Leadership

Executive Team

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Joe Payne

President and CEO

Joe brings to Code42 more than 20 years of leadership and a proven track record with high-growth software companies. He has a broad experience base in delivering software and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions to enterprises across numerous industries. As President and CEO of Code42, he drives the company's strategic direction and oversees all operations.

Prior to Code42, Joe was Chairman and CEO of Eloqua—a SaaS business—where he recruited and led the team that grew Eloqua's revenue from $11M to $125M in just six years. Joe led Eloqua's successful IPO in 2012 and subsequent sale to Oracle for $957M in 2013.

Prior to Eloqua, Joe was President and COO of iDefense, a VeriSign company, where he was responsible for all company operations. Before joining iDefense, he served as President and CEO of e-Security Inc. and President and CEO of eGrail. Joe began his career in brand management where he worked on the Coca-Cola brand and the Mr. Clean brand at Procter & Gamble.

Joe currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), TrackMaven, and First Focus Campaign for Children, a non-partisan, not-for-profit advocacy organization.  Joe previously served on the boards of Dealertrack, Plex, Eloqua, e-Security, eGrail, and Ecutel.

Joe received his M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where he was a Fuqua Scholar. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Duke University. When not hard at work, you can find Joe cheering for the U.S. National Soccer Team, his beloved Duke Blue Devils or the hapless Washington Redskins. Joe is married with four children.

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Tim Connor

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Tim's core responsibilities at Code42 include financial reporting and analysis, and investor relations. He focuses on initiatives that scale Code42's financial and administrative infrastructure, and also oversees the company's business enablement, human resources, legal and facilities functions.

Tim brings more than three decades of executive-level financial experience. Prior to joining Code42, he was chief financial officer at Datalogix, where he was responsible for all finance and administrative functions until its acquisition by Oracle in 2015. Tim also previously served as chief financial officer and senior vice president of operations at Access Health (until its acquisition by McKesson) and as managing director in technology investment banking at Lehman Brothers. In addition, Tim is a partner at Sequel Venture Partners, where he has invested in and served as a board member for several early-stage, high-growth SaaS and technology companies.

When he's not crunching the numbers, you'll find Tim enjoying all the biking, golfing and skiing that Boulder, CO has to offer.

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Karen Pisha

Customer Success SVP

Karen has built customer success programs for world-class brands like Adaptive Insights, Oracle and Eloqua—where she managed Customer Success teams and post-sale customer functions. By focusing teams on tech adoption and customer satisfaction, Karen helped Eloqua, an Oracle acquisition, more than triple revenues over four years and expand sales to its existing customer base. Prior to her role as SVP of Global Account Services at Eloqua, Karen served as global VP of Professional Services for SuccessFactors, where she ramped professional services team and revenues through a successful IPO. Out of the office, Karen boats, cycles and enjoys the outdoors with her family.

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Mike Robbins

Worldwide Sales SVP

Mike is responsible for building domestic and international business at scale while supporting customer success as the company's top priority. His background working with large corporations as well as with start-ups uniquely positions him to lead the team charged with building and accelerating the growth of net new acquisition at Code42. Most recently, Mike served as the Senior Vice President of North America Commercial Business for the Salesforce Marketing Cloud.

Robbins played college baseball at University of Detroit Mercy and went on to play professionally with the Chicago White Sox. A native of Detroit, Mike is proud to call Indianapolis home, but Motown is always close to his heart.

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Ann Fellman

Marketing SVP

Ann taps into more than 17 years of enterprise technology marketing and business development experience to drive marketing strategy for the company's award-winning endpoint data protection and security solutions. Previously, she led product management for Rimage/Qumu Corp.'s Signal online publishing software, and was a Principal Product Director at Oracle. Ann has extensive experience in enterprise content management, enterprise portal and Enterprise 2.0 software markets, and holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin.

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John Durant

Chief Technology Officer

John taps more than 20 years of experience in software development and motivating teams to lead the company's endpoint data protection and security product direction. Before joining Code42, John worked for a Minnesota-based venture research firm where he used a lean startup approach and predictive analytics to develop business assets in technology and health care. Prior, he led software development efforts at Microsoft for eight years and co-authored the popular technical book, “XML Programming Bible, 3rd Edition.” In his free time, you'll find John hiking mountains with some or all of his six sons.

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Rick Orloff

Chief Security Officer

Rick brings to Code42 more than 20 years of deep information security experience. Prior to joining Code42, Rick was vice president and chief information security officer at eBay, led and built a variety of global security programs at Apple (AAPL), and directed global security at Lam Research (LRCX). Rick is currently an active member of several advisory boards focused on new and emerging security technology companies.

Throughout his career, Rick has driven meaningful and actionable results across a range of security areas, including global threat management, cyber intelligence, geospatial correlation of data and security operations centers.

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Leslie Pendergrast

People SVP

Leslie has a passion for continuous learning, self-development, and having fun. Her energetic and logical approach to aligning the interests of talented people with business objectives has proven successful time after time. Most recently, Leslie served as the Chief People Officer at Datalogix, where she developed strategies and practices in the areas of talent acquisition, talent development, culture and well-being, benefits, compensation, HR operations, and workplace resources. Previously, she served as Chief People Officer at Sourcefire and Vice President of Human Resources for Citrix Systems. A native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, she earned her B.A. from Florida Atlantic University, and holds an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University.

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Vijay Ramanathan

Product Management VP

Vijay is the vice president of product management for Code42, leading the product management and design teams to help create innovative and compelling products for our customers. Vijay brings more than 18 years of experience in product strategy, product management, product development and quality assurance.

Prior to Code42, Vijay worked for Oracle, where he most recently led product management for the WebCenter Content product suite. Before Oracle, he worked at Stellent in product management and engineering roles, helping build market-leading content management products.

Vijay received his Executive MBA from IE Business School (Madrid, Spain), and earned an Executive Certificate in Technology and Value Chain Management from MIT Sloan School of Business. Vijay earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. When not working on cool products at Code42, Vijay spends time catching up on movies, or creating music in his home studio.

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Steve Buege

Consumer & Small/Medium Business SVP & General Manager

Steve has more than 25 years of experience leading software, online content and professional services businesses, including several senior executive positions with large public companies, private equity portfolio companies and closely held private businesses. Most recently, Steve served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Quantum Retail Technology, a global data analytics company.

Prior, Steve was CTO at Ascend Learning, and served as President and CEO of several global business units of Thomson Reuters.

Steve received his M.B.A. from University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, and graduated summa cum laude with bachelor's degrees in Computer Science, Business Management and Economics from Minnesota State University. When Steve's not hard at work at Code42, you'll find him biking Minneapolis paths or boating Minnesota lakes and rivers.

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David Huberman

General Counsel

As general counsel, David Huberman leads Code42's legal affairs worldwide, including commercial transactions, licensing, intellectual property, general corporate matters, governance and litigation. David brings nearly 20 years of experience negotiating complex transactions, forging strategic relationships, and handling a broad range of legal and regulatory matters for private and public companies.

Before Code42, he served as general counsel and corporate secretary at Rally Software, a leading provider of enterprise-class application-lifecycle- management SaaS, software, and services solutions, until Rally's acquisition by CA Technologies in 2015. Prior to Rally, David was general counsel and corporate secretary at Webroot, a provider of cloud-based Internet security and security intelligence solutions for consumers and enterprises, and assistant general counsel at Intrado, a provider of emergency communication services and technology. David was also an attorney with the Washington, D.C. firm Wiley, Rein & Fielding.

David earned his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, the Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver, and the Bachelor of Arts in public policy studies from Duke University. David lives in Denver with his wife, son and daughter, with whom he enjoys skiing, biking, hiking, and following Duke basketball.

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Amandeep Dhillon

Federal VP

Amandeep is the vice president of federal, focusing on bringing the benefits of the Code42 platform to federal agencies and associated corporations. Prior to Code42, he worked with such companies as BlueCat Networks, Level(3) Communications, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC/Leidos), Ericsson Datacom, Inc., Sprint Nextel, Lockheed Martin, Hughes Network Systems, and Computer Sciences Corp (CSC/CSRA).

Amandeep holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from George Mason University, and a Master’s Degree in Technical Management from The Johns Hopkins University.

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Carsten Graf

Managing Director, DACH

Carsten is the managing director of Code42's DACH (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) operation. He draws on years of experience in the fields of managed security services and SaaS. Prior to Code42, he worked with Verizon as head of security for the central and eastern Europe region, built a SaaS company, and headed the sales department for one of the leading U.S. outsourcing providers.

Fluent in German and English, Carsten majored in industrial engineering and holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

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Jim Russo

Engineering VP

Jim is the vice president of engineering and has over 30 years of experience in product development and software product delivery. He has held senior level positions with large and mid-sized companies including LSI Logic, Hewlett-Packard, StorageTek, and Maxtor. He has also held executive level positions with startup and small emerging companies, including Chaparral Network Storage, Dot Hill Systems, InPhase Technologies, Digi-Data Corporation, and TerraXML Inc.

Jim earned his BSME from the University of Colorado and his MBA in Operations Management from Regis University in Denver Colorado. When not at work, you can find Jim on the golf course or playing his Djembe drum.

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Josh Brix

Customer Experience VP

Josh has built Code42's award-winning global customer support team, focused on delighting customers at every opportunity. In addition, he helped create the Customer Experience Team, uniting Documentation and Customer Champion Support. The Customer Experience Team ensures Code42's solutions possess thorough, easy-to-understand documentation fully supported by the Code42 Customer Champions.

Josh has more than 17 years of experience in IT; he previously led support teams at Oracle Corporation and Stellent, Inc., and holds master's degrees in Business Administration and Organizational Management from Concordia University.

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Jerod Lindblom

Information Technology VP

Before joining the ranks here at Code42, Jerod spent three years at Dell as the IT Director for Global Solutions Enablement.

As VP of Information Technology at Code42, Jerod oversees multiple teams 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.

Board of Directors

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Ping Li

Accel Partners

Ping has been with Accel Partners since 2004. He focuses on early stage and growth software and data center investments. He is also responsible for Accel's Big Data Fund. Ping is currently a board member of Blue Jeans Network, Cloudera, Code42, Lookout, Nimble Storage, Origami Logic, Primary Data, RelateIQ, Tenable Network Security and Trifacta. Ping has also been responsible for several Accel investments which have had successful exits including Arista (NYSE: ANET), Fusion-io (NASDAQ: FIO), Mochi Media (Shanda), Nimble Storage (NASDAQ: NMBL), Reactivity (Cisco), RelateIQ (Salesforce.com) and Yume (NYSE:YUME). Currently, Ping works with Stanford University in leading their Accel Innovation Scholars Program. He is also an adviser to Heavybit, a community for developer/operations-focused entrepreneurs.

Ping has over two decades of experience as a technology investor and operating executive in helping build market leading technology companies and product lines. Prior to Accel, Ping worked at Juniper Networks as a Senior Product Line Manager for their flagship M-series router products, as well as Director of Corporate Development. He also served as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, advising technology clients in their growth strategies.

Ping has extensive international experience as well. At Singapore Telecom, he served directly for the executive management team in operating and investing in Asian growth opportunities. Prior to SingTel, Ping worked at Goldman Sachs Asia, transacting technology IPOs and M&A.

Ping has been named to the Forbes Midas List of Top Tech Investors and Business Insider's 50 Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech. Ping holds an AB from Harvard University, with honors, and an MBA from Stanford University.

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Harry Gruner

JMI Equity

Harry Gruner co-founded JMI in 1992 in Baltimore and is co-managing general partner of the firm. Mr. Gruner has been working with software companies for more than 30 years, having had the privilege of participating in the growth of the software industry from its infancy to where it is today. He has served on the boards of 40 software and information businesses in the last 22 years, including seven public companies, as well as many nonprofit organizations. Mr. Gruner previously advised software companies in the technology investment banking group at Alex. Brown & Sons. He also worked in marketing at computer-aided-design software developer Sigma Design. Mr. Gruner received his BA from Yale University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Michael Gorman

Split Rock Partners

Michael Gorman is a founding Managing Director of Split Rock Partners and focuses on investments in software and internet services companies.

Prior to founding Split Rock Partners, Michael was Managing General Partner of St. Paul Venture Capital, which he joined in 1995 and focused on software and internet services investments. He is an active supporter of the Minnesota entrepreneurial community, and works closely with organizations providing guidance to emerging companies. In addition, Michael served as president of the Minnesota Venture Capital Association in 2000 and 2001.

Michael holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Duke University, as well as MBA and JD degrees from Harvard University. He began his venture capital career with the Harvard Management Company. Earlier in his career, he was a management consultant with Bain & Company, where he assisted clients in the development and execution of corporate strategies.

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Mike Stankey

WorkDay

Mike Stankey is vice chairman at Workday and focuses on the company's market expansion, key customer relationships, external communications, and leadership development. He is also a member of the company's board of directors. Previously, from 2009 to 2015, Mike served as president and chief operating officer.

Prior to joining Workday in 2009, Mike was a partner at Greylock Partners, where he focused on the next generation of enterprise technologies. Before Greylock, Mike served for five years as chairman and CEO at PolyServe, a storage virtualization software company that was sold to Hewlett-Packard under Mike's leadership in 2007. Mike began a nine-year career at PeopleSoft starting in 1993, where he held various general management and sales management roles, including senior vice president of North American sales. Mike has served on the board of directors of Code42 since 2014.

Mike is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, where he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting.

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Joe Payne

Code42

Joe brings to Code42 more than 20 years of leadership and a proven track record with high-growth software companies. He has a broad experience base in delivering software and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions to enterprises across numerous industries. As President and CEO of Code42, he drives the company's strategic direction and oversees all operations.

Prior to Code42, Joe was Chairman and CEO of Eloqua—a SaaS business—where he recruited and led the team that grew Eloqua's revenue from $11M to $125M in just six years. Joe led Eloqua's successful IPO in 2012 and subsequent sale to Oracle for $957M in 2013.

Prior to Eloqua, Joe was President and COO of iDefense, a VeriSign company, where he was responsible for all company operations. Before joining iDefense, he served as President and CEO of e-Security Inc. and President and CEO of eGrail. Joe began his career in brand management where he worked on the Coca-Cola brand and the Mr. Clean brand at Procter & Gamble.

Joe currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), TrackMaven, and First Focus Campaign for Children, a non-partisan, not-for-profit advocacy organization.  Joe previously served on the boards of Dealertrack, Plex, Eloqua, e-Security, eGrail, and Ecutel.

Joe received his M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where he was a Fuqua Scholar. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Duke University. When not hard at work, you can find Joe cheering for the U.S. National Soccer Team, his beloved Duke Blue Devils or the hapless Washington Redskins. Joe is married with four children.

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Matthew Dornquast

Code42 Founder

Matthew is a high-tech visionary radically committed to developing intuitive, user-friendly technology that exceeds expectations. As Code42 co-founder and CEO from 2001 to 2015, Matthew drove the company to a market leadership position in endpoint data protection and security.

In 2014, Matthew was named a “Titan of Technology” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, and won the “EY Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Prior to Code42, Matthew served as chief scientist at Webhelp, chief technology officer for Fallon McElligott and founder/owner of Microworks.

Founders

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Matthew Dornquast

Code42 Founder

Matthew is a high-tech visionary radically committed to developing intuitive, user-friendly technology that exceeds expectations. As Code42 co-founder and CEO from 2001 to 2015, Matthew drove the company to a market leadership position in endpoint data protection and security.

In 2014, Matthew was named a “Titan of Technology” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, and won the “EY Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Prior to Code42, Matthew served as chief scientist at Webhelp, chief technology officer for Fallon McElligott and founder/owner of Microworks.

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Brian Bispala

Code42 Founder

As a Code42 co-founder, Brian was involved in the design, architecture and engineering of all Code42 solutions. Brian guided architectural decisions, inspired and fostered a culture of innovation within Code42's engineering team, and ensured flawless execution from product and platform concept to implementation. Previously, Brian held engineering roles at Accenture and Webhelp. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. When he's not cranking out code, Brian enjoys skiing (both snow and water), traveling and spending time with his wife and three kids.

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Mitch Coopet

Code42 Founder

As a Code42 co-founder, Mitch was a part of nearly every team at the company since day one. Decades of engineering and product experience provide the lens through which he set the direction for Code42's endpoint data protection and security platform. Though a technologist at heart, Mitch's greatest source of pride is the amazing people and teams he has helped bring together at Code42. Little known fact: Mitch's fear of paper cuts leads to his paper-free lifestyle. Ask and he'll tell you it’s also good for the environment.

Advisors

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Chip Heath

Stanford University

Chip Heath is the Thrive Foundation for Youth Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His research examines why certain ideas - ranging from urban legends to folk medical cures, from Chicken Soup for the Soul stories to business strategy myths — survive and prosper in the social marketplace of ideas. A few years back Chip designed a course, now a popular elective at Stanford, that asked whether it would be possible to use the principles of naturally sticky ideas to design messages that would be more effective. The material from that course, How to Make Ideas Stick, has been taught to hundreds of students including managers, teachers, nonprofit leaders, doctors, journalists, venture capitalists, product designers, and film producers.

Chip is the coauthor (along with his brother, Dan) of a book titled Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, published by Random House in January 2007.

Chip's research has appeared in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Cognitive Psychology, Journal of Consumer Behavior, Strategic Management Journal, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. Popular accounts of his research have appeared in Scientific American, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, Business Week, Psychology Today, and Vanity Fair, NPR, and a National Geographic television show.

Chip has taught courses on Organizational Behavior, Negotiation, Strategy, International Strategy, and Social Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Stanford, Professor Heath taught at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and his PhD in Psychology from Stanford.

 

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Heidi M. Melin

Plex Systems, Inc.

An experienced executive with over 20 years of experience in marketing in the technology industry, Ms. Melin is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Plex Systems, Inc., the leader in cloud ERP for manufacturing. Previously, Ms. Melin was Chief Marketing Officer at Eloqua, a provider of cloud-based marketing automation solutions that form the centerpiece of Oracle's marketing cloud. Prior to Eloqua, Ms. Melin was responsible for the global marketing team at Taleo, a leader in cloud-based talent management and recruiting solutions. She has also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Polycom, a global leader in voice and video collaboration solutions; Chief Marketing Officer at Hyperion; and Group Vice President of Marketing at PeopleSoft. Ms. Melin has also served as a public company Board Director for Accelrys (acquired by Daussault Systems in 2014). Ms. Melin holds a Bachelor's degree in political science and organizational psychology from Willamette University.

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