Leadership

Kognitio’s management team has over 100 years of experience in the field of massively parallel, in-memory data analysis software. The team is complemented by an advisory board of industry leaders.

KOGNITIO MANAGEMENT TEAM

Roger Gaskell, Chief Executive Officer

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Roger started at White Cross Systems, the predecessor to Kognitio, as employee number two. Prior to becoming CEO, Roger was Kognitio’s CTO and had overall responsibility for all product development and has been instrumental in all generations of the Kognitio Analytical Platform, including evolving it from a database application running on proprietary hardware, to a software-only analytical platform running on industry-standard servers and Hadoop. Prior to Kognitio, Roger was test and development manager at AB Electronics for five years. During this time his primary responsibility was for the famous BBC Micro Computer and the development and testing of the first mass production IBM Personal Computers.
 

Mark Chopping, Chief Operating Officer

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Mark is responsible for general operations within Kognitio. Originally a computer scientist, Mark has over 20 years of experience in the development of massively parallel, in-memory database software, initially with White Cross Systems and then with Kognitio. During his time with the company Mark has become an expert in the development, testing and support of complex software products. Prior to Kognitio, Mark worked on a variety of projects for Olivetti research including metropolitan area bridging, a multimedia server and applications and an infra-red location system.
 

Andrew Maclean – Chief Technology Officer

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Prior to becoming CTO, Andy was Kognitio’s Chief Software Engineer, having originally joined White Cross System in 1996 as a Cambridge Computer Science Graduate. In his years at White Cross and then Kognitio, Andy has undoubtedly become one of the world leading experts in the development of massively parallel data analysis software. Advanced techniques that he developed 10-15 years ago are now being discussed as “state-of-the-art” by others in the massively parallel data analytics market. As CTO, Andy is now responsible for both the future strategic direction and the detailed design of Kognitio’s software technology.
 

Sharon Kirkham, Vice President Analytics & Consultancy

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As Vice president of Analytics and Consultancy Sharon is responsible for technical engagements at Kognitio including presales, developing scalable analytics and deployment.

Sharon brings over 15 years of experience in data analytics to her role and loves the challenge of bridging the gap between the mathematical, technical and business domains. During her tenure at Kognitio she has specialized in projects involving complex analytics, technical partnerships, technical sales and development of best practice.

Prior to moving to Kognitio Sharon developed her passion for using mathematics to drive analytical innovation at retail consultancy Numbercraft. She worked with major UK companies building a proven track record for bringing commercial value to business through use of their data.

Sharon completed a PhD in Industrial Applied Mathematics at University of Southampton and in 2006 was delighted to be awarded the title of Fellow by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. When she is not doing maths Sharon can probably be found in open water either swimming or trying to windsurf.

 

Leroy Russo, Vice President of Sales

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Mr. Russo is a world-class sales professional whose technical acumen and client advocacy make him an excellent Vice President of Sales. His ability to translate tech-speak into actionable business value makes his clients’ firms better through his support. He motivates and manages the Sales team to uphold the highest level of integrity for our organization and our clients.

Leroy has almost 2 decades of outstanding executive relationship experience managing the intricate complexities and logistics of large transactions and deployments. His deep understanding of clients’ needs and his ability to coordinate global initiatives brings great value to Kognitio and the industries flourishing in Big Data, Business Intelligence and Analytics.

 

Adrian Fivaz, Vice President of US Operations

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Mr. Fivaz is a highly accomplished and respected Global Managing Consultant with over 15 years of experience working with clients in the Technology, Financial Services (Banking, Payments & Insurance), Manufacturing, Mining, Entertainment, Healthcare and several other industries. He has proven success in identifying, justifying, planning and executing strategic and operational change across a broad range of business operations.

Adrian has worked with numerous worldwide companies in harnessing their data in order to enable true business performance management and actionable insight. These engagements have ranged from c-level presentations and workshops; gathering business requirements; architecting solutions; designing and delivering technical enablers and leading teams to achieve maximum customer ROI.

Adrian continually solves client challenges with his expert innovation, creativity and best practice methods.

KOGNITIO BOARD

Geoffrey Squire OBE, Executive Chairman

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Mr. Squire serves as the Executive Chairman of Kognitio, in addition to Board of Directors roles at Informatica (Nasdaq: INFA) and several privately-held companies. He was also formerly the Chairman of a UK-based public company, The Innovation Group, a provider of business services to the global insurance community. Geoff has more than 45 years’ experience in information technology. Early in his career, Geoff spent 10 years building data-oriented user systems prior to joining ICL where he held posts as customer support manager and project manager prior to his final appointment as worldwide marketing manager.In 1981 he introduced the Oracle database to the United Kingdom as the exclusive distributor. He subsequently joined the Oracle Corporation, where he became Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Europe and president of Oracle Worldwide Operations (a COO role), reporting to Larry Ellison. He was widely credited with that business’ financial turnaround in 1990 and the building of the global IT powerhouse that Oracle became in that era.

In 1994, he joined OpenVision, a systems management software company, as the President and CEO of the newly-formed international subsidiary. He became CEO of the parent company in 1995, and took the company public on NASDAQ in 1996. He executed the merger with VERITAS Corporation in 1997 and this combined entity grew to be a US $1 Billion dollar business. He remained as Vice Chairman there until the company merged with Symantec in 2005.

A former president of the UK Computing Services & Software Association and the European Information Services Association, Mr. Squire also holds an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University and was honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 when he has was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to the information industry.

 

Roger Llewellyn, Non-Executive Director

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Mr. Llewellyn joined Kognitio in April 2003, having previously been Managing Director of Arelon for two and a half years – a company acquired by Cedar Software. Roger instigated the Management Buy-Out of Cedar and the formation of the Redac Group with Alchemy in May 2002. Roger has started a number of American companies in Europe, including WICAT Europe, where he was Managing Director for 6 years and Vice President USA Sales, and Macromedia, where he was Managing Director Europe for 5 years from start-up to IPO. Roger then took the helm at VINCA Europe for 4 years, until it was purchased by Legato, now EMC. He was also Vice President of Elevon Inc.

He trained as an Electronic Engineer before taking his first job for Hewlett Packard. He then held senior positions in Digital Equipment and Prime Computers, before becoming Managing Director of Prime Sweden. After two years in this role Roger took the Managing Director role for Prime in Switzerland.

 

Stephen Hill, Chairman at Analytical Applications Ltd

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Mr Hill joined the Kognitio Board in April 2016. He presently advises the boards of a number of US and European technology and media enterprises, including Microtechs Ltd, Egham Technologies LLP, and Analytical Media. Mr Hill primarily assists in the formation of fund-raising, strategy, marketing plans and restructuring to improve operational efficiency. Mr Hill has previously held leadership positions in a number of international software and Internet businesses, including Chairman of Cachelogic Ltd during two rounds of venture funding, VP Europe of Inktomi Inc during two years of phenomenal post-IPO growth, VP International of Interleaf Inc for four years prior to its sale to Broadvision for $900m, General Manager at Oracle UK for six years of growth in excess of 100% per annum, and CEO of Smartlogik Group plc for two years during which he led a reverse takeover of its listed parent company. In his spare time Mr Hill teaches yoga and is a Fellow of the RSA.
 

Malte von der Ropp, Managing Director at VCDE Venture Partners

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Malte von der Ropp is Managing Director at VCDE Venture Partners GmbH & Co. KG, in Frankfurt Germany. VCDE Venture Partners is the manager of the venturecapital.de investment fund that focuses on tech and TMT investments at growth stage. Malte and his MD partner Andreas Thuemmler are currently managing a portfolio of 22 companies. He currently serves on the boards of Germany listed mVISE AG, Duesseldorf, Ingenious Technologies AG, Berlin and crowdsourcing specialist clickworker GmbH, Essen. Previously, Malte was a member of the board of Sydney based MVNO amaysim Australia Pty Ltd that went public in 2015, E-Sports pioneer Turtle Entertainment, that was sold to Modern Times Group in 2015 and Brille24, one of Europe’s leading online opticians.

Prior to joining VCDE, Malte spent more than 10 years in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance Advisory business where he was responsible for mainly TMT-transactions including several public takeovers.

 

Hans Christian Boos, Founder and CEO of arago

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Founder and CEO of arago, a pioneer in enterprise IT automation using artificial intelligence and data analytics approaches. Chris is author of many academic and business publications, focusing on automation in IT operations, computer networks, IT security and information management. He is also active in several boards in high-tech as well as enterprise IT organizations and supports the European start-up scene. Chris studied computer sciences at ETH Zürich and the Technical University Darmstadt. R&D efforts are focused on distributed computing (graph theory) and rule engines (plus deductive logic). Both approaches are consistent with the notion of the network being a global area for computation and storage Similarly they deal with the problem of ever growing information flows and with the desire to find intuitive ways of allowing businesses and their users to be in control of information and knowledge.

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