Being Minnesotans, we don’t generally toot our own horns. Even in this case. We’ll just say that the heads of Code42 are the perfect blend of techies and leaders for a company that’s in the business of leading tech.
- Matthew Dornquast CEO (Co-Founder)
Matthew has established himself as a high-tech visionary radically committed to developing intuitive, user-friendly technology that exceeds expectations. Under Matthew’s leadership, the Code42 team successfully blends natural technical acuity and diverse management experience with pragmatism. As a result, Code42 solutions consistently garner top industry awards and ratings, indicating their widespread appeal and Code42’s deep market understanding. Prior to Code42, Matthew served as chief scientist at Webhelp, chief technology officer for Fallon McElligott and founder/owner of Microworks.
- Brian Bell President & COO
Brian leverages more than 20 years experience building and inspiring teams in his role as president and COO for Code42. Prior to joining Code42, Brian served as Executive Director of Sales – Americas for enterprise storage at Dell. Before that, he was Vice President of Global Sales at Compellent Technologies, which was acquired by Dell for $960 million. Previously, Brian held an executive role at StorageNetworks, and also served as a Captain and instructor pilot in the United States Air Force flying F-16 fighter jets.
- Jason Bristow CFO
As CFO, Jason leverages nearly 20 years experience leading financial teams for some of the world's most well-known brands. At Code42, he oversees all global financial and corporate operations, working cross-functionally to drive and support the company's mission and culture. Prior to Code42, Jason served as vice president for Amazon.com, where he participated in the company's extraordinary growth and development from 2003-2014. He's also held senior financial roles at General Electric and Campbell Soup Company, both domestically and internationally. Jason grew up in Eden Prairie, Minn.; when not in the office, he can usually be found enjoying time with his wife, Heather, and their two sons.
- Liz Fortier General Counsel
Liz is responsible for global legal affairs within our rapidly growing business and culture of innovation. Before joining Code42, Liz was Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Syncada, a global B2B invoicing solutions provider, where she led legal and compliance functions. Prior to Syncada, Liz worked for several technology companies, and her areas of focus included global software licensing to the enterprise, intellectual property, M&A, corporate governance, employment matters and litigation. Liz graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with honors and earned her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law. When she’s not reviewing documents, Liz enjoys making jewelry and spending time with her three children.
- Brian Bispala Architecture VP (Co-Founder)
Co-founding partner of Code42, Brian was there at the beginning: designing, architecting and engineering CrashPlan from the ground up. As a result, he’s engaged in all aspects of CrashPlan, from concept to implementation.
After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Brian went to work for Accenture. Later, at Webhelp, he worked with Matthew.
It’s not surprising that Brian gets great satisfaction from completing a complex project and seeing everything work as designed.
- Jeff Sonsalla Engineering VP
Jeff brings over 25 years of high performance technical computing experience to Code42, serving the premier engineering team of the silicon prairie. Jeff held lead technical roles at Cray and was most recently Senior Director of Engineering at SGI, prior to joining Code42.
When away from the keyboard, one might find Jeff riding on horseback across the Namib desert or sitting in with a band.
- Kari Seas Global Marketing VP
Kari leads a team of tech marketing gurus focused on elevating Code42’s visibility while driving demand for the company’s award-winning solutions. Prior to Code42, Kari served as vice president of marketing at business intelligence provider SwiftKnowledge, where she created innovative corporate marketing, public relations, industry analyst relations and lead generation campaigns. Earlier, she spent seven years leading the worldwide integrated and corporate marketing efforts for Stellent Inc., helping position it as one of the top enterprise content management vendors in the world. Upon Stellent's acquisition by Oracle in 2007, Kari led integrated marketing campaigns for all of Oracle's software products. In her spare time, Kari enjoys yoga and tackling her next home improvement project.
- Chris Moses Global Sales VP
As the Vice President of Global Sales for Code42, Chris’ focus is establishing and building the whole enterprise sales organization—an expert, global team that takes ownership, has higher capabilities, and creates demand within accounts.
Upon joining Code42, Chris initiated an aggressive campaign to elevate the team's competency level, specifically in proposal quality, including detailed financial justifications as well as the team's ability to position our solutions differently from the competition. Across his 15 years of experience, Chris has a proven track record of consistently delivering results and building winning teams.
- Dave Payne Global Systems Engineering VP
Dave leads a team of geeks who delight customers and create evangelists for Code42. Before Code42, Dave held pre-sales leadership roles at EMC, built and sold an IT consulting business, personally designing infrastructure for enterprises such as USBank, WellsFargo, Thomson Reuters, Boston Medical Center and Fidelity.
Dave is an Eagle Scout; he speaks Brazilian Portuguese and enjoys spending time with his wife of 15 years and their four children.
- Josh Brix Customer Experience VP
Since joining Code42, Josh has helped build a 24x7 international Customer Support team that focuses on delighting our customers at every opportunity. In addition, he helped create the Customer Experience Team, uniting three groups: Quality Assurance, Documentation and Customer Champion Support. The Customer Experience Team ensures Code42’s solutions are of the highest quality, and possess thorough, easy-to-understand documentation fully supported by the Code42 Customer Champions.
Josh has over 15 years of experience within the IT industry and previously led customer support teams at Oracle Corporation and Stellent, Inc. He holds master’s degrees in Business Administration and Organizational Management from Concordia University.
- Ann Fellman Product Marketing VP
Ann taps into more than 16 years of enterprise technology marketing and business development experience to drive strategic product marketing plans for the company’s award-winning data management product suite. Previously, she led product management for Rimage/Qumu Corp.’s Signal online publishing software, and was a Principal Product Director at Oracle Corp. Ann has extensive experience in enterprise content management, enterprise portal and Enterprise 2.0 software markets, and holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Jerod Lindblom Director of Business Applications
Before joining the ranks here at Code42, Jerod spent three years at Dell as the IT Director for Global Solutions Enablement.
As Director of Business Enablement at Code42, Jerod oversees a team dedicated to accelerating our company’s business functions through maximizing our internal business systems, tools, workflow, operational processes and business intelligence. Most of all, he ensures that Code42 delivers best-in-class operational support to our customers, partners and colleagues.
When not creating value-driven partnerships at work, Jerod enjoys boating with his wife and two sons during the few-and-far-between summer months we’re given here in Minnesota.
- Tracey Franke Professional Services Director
Tracey Franke joined Code42 in 2012, bringing 25+ years of IT experience to the team. Tracey is focused on delivery of customer facing professional services to the Code42 customer base, as well as defining and developing future professional services.
Prior to joining Code 42, Tracey provided services leadership at Dell, Compellent Technologies, and Brocade Communications.
Tracey enjoys spending his spare time fishing, boating, snowshoeing and hiking, in addition to family activities.
- Scott McGrath Supply Chain Director
Scott leads our team building the structure required for third party assembly, testing and quality control of our hardware solutions.
Scott’s mission is to support rapid deployment and scalability, as well as establish the global infrastructure and tools needed to sustain long term Code42 growth.
Prior to Code42, Scott was Director of Supply Chain for Dell Storage including Compellent, Equal Logic and Power Vault business units and was VP of Manufacturing Operations at Compellent Technologies. Scott attended Mankato Vocational Institute, and enjoys fishing in his spare time.
- Tim Cothran Creative Director
Tim brings over 14 years of design experience to Code42, where he works to develop and build the outstanding creative team behind our brand and products. He has worked for clients in healthcare, insurance, telecom and entertainment, creating designs from environmental graphics to packaging to web interfaces.
Tim graduated from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design Architecture Art and Planning, recently listed one of the top 3 design schools in the world.
When he's not immersed in design, you can find him lost in imaginary worlds with his kids, shooting photos and video, or working on a classic car.
- Kristin Dean Human Resources Director
Code42 has been recognized as a “Top Workplace” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Kristin ensures we maintain our place by aligning staffing needs to the company vision, coordinating our competitive benefits and creating a fun, collaborative environment!
Along with her team, Kristin’s mission is to support and assist all employees and divisions in their efforts to meet company goals.
Before Code42, Kristin worked in Human Resources at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. When Kristin is not working, most of her time is spent with her husband and two daughters.
- Andy Hardy EMEA Sales Director
As Managing Director of EMEA Storage Sales, Andy is Code42’s entryway into growing our business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
His extensive background in international IT and finance was forged within such prestigious companies as Dell, Compellent and Japan’s largest investment bank, Nomura, where he began as an IT Director, but also spent another six years investing in U.S. tech companies.
He’s also held senior sales, product engineering and service management positions at Itochu of Japan and Avid in the UK.
Andy’s love of aviation stems from his 25-year stint in the Royal Australian Air Force as an avionics engineer. And in 2013, he flew his four-seater 1966 Piper Cherokee over 14,500 miles from London to Sidney, raising over $25,000 for charity.
- Adrian Johnson Sales Director (ANZ)
Adrian leads the Code42 team in Australia and New Zealand, focused on delivering customer delight and building a successful community of channel partners. Prior to Code42, Adrian held leadership positions at Dell, Fuji Xerox, and Sun Microsystems and also served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy. He holds a master’s degree in Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales and is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College.
Adrian is a volunteer lifesaver on Coogee Beach and enjoys Sydney’s active lifestyle with his wife and three daughters.
- Nick Schneider Americas & Canada Sales Director
During his tenure at Compellent Technologies and Dell, Nick rose from inside sales to territory rep, District Manager and finally Regional Sales Director for Storage and Networking over the central and eastern U.S. At Code42, Nick enjoys building an efficient team focused on individual victories while simultaneously achieving common goals as an organization.
Nick holds a degree in Public Policy and Economics from Duke University, and competed on the Duke Track & Field and Cross Country teams. In his personal time, Nick enjoys skiing, fishing, boating and spending time with his dog Lola and wife Jessica (not necessarily in that order).
- Ryan Gruening Channel Sales Director
Ryan leads the strategy and execution of Code42’s worldwide channel partner program, creating a foundation of partners who are highly-valued members of our growing team. Prior to Code42, Ryan established a proven track record of developing successful channel programs for several high tech organizations including Compellent and Shavlik International. Bringing years of international business development experience to Code42, Ryan is also instrumental in leading the company’s international expansion.
In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing basketball, running, and spending time with his wife Tanya and their two children.