as a senior vice president at Cisco® leading the operating systems and networking protocol teams. Prior to Cisco, he held multiple roles at Microsoft over 12 years, most recently as corporate vice president of development for the Windows core operating system division. Before joining Microsoft, he served as Director of operating systems at Silicon Graphics Inc., where he managed all operating system development.
Ben holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Computer Science, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts.
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, Barry 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).